YMMV / Status Quo

  • Broken Base: It's generally agreed that there are two main types of Quo fan. There are those who will listen all types of Quo, regardless of style or lineup. Then there are those who only consider the heavy, Hard Rock of the "Frantic Four" to be proper, pure Quo and aren't keen on anything made after the late 70's when the band started experimenting with synths and different production techniques.
    • The Aquostic album was already a divisive subject, but the release of Aquostic II is even more so. There are those who would be happy to hear another one given the unexpected success of the first one, and those who think the concept would have worked better as a one-off and claim the band are just milking the idea now. And of course there are some who were against the idea from the start.
    • The decision to carry on without Rick has not gone down well in certain sections of the fanbase. By contrast, others have responded by arguing that Rick would have wanted the fans to have a show whether he was with the band or not.
  • Covered Up: Few are likely to know that "Rockin' All Over the World" was originally a John Fogerty song. Or that "In The Army Now" was originally recorded by the Dutch duo Bolland & Bolland.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Start from "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and go from there. Or better yet, go here.
  • Dork Age: Many of their fans agree that one occurred, but when it began is the subject of much debate. Was it when they stopped producing the music themselvesT? Or was it when John Coghlan left and the Frantic Four ceased to be? Or was it the 80s and/or 90s in general?
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Quo of the '60s was very much a Psychedelic Rock band (as can be heard on their first two albums, Picturesque Matchstickable Messages and Spare Parts), before switching to their characteristic hard boogie rock sound in the early '70s.
  • Epic Riff: Many, many of their songs contain these.
    • Special mention would have to go to "Caroline", "Paper Plane", "Whatever You Want" and "Down Down".
    • That instantly recognisable riff from "Pictures Of Matchstick Men".
  • Face of the Band: It's no secret that Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are Status Quo to most people.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Pictures of Matchstick Men" was a smash hit in the USA and their only charting single in that country.
  • Moment of Awesome: Opening Live Aid in 1985 with "Rockin' All Over The World".
  • Signature Song: Most would argue "Rockin' All Over The World", despite it not actually being their song. "Whatever You Want" is another.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "All the Reasons".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: "It just isn't Quo" seems to be a common response to any changes in direction or sound. See Broken Base above.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Inverted. A great deal of their famously no-frills music was made on drugs, especially in the '70s and '80s. Most notably, "Mystery Song" was composed in a single night after Rick had taken an inordinate amount of amphetamines in a cup of tea.


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