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.
  • 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.
  • 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 their own music? 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. In fact it would be easier to list the songs that don't contain an Epic Riff.
    • "Paper Plane", "Don't Waste My Time" and "Big Fat Mama" from Piledriver. "Caroline", from Hello!, features two played at the same time.
    • That instantly recognisable riff from "Pictures Of Matchstick Men".
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted. A great deal of their music was made on drugs, especially in the '70s and '80s.
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