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One band was the status quo in Britain for six decades



If you were to ask an American to name the biggest Brit bands of the rock 'n' roll era, you'd get responses like The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. But in England, a band that lasted just as long and produced as many hits in their native country was Status Quo, who were successful all through the '80s with songs like In The Army Now.

When you watched the video for Do They Know It's Christmas back in 1984, perhaps you didn't recognize some of the background singers, especially that jovial guy with the receding hairline and unfashionable ponytail. That individual would be Francis Rossi, lead singer and guitarist for Status Quo. 

Status Quo first hit the charts in 1967 with Pictures of Matchstick Men, which was their one and only Top 40 hit in America (remade by Camper Van Beethoven as an alternative hit in 1989). They have the distinction of scoring a U.K. Top 40 hit in six consecutive decades and have charted nearly 60 singles in the Top 40. In the '80s, their biggest hit was In The Army Now, which made it to No. 2 on the U.K. charts and No. 1 in several European countries.

In The Army Now is a cover song with the original version being recorded in 1982 by the Dutch duo of Bolland and Bolland. The video for Status Quo's version is pretty basic with scenes of boot camp mixed with band performance clips. The lyrics are about soldiers going to fight in Vietnam only to feel that nobody cares about their plight.

The last chart hit for Status Quo was a 2010 version of In The Army Now done with The Corps of Army Music Choir that donated all proceeds to British Veterans charities.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:14am]


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