Links To Peel
Peel was an avid fan of the group in the 70's and even wrote a complimentary text on their 1975 Live E.P.:
"Amazing to think that when they first annoying the neighboors from scout halls and cricket pavilions, John Kennedy was still alive, only a fistful of daft Scousers and Hamburgers had heard of the Beatles, and I was selling crop insurance in West Texas. Even more amazing in this is - thirteen years on, their music is so fresh and vital that wherever you do a disco you know it's going to be a either 'Brown Sugar' or a Quo record that finally get's them moving. You know too, that there's always going to be a row of loonies - Maybe including you - who'll get down into that celebreated Quo boogie stance and churn to and fro like creatures possessed. Status Quo are good lads, they make exciting and unpretentious records, they make me feel positively carefree, have saved many a potentially disastrous gig for me, and if they rock on for another thirteen years - well that's just fine by me."
Peel had gone to Dublin in summer 1979 to see an all-day event headlined by the group, and had enjoyed their set . After the 70's, Peel was not keen on their music, which changed in the 80's when the band dropped their boogie rock style. In the 80's and beyond, he rarely played some of their music and if he did, it was always the group's material from the 70's. However, he defended his choice of Down Down for the Peelenium 1974:
"Let me tell you, Status Quo actually recorded three sessions for this programme, and I did play the whole of a Status Quo LP upon its release and interviewed the band as well, so I've got nothing to be ashamed of there." (18 November 1999).
In 2002, the nightclub Fabric wanted Peel to compile a compilation of his favourite songs on their album. Peel suggested a track from Status Quo in their tracklist, and commented in an interview.
"They wouldn’t let me put a Status Quo track on there, they thought that would be too uncool. I was a bit disappointed about that." .
On 14 September 2004, Peel mentioned that he was looking for a copy of the group's 1979 single "Whatever You Want" so that he could play it at gigs. A few weeks later, on 28 September 2004, Peel played the track after being sent a copy of the 7" by a listener as a late birthday present.
After the DJ's death, the band's single Down Down was found amongst his most treasured 45s in John Peel's Record Box. The group appeared on the 2005 Channel 4 documentary devoted to the collection, describing how honoured they were when they found out that Peel kept a copy of their single in his special record box.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1977 Festive Fifty: Can't Give You More #25
- Peelenium 1974: Down Down
- Junior's Wailing
- Someone's Learning
- In My Chair
- Don't Waste My Time
- Paper Plane
- Roadhouse Blues
- Bye Bye Johnny
- Mean Girl / Na Na Na / Railroad / Someone's Leaving
- Don't Waste My Time /Young / Oh Baby / Parfitt / Unspoken Words / Paper Plane / Softer Ride / Lancaster
3. Recorded: 1973-01-08. Broadcast: 16 January 1973. Repeated: Unknown
- Paper Plane / Softer Ride / Don't Waste My Time
Other Shows Played
(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)
- 21 January 1968: Pictures Of Matchstick Men (7") Pye
- 18 February 1972: Mean Girl (LP – Dog Of Two Head) Pye
- 02 May 1974: Break The Rules (7") Vertigo
- 19 December 1974: Down, Down (single) Vertigo (JP: “They’re a great band, you know, and that’s a great record, I think. One of their best ever, in my view.”)
- 17 February 1976: unknown (LP - Blue For You) Vertigo
- 18 February 1976: unknown (LP - Blue For You) Vertigo
- 15 February 1977: Tracks from LP 'Live'
- 09 March 1977: Forty Five Hundred Times
- 03 October 1977: Ring Of A Change (7", Single: Rockin' All Over The World) Vertig
- 22 December 1977: Can’t Give You More (LP – Rockin’ All Over The World) Vertigo
- 26 December 1977: Can't Give You More (LP – Rockin’ All Over The World) Vertigo FF #25
- 10 July 1978: Mean Girl (single) Pye (JP: “There were a lot of Quo buffs at a gig that I did on Saturday night in Derby. Unfortunately there were also a great number of John Travolta fans there as well, so it was kind of a mixed gig.”)
- 17 August 1978: Again And Again (single) Vertigo
- 25 August 1978: Again And Again (7": Again And Again) (Vertigo)
- 29 August 1978: Again And Again (7") Vertigo QUO 1 (JP decides this is one of their best after his 10th listen...)
- 20 October 1978: Accident Prone / Let Me Fly / Like A Good Girl (LP – If You Can’t Stand The Heat) Vertigo
- 23 October 1978: I’m Giving Up My Worryin’ (LP – If You Can’t Stand The Heat) Vertigo
- 27 October 1978: unknown (Possibly a track from If You Can't Stand The Heat, to be released on 11 November 1978.)
- 07 November 1978: Accident Prone (LP – If You Can't Stand the Heat) Vertigo
- 13 November 1978: Accident Prone (7") Vertigo QUO 2
- 10 September 1979: Whatever You Want (7") Vertigo
- 12 September 1979: Whatever You Want (7”) Vertigo
- 19 September 1979: Whatever You Want (7”) Vertigo
- 15 October 1979: Who Asked You (LP - Whatever You Want) Vertigo
- 17 October 1979: Come Rock With Me/Rockin' On (LP - Whatever You Want) Vertigo
- 20 October 1979 (BFBS): Who Asked You (album - Whatever You Want) Vertigo 9102 037
- 01 April 1982 (TOTP): Dear John #25
- 05 May 1983 (TOTP): Pictures Of Matchstick Men (clip from 15 February 1968)
- 05 January 1984 (TOTP): Marguerita Time #05
- 24 June 1999: Down Down (Glastonbury Mix)
- 18 November 1999: 'Down Down (7")' (Vertigo) Peelenium 1974
- 17 April 2001: Down The Dust Pipe (Pye)