DOWN, DOWN, DEEPER AND DOWN.
HE IS NOW.
Unlike the music of, for instance, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or the Velvet Undergound, Status Quo's recordings are unlikely to have driven hapless listeners to drug addiction or the loony bin. Relentlessy good-timing over a loose twelve-bar format Status Quo might have been a bit louche and laddish and Francis Rossi always looked like a prat but they were never notably sinister or unwholesome and people shaking their heads in time to the beat, well, the Sufis, the dervishes, the Native Americans would call that a holy state, meditative, and so, I suppose, would I.
People associate the twelve-bar and turnaround with the blues but I don't think Status Quo ever made a blues record. I would hesitate to pigeon-hole their style, I don't think there was ever anyone quite like them; they just did what they did, quickly, efficiently and consistently, over and over and over again; no matter, there is nothing wrong with prompting people to tap their toes, clap their hands, shake their heads and have a good time, nothing at all; rocking in auditoria and stadia all over the world , theirs was an Ode to HeadBanging Joy.
A more musically cultured nation - and a more artistic ensemble - would have called time on Status Quo's boogie decades ago but showbusiness isn't like that, as long as the cash registers are beeping or hissing or whatever they now do, people like Parfitt and Rossi will continue churning it out, their thing, and even at its worst the Quo repertoire was at least renewed, refreshed and reinvented, unlike that of, say, the Rolling Stones, playing the same '70's catalogue decade after decade; there are worse, more corrosive aspects of showbusiness than Status Quo.
Odds are that business will dictate Francis Rossi continues in some way or another to milk the brand, for the fans, they will say, of Status Quo. Now, however, there is no more Status Quo; with Rick Parfitt finally dead, Rossi should hang-up his trainers, everybody has to sometimes break the rules.
Here's how good they were at what they did. It's a slow start and there's some camera shake, but it shows what a pair of silly old men can do, with enough practice.