How it pays to bide your time

I tend to try to time when I schedule a blogpost at the later end of the day before. That way my posts go up on time, and also have the flexibility to be topical. Today, Thursday, is no exception. I held off. I was tempted to bang on about the abject failure of Alex Salmond, artificial sweeteners having a role in diabetes, a very iffy study of the best positions in which to have sex if you’re a man with a dodgy back.

I’ve suffered from a prolapsed disc on not one, but two occasions. I admit it does interfere with your sex life. But I never felt the need to enter into a study where I as a man had strain gauges attached to my lower back, and I and my sexual partner were subjected to MRI scans while in flagrante. I can tell you that you can work out the logistics for yourself; there is no need for hi-tech.

To go back. I just saw a documentary about the rock band Status Quo. Four great guys, three great chords. And I had forgotten just how refreshing they were at the time of their heyday.

I saw them back in 1972. This was post ‘Pictures of Matchstickmen’ and the pseudo-psychedelic noodling before they reverted to type with heads down, no nonsense, mindless boogie.  They were the perfect antidote to the ELP/Yes/Van der Graaf Generator music of the early 70s. Don’t get me wrong. I loved a lot of prog rock. But Quo’s version of ‘Roadhouse Blues’ took some beating. They released albums called ‘Piledriver’ and ‘Dog of Two Heads’ while Yes released ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans.’ I liked all of them, but loved Quo’s simplicity.

They hit a bit of a down period with the single ‘Marguerita Time.’ I hated that. It turns out the band did too.

Nobody who saw and heard them open LiveAid in 1985 will ever forget them. I don’t like the number ‘Rockin’ all over the world,’ but bloody hell did that catch a moment in history.

And bloody hell they were loud. They were very loud indeed.

That always works. Live bands should threaten your very existence just with the noise. Status Quo did that. Though remarkably I saw them as a support band. Yes indeed. They were supporting early glamrockers Slade. They were damned noisy too.



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