Status Quo – Pictures Of Matchstick Men

Rossi and co's early hits trace their transition from psychedelic lads to headbangers

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Since it became apparent that Liam Gallagher’s collaboration with Death In Vegas on “Scorpio Rising” owed no small debt to the old Quo’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”, they had to give them a writing credit. You can hear the original again, plus minor classics like “Ice In The Sun” and “Down The Dustpipe”, and have fun spotting the moment when mild acid blues turned into heads-down, no-nonsense, mindless boogie. A quaint period piece that scores high on the milkman whistling register.

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