Review: Status Quo – Bula Quo!
Published on June 23rd, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Status Quo’s Bula Quo! was inspired by, and we quote, “Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt’s experiences while shooting the upcoming the comedy action movie of the same name. It tells the story of their trip to Fiji and how a journey that started with guitars ends up with guns.”
So, that’s Status Quo soundtracking a “comedy action” film about Status Quo. Sounds like Hell’s own barn dance, right? Well, believe it or not, there are moments when their relentless boogie takes on an almost (dare we say it) Supergrassishly/T. Rexily kind of gleeful, glammy menace, the likes of which probably won’t take you by surprise should you be acquainted with Quo’s lesser-known weird side.
While not without its insipid tracks, Bula Quo! is also home to a handful of very presentable and disarmingly playful numbers: “Mystery Island” is a really-quite-pleasant sort of calypso sway, “Never Leave a Friend Behind” is good fun and sweet with it, while closing track and single (Quo’s hundredth overall; so that’s three hundred chords, then, arf!) “Bula Bula Quo” is a bit of a blast with its lovely, breezy backing vocals on the chorus.
Goodness knows if we’ll ever get round to exploring Status Quo’s secret history – certainly, it’s not a priority – but Bula Quo! is in itself a decent indicator that they might after all be worthy of a little more respect than you’d allocated them.
Bula Quo! is out now on Fourth Chord Records.
Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!
The Bula Quo! film will be released in July, rated PG. For more information, watch the trailer below and read the ensuing, copy/pasted blurb:
Bula Quo is released in July 2013. It is a modern day Blues Brothers, with rock legends Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt amply performing Carey and Daniels, Dumb and Dumber like roles of themselves. Status Quo who have sold over 100 million records opened Live Aid in 1985 and have fans worldwide. The cinema trailer can be found on this channel.
Playing themselves, Status Quo are on their 50th year anniversary tour of the world when they slip away to a downtown bar and record the evidence to a murder on their phone. From that moment, not only is the villain, Jon Lovitz searching Fiji for them, but their management; Craig Fairbrass and Laura Aikman and the police….. Boats, planes, trains, automobiles, underwater unit and explosions join with clips of 11 classic and 9 new rock songs to make this the uplifting guilty pleasure of 2013. First single released first week August 2013,Album week 2, cinema release of film third week 2013.
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