Saturday, September 17, 2016

lean stodge

if stodge somehow could also be lean

if fare could somehow be plain yet tasty

if a band could somehow plod swiftly, nimbly

then the ultimate British decade-straddling scene-filler that's surprisingly filling would be

S-Quo seemed so boring and lame to me at the time but....

well, Phil Knight persuasively argued for the Quo fast-chug as a U.K. Neu! or something like that a mini-aeon ago...

still this one just is plod-plod-plod innit

it's a very thin sound.... the vocals are barely there

as though purposely designed for audience participation - sing along to boost them up in a matey sort of way

the sound is such a perfect homology-in-effect fit for bleached 'n ' faded denim

yes really it's only "Down Down" that is any kind of moment

like a "Silver Machine" that never takes off....

stays level....


postscript - my Hardly Baked semiotic breakdown of the video for "Something Bout you Baby I Like"


  1. Yeah, this is thin soup, probably chicken with the odd soft pea thrown in (that's the pub-smell mateyness). And not just thin but COLD. Similar to Abba, sound-associations wise, for me. Both also suggest the shiveryness of flu, when it's just coming on. That high pitched ache. Brrr! But yeah, Down Down is alright.

  2. Another great example of a band that successfully rode the waves of fashion. The leap from Pictures of Matchstick Men to this is impressive.

    From their "boogie" period, Paper Plane is also pretty good, although it is a lot like Down Down. The charge that Quo songs all sounded the same is, of course, entirely accurate.

    That word "boogie" always amused me. Seems a very long way from Boogie Wonderland and Blame it on the Boogie to the Quo.

  3. Same roots in the us south.... But yeah think of the chasm between Andrew sisters boogie woogie bugle boy company b and John lee hooker boogie chillen

  4. Here you go, kidz....