By The Quireboys
You may never have heard of them but London hard rockers The Quireboys reached number 2 in the UK charts with their early 90's album 'A Bit Of What You Fancy.' Their past accolades are impressive; The Quireboys were managed by Sharon Osbourne, signed to EMI, played with the likes of Iggy Pop and the Cramps and Ginger of critically acclaimed band The Wildhearts was a founding member. With their long hair, jewellery and open shirts you couldn't find a more 80's looking or sounding band but they were launched in the early 90's as the musical soundtrack changed completely with the onset of grunge and they haven't adjusted their look or sound since. Having permanently reformed in 2001 Global Music have decided to release The Quireboys,' Live in London' double CD and DVD set as part of their Live&Loud Collection.
The press release claims that vocalist Jonathan Gray, commonly referred to as Spike, is 'on great form after triumphantly touring the UK as part of the 2004 "Monster of Rock" tour'. Spike remembers the show recorded for this double CD/DVD release as 'just us having a party with the fans' and refers to it as 'one of the funniest shows [we've] ever done' and indeed the footage confirms the sheer enjoyment of both the band and the crowd at The Marquee Club. The band's overall sound is not dissimilar to The Faces or Rod Stewart with Spike's husky vocals and the classic rock guitar parts yet the song writing ability itself leaves a little to be desired. With a sound like this comparisons to British legends like Stewart and even The Stones are inevitable but The Quireboys tracks are not classics because they lack any kind of depth. As fun as 'Whippin' Boy' and 'Sex Party' are they are not career defining songs, even the Glimmer Twins branch out from songs about sex occasionally but The Quireboys just don't seem to have bothered and after a while the 'woah woah yeah yeah' choruses become a little repetitive and you begin to wish that The Quireboys had been left in the 80's along with the Cold War and acid wash jeans.