This article is from the Status Quo FAQ, by Mike Dimmick email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
This song appeared first on the reverse of 'In My Chair', and
then was re-recorded for the 'Dog of Two Head' album.
However, although it's credited as being written by
'Manston/James,' Francis' introduction to the song on stage
now seems to be that they wrote it somewhere in Germany. The
classic tale that has been repeated at times is that they were
given the song by two individuals after a gig somewhere in
As for the title, I personally do not believe Francis' story
that it was named after two German people, 'Gerd und Ulla.'
However, given my track record, this one might turn out to be
true. I have attempted to look it up in a German dictionary,
and failed! Quo seem to have been going through a German
phase at the time, since on the same album appeared the song
'Umleitung,' meaning 'diversion.' In neither case does the
song actually appear to bear much resemblance to the title.
And now I come to look at the sleeve notes for the singles
compilation, which claims that Rossi and Young subsequently
owned up to being Manston and James, though where they got the
names from is a mystery. And yes, the story about 'Gerd und
Ula' is true; they were two German friends of the band. The
reason for the pseudonyms may have something to do with the
fact that the song was published by Birchwood Music / EMI
Music, rather than Valley Music, their usual publishing house.
If anyone knows why the song was credited as Manston/James
rather than its true authors, let me know, as I'm fascinated!