This article is from the Status Quo FAQ, by Mike Dimmick email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Quo are well known for leaving snippets of speech from the
recording studio at the beginning and end of recordings. Some
of the more difficult ones to work out are below. I think it
gives us a bit of an insight into their attitude to recording!
i) Again and Again
After much searching debate, one of the list members, Matthew
Fearn, sent this message to Rhino, to try to get the point
From: Matthew Fearn - FEAR NOUGHT!
Subject:Mailing list query - AGAIN AND AGAIN
We're currently having a raging debate on the mailing list
about something so mundane that it's driving everybody up the
wall. At the start of the studio version of Again And Again
Rick says something like "Sing along, sing 'bout the blues".
However, nobody can decipher exactly what Rick says.
And got this response:
To: Matthew Fearn - FEAR NOUGHT!
Subject:Re: Mailing list query - AGAIN AND AGAIN
On Wed, 12 Nov 1997 16:59:06 GMT+0, you wrote:
>We're currently having a raging debate on the mailing list
>something so mundane that it's driving everybody up the wall.
>start of the studio version of Again And Again Rick says
>like "Sing along, sing 'bout the blues". However, nobody can
>decipher exactly what Rick says.
Rick says "Sing along, keep the album loose".
Well, that seems to clear things up! Later, Mike Ellwood
reckoned that Rick also says this in the live version of Again
and Again, in the Mystery Song medley. I reckon he's right.
ii) Forty-five Hundred Times
In the same message as above, Mike reckoned he'd decoded what
they were on about at the beginning of the 'new' version of
4500 Times, from the Rock 'Til You Drop album:
"We're going to start again Timmy" (who he)?
(Actually, I reckon it's "We're starting again Timmy", and
'Timmy' is probably Tim Summerhayes, who engineered the album)
"I'm not going to say whose fault it is, but he's blonde and
curly and not unlike one of the Marx brothers..."
(Probably a reference to Jeff -- anyone got a clue what Jeff
might have done?)