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Status Quo: Bula Quo (soundtrack)

2013 has been a pretty eventful year for Status Quo who will soon be celebrating their 50th anniversary. Firstly they embarked upon a much lauded reunion of the 'Frantic Four' line-up with a sold out tour of the UK that saw them ignore the hits and play deep cuts exclusively drawn from the first half of the 1970's back when they were the ultimate eight legged boogie machine. Now the present day version return with the soundtrack to comedy caper movie Bula Quo that marks the silver screen debut of Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, just released to a barrage of appalling reviews. And what have the bands fan base made of all this? The official message board has been closed down such was the reaction to the films titular single a hideous tribal drumming bit of nonsense that makes 'Marguerita Time' sound like 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Ignoring the film and the aforementioned track this double CD is pretty standard fare and just about stands up with what Quo have been releasing over the past few years 'Looking out for Caroline' and 'GoGoGo' are the typical blues driven rockers, 'Mystery Island' is a Beach Boys inspired crooner and 'Fiji Time' a jaunty reggae island breeze. Nothing out of the ordinary, and yet certainly not bad enough to provoke convulsions amongst the Quo faithful. The second disc is re-recorded and live versions of the likes of 'Caroline', 'Rockin All over the World' and 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' that also appear during the movie as a reminder for anyone who really isn't sure who the two lead actors are. Status Quo have participated in some unusual, questionable and frankly bizarre gimmicks over the years and Bula Quo is yet another just don't be surprised if it is not the last.

Track List:-
1. Looking Out For Caroline
2. GoGoGo
3. Run and Hide (The Gun Song)
4. Running Inside My Head
5. Mystery Island
6. All That Money
7. Never Leave A Friend Behind
8. Fiji Time
9. Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega)
1. Living On An Island (Fiji Style)
2. Frozen Hero
3. Reality Cheque
4. Rockin' All Over The World (Bula Edit)
5. Caroline (Live)
6. Beginning Of The End (Live)
7. Don't Drive My Car (Live)
8. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Live)
9. Whatever You Want (Live)
10. Down Down (Live)

Added: July 11th 2013
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2189
Language: english

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Status Quo: Bula Quo (soundtrack)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-07-11 07:21:21
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Boogie legends Status Quo are back, and this time around are offering up the soundtrack to their movie Blua Quo!. Well, sort of a soundtrack anyway. CD1 is an all new collection of songs, and while it doesn't deviate from the Quo formula any (did we really expect them to?), you can't help but tap your feet and get our your air guitar for strong cuts such as "Looking Out For Caroline", "GoGoGo" (which oddly enough almost sounds like an '80s ELO tune), and "Running Inside My Head". Slashing guitars and catchy vocal hooks are all the rage on "Run and Hide", and "Never Leave a Friend Behind" is stereotypical Quo in every way. Not sure how tropical styled pop/reggae tunes like "'Mystery Island", "Bula Bula Quo", or "Fiji Time" work in this context (short answer, they don't) but I guess you can't fault the band for mixing things up somewhat. CD2 contains tunes that are actually included in the comedy movie the band have released, and it's mostly a collection of live tracks of old favorites that most fans have probably heard before, but for the casual listener they are certainly worth hearing as this band always brings it live.

Whether or not you've seen the Bula Quo film (I haven't), the fact that this rock 'n' roll institution is still putting out solid new material is reason enough to get excited. Good stuff here, not great by any means, but if Status Quo at this stage of the game can release an album of new material and at least a handful of the songs are strong, that's ok in my book.

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