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LOST & FOUND

No.5O

STATUS QUO IN THE ARMY NOW

The title track off In The Army Now was Status Quo’s equal biggest hit of the 1980s, which felt like one in the eye for the many who said they’d never survive the in-fighting and legal disputes that preceded its release.

After Live Aid in 1985, founding bassist Alan Lancaster quit. John “Rhino” Edwards joined to replace him, along with new drummer Jeff Rich, to make the 17th Quo album.

While the boogie-rock formula never relents and would never be expected to, there are isolated changes in focus and tone, with unusual subtlety on display for a Status Quo recording, possibly influenced by the new boys.

The other singles – Rollin’ Home, Red Sky, Dreamin’ – all nodded to a more popfriendly audience. Each made the Top 20. Elsewhere, the highlight is unquestionably the surf rock piledriver End Of The Line, while Calling features not only nice brass overdubs, but girly backing vocals. Invitation, meanwhile, is Quo duplicating the Eagles, and quite the delight for it.

For a band supposedly in turmoil, this was an album that proved Quo could regroup while still maintaining their core support. It peaked at No.7 in the UK albums charts and went gold. Matthew Rudd

Read our Godfather of Pop interview with Francis Rossi on page 17

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!