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Album review

The Quireboys / Spike 

From Tooting to Barking + Lost In Space / Godís Hotel

added: 1 Jul 2011 // release date: 1 Jul 2011 // label: Retroworld
reviewer: Andy Snipper

The Quireboys / Spike - From Tooting to Barking  + Lost In Space / Godís Hotel - Printable version
In the late Ď80ís and early Ď90ís there was a dearth of genuine rock and roll with the exception of a very few ĎBad Boysí and possibly the baddest of them all were The Quireboys.
Ronnie Wood had joined the Strolling Bones, Rod Stewart was a fluffed up poodle with a penchant for sad anthems and gay disco and if you wanted to rock out to a bund of junkies with drainpipe legs and pasty faces The Quireboys were the best game in town.

This release contains a compilation of their first two albums coupled with the best of their live albums and, separately, Spikeís solo album.

Anyone who ever wrote a review of the Quireboys talked about their similarity to The Stones or the Faces and its all true Ė they had the swagger, the raunch and the aggression but they also had a streak of snotty punkiness that the other two bands didnít have and they are probably the real progenitors of bands like the Towers of London. Frankly they were a magnificent, sloppy, bedraggled and glammed up mess who happened to rock like the very devil and didn't care qho got hurt.

Spikeís album ĎGods Hotelí has more musicality than the Quireboys albums and probably deserves far more plaudits than it usually gets.
It is darker and has a much more American feel but the playing is powerful and the sound when it was released in 2000 was far denser and more sombre than most listeners could handle. It was about time that it was reissued and sounds as good today as it ever did.
One listen to ĎSkiní or ĎMercy of Murderí should convince and there are 16 tracks of similar vicious quality.


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