And so farewell Mr. Parfitt


No one’s ever going to say that this was sophisticated music. But there’s probably been more boogieing on down over the years to this band than there has to almost any other.

 

The desire to boogie on down being on of the things we find in all and every human cultures. Well, OK, Southern Baptists oppose sex because they think dancing might break out.

Not perhaps one of the great artistes of our times but nowt wrong with being an exemplar journeyman, eh?

 

22 comments on “And so farewell Mr. Parfitt

  1. I used to work in a green grocery in West Byfleet in the mid seventies. Rick Parfitt used to pop on occasionally as he still had family in the area (he went to school just round the corner in Sheerwater).

    I remember him as pleasant and easygoing, though I didn’t get excited, not being a fan.

  2. A bit too unoriginal for my taste : “Rocking all Over the World ” being the sticking-point.Just no need for Quo cover version.John Fogerty deserves the entire credit for writing and performing it. A much more major figure , somewhat in undeserved obscurity now.

  3. CCR were the Status Quo of the US. They’re not obscure here in Aus, hardly a day goes by without hearing a CCR song on the radio.

  4. Well, OK, Southern Baptists oppose sex because they think dancing might break out.

    You may find that the Southern Baptists are fine with dancing. The African influence.

    This man seems to have made some fairly entertaining music that clearly a lot of people liked. He seems to have restricted whatever misery he caused to those around him, if at all. Few people could say as much at their end.

    DocBud – “CCR were the Status Quo of the US. They’re not obscure here in Aus, hardly a day goes by without hearing a CCR song on the radio.”

    But Creedence Clearwater Revival are not an Australian band? Doesn’t Australia have its own equivalent of Status Quo?

  5. In our house, we’ve recently been discussing, not in great depth, how nobody ever says: “save me the Milky Ways, they’re my favourite.” I must be honest, I never thought I’d ever hear someone describe CCR as brilliant.

  6. I don’t appreciate music and movies as art, all that high brow crap bores the shit out of me consequently when journeyman actors and musicians refer to themselves as artists I choke a little. They are entertainers and the highest compliment one can offer is that they are entertaining. Quo are entertaining. I salute them.

    As for CCR, this is one of the most awesome live performances of anything, ever https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=plj82F4kY7o

  7. From my mid-teens I was a big fan of Joe Walsh, I still consider Barnstorm one of the top ten albums of all time. I was devastated when he joined the Eagles.

  8. One of the best live bands ever Status Quo. I saw them 4 times I think. Parfitt was underrated – a tuly great rhythm guitarist

  9. Never a Status Quo fan, but their stuff was very tolerable. As for CCR, if you can hear Good Golly Miss Molly or Ramble Tamble and not hear sheer, undiluted musicianship then you’ve a screw loose.

  10. Bloke in Costa Rica said:
    “As for CCR, if you can hear Good Golly Miss Molly …”

    Wasn’t that Little Richard?

    I quite like Bad Moon Rising though.

    As for Quo, yes, they did it well, but they always sounded as if they were covering someone else’s songs, even when they were singing their own stuff.

  11. It is probably a bit of a sad commentary that when this man dies, instead of Status Quo we are all talking about CCR.

    I don’t think that would happen for Keith Richards. On the other hand it probably wouldn’t happen for Phil Collins either.

  12. Diogenes – “Rather more sadly, George Michael is dead”

    More sadly? More sadly than what?

    The police are describing his death and unexpected but not suspicious. So I always thought that HIV would get him – a former HIV positive Brazilian boyfriend, anonymous sex in toilets, an unexpected hospitalisation due to pneumonia. But it doesn’t sound like it.

    Still, looking back I can say that Wake Me Up and Careless Whispers don’t fill me with the same degree of loathing they used to. In fact I might almost enjoy at least one of them.

  13. Long term coke use is more likely to get you these days than bum shenanigans now that HIV is manageable. Even after you stop the heart damage persists. It’s entirely possible that’s what happened to Carrie Fisher.

  14. May have got the wrong guy, but wasn’t it he who, on being asked in court if he had slept with the girl, replied “Of course I have, I’m a rock star!”

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