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26th Apr 2024 06:21 - 2 months ago
Description : I was listening to Pictures of Matchstick Men by Status Quo a month ago and decided to check out a few more tunes by these guys when I ran into Down, Down and this song, loved both instantly. Pre punk I would call this track from 1972. All guitars are my new Les Paul Jr. Versatile guitar for just having one pickup.

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If you have time take a listen and give theHumps some feedback.

Mosaic
Mosaic 12th May 2024 22:42 - 2 months ago
Hey Mate
Crystal Clear right of the bat, very nice drive, notice under punk but wasn't what I was expecting admittingly I'm not one to listen to punk music so didn't really know what I was going to get lol, excellent track to my ears, I would say one of your best vocals on this too my friend. even though I like all your vocal tracks, but this one stands out for sure, sorry not been here much Wayne, heaps of issues with my better half, but just did a new piece dedicated to my better half so thought would upload to site. MASSIVE FAV and downloaded...Much Respect Wayne...mosaic.
theHumps
theHumps replied 15th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Hey pal, good to see you!

My version is a little more garage band that the original version. This was done in '72, just before people had had enough and wanted a drastic change musically and I think songs like this led the way with it's driving guitars and vocals. I had only heard this for the first time about 6 weeks ago and it just struck me as punk in it's basic form before the guitars got a lot thicker. It's a fun song, great lyrics but a tough one for me to sing both parts in this key, Bb.

Be good and hope all goes well down under!

Wayne
pseudoble
pseudoble 8th May 2024 06:31 - 2 months ago
Long live the humps : )
theHumps
theHumps replied 9th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks man!

I certainly hope so, from a personal point of view of course, he.

Wayne
CelestiaAngel777
CelestiaAngel777 7th May 2024 18:32 - 2 months ago
Aha Status Quo, a great band and I have to say one of my fave songs by them is "The Wanderer" always one I can rock out to, I have to say you are doing this one so much justice & never disappoint whatever you sing. A super rocking! tune indeed, brilliant work on the track and much enjoyed! Kudos!

Angelus
theHumps
theHumps replied 9th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Everyone knows this band except me, I'm a little late to the game, lol.

The Wanderer, great Dion song. I've heard their version, more rocked up than the original.

This was easy enough to cover and a great fun song.

Thanks Angelus!

Wayne
luvroxu
luvroxu 2nd May 2024 18:27 - 2 months ago
Awesome!
theHumps
theHumps replied 7th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks!
monkwee
monkwee 30th Apr 2024 20:07 - 2 months ago
Great job, holy cow! you're getting some epic tones on that LP Jr.!
theHumps
theHumps replied 7th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks!

These "inspired by Gibson" Epiphones are a steal for the price they are charging and the quality of these guitars. The P 90 Pro pickup is hot!

Wayne
Boon
Boon 30th Apr 2024 10:36 - 2 months ago
A real 70's takes me back track
theHumps
theHumps replied 7th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

Wayne
2Sisters
2Sisters 29th Apr 2024 21:32 - 2 months ago
That's him, Wayne! Just like I know and love him. Uncompromising old school rock. The singing and music are just great! I am looking forward to more. Kind regards, Manuela.
theHumps
theHumps replied 7th May 2024 - 2 months ago
Thank you Manuela!

Wayne
Kirkoid
Kirkoid 28th Apr 2024 16:22 - 2 months ago
Amazing, I love it! My fave Quo song is Roll Over Lay Down. If you like Pictures of Matchstick Men, try Scorpio Rising by Death In Vegas.
theHumps
theHumps replied 29th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
That Death in Vegas track is so similar to Matchstick Men, how did they not get sued for copyright? It's a neat track but way too close for comfort in my opinion, lol.

I've been checking the Quo a lot on youtube, so many cool tracks, lots of energy in their songs. And so much live stuff posted, they put on a show!

Wayne
Shaman77
Shaman77 27th Apr 2024 14:22 - 2 months ago
A great trip to the 70s
theHumps
theHumps replied 29th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks Alex!

To be honest, I think it works today as well, it's just a great track.

Wayne
dimestop
dimestop 26th Apr 2024 20:44 - 2 months ago
great track Wayne, The Quo's are great and i too cant understand why they never made it big in the US. Francis Rossi and the boys still rock tho.
great playing and vocal as always, authentic vibe and another really good listen for me.
theHumps
theHumps replied 27th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
I've known Pictures of Matchstick Men since I was a kid and even as I grew older I still had never heard any other tracks by these guys on the radio or on an album owned by any friends.

It's fun to stumble on some great classic rock tracks by an artist that surprises you with their songs other than their big hit.

Be good!

Wayne
Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed 26th Apr 2024 20:27 - 2 months ago
just totally genuine for the era..fab bit of work Wayne...sitting here listening with a smile..keep on..Ed
theHumps
theHumps replied 27th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
Thanks Ed!

I tried keeping the guitars more on the clean side like the original. My new Epiphone Les Paul Jr can give the clean rock tone in so many ways, always loved this classic guitar.

Good to see you again!

Wayne
Danke
Danke 26th Apr 2024 20:12 - 2 months ago
This is again a sheer brilliance Wayne!!!

S.Q. and that LP is the basis of everything ... :-)

Fistbump,
Danke
theHumps
theHumps replied 27th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
...the basis of everything. lol, that's great!

Thanks man but the brilliance comes from Rossi and Young.

Gotta say I love this guitar, the neck feels right and the tones I'm getting through my tweed Fender Bronco amp(direct in) works well with it.

Take care!

Wayne
Cyberflares
Cyberflares 26th Apr 2024 07:39 - 2 months ago
MY partner just said who was it that played that again she thought it was the quo lol now that says something.

I love status quo they used to get slagged off for the simple chords but they were effective and they had some real good tunes.

great track Pal.
theHumps
theHumps replied 26th Apr 2024 - 2 months ago
Ha! That's funny and a compliment, tell her thanks! The more I check them out the more I'm surprised they never made more of a mark on US radio. Really only Matchstick Men was played over here.

The Quo's still rockin', live tv from Germany just 2 years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abifktfBNgg

Thanks, take care folks!

Wayne

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