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Quireboys Introduction

The Quireboys are a hard rock band formed during 1984, in London, England with strong ties to Newcastle. When the band formed they were originally known as the London Quireboys in the US and this is still evident on many of their stateside releases.

The band were successful during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their debut album "A Bit of What You Fancy" reaching #2 on the UK charts. Their highest charting single for the band was with the song "Hey You", it reached #14. The album and the singles from it provide a decent pool of material for the Quireboys collector.

Ticket1In 1993, the Quireboys broke up but briefly reformed live in 1995 with different members. A more permanent reformation came in 2001 when front man Spike, guitarist Guy Griffin and bassist Nigel Mogg put together a new line-up. The band is still active, recording new material and playing live (with a heavy rotation on bassists and drummers!). Spike will typically open each show with the words "We're the Quireboys and THIS is Rock and Roll!" - words which also provided the title for one of the bands albums.

Back at the start of their career, they released two singles via Survival Records, entitled "Mayfair" and "There She Goes Again". The original versions of these singles are a bit harder to track down than their Parlophone (EMI) reissues which came after Sharon Osbourne became their manager and as the band released their classic debut album.

There She Goes AgainA second album, "Bitter Sweet & Twisted", came out in 1993, but shortly afterwards the band disappeared from public view and were believed to have split up. Collectors should check out the Japanese double CD of this album. EMI took the opportunity to release a selection of compilations and live recordings during the years after this and the band reformed for a number of low key gigs in the mid 90's.Ticket2

A new line up recorded and released "This Is Rock'N'Roll" in 2002 and followed it with the moderately successful "Well Oiled" in 2004. Both of these releases have promo editions that are worth tracking down - especially the versions with slightly different tracks listings.

Looking to find a home for their material which would be passionately supported, in May 2008 The Quireboys released their long awaited "Homewreckers & Heartbreakers" album on the Jerkin Crocus label. A number of subsequent albums have followed - usually both on CD and vinyl, although physical singles have been thin on the ground. Whilst this lack of singles these days means less material for the dedicated collector, vocalist Jonathan Gray (commonly referred to as just "Spike") has also recorded a number of solo CDs (and a handful with Dogs D'Amour front-man Tyla). These are included in the discography, together with some promo releases. 2017 saw the release of a blues album - "White Trash Blues" and the band continue to tour regularly. 2020 saw the band release a 35th anniversary live CD/DVD (with Amazon Prime tie-in) and later in the year should have seen the fan-funded live shows in London with a full orchestra. This is now postponed until late 2022 and will also be released in physical format thereafter - possibly as a limited edition.

As we reach 2023/2024 things get more complicated. The Quireboys/Quireboys have split in two with Spike's version of the band (back with some original members) dropping the "The" from the name and the others continuing as before with Guy Griffin on vocals. This site will not take any sides and will continue to list releases from both. The upcoming Wardour Street boxed set looks especially interesting.

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