Rock 'n' Roll

Status Quo

About Rock 'n' Roll

"Rock 'n' Roll" is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1981. It was included on the album Just Supposin'. It was written in Ireland by Francis Rossi and Bernie Frost during a stay in the country, and was not originally intended to be recorded by Status Quo themselves. The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band's thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London's Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.  


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Never thought I'd have a worry for me to be alone
Playing near or far too many times should have known
It can lose you all sleep at night
Twelve bar blues is now alright
Now it's up to you to try and find the reason to
Rock 'n' Roll and every song
Rock 'n' Roll and everyone
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock and Rock 'n' Roll
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock keeps rollin' on
Waiting all the time to find radio plays on Caroline
They say you'll get there in the end
We can pray, what we say
Makes a difference in the end

Looking back it can be funny, it can be very strange
Everything we do, it's funny, we never rearrange
It can lose you all sleep at night
Twelve bar blues is now alright
Now it's up to you to try and find the reason to
Rock 'n' Roll and every song
Rock 'n' Roll and everyone
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock and Rock 'n' Roll
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock keeps rollin' on
Waiting all the time to find radio plays on Caroline
They say you'll get there in the end
We can pray, what we say
Makes a difference in the end

Rushing always in a hurry, and try to give it up
Everything we do it's funny, it's never good enough
It can lose you all sleep at night
Twelve bar blues is now alright
Now it's up to you to try and find the reason to
Rock 'n' Roll and every song
Rock 'n' Roll and everyone
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock and Rock 'n' Roll
It's Rock 'n' Roll and Rock keeps rollin' on
Waiting all the time to find radio plays on Caroline
They say you'll get there in the end
We can pray, what we say
Makes a difference in the e

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Status Quo

Status Quo, also colloquially known as The Quo or just Quo, are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. more »

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Written by: Francis Rossi, Bernard Frost

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10 facts about this song

Release and Chart Performance
"Rock 'N' Roll" was released in 1981 and reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the lead single from Status Quo's 14th studio album, "Never Too Late."
Band Member Contributions
The song was written by the band's core members - Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. These two musicians are considered to be the driving force behind the band's success.
Composition
"Rock 'N' Roll" stands as a testament to Status Quo's natural affinity for the traditional Rock 'n' Roll sound, with its strong driving rhythm and anthemic chorus.
Album Success
The "Never Too Late" album, which contains "Rock 'N' Roll," achieved Gold certification in the UK, making it one of Status Quo's most commercially successful releases.
Live Performances
"Rock 'N' Roll" has been performed many times in Status Quo's live concerts and is well-received by the audience due to its high energy and catchy melody.
Influence
The song remains a favorite among Rock 'n' Roll enthusiasts and is considered a classic representation of the genre from the early 80s.
Lyric Theme
The lyrics of "Rock 'N' Roll" pay tribute to the passion and energy of Rock 'n' Roll, with references to dancing, music, and wild nights out.
Musical Style
The song is a good representation of Status Quo's sound, characterized by their boogie rock style and the driving guitar riffs of Rossi and Parfitt.
Music Video
The official music video for "Rock 'N' Roll" showcases the band performing the song at a high-energy concert, reflecting the band's reputation for their raucous live performances.
Enduring Popularity
Despite it being released over three decades ago, "Rock 'N' Roll" continues to be a staple in Status Quo’s set lists and is often played on classic rock radio stations.

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