Break the Rules

Status Quo

About Break the Rules

"Break the Rules" is a single by British rock band Status Quo in 1974. It was included on the album Quo. The song was not the band's choice of single as they wanted the track "Backwater" to be the single instead. Some copies of this single were mis-pressed with the moulded label for the track "Lonely Night" on both sides.


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Spent a long, long evening in a honky-tonk bar
Pulled a low down lady with a long black honky-tonk car
I asked no questions, got no lies
I walked off with her, I didn't want any ties
And I knew it wasn't right
But everybody has to sometimes break the rules

Took me down on the highway doin' too may miles an hour
By that way she motor-talked we might have made the Eiffel Tower
She stopped her motor by her own front door
I knew she'd done it so many times before
And I was offered the floor
But everybody has to sometimes break the rules

I woke up next morning feeling kind of up and down
'Cause I did not know if I was in or out of town
Then I saw the face from the night before
Purse was empty and lying there on the floor
But like I told you before
That everybody has to sometimes break the rules

Spent a low down evening sitting high on a honky-tonk stool
And I spent my money like a low down honky-tonk fool
But everybody has to sometimes break the rules

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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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15 facts about this song

Release Details
"Break the Rules" is a single by the English rock band Status Quo, released in 1974.
Chart Success
The song peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the charts for seven weeks.
Album Inclusion
The song appeared on their album "Quo," which was their seventh studio album.
Band Line-up
The band members during the time of this song's release and recording were Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, and John Coghlan.
Production Credits
The song "Break the Rules" was produced by Status Quo.
Song Duration
The single track has a duration of about 3 minutes and 39 seconds.
Genre Classification
The song, like many of Status Quo's tracks, falls under the genre of hard rock and boogie rock.
Song Theme
"Break the Rules" carries the signature sound of Status Quo with its distinctive boogie rhythm and the themes of rebellion which were common in rock songs of that era.
Backup Singers
The song is distinctive for featuring the backing vocals of Stray's Steve Gadd and Charlie Whitney.
B-side Release
The B-side of the "Break The Rules" single was the song "Lonely Night."
Label Distribution
The single was distributed by Vertigo Records, a record company known for its "swirl" label.
Despite its success in the charts, the song is not often part of the band's live setlist.
Songwriting Credits
The song authors of "Break the Rules" are Francis Rossi, Bob Young, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, and John Coghlan.
Cultural Impact
The song has been covered by other artists, showcasing its enduring popularity and impact on rock music. For example, the German band Sub7even released a cover in 2004.
Follow-up Single
"Break the Rules" was followed by the single "Down Down," which became one of Status Quo's biggest hits, reaching number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

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