Down the Dustpipe

Status Quo

About Down the Dustpipe

"Down the Dustpipe" is a song written by Australian singer-songwriter Carl Groszmann. He was a client of Valley Music, who were affiliated to Status Quo's management in their early days. The group recorded it, and in Francis Rossi's words, "it was the first record to feature our soon-to-be trademark boogie shuffle". It became one of the most popular numbers in their live set. Released as a single in March 1970, it took the media by surprise as it was so different in sound from their previous work. Radio 1 presenter Tony Blackburn dismissed it on air the first time he played it with the comment, "Down the dustbin for this one."A demo version of the song was recorded by Welsh band Man, who were hired by Pye Records as a studio band. They taught their arrangement of the song to Status Quo, who adopted it without changing much. In the future, whenever the two bands met, Man found it entertaining to keep reminding Status Quo of who did the original arrangement for their hit single. The harmonica was played by Bob Young, who had recently joined Status Quo as their roadie but became an unofficial member, playing harmonica on several subsequent recordings and co-writing many of their singles and album tracks. Although it was initially ignored by Radio 1, it made the charts largely through the group's increasing popularity as a live band, and reached number 12 in the UK Singles chart in July. Its slow progress gave it a 17-week stay in the Top 50, something never achieved by any of their subsequent, more well-known singles. 


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