The Quireboys – “Beautiful Curse”

The Quireboys – “Beautiful Curse” (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)

Blimey, I remember these guys from the 80s! Formed in 1984 to be precise, The Quireboys play a very easy living style of rock or gypsy rock n roll as some might describe it. Although I don’t exactly follow the band this is their first release in the last 3 or 4 years but by gad, it all sounds just like it did when as a teenager I heard hits like ‘Hey You’. Bloody hell, they even got Chris Tsangarides to do the production (bet he was relieved after Anvil lol – Ed)! Spike’s still on vocals, along with guitarists Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin who put in some fine slide work, as does Keith Weir on the funky keys and heart breaking hammond organ. Together they shake, rattle and roll like a cross between The Rolling Stones and Mott The Hoople on ‘Homewreckers And Heartbreakers’, kick back on ‘Beautiful Curse’ and reflect on the poignant ‘Twenty Seven Years’ where Spike croons ‘..yeah, I made it…and you know I can take cos I made it thru the tears..’ – a definite statement that The Quireboys are back and have never sounded better.

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