Record executives are never shy about jumping on a trend, and the waning days of hard rock resulted in many guitar-wielding bands being pushed on the genre’s bandwagon before it left the station for good. Example A was Enuff Z’Nuff, who just wanted to be Cheap Trick, but kept getting tripped up by the peace signs their handlers plastered all over them; example B was the Quireboys, a British band of retro-rockers that, at one time, counted among its members the Idolator-beloved Ginger. A Bit Of What You Fancy, the Quireboys’ 1990 album, revealed on first listen a band that wanted to be the Faces–but instead, they were shoved into the last half-hour of Headbangers’ Ball, where “London” was appended to their name for legal reasons. Production aside, listen to these songs and tell us that today, these songs wouldn’t result in the band snagging a spot on a tour with some blooze-rock act–like, you know, The Hold Steady.
Quireboys – 7 O’Clock [MP3, link expired]
Quireboys – Sweet Mary Ann [MP3, link expired]