Francis Rossi of Status Quo joined Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on BBC Breakfast to talk about the band’s forthcoming tour and the compilation album he’s compiled of the biggest rock anthems from the 1980s. Francis threatened to quit the BBC interview after the singer explained that he hated those tracks when he first played them, but Naga and Charlie persuaded him to stay.
“I’m intrigued, Francis, when you said about the bands you purposefully didn’t like because of competition,” Charlie started. “Who are you referring to?”
“I believe that’s it; I recall Iron Maiden being one of them. If Bruce Dickinson is [starstruck], Leon Cave, the drummer of Status Quo, and Richard Malone are [starstruck].
“It was all I wanted to grasp, because there have been acts I’ve seen on TV and said to myself, ‘I don’t like him.’
“I didn’t like one of the guys in the band Sweet years ago, and then I saw him, and he was the guy in the band.”
“I don’t know whether it’s because of the rivalry or whether I’ve just been a normal punter who dislikes someone for some reason. People look at him and say to themselves, ‘No,’ but then they hear him, and it gets even worse.”
Francis declared, “I can get off now…” before Charlie and Naga yelled, “No!”
Naga remarked, “It’s very funny,” and Charlie said, “It’s reassuring that we all do it a little bit.”
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Francis went on to say, “All that goes in the movies, too.” “We only trust the reviewers when they say, ‘Oh, he’s a fine actor.’
“I adore Idris Elba; I’m not sure whether he’s a decent actor or not, but I admire him and his work.”
“Would you be able to answer a question for me?” Naga inquired. “It’s a question I’ve been pondering for a long time and have yet to find an answer to.
“Which is stronger, the video or the album, for Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love?”
“Are you as smart as you think you are?” Francis retaliated. “I believe, if I’m being completely honest, the album.
“However, we are aware of the video’s effect, which is why you asked me the question. It had a big impact and did exactly what it was meant to do: it piqued people’s interest.”
“It’s very rare for a video to transport you back in time,” Naga observed. “It’s normally songs that transport you back in time.”
“Well, yeah, but that video was made to do that, and it was very [racy] at the time,” the guitarist responded.