The band were successful during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their debut album "A Bit of What You Fancy" reaching #2 on the UK charts. Their highest charting single for the band was with the song "Hey You", it reached #14.
In 1993, the Quireboys broke up but briefly reformed live in 1995 with different members. A more permanent reformation came in 2001 when front man Spike, guitarist Guy Griffin and bassist Nigel Mogg put together a new line-up. The band is still active, recording new material and playing live.
By the mid-1980s the two decided to form a rock and roll band, the name chosen for the group was originally The Choirboys taken from the 1977 movie of the same name, but they soon changed it to the Queerboys. Gray and Bailey were joined by bassist Nigel Mogg (nephew of UFO's Phil Mogg), Chris Johnstone on piano and Paul Hornby who had previously played drums with Pete Burns in the Liverpool group Nightmares in Wax.
The Quireboys started to build up a following, playing at the Marquee Club. The band's drummer Paul Hornby soon left to form Dogs D'Amour, which contained future friends of the Queerboys, he was replaced by Nick Connell (known as Cozy). Connell, Bailey and Johnstone were old friends, having grown up together and attended Alleynes School in Stone, Staffordshire in the '70s. By 1987 the band's controversial name was starting to hinder them, it caused some of the gigs on their tour with Andy McCoy's band to be cancelled. They were also booked to play Reading Festival on the understanding that they would change their name.
Thus they changed it to the Quireboys and have kept the name ever since. They released two singles via Survival Records, entitled "Mayfair" and "There She Goes Again". Another musician from Newcastle was brought in on rhythm guitar, he was named Ginger and made his performing debut at the Hammersmith Odeon where the band were supporting Guns N' Roses. At the end of 1989, the band released the single "7 O'Clock", which entered the UK Top 40 chart.
The debut album was produced by a school friend of the band's Andrew Witham, and entered the UK Charts at number 2. "A Bit of What You Fancy" drew positive reviews and was compared favourably to legendary British rock groups such as Rod Stewart and the Faces, the album was even recorded with Stewart's guitarist Jim Cregan.
In support of the debut, the Quireboys toured relentlessly for the next year. They played with a vast variety of bands in different settings in the United States, from L.A. Guns to Soundgarden to The Cramps to Iggy Pop. After the tour, they also played some high key gigs in the United Kingdom; in Spike's hometown of Newcastle they were asked to support The Rolling Stones at St James' Park. Two months after the Stones show, they played in front of 72,000 people at Monsters of Rock with Aerosmith.
The long touring schedule was finshed off with a gig in Japan at the Tokyo Dome on New Years Eve in front of 50,000 people. A live album was released following this long touring, capturing their live performance, it was named "Recorded Around the World".
Andrew Witham has now also quoted that Spike has been in talks with both himself and Bobby Dall of Poison, in producing a new album. However, Spike hasn't contacted either Andrew or Bobby since first mentioning this.
On May 12th 2008 The Quireboys released their long awaited album "Homewreckers & Heartbreakers" on the Jerkin Crocus label.
Talking about the inspiration for the new album, Paul Guerin said "It's a funny story. We were in Malmö, Sweden in the dressing room. It was just before the show and we'd had a few frothy quenchers. We were trying to come up with album titles, and everyone was laughing at the suggestions. A certain member of the band was regaling a story about something he'd done, and another member of the band said "you're just a home wrecker," and someone else said "yeah, and a heartbreaker". We were just having a laugh, and bang, there it was. It was as simple as that."
|Title||Date of Release||UK Singles Chart|
|There She Goes Again||1988||#87|
|I Don't Love You Anymore||1990||#24|
|There She Goes Again||1990||#37|
|Tramps & Thieves||1992||#41|
(Japan only release)
|Tears in Heaven||2005||???|
The boys are back in Toon ; CHRISTMAS is coming early for fans of North East rock as two of the region's favourite sons add spice to the festive season. SIMON RUSHWORTH reports.
Nov 28, 2010; IF you're a rock 'n' roll hobo looking to celebrate Christmas then it seems home, more than ever, is where the heart is....