earMusic/Eagle Rock EntertainmentTo many U.S. music fans, Status Quo probably is best known for their 1968 psychedelic gem "Pictures of Matchstick Men," but the British rockers have been a veritable institution in their homeland for decades. The band, who by the early 1970s had embraced a harder blues-rock sound, have scored more than 50 top 40 hits on the U.K. charts, the most recent in 2010.
Now, after more than 40 years of rocking stages all over the world, Status Quo has made the move to the big screen, starring in a new feature film titled Bula Quo!, while simultaneously releasing a two-CD soundtrack album of the same name. The movie is an action/comedy caper set on the island of Fiji, where the band members end up tangling with a local crime syndicate while on a 50th anniversary tour.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi shared some more details about the film's plot.
"It's about us fighting Jon Lovitz, who plays this criminal [named] Wilson," he explains. "He's getting various [hobos] off the street, and he gets them to play Russian roulette. And, of course, people die and then they operate on them and harvest their organs and take them off…And we see that and they start chasing us and it kind of gets silly."
Bula Quo! also features British TV and film stars Laura Aikman and Craig Fairbrass, who try to help Rossi and band mate Rick Parfit get away from Lovitz and his cronies. Rossi tells ABC News Radio that while he enjoyed shooting the flick on the exotic isle, he also came to realize just how much hard work goes into making a feature-length movie.
"We would be up at five in the morning, we left the hotel at six, we were on set at seven and [finished at 7:30 at night]," he recalls. "And that went seven days a week for a month. And the last week, we turned it around and had to work six o'clock at night to six o'clock in the morning."
Bula Quo! currently is playing in theaters around the U.K., although there's no word on if it will be released in the U.S. As for the Bula Quo! album, that hit stateside stores earlier this week. The double-disc collection features a CD of brand-new songs Quo recorded to accompany the movie, and a CD of new versions and live renditions of many of the band's biggest hits.
Rossi says he likes Bula Quo! because the band experimented with a number of different styles to reflect the action and setting of the movie.
"Various ideas for songs started to come about because you were writing for the story of the film," he notes. "We weren't tied by the normal parameters of Status Quo as a rock band…So, there's a reggae track on there, there's Rick's 'Mystery Island'…there's this nice mixture of tracks."
Asked to name his favorite songs on the album, Rossi says he generally likes all of them, while singling out Parfit's "GoGoGo," and his own "Looking Out for Caroline" and "Bula Bula Quo," the latter of which is the lead single. "I like an album that has diversity and dynamics to it," he adds.
You can get a taste of Bula Quo! by checking out the movie's trailer, as well as official videos for "Looking Out for Caroline" and "Bula Bula Quo," which all can be viewed online.
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