This heavy rock band formed in 1987 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and were known as The Queerboys for their first year, until the negative effect of that name became apparent.
Essentially little more than a covers band wrapped up in major label glad rags, The Quireboys (known internationally as The London Quireboys) released their debut album, A Bit of What You Fancy in 1990, containing at least four blatant Faces rewrites.
Each tune begins with a tossed-off intro before the band lurch into a distorted country-blues vamp, and lead singer Spike earns his moniker with some piercing Rod Stewart appropriations. Incredibly, the misbegotten ballad Whipping Boy features a white English rock singer trying to depict the antebellum American South from a slave’s point of view!
The band called it a day in 1993 (largely because of the birth of grunge) but reformed for live work in 1995 with a new drummer. A more permanent reformation came in 2001 when Spike and guitarist Guy Griffin put together a new line-up that continued to record and perform live.
Drummer Paul Hornby died in 2015 following a battle with cancer. He was 56.
Jonathan ‘Spike’ Gray
David ‘Ginger’ Walls
Nick ‘Cozy’ Connell