Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Standing Quo tribute takes bar supervisor to high of UK charts: EXCLUSIVE interview

Music fanatic Jason Hodgson was left shocked after his tribute file to late Standing Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt flew into the official bodily gross sales singles chart at quantity 2 – 4 locations above the world’s greatest promoting artist.

Jason, 45, had no earlier expertise of the file trade however has overwhelmed mega-artists together with Sheeran, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and novelty grime star Massive Shaq.

And he reckons he’d have grabbed a primary slot from The Charlatans if all of the data he has bought had been eligible for the chart placings. 

Tons of of copies of Rock Remembers Rick EP had been bought a whole lot on the Quo Fan Membership conference final yr and a whole lot extra at gigs of indie rock legends The Wildhearts, whose guitarist CJ Wildheart makes a visitor look on the monitor. 

An enormous Standing Quo fan he was disenchanted when no official tribute to rhythm guitarist Parfitt emerged and so he determined to make his personal. 

The previous IT skilled rapidly jotted down just a few concepts which led to Barrel and Squidger Information being launched from his bed room within the swish spa city of Harrogate.

He then set about reworking Quo’s 1971 acoustic album monitor Nanana right into a frenzied punk-rock quantity which finishes with a choir of Quo followers singing-along to the refrain.

“I’m completely staggered by its success,” admits the self-proclaimed file label proprietor.

His monitor Christmas Eve heads an EP which additionally boasts unique Quo drummer John Coghlan guesting with Norfolk  rockers Walkaway – his first vinyl launch in 30 years – on Quo basic Rain and Monster Truck’s Again To The Stack tribute to Parfitt, who died on December 24 2016, aged 68.

All gross sales of the file are in support of youngsters’s most cancers charity The Shona Smile Basis and after coming into the charts at quantity two on December 29th it continues to carry out effectively and after its lofty first week inserting is presently holding agency at quantity 12 on this week’s chart.

Jason added: “I’ve been a researcher for the official Standing Quo fan membership journal for years. 

“I even interviewed Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi on a prepare from Stoke as soon as so I knew I’d need to get the permission of their supervisor to do it. 

“I knew CJ Wildheart already as a result of he lives close by in Knaresborough and he needed to borrow my file deck as soon as to take a look at a check urgent of certainly one of his songs.  

“I solely did the singing as information vocals at first till CJ stated that it had a “good narrative high quality” and stated I ought to hold them. When a Wildheart says that you must go along with it.” 

Produced by John Shepherd of Harrogate’s Homefire Studios, the tip end result Christmas Eve (Nanana) comes full with a slick video shot at Berties bar in Harrogate. 

Jason stated: “It’s superb. 

“I used to see these bands after I was at Liverpool College within the 1990s, now I’ve bought them showing on my file label.” 

Rock Remembers Rick is accessible through Amazon and iTunes and from Jason’s web site at

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