Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


After violent incidents at early live shows, this UK band altered their name from Queerboys to Quireboys, to avoid further trouble. Comprising Spike Gray (vocals), Nigel Mogg (bass, nephew of Phil Mogg of UFO), Chris Johnstone (keyboards), Guy Bailey (guitar), Ginger (David Walls, 17 December 1964, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England; guitar) and Coze (drums), they were all originally drinking buddies in London pubs. Drawing musical inspiration from the Faces, Rolling Stones and Mott The Hoople, they specialized in barroom boogie, beer-soaked blues and infectious raunch ‘n’ roll. Gray’s rough-as-a-gravel-path vocal style, closely resembling Rod Stewart’s, added fuel to accusations of the band being little more than Faces copyists.

After releasing two independent singles the Quireboys signed to EMI Records and immediately underwent a line-up reshuffle. Coze and Ginger (who went on to form the Wildhearts) were removed...

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