Slipped disc for Quo

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A Lytham-based musician and songwriter has a special gift for Status Quo member Francis Rossi when he arrives in the area for his band’s Lytham Proms concert next month.

Former founder member of Blackpool band Complex and one time brains behind chart stars Monsoon, Steve Coe now live back in the area and has unearthed a song he collaborated with the Quo guitarist and vocalist on more than 30 years ago.

Ships in the Night is from a little known concept album called Exiled which was recorded in 1980 and is themed around the idea that aliens visited earth thousands of years ago.

“Though Francis Rossi’s track was a potential hit it was never released as a single,” says Steve who co-wrote an co-produced the song. “In fact although RCA spent £60.000 recording the album with a galaxy of luminous stars the company mysteriously withdrew the album without warning just two weeks after release.

“Consequently, the album has languished in the very un-cosmic, vinyl graveyard of RCA’s underground vaults ever since. Until now!”

Hearing that Status Quo would be headlining the opening night of Lytham proms and with the help of St Annes based Bluebird recordings Studio, Steve has dusted down the track and transferred it from vinyl to CD for the first time

“It seems quite surreal that I’ve moved back here and now Status Quo are going to be playing a gig on the usually sleepy little seafront,” says Steve .

Together with the team at Bluebird he has now gold framed a copy of the recently unearthed disc and intends presenting Francus Rossi with it when his band are in town.

“He probably won’t have heard the track for 31 years – and never on CD,” says Steve.

You can beat the Quo member to it by going to YouTube – Francis Rossi/Ships in the night or for more information www.shipsinthenight.info

Steve Coe found fame with Monsoon, the band which scored a huge hit in 1982 with Ever So Lonely, and although he is featured on the interview track on the anniversary reissue of the Complex album, his place in the gigging line up now goes to Dave Scott, well-known from the Dell Vikings “all those years ago.”