Harrogate record label scores major chart hit with Status Quo legend

A Harrogate independent record label has entered the ring with the majors - and very nearly won, hitting the number two spot with its latest release

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:14 pm
It's a hit! The front cover of Harrogate label Barrel And Squidger Records' new single, Lockdown featuring legendary Status Quo founder member and drummer John Coghlan.

Barrel And Squidger Records' new single, Lockdown featuring legendary Status Quo founder member and drummer John Coghlan, entered the Official UK Physical Singles Chart at number two, being pipped to the top by Hayley Williams of Paramore.

The tiny label's founder Jason Hodgson said: "I'm absolutely gutted that we missed out on number one, which went to Hayley Williams of Paramore with a single that people had ordered in December.

"It's annoying how the rules work. If her delay had been one week in either direction we'd have had the #1!

"Still, looking at the top five, we're the only indie in a sea of multi-billion $ majors."

It's not the first time this hugely knowledgable rock music fan has tasted success with his independent label but been narrowly deprived of a number one hit in the charts - or worked with multi-million selling rock legends.

In late 2017, he saw Rock Remembers Rick, a 7” EP he released in memory of late music legend Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, hit number two in the official charts for physical singles.

The label’s current release Lockdown, a riff-heavy, word-of-mouth hit, has won air time on national radio, notched up more than 150,000 video views and topped Classic Rock magazine’s prestigious Tracks of the Week poll.

Paired with No Return, the new single recalls the authentic, no-nonsense rocking sound of mid-70s Quo with a line-up including John Coghlan (drums), Mick Hughes (guitar, vocals), Rick Chase (bass, vocals) and Pete Mace (guitar, vocals).

A limited edition double A-side CD single, Lockdown is available from www.musicglue.com/squidger.

More information at www.barrelAndsquidger.co.uk.