Just as future U.S. glam superstars Mötley Crüe were cementing their bad-boy reputation stateside on their party-as-you-go Shout at the Devil tour, on the other side of the pond, four young upstarts by the name of the Queerboys were taking their first baby steps as perhaps the heirs-in-waiting of a raucous barroom sound that the Faces and Rod Stewart helped to pioneer in the early ’70s.
Led by vocalist Spike Gray and guitarist Guy Bailey, the Queerboys [sic] were rounded out by bassist Nigel Mogg (the nephew of bassist Pete Way of UFO fame) and Paul Hornby on drums. Hornby quickly split to form future U.K. underground darlings the Dogs D’Amour along with toxic frontman Tyla. By 1987, the Queerboys had changed their name to the more consumer-friendly Quireboys and had added keyboard man Chris Johnstone and a drummer by the name of Coze to the fold.
After bringing in new drummer Ian Wallace to the fold, the Quireboys signed to EMI proper and recorded a stunning debut entitled A Bit of What You Fancy. On Fancy, the band made no bones of hiding their influences -- they didn’t even have to try. The spirit of Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and the Faces was well and alive on song’s like “Sex Party,” the gentle “Sweet Mary Ann,” and especially the let’s-drink-one-with-the-boys “7 O’Clock.”