Piledriver is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Status Quoreleased in It was the first to be produced by the group themselves, and their first on the Vertigo label. It was a top five hit, and included several live favourites that would be frequently featured in concert. The album was the first one the group recorded after they had switched labels from Pye to Vertigo Records. When recording for Pye, the studio staff had complained about the volume Big Fat Mama - Status Quo - Piledriver it would overload the input levels on the recording desk and distort, but for Piledriverthey could bring their touring gear into IBC Studios and record live at stage levels, giving them a much stronger sound.
The opening song, "Don't Waste My Time" was written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young in the soon-to-be trademark shuffle style the group would become famous for.
The lyrics complain about a girl not being serious about a relationship and messing around. The song became a live favourite, and frequently got audiences bouncing around at gigs.
The B-side would later be incorporated into the Big Fat Mama - Status Quo - Piledriver following album, Hello! The group first heard the Doors ' version of Roadhouse Blues when touring BielefeldGermany inand enjoyed its bar shuffle, using it as a template for other songs. The group's arrangement was longer than the original, featuring another first and three-part harmony vocals.
The front cover showed a live shot of the band in their classic "heads down, no-nonsense boogie" mode. The album was released in December the same year, and reached the highest position of 5 in the UK charts, spending 37 weeks there. In their retrospective review, AllMusic applauded the album as both crowd-pleasing and moderately ambitious, commenting that "Despite the name, most of the music on Piledriver is varied and subtle enough to be interesting.
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