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Status quo, a commonly used form of the original Latin "statu quo" - literally "the state in which" - is a Latin term meaning the current or existing state of affairs.[1] To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. The related phrase status quo ante, literally "the state in which before", means "the state of affairs that existed previously"[2].

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Political usage

The original phrase from 14th-century diplomatic Latin was in statu quo res erant ante bellum, meaning "in the state in which things were before the war". This gave rise to the shorter form status quo ante bellum "the state in which (it was) before the war" (indicating the withdrawal of enemy troops and restoration of power to prewar leadership), as well as other variations such as status quo itself.

Arguing to preserve the status quo is usually done in the context of opposing a large, often radical change. The social movement is an example of the status quo being challenged. The term frequently refers to the status of a large issue, such as the current culture or social climate of an entire society or nation.[3]

Politicians sometimes refer to a status quo. Often there is a policy of deliberate ambiguity, referring to the status quo rather than formalizing the status. Clark Kerr is reported to have said, "The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed," meaning that the status quo cannot simply be decided against; action must be taken if it is to change.

Sometimes specific institutions are founded to actively maintain the status quo. The United Nations, for example, was intended to help solidify the peaceful international status quo that immediately followed World War II.

In Israel, the term refers to an informal agreement conducted in 1947 between the secular leadership of the Zionist movement in Palestine and leaders of the Orthodox Jews, which created a framework for the establishment of the country. This agreement lays out ground rules for the relationship between state and religion in four major issues: Shabbat, education, Kashrut, and matrimonial law. It has been more or less maintained throughout the country's existence. It might also refer to the arrangement formalized in 1852 for the division of custodianship among a number of Christian communities for various important Christian holy sites of the Holy Land.

Quotations

"What politician has ever run on the platform of despair, defending the status quo, and driving people apart? Except Ralph Wilson, Jr." - Ann Coulter

"Their [the Republicans’] pledge is to the status quo, and today there is no status quo." — John F. Kennedy[4]

"The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed."Clark Kerr[5]

"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status."Laurence J. Peter[6]

"Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in."Ronald Reagan[7]

"The status quo sucks."George Carlin[8]

"I hate a Roman named Status Quo!"Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451[9]

"I love taking on the status quo, and trying to turn it upside down."Richard Branson[10]

"I will not accept the status quo as a solution." - Barack Obama[11]

"It's about destroying the status quo, because the status is NOT quo." - Dr. Horrible

"Keep the status quo." - National Treasure

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Simple English

Status Quo, also known as The Quo or just Quo, is a rock band from England. They were called "The Status Quo" in late 1967, and settled on the name "Status Quo" in 1970. They have recorded over 60 chart hits in the UK, and have sold a total of 118 million records worldwide. They have also had a total of 33 hit albums in the UK charts - more than any other band other than the Rolling Stones. Their hayday was in the early to mid '70's with hits like Caroline, Whatever You Want, and Down Down. They formed in 1962.

Although sometimes criticized for a repetitive and apparently simple guitar riff sequence and harmonies on many of their numbers, their musical versatility can be heard in some of their earlier or less well-known numbers, such as Ice in the Sun, Pictures of Matchstick Men and Forty-Five Hundred Times. The latter probably highlights, more than any other, Rossi and Parfitt's talent for close vocal and guitar harmonies, which owe much to the English folk and folk/rock genres. Whether intentional or not this has become their hallmark.

Status Quo famously opened the Live Aid concert in 1985 with 'Rocking All Over the World' - the then largest live television broadcast ever. The band are currently (2008) hoping for No.1 success with their current Christmas song 'It's Christmas Time'.

Band members

  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar (1962 - present)
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar (1967 - present)
  • Andy Bown - Keyboards/ Guitar/ Harmonica / Backing Vocals (1973 - present)
  • John 'Rhino' Edwards -Bass Guitar/ Guitar/ Backing Vocals (1986 - present)
  • Matt Letley - Drums, Percussion (2000 - present)

Timeline

Timeline

The Scorpions (1962)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Alan Key - Keyboards
The Scorpions (1962)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Jess Jaworski - Keyboards
  • Barry Smith - Drums
The Spectres (1963)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Jess Jaworski - Keyboards
  • John Coghlan - Drums
The Spectres (1964-1967)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Roy Lynes - Keyboards
  • John Coghlan - Drums
Traffic Jam (1967)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Roy Lynes - Keyboards
  • John Coghlan - Drums
The Status Quo (1967-1970)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Roy Lynes - Keyboards
  • John Coghlan - Drums
Status Quo (1971-1973)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • John Coghlan - Drums
Status Quo (1973-1981)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Andy Bown - Keyboards
  • John Coghlan - Drums
Status Quo (1982-1985)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Alan Lancaster - Bass Guitar / Vocals
  • Andy Bown - Keyboards
  • Pete Kircher - Drums
Status Quo (1986-2000)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Andy Bown - Keyboards
  • John 'Rhino' Edwards - Bass Guitar
  • Jeff Rich - Drums
Status Quo (2000 - present)
  • Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
  • Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
  • Andy Bown - Keyboards
  • John 'Rhino' Edwards - Vocals / Bass Guitar
  • Matt Letley - Drums



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