Living On An Island – Status Quo (1979) [Barbados]


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the 1979 hit, Living on an Island by  Status Quo. The vinyl single has been reworked into a silhouette of the Island of Barbados in the Caribbean.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Status Quo,  living on an island, Barbados or has a special memory linked to the song. Please note the map background option is made from an old world atlas and consequently the map shown  may vary slightly.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Living on an Island
Media Artist/s: Status Quo
Record Label: Vertigo
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Rock / Pop Rock

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Additional information about this, Status Quo vinyl art.

Status Quo – The Artist

Status Quo are an English rock band who play boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962, while still schoolboys. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969. They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including “Rocking All Over The World” in 1977, “Whatever You Want” in 1979 and “In the Army Now” in 1986 and 2010. Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with “Rockin’ All Over the World”. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band appeared on Top Of The Pops more than any other artist. They have released over 100 singles and 33 albums, several of which were best-sellers.

Living on an Island – The Song

“Living on An Island” is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1979. It was included on the album Whatever You Want and featured Rick Parfitt on lead vocals.
Lyrically, the song is about band member Rick Parfitt having to take a “tax year” outside of the United Kingdom and the boredom and isolation he felt living on the Isle of Jersey; however he is also excited about a pending visit from a friend who is arriving shortly.

Barbados – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the shape of the Island of Barbados.  Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of the Americas, and the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is in the western part of the North Atlantic, 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Barbados is located roughly 13°N of the equator. It is about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the countries of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 180 km (110 mi) south-east of Martinique and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Barbados. In 2021, Sandra Mason was elected by Parliament to become the first President of Barbados. On 30 November 2021, Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth as head of state, with Barbados transitioning to a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. Barbados’s population of 287,000 is predominantly of African descent. While it is an Atlantic island, Barbados is closely associated with the Caribbean and is ranked as one of its leading tourist destinations.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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