Pictures of Matchstick Men: STATUS QUO

Australian singles chart:
Pictures of Matchstick Men entered the Kent charts on 23 March 1968 and peaked at #19.

Francis Rossi

John Schroeder

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The “matchstick men” of the song refers to the paintings of Salford artist L. S. Lowry.
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The group’s lead singer Francis Rossi wrote this song – he was still a teenager and it was just the second tune he had ever composed.
Like many of his later songs, this one is about a woman who treats him wrong (“You make men cry, you lie”). In a Songfacts interview with Rossi, he explained: “Matchstick Men was basically about my ex-wife. I’d just got married, and I thought, Oh, this is a mistake, what have I done?”
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