The Quads

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The Quads
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk
Years active1979–1982
LabelsBig Bear Records
Past membersJosh Jones
Jack Jones
Jim Doherty
Johnny Jones

The Quads were a new wave band from Birmingham, England, active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their 1979 single "There Must Be Thousands" was a favourite of the BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who selected it as his "single of the decade!"[1]

Despite receiving considerable airplay on the main BBC Radio 1 daytime programmes, "There Must Be Thousands" only reached No. 66 in the UK singles chart, but in 2001 John Peel still listed it as one of his all-time favourite records.[2]

Then, in 2013, to coincide with its use on a promotional video by natural skincare company JooMo, the track was re-released by Big Bear Records .[3][4]



  • "There Must Be Thousands" / "You’ve Gotta Jive", 1979, UK No. 66 [5]
  • "There's Never Been A Night" / "Take It", 1979
  • "UFO" / "Astronaut's Journey", 1980
  • "Gotta Get A Job" / "Gang Of Kids", 1981
  • "Still Moment (In Time)" / "Time To Think", 1982


  • Bouncing In The Red, 1980 EMI album, includes:
    • "There Must Be Thousands"
  • Brum Beat - Live At The Barrel Organ, 1980 Big Bear Records double album, includes:
    • "When Everything's Said And Done"
    • "Wonders Never Cease"
  • Shake Some Action Volume 1, 2001 bootleg CD album, includes:
    • "There Must Be Thousands" (re-mastered from vinyl)

Peel session[edit]

On 29 August 1979, The Quads recorded a Peel session incorporating;

  • "Revision Time Blues"
  • "I Know You Know"
  • "There's Never Been A Night"
  • "There Must Be Thousands"

Music excerpts[edit]


  1. ^ John Peel’s single of the decade! Big Bear Music
  2. ^ So hard to beat, The Guardian, 2001-11-01. Accessed on-line 2007-07-28
  3. ^ There Must Be Thousands re-released on iTunes
  4. ^ JooMo Skin Care
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 444. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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