As befits a band on the crest of a creative wave word reaches rushonrock that local faves the Quireboys are getting the re-release treatment to celebrate the 20th anniversary of mega-selling album A Bit Of What You Fancy.

Hot on the heels of back-to-back UK tours and that charity FA Cup single with Blyth Spartans, it seems EMI are poised to follow up last year’s double CD compilation with an all new version of the band’s brilliant debut.

And lead singer Spike is convinced 2009 will be even bigger than last year for one of the North East’s true giants of rock.

“I’m back in the North East for a few weeks right now before we head back out on tour,” he explained. “The last album, Homewreckers & Heartbreakers, still hasn’t been released in some countries so we’re off to support that record as soon as it goes out everywhere.

“After that we’re back on the festival trail and there’s an acoustic album planned for sometime this year. But I’ve heard EMI are looking at bringing back ABOWYF and that’s great news. You can’t get it as a single CD these days and after 20 years i reckon it still sounds as good as it always did.”