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For the record, and regardless of what you may have heard or read anywhere else, the music used in the current HP advert is a Status Quo track by the name of “Pictures of Matchstick Men”. It was released on the 5th January 1968 and was the first single to be issued by “Status Quo” (in fact as “The Status Quo”). The b-side “Gentleman Joe’s Sidewalk Café” was intended to be the a-side but the more psychedelic sounding “Matchstick Men” finally became the a-side choice. The song is written by Francis Rossi and was later included on the album “Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo”. It got to no.7 in the hit parade.

As you were, pop pickers.