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Friday, November 01, 2013

The Fools - Sold Out 1980



Sometime around 1975, deep in the Home of the Fried Clam, Ipswich, Massachusetts, a really fun bunch of guys who had a band called "The Rhythm A's" somehow changed and became "The Fools".

"The Fools" are a Massachusetts rock band best known for the party atmosphere of their live performances and tongue-in-cheek original songs, covers and parodies.

The Boston based band, "The Fools", came together in 1975 and over the years produced fifteen albums and a multitude of hits.Their second hit, "It's a Night for Beautiful Girls" brought the band radio recognition and the opportunity to open for the band 'The Knack' on their U.S. tour.


In 1979 "Psycho Chicken," X-rated parody of The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," exploded over the airwaves of Boston.

Produced by guitarist Richard Bartlett, who would go on to join Ben Orr's solo project, and engineered by Luna producer Jay Mandel, "Psycho Chicken" was so much of what this band was about.

The boys were so excited they followed up almost at once with another whopping hit — "It's a Night for Beautiful Girls." And the guys weren't the only ones to get excited. EMI Records signed the band and sent them right out to tour the U.S. with The Knack.



The tour was a smashing success. Then, off to Miami to record the victorious debut album "Sold Out."

In 1985, The Fools released World Dance Party independently. Four of the album's songs - "World Dance Party", "Life Sucks...Then You Die", "She Makes Me Feel Big", and a remake of Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" - received considerable radio airplay throughout New England and the video for "Doo Wah Diddy" was shown extensively on MTV.


In 2010, Mike Girard released the book "Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales", which outlined the sometimes hilarious history of the band.

"Sold Out" stands as a very respectable and very important debut album by a band that was able to play the local circuit for more than a decade after its release as one of the major draws in New England.

TRACKS


A1. Psycho Chicken ( Clucked)     3:18
A2. Night Out     3:04    
A3. Fine With Me     3:18    
A4. Don't Tell Me     3:36    
A5. Sold Out     3:22    
A6. Sad Story     4:26     

   
B1. Mutual Of Omaha     3:45    
B2. It's A Night For Beautiful Girls     3:54    
B3. Spent The Rent     2:46    
B4. Easy For You     3:35    
B5. I Won't Grow Up

TRACKS

A1. Psycho Chicken ( Clucked)     3:18
A2. Night Out     3:04    
A3. Fine With Me     3:18    
A4. Don't Tell Me     3:36    
A5. Sold Out     3:22    
A6. Sad Story     4:26    

   
B1. Mutual Of Omaha     3:45    
B2. It's A Night For Beautiful Girls     3:54    
B3. Spent The Rent     2:46    
B4. Easy For You     3:35    
B5. I Won't Grow Up

PSYCHO  CHICKEN  LYRICS



I can't seem to face up to the facts
I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax
This Colonel Sanders job is gettin' me down
A crazy chicken chasing me all over town

Psycho Chicken
Better run run run run run run run away

I don't know just what to do
He's got a grudge against Frank Perdue

He's clucking a lot, but he's not saying anything
I plucked him once why pluck him again?


Psycho Chicken
Better run run run run run run run away

CHORUS

Colonel Sanders wants to cook his goose
but Psycho Chicken's still on the loose
("Hmm, a little chickie--" BWAAK!! "OHH!!")

They caught him down in Ohio
They cut off his head
and they put him in the oven
They put him in a box right next to a roll
Put some coleslaw around his legs
and someone took him home
Ate him for lunch
and he tasted real fine ("BURP!")
but the guy who ate him,
he just lost his mind!

Psycho Chicken
Better run run run run run run run away




Flac  221  Mb          MP 3  87  Mb



4 comments:

  1. best of zam!
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  2. I saw them open for Pat Benatar in 1980 in Richmond, Va at the Mosque Theatre.

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  3. a SUPERB album! I even ended up doing a home cover of Mutual Of Omaha!

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  4. Thank you!!Great memories of my teen years. I saw the band in a tv show here in Spain called "Aplauso", just when i was discoveriing rock and roll bands.

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