It’s Throwback Thursday on byteclay.com and this week’s photo was sent in to us by lead vocalist of The Fools, Mike Girard. He’s no psycho chicken, and Blow Up Betty, wasn’t very vocal.
Did you know that The Fools were the first band to play on the MTV Network? Girard and his band, all from the, “Home of the Fried Clam”, Ipswich, Massachusetts, made their presence known with their parody hit, “Psycho Chicken.” The song was released in 1979 and was a take off of The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”. EMI signed the band and sent them on a U.S. tour with, The Knack, and shortly thereafter they recorded their debut album, “Sold Out.”
After fifteen albums, ten singles, and tours with The J. Geils Band, Doobie Brothers, RUSH, and in 1981 the Van Halen, “Fair Warning Tour” , the boys are still rocking around Boston, New England and beyond. After more than 30 years in the music business, they still haven’t lost their zany ways.
In 2010, Girard wrote a book about his life on the road with The Fools. The book is called, “Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales”, which outlines some very funny history with the band.
The band, which came together in 1975 was: Girard on lead vocals and stage antics; Rich Bartlett on guitar; Stacey Pedrick on guitar; Doug Forman on bass; and Chris Pedrick on drums. After being dropped by EMI, Chris Pedrick departed and was replaced by drummer Leo Black. Shortly after, Forman decided to leave, his void was filled by bassist Joe Holaday. In 2012, Lou Spagnola left the band, and was replaced by bassist Eric Adamson. Holaday does however continue to make occasional appearances with the band.
Catch THE FOOLS on Saturday, April 2, at the Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North in Salisbury.