Immaculate Fools

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Immaculate Fools
Origin Kent, England
Genres Pop
Years active 1984–1997
Labels A&M, Epic, Continuum, Cooking Vinyl
Past members Kevin Weatherill
Paul Weatherill
Andy Ross
Peter Ross
Barry Wickens
Paul Skidmore
Ian Devlin
Brian Betts
Nick Thomas

Immaculate Fools were a pop group formed in 1984, who had their biggest success in 1985 with the single "Immaculate Fools",[1] and continued until 1997, releasing six studio albums before splitting up.

Formation, album history and tours[edit]

The band was formed in Kent, England by two sets of brothers: Kevin Weatherill (vocals, guitar) and Paul Weatherill (bass, vocals), and brothers Andy Ross (guitar) and Peter Ross (drums), the sons of saxophonist Ronnie Ross.[2]

The band's single "Immaculate Fools" reached #51 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1985.[1] Their debut album, Hearts of Fortune, reached #65 in the UK Albums Chart the same year.[3] The band toured Europe extensively, building a strong following in Spain, where they made several television appearances.[2]

In 1987 the band's second album, Dumb Poet, was well received by critics (including a five-star review in Sounds magazine), although it did not repeat the first album's commercial success.[2] The album did, however, give the band a second charting single with "Tragic Comedy."

The band underwent a major line-up change when the Ross brothers left, with Barry Wickens (violin), Brian Betts (guitar), Paul Skidmore (drums) and Ian Devlin (keyboards) joining for the Another Man's World album.[2] The band set up a recording studio in a farmhouse (Woodhouse) on the Welsh borders near Ludlow. The band's final two albums, Woodhouse and Kiss and Punch, the Weatherill brothers were joined by Wickens, Betts, and Nick Thomas (drums).[2]

They continued to record music and occasionally tour until they formally split up in 1997.

In December 2014 Kevin Weatherill ( Dirty Ray ) announced on his website that Immaculate Fools are to reform in 2015, initially playing some gigs in Spain and then embarking on a UK tour.

After the breakup[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Hearts of Fortune (1985) Polygram (UK #65)[1]
  • Dumb Poet (1987) A&M
  • Another Man's World (1990) CBS/Epic
  • The Toy Shop (1992) Continuum
  • Woodhouse (1995) Cooking Vinyl
  • Kiss and Punch (1996) Cooking Vinyl

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Immaculate Fools (1998)
  • No Gods No Masters (1998) Recall

Singles[edit]

  • "Nothing Means Nothing" (1984) A&M
  • "Immaculate Fools" (1984) A&M (UK #51)[1]
  • "Save It" (1985) A&M
  • "Tragic Comedy" (1987) A&M (UK #76)[3]
  • "Wish You Were Here" (1987) A&M
  • "Falling Apart Together" (1990) Epic
  • "Sad" (1990) CBS
  • "Prince" (1990) CBS/Epic
  • "Heaven Down Here" (1992) Continuum
  • "Stand Down" (1992) Continuum
  • "Kiss and Punch" (1996) Cooking Vinyl

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 268. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Larkin, Colin (1995) The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-662-6
  3. ^ a b Immaculate Fools, Chart Stats
  4. ^ Gregory, Andy (2002) The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Routledge, ISBN 1-85743-161-8

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