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.

History[edit]

The band was formed in Kent, England by two sets of brothers: Kevin Weatherill (vocals, guitar) and Paul Weatherill (bass, vocals), and 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] The 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] 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. They continued to be popular until they split up in 1997. On the band's final two albums, Woodhouse and Kiss and Punch, the Weatherill brothers were joined by Wickens, Betts, and Nick Thomas (drums).[2]

Kevin Weatherill, the lead vocalist and main writer of the band, continues to record and tour, both in the UK and Europe, under the name Dirty Ray. In 2010 he worked with Miles Hunt of the Wonderstuff and violinist Erica Nockalls to produce the album Big World for a Little Man. Andy Ross went on to work with Basia, Howard Jones, Miguel Bosé, and Tori Amos.[4]

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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