01. Stand Down
Formed in London, England, in 1984, the Immaculate Fools were an excellent
UK pop band that initially consisted of two sets of brothers, Kevin Weatherall
(vocals, guitar), Paul Weatherall
Ross and Peter Ross.
with "Nothing Means Nothing" in September 1984, before hitting with "Immaculate
Fools" in January 1985. Afterwards they spent much time touring the continent
where they enjoyed more popularity, especially in Spain. Further singles included "Hearts
Of Fortune" and "Save It" in 1985. Their second album, Dumb
Poet, was well received by critics, though it did not recapture their earlier
chart success. It spawned the singles "Tragic Comedy" and "Never
Give Less Than Anything".
The Toy Shop, their 4th full abum, is another fine example of the Immaculate
Fools' appealing sound - a sound that combines Irish/Celtic touches with
influences that range from the Psychedelic Furs and David Bowie to Bob Dylan.
interesting mix, certainly, and one that works impressively well on tuneful,
melodic tracks like "Heaven Down Here," "Good Times," and "Cotillas." The
surprising thing is that the band was more popular in Spain than anywhere else
- how often does a British alternative pop/rock band with a strong appreciation
music become especially popular in Spain and end up moving to that country?
It certainly isn't an everyday occurrence.
Influences / Similar Artists:
The Waterboys, The Alarm, Dirty Ray