The Fools & The Stompers (July 26, 2008)

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The Fools
The Fools barged their way onto the Boston music scene with their first single "She Looks All Right in the Dark". Known for their outrageous live performances the band quickly gathered a loyal and ever-growing audience. Their first national (and then international) hit record, "Psycho Chicken," was a parody of Talking Heads' Psycho Killer. With the signing of the band to EMI Records came the first two albums "Sold Out" and "Heavy Mental". A second single "Its a Night (For Beautiful Girls)" then charted, followed by a cover of Roy Orbison's "Running Scared". Touring North America first with The Knack and then with Van Halen helped to place the band firmly on the national stage. European tours including shows with Cheap Trick and Journey resulted in huge overseas record sales. Back home again The Fools released their biggest album "World Dance Party". The band then enjoyed MTV video success with their remake of Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" and the title track video "World Dance Party". The album also racked up four big radio songs: "Doo Wah Diddy", "World Dance Party", "Life Sucks...Then You Die!!!" and "She Makes Me Feel Big".
These days The Fools live and work at the Mansion in Cape Ann’s picturesque seaside township of Ipswich, Massachusetts. And while they may spend more time living than actually working, all those late nights locked away in the studio wing have borne remarkable fruit in the form of, dare we say it: A New Album!
The new CD titled “10” has been completed and is now available for purchase and download so check it out! It’s the band’s 10th release and contains 10 brand new original songs. This release, without question, has the best songwriting, best performances and the highest production value of anything the band has done. Track 10, “Million Miles” has enjoyed airplay rotation on many New England radio stations including WGIR and WHEB in New Hampshire. ”We think it’s a “10”.
Whatever you do, don’t miss The Fools’ live show. The mix of great music performed by uniquely talented musicians with a hefty helping of fun comes together in an unmatched charm that has been lighting up millions of smiles over the years. Experience The Fools and smile for yourself.

The Stompers
The Stompers story begins in the fall of 1977 when friends Sal Baglio and Mark Cuccinello decide to start a band. Stephen Gilligan and Dave Friedman, the only people to respond to the index card posted on a music store bulletin board seeking musicians, arrive a short time later, on November 7th, 1977, the musical neophytes played their first gig. As early as 1978, a rapid breakout for the Boston-based locals seemed virtually assured. Their naive excitement and their fresh interpretations of rock's fundamental roots became contagious. One scorched summer day, the boys dragged all their equipment. up to the second floor of an apartment building converted to a recording studio. The primitive space had no air conditioning and mattresses were tacked up on the walls for sound proofing. From this sweaty initial session, the show stopper "Coast to Coast"' (backed with "I'm in Trouble") was recorded and pressed as a vinyl single. The band received instant gratification when film-meister John Sayles, included the track in his classic film, "Return of the Secaucus Seven." "Coast to Coast" launched a long string of unprecedented FM radio support for our heroes and New England quickly became aware of this band with a mission. In a scant two years, an even dozen Stompers songs were released and feverishly played and re-played on FM stations in fourteen states. Boston television grabbed onto the momentum as well and a two-hour TV concert special was produced. This was incredible exposure considering that the subject of all this attention was an independent band, not signed to any kind of record deal. Despite this seeming handicap, virtually all shows became standing room only.
For the next three years The Stompers rise continued. Their die-hard fans followed them everywhere. The band played in every college, roadhouse, nightspot and concert hall in New England, consistently packing them in and the still unsigned group was invited to share the arena stages with many national rockers. A tour with the Mighty J. Geils Band in the winter of 1980 certainly helped increase the bands popularity, by playing in front 20,000 people a night, for which the Stompers have always remained grateful. Touring with The Beach Boys was a most significant co-billing as Brian Wilson had been one of Baglio's life-long influences. From 1981 through 1986 readers of The Boston Globe voted The Stompers the Number One band in New England, in that prestigious publication's annual music poll. They accomplished the feat 3 separate times and finished in the Top 3 the other years. Mind-boggling indeed when you consider the competition of the era, as many locals had already gone on to national success.
One of the wildest shows also took place that summer at New Jersey's legendary Stone Pony. Sal was grabbed from the stage and became airborne as he was passed over shoulders in the crowd during the encore.
The band celebrated 10 years together with a long hiatus.
The Stompers release three cds, THE STOMPERS, RECORD ALBUM & LIVE SCRAPBOOK. All original recordings that have previously only been available on vinyl.
30 years & counting, Sal Baglio, Dave Friedman, Stephen Gilligan & Lenny Shea: THE STOMPERS, causing three generations of fans to ROCK, JUMP and HOLLER!!!!
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David "Max" Segal & Mickey O'Halloran [RIP]

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