Bawking Heads

:: The Fools – Psycho Chicken ::

This 7" record was included with the album "Sold Out", The Fools major
label debut in 1980. It had already been a huge regional hit in the
band's home town of Boston, and basically overshadowed what would
otherwise have been a respectable career.

The song's a very obvious parody, but it wasn't far from what the band
was all about as there were always elements of humor in their music.
They were all about fun, fun, fun, but they were also very good
musicians. They opened up for all the big bands that came through
Boston, and one night when opening for Blondie, their outrageous stage
show won them a record deal with EMI America Records. They toured with
The Knack, Van Halen and everyone else in between.

One interesting thing about Psycho Chicken is the name-checking of
Frank Perdue. Who the fuck is Frank Perdue you ask? Well, if you lived
in Boston (or just about anywhere on the east coast for that matter)
in the last 40 years or so you would know all too well that he was the
chicken king. Owner of Perdue Farms, Inc. and a TV pitchman who's tag
line, "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken" made him a
household name. Mr. Perdue just passed away this year, so this one
goes out to you Frank. BA-GAWK!

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Thursday, August 11, 2005 7:14:00 AM

Ah.. so that explains the "how many feathers are on a Perdue chicken" question on the intro to De La Soul's "3 Feet High And Rising" album. Thanks for illuminating that for a clueless Brit :)    

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