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You'd be foolish to dismiss this unique parody of 'Psycho Killer'



As if the Talking Heads weren't unusual enough, leave it to The Fools to parody one of their classic odd songs and give us the bizarre Psycho Chicken.

At the beginning of 1978, the new sound in New York City was defined by bands like Blondie and The Talking Heads. Psycho Killer was the first song by The Talking Heads to chart and it only made it to No. 92, but the song was an inspiration to many including The Fools from the Boston area. In 1979, The Fools released their independent single, Psycho Chicken, that while is pretty funny, did not chart. The single got them a record deal at EMI and in 1980 they released their debut record of which some versions included Psycho Chicken on it.

The video for Psycho Chicken has a lot of hijinks, clucking sounds, KFC references and of course, chickens including those of the rubber kind that might make this video the highlight of your week. 

Though Psycho Chicken is the best known record for The Fools, they actually had two singles hit the Top 100 chart in the '80s with It's A Night For Beautiful Girls (No. 67) in 1980 and Running Scared (No. 50) in 1981. During those years they opened up for The Knack and for the odd pairing of Van Halen. Their last original album was in 1985 and you can check out their Facebook page to see the dates and locations of their occasional shows. In 2010, lead singer Mike Girard penned a book called Psycho Chicken and Other Foolish Tales.  

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00pm]


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