@BathComedyFest presents The Fabulous Poodles
Friday 8th November,
The Fabulous Poodles
Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show, Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Four decades ago the Fabulous Poodles were one of the hottest live acts on both sides of the Atlantic. They toured almost constantly in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. After 40 years, they are set to return with a special pre-London warm-up show for us here in Bath!
In North America they opened for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the “Damn The Torpedoes” tour; Sha-na-na; Aerosmith; Ted Nugent (not an ideal pairing) and the Ramones, as well as headlining their own shows in big clubs and small theatres. To say they were hard working is an understatement – at one point they played 78 shows in 73 days.
Their live shows were renowned for being mega-fun and they were often compared to The Who and the Kinks. (The latter probably because of Tony De Meur’s and John Parsons’ astutely observed songs.) Along with general onstage mayhem and generally pithy lyrics, exploding ukuleles became a bit of a trademark for the Fab Poos…no wonder they were John Peel’s favourite band.
Between 1977 and 1979 the group recorded three albums. The first, eponymously titled, was produced by John Entwistle (the only band apart from The Who he produced). It was followed by “Unsuitable” and “Think Pink” both produced by Muff Windwood.
The Fabulous Poodles still embrace two of their most colourful mainstays, Tony De Meur and Bobby Valentino.
Following the success of a 2018 box set, ‘Mirror Star’, and never ones to let a sleeping dog lie, although admittedly it has been quite a kip, the band have now decided to revisit the live arena.
“This highly recommended box set is a godsend” – Somethingelse Reviews
“This new compilation was sorely needed” – Louder Than War
“What would the late 70s Kinks have sounded like had they prominently featured mandolin and violin? The simple answer: The Fabulous Poodles.” – Musoscribe
“Musically tight and lyrically clever to the point where comparisons to the Kinks were more than a coincidence.” – Pop Matters