Started in 1975 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the Fools were originally "The Rhythm A's". In 1979 the The Fools released "Psycho Chicken," an X-rated parody of The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," and it was an immediate hit on Boston radio stations. The group followed it up with another local hit, "It's a Night for Beautiful Girls." EMI signed the band and sent them on a U.S. tour with The Knack. They then recorded their debut album, Sold Out. The album Sold Out carries a theme of economic and emotional strife quite relevant and uncanningly appropriate for today's living. However, the music always and never fails to make you think and feel that everything will be okay. ["Mutual of Omaha" was a song about a man considering suicide because he couldn't pay his bills. "Life Sucks and Then You Die" was a very amusing song.]
In the 1980s, the band released their second album Heavy Mental and toured the US with Van Halen. The band broke with EMI and then wrote and released their most successful album, World Dance Party, an independent release.
The band continues to tour to this day, though they never repeated the success they had with World Dance Party.