Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Fool For a Pretty Face" by Humble Pie

Song#:  0148
Date:  04/26/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  52
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock, Blues-Rock

Pop Bits:  This UK group was formed in 1969 by Steve Marriott after he left The Small Faces. Originally he intended to put together a group for Peter Frampton (who just had his first taste of success with The Herd), but Marriott put himself in the band and Humble Pie was formed. They had immediate success in the UK but it wasn't until their "Performance Rockin' the Fillmore" live album that they broke in the US. Frampton left before the album became a success but the group continued on and sold well until they disbanded in 1975. Marriott revived the group with a new line-up in 1979 and their first album together, "On to Victory," included this chart song.

ReduxReview:  From my understanding, this era of Humble Pie is not the best. I guess the early stuff with Frampton and their first album or so without him would be their musical peak. But really this ain't too bad for some blues-boogie.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The term "heavy metal" to describe a music genre was at its infancy when Humble Pie was formed. One of the earliest known uses of the term in a publication was in a 1970 issue of Rolling Stone when Mike Saunders used "heavy metal" to describe the music on Humble Pie's debut disc and their self-titled album.


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