King of Fools (album)

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King of Fools
Studio album by Delirious?
Released16 June 1997
Recorded

December 1996 - January 1997

Beltwood House (London, U.K.)
GenreRock, Christian rock
Length61:34
LabelFurious? Records
ProducerAndy Piercy and Delirious?
Delirious? chronology
Live & In the Can
(1996)
King of Fools
(1997)
d:tour
(1998)
Singles from King of Fools
  1. "White Ribbon Day"
    Released: 17 February 1997
  2. "Deeper"
    Released: 5 May 1997
  3. "Promise"
    Released: 14 July 1997
  4. "DeEPer EP"
    Released: 3 November 1997
 
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King of Fools
Studio album by Delirious?
Released16 June 1997
Recorded

December 1996 - January 1997

Beltwood House (London, U.K.)
GenreRock, Christian rock
Length61:34
LabelFurious? Records
ProducerAndy Piercy and Delirious?
Delirious? chronology
Live & In the Can
(1996)
King of Fools
(1997)
d:tour
(1998)
Singles from King of Fools
  1. "White Ribbon Day"
    Released: 17 February 1997
  2. "Deeper"
    Released: 5 May 1997
  3. "Promise"
    Released: 14 July 1997
  4. "DeEPer EP"
    Released: 3 November 1997

King of Fools is a Grammy nominated[1] studio album by the British rock band Delirious?, initially released in June 1997.[2] The full-length project showcased a new mainstream sound, whilst retaining many of the core themes found in their Cutting Edge EPs. Stylistically, the album epitomises the band's similarity to U2, an influence which was highlighted by several critics on release. King of Fools reached No. 13 in the UK album chart, a career high for the band, and produced four singles. The second, "Deeper", peaked at No. 22 on the UK singles chart on 11 May 1997. It also includes what is possibly the best known Delirious? song, History Maker, which the band regularly played live throughout their whole career. The album was listed at No. 85 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Contents

Background

Delirious? were originally known as 'The Cutting Edge Band' before 1996. They played regularly at the 'Cutting Edge' Christian events held in their hometown of Littlehampton. In August 1995, a major car accident involving lead singer Martin Smith, his wife, and bassist Jon Thatcher, left the former was badly injured. The song 'August 30th' was inspired by these events. Smith went through a period of depression,[3] before being partly inspired by Bill Flanagan's book 'U2: At The End Of The World', which he read in hospital, to take the band full-time. The members of the band decided to resign from their respective jobs and become professional musicians. Delirious? soon began working on songs for their first full studio album.

Recording and release

After making their first release as 'Delirious?', a live album titled 'Live & In the Can', the band set up recording equipment in Beltwood House, London. The album was recorded between December 1, 1996 and January 28, 1997 using an Otari Radar. The album was produced by Andy Piercy, who had previously produced the band's four Cutting Edge EPs. After the release of two singles, the latter of which, Deeper, stayed in the UK singles charts for three weeks running, the band released the full-length album to the UK market in June 1997. After this, Delirious? took part in an extensive promotional campaign which included playing to 50,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium, and an appearance on Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast' programme. The record charted at No. 13 in the UK charts, having held the widweek position of No. 10. It dropped to No. 58 in its second week, before charting at No. 70 in its third week.[4]

In 2007, the band took the decision to re-release some of their earlier albums as two-disc 'fuse boxes'. One of these albums included King of Fools, which was paired with the 1996 live album, Live & In the Can.

Singles

The album spawned four singles. The band released their very first mainstream single in the UK during February 1997, several months before the release of the album. 'White Ribbon Day' was a song inspired by the political situation occurring in Northern Ireland at the time.[5] Distribution problems partly led to the single charting at No. 41, meaning that it narrowly missed out on the UK Top 40 chart show on BBC Radio 1. However, 'White Ribbon Day' remained in the top 75 for a second week, charting at No. 75.[6]

In May, the band released 'Deeper', their highest selling single.[7] The song charted at No. 20, and BBC Radio 1 dubbed the band "pop's best kept secret." [8] 'Deeper' remained in the top 40 for a second week, charting at No. 39. It remained in the charts for a third week, charting at No. 65 before dropping out of the charts completely by the end of the month.[9]

The band chose to plan a third single after the June release of the album. In July, 'Promise' was released as a two-disc set. This technique, aimed at boosting sales, was frequently used by the band after this. The single entered the charts at No. 20, before dropping to No. 48 in its second week.[10]

During their November UK tour, Delirious? promoted a re-release of 'Deeper', which arrived in the form of a four track EP. The 'DeEPer EP' only narrowly scraped into the UK top 40, charting at No. 36 during its first week, before dropping to No. 69 in the second.[11]

Music videos were filmed for Deeper and Promise to coincide with their respective single releases.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
christianmusic.org4/5 stars[12]
Cross Rhythms(10/10) [13][14]
HM(not rated) [15][16]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars [17]
MTV(Mixed) [18]
The Phantom Tollbooth4.5/5 stars [19]

King of Fools was positively received by both mainstream and CCM publications. Crosswalk praised the album, stating "...if you're looking for something tame and lacking originality, you're in the wrong place!"[20] Cross Rhythms rated the album as ten out of ten, and argued that it showed the "...versitility of the band."[14] Jesus Freak Hideout called it "...an overlooked but excellent musical achievement."[21] Many critics noticed the U2 influences on the record. MTV noted that "King of Fools has echoes of '80s U2, but the band accentuates the Christian undertones in Bono's lyrics, creating a modern rock record that resonates with spirituality."[22] HM Magazine called the project "the U2 album fans have been waiting for..." [16]

d:tour

Delirious? supported the album by launching a ten date tour of the United Kingdom during October and November 1997.[23] Titled the 'd:tour', shows sold out at venues in Folkstone, Leicester, Grimsby, Manchester, London, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Cornwall and Exeter before finishing in front of a packed crowd in Southampton Guildhall, near the band's hometown of Littlehampton. The gigs were advertised every morning by Virgin Radio during their 'gig guide.'[24] The Southampton gig was recorded as a live album, d:tour,[25] and a live video, "A View from the Terraces'.[26] Both projects were released in 1998.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sanctify"  Stu Garrard, Martin Smith4:13
2."Deeper"  Smith, Garrard4:20
3."Revival Town"  Smith, Garrard5:44
4."All the Way"  Garrard, Smith4:15
5."August 30th"  Smith, Garrard6:17
6."Promise"  Smith4:14
7."King or Cripple"  Smith4:37
8."Hands of Kindness"  Smith4:45
9."Louder than the Radio"  Smith3:24
10."White Ribbon Day"  Smith6:47
11."King of Fools"  Garrard, Smith4:00
12."History Maker"  Smith6:33
13."What a Friend I've Found"  Smith5:49

Charts

Album

CountryPeak positionCertification
UK Album Chart13Silver[27]
US Heatseekers13-
US Billboard Hot Christian Albums7-

Singles

YearTitlePeak Chart Position
UK Singles Chart
1997"White Ribbon Day"No. 41
"Deeper"No. 20
"Promise"No. 20
"DeEPer EP"No. 36
2010"History Maker"No. 4

Personnel

Delirious?
Additional personnel

References

  1. ^ Furious? Records Grammy Nomination http://www.furiousrecords.com/artists.html
  2. ^ "Albums - King of Fools". Delirious.org.uk. http://www.delirious.org.uk/document.php?id=1252. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  3. ^ Interview With Martin Smith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCXgBRVCwnE
  4. ^ Chart Stats For King Of Fools http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=13214
  5. ^ Fan Page Discography - White Ribbon Day http://www.delirious.org.uk/discog/singles/whiteribbonday.html
  6. ^ Chart Stats - White Ribbon Day http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=24969
  7. ^ "Singles - Deeper". Delirious.org.uk. http://www.delirious.org.uk/discog/singles/deeper.html. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  8. ^ Delirious? Fan Site - Flyer http://www.delirious.org.uk/images/adverts/misc.html
  9. ^ Chart Stats - Deeper http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=25203
  10. ^ Chart Stats - Promise http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=25425
  11. ^ Chart Stats - DeEPer EP http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=25812
  12. ^ christianmusic.org review[dead link]
  13. ^ "Cross Rhythms review". Crossrhythms.co.uk. 1997-06-01. http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/king-of-fools/delirious/4977/. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  14. ^ a b Rimmer, Mike (June 1997). "Delirious? - King Of Fools". Cross Rhythms (39). http://direct.crossrhythms.co.uk/product/King-Of-Fools/Delirious/4977. [dead link]
  15. ^ "link". Web.archive.org. 2001-07-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20010713013634/www.hmmagazine.com/issue72/72Albums.htm. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  16. ^ a b Van Pelt, Doug (July/August 1998). "Album Reviews: DELIRIOU5? King of Fools". HM Magazine (72). 
  17. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/KingofFools.asp. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  18. ^ "MTV review". Delirious.org.uk. 1998-05-01. http://www.delirious.org.uk/articles/reviews/doc18.html. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  19. ^ "The Phantom Tollbooth review". Tollbooth.org. http://www.tollbooth.org/reviewm/del98.html. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  20. ^ Crosswalk Review http://www.delirious.org.uk/articles/reviews/doc22.html
  21. ^ JFH Review http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/KingofFools.asp
  22. ^ MTV Review http://www.delirious.org.uk/articles/reviews/doc18.html
  23. ^ Rimmer, Mike (June 1998). "Delirious? - D:tour: 1997 Live". Cross Rhythms (45). http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Delirious/Dtour_1997_Live/4824/. 
  24. ^ Delirious? Fan Site News Story - d:tour gig guide http://www.delirious.org.uk/news/1997/news11.html
  25. ^ Delirious? Fan Site Discography - d:tour Live 1997 http://www.delirious.org.uk/discog/ukalbums/dtour.html
  26. ^ Delirious? Fan Site Discography - View From The Terraces http://www.delirious.org.uk/discog/other/viewfrom.html
  27. ^ Silver Certification - Furious? Records http://www.furiousrecords.com/artists/delirious.html