England's The Fabulous Poodles were a quirky pub rock band formed in 1976 and after releasing two albums in the U.K. came close to breaking big in the U.S. with their stateside debut album "Mirror Stars" (Epic, 1978). They toured the states opening for Tom Petty, The Ramones and even Sha Na Na and appeared on Dick Clark's legendary American Bandstand. Their LP (released on limited edition pink vinyl) managed to crack the Billboard charts outselling both the Jam's and The Clash's debut albums. But lack of label support and burnout took its toll and the band split in 1980. It didn't help that they had a ruthless manager that didn't allow the band members to use their own names after the breakup
forcing the members to adopt new names.
The Fabulous Poodles were:
Tony Demeur - Vocals, Guitar. He became Ronnie Golden
Richie C. Robinson, - Bass. He later joined Barrance Whitfield & the Savages.
Bobby Valentino - Violin. He went on to become a session musician and play with
many people including Tom Petty, Billy Bragg and Mark Knopfler as well as playing
in Los Pistoleros.
Bryn B. Burrows - Drums. He went on to play in Ronnie & The Rex and Worldwide Electric.
You may find a Greatest hits CD here or here.
See a video here.