Pop band formed in Dublin in 1986 by songwriter Nick Kelly with Dave Sweeney (ex Vipers, guitar), Finbarr O'Riordan (bass) and Robert Hamilton (drums). This lineup lasted for a year and recorded three tracks, two of which were released as the band's debut single on Good Vibrations Records. Though this was done with Terri Hooley's blessing, there was no official Good Vibrations involvement, as the label was dormant at that time. The single's release was organised and financed by the band themselves. The third track from this session "What Kind of Town" remains unreleased.
Nick Kelly moved to London and assembled the second lineup (listed above) which recorded the subsequent singles and signed to East West Records in 1989. The Fat Lady Sings released two albums -- Twist (1991) and Johnson (1993) -- and many singles for East West which I won't bother listing. Kelly later went solo for a while following the demise of the band in 1994. Disillusioned, he returned to Dublin and worked at an advertising agency. Eventually returning to the stage and writing new songs, his subsequent solo releases have been financed by fans. TFLS staged a one-off reunion in 2005 and have probably done it again since then.
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