Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too.
"Bill Fool was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his entire youth living near Wrigley Field and really never left that particular area as a kid, ever..." says local luminary and punk lifer Bill Fool in an email. What follows is a short primer on this beloved curmudgeon.
Mr. Fool has been a part of the Houston punk scene since before most of the kids playing Mango's were born. His early life in Chicago was full of strange goings-on at his home, courtesy of a father involved in less-than-legal activities. Somehow he made it to a taping The Oprah Winfrey Show to see then-First Lady Nancy Reagan remind kids everywhere to say no to drugs.
He counted next door neighbor Denise DeClue -- star of My Bodyguard and About Last Night fame -- as a friend, with DeClue bringing around the likes of Tim Kazurinsky and Michael Winslow to a Fool family 4th of July party.
Mr. Fool discovered punk in 1986. He would soon make friends with bands like Impulse Manslaughter, Sludgeworth, Snoopeez Tapeworm, Screeching Weasel and Life Sentence. In the summer of 1996, after years of drug abuse and troublemaking, Fool moved to Houston. Not knowing a soul in the fourth-largest city in the country, he went about working his way into an already close-knit music scene.