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FANCY was a band manufactured initially to promote a Penthouse Pet and former flame of ROD STEWART with the real, but unlikely sounding, name of Helen Caunt. Producer Mike Hurst had colluded with guitarist Ray Fenwick to craft a new version of THE TROGGS 'Wild Thing', assembling a studio band comprising Fenwick, Caunt, Mo Foster on bass, keyboard player Alan Hawkshaw and drummer Henry Spinetti. Although the 'Wild Thing' single featured Caunt on vocals the B side would be an instrumental track entitled 'Fancy', the name subsequently adopted by the band. The single was released by Atlantic Records in April of 1973 but failed to sell in Europe. However, the Big Tree subsidiary took it on for North America where it scored a spectacular top ten success.

Big Tree called for an album to keep the momentum rolling. Caunt was ditched and Annie Kavanagh enrolled. New man on the drums would be Les Binks. This revised line up issued the 'Touch Me' single, which went top twenty in the USA. Covered by an Australian male vocalist the song, a FANCY original, made no. 1 in Australia. The debut album, despite the single successes, stiffed and FANCY switched labels to Arista. A North American tour in the Summer of 1974 saw FANCY acting as openers to such artists as KISS, WISHBONE ASH and STEPPENWOLF. The band's second album, 'Turns You On' which included a cover version of STEVIE WONDER's 'I Was Made To Love Him', also failed to sell. Ultimately the band had struggled to find a footing in the Rock world when the media had branded them as a Pop act.

During 1974 Fenwick, Foster and Binks all made their presence felt on DEEP PURPLE bass player ROGER GLOVER's all star 'Butterfly Ball' concept album. Foster would later join TIGER recording a projected third album for that band which remains unreleased. The bass player would then perform on the debut 1980 MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP album. Foster also turned up on RUSS BALLARD's 1984 eponymous album. By 1998 Foster was sessioning for COLIN BLUNSTONE.

Binks would enjoy a high profile as drummer for Heavy Metal band JUDAS PRIEST. Joining in 1977 Binks performed on their 'Stained Class', 'Killing Machine' and live 'Unleashed In The East' albums. Post JUDAS PRIEST Binks sessioned on the 1979 AXIS POINT eponymous album. Binks then formed part of the chaotic LIONHEART and in 1981 turned up in TYTAN.

Quite bizarrely news emerged in 2000 that one of IRON MAIDEN's earliest guitarists Tony Parsons had created an IRON MAIDEN tribute band named METALWORKS 2000 including ex ALICE COOPER and THE ALMIGHTY guitarist Pete Friezin and with Binks on the drums.

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