Fat Bottomed Boys, that name sounds familiar, right? It’s probably because it’s based on a famous song by Queen and its late singer Freddie Mercury !
The Sgt. and Elash, the two founders of this French duet, wanted to pay tribute to their idols, delivering original songs inspired and arranged in the style of the British quartet. Their first album « Let’s Do It! », released on September 5th when Freddie Mercurywould have celebrated his 74th birthday, combines 10 songs trying to sum up the great variety of styles Queen has explored during its more than 20 years long career : from sheer rock anthems to sexual funk, lovely ballads and funny vaudevilles.
Since 2015, The Sgt. and Elash already had a tribute band together called Rock You!. During more than 5 years they made gigs in all the venues of northern France and beyond, delivering the well know songs by Queen to a demanding audience. But it's during the 2020 lockdown that Elash has an idea : « What about writing our own songs, but in the style of Queen? ». The Sgt. replied by a « Sure, let’s do it! ». And they did it!
Their first single Just a Moment and its official video are available on streaming platforms on the July 17, 2020... Fans are immediately seduced by its feel good vibe. It is a fresh rock song giving an a overview of the energy the band is capable of deploying on stage.
The second single Wait for Me is a powerful ballad reminiscent of some complex Mercury’s songs. It’s released on August 9th 2020 along with its self-produced video. We could count more than 40000 views to this day between YouTube and Facebook!
In early 2021 and to everyone's surprise, the band released a video game inspired by Super Mario Bros featuring The Sgt. and Elash but especially Freddie Mercury, who has to save rock'n'roll. This promotional game annonces a bigger event: the release of New York, an unfinished demo by Freddie Mercury from 1984, which the Fat Bottomed Boys completed as a virtual trio.
The video, featuring the French duet and an animated Freddie Mercury, toured the world in a matter of days. Very quickly, media such as France Info, Classic 21, Nostalgie or Virgin Radio praised the game and the song. Many articles are published in France, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Chile… The trio Freddie Mercury + Fat Bottomed Boys becomes a global phenomenon!
In August 2021, a year after revealing themselves to the public, the Fat Bottomed Boys announced the arrival of their second album: Too Much Is Not Enough. The first single Stronger Than Life explores a new New Wave / Synth Pop style. The song is unveiled in pictures in an 80s tribute music video, punctuated by clips from the film Borrowed Time 3. The song will be part of the movie soundtrack.
At the end of August 2021, the Fat Bottomed Boys called on their fans to finance their second album. Thanks to a large mobilization, the objective of the crowdfunding campaign was exceeded and the album Too Much Is Not Enough is available on streaming platforms on September 5, 2021, the day of Freddie Mercury's 75th birthday, exactly one year after the release of the album Let's Do It!
La situation sanitaire étant plus propice aux concerts, Fat Bottomed Boys peut enfin s’exprimer sur scène à partir d’octobre 2021. De belles scènes s’offrent au groupe : la Boîte à Musiques de Wattrelos, le Pacbo d’Orchies ou encore le Métaphone d’Oignies. Lors de chaque passage, le groupe séduit le public par son énergie et sa bonne humeur communicative.
Poursuivant son rythme effreiné, le groupe annonce un nouvel album pour le 5 septembre 2022 : il s’agit de la bande originale du roman The King Of Rhye, de l’auteur australien Craig Mulhall. Ce nouvel opus est un travail collectif, combinant les talents de Craig (Brisbane), de Luc Hudson (Londres) et de Fat Bottomed Boys.
Let's Do It! (2020)
- Let's Do It Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Wait for Me Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- The Idiot Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Just a Moment Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- (Shake Your Body) to the Groove Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- The Sgt.'s Back in Town Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- What About Humans Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Thank You Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Le Tour de France Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Stop Making Plans Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
Too Much Is Not Enough (2021)
- A Tale of Rhye Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Lazing Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- All We Got Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Like I Do Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- A Dog's Life Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- New Earth Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- I'll Be There Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Stronger than Life Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- On the Road Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Long Live the King Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Ma Melancolie Douce (Bonus Track CD & MP3) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
The Christmas EP (2021)
- Holy Night Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Thank God it's Christmas (Queen cover) Fat Bottomed Boys (Feat. Gareth Taylor) 0:30
- Last Christmas (Wham! cover) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon cover) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- From Lille, North of France, With Love (La Compagnie Créole cover) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey cover) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young) (Queen cover) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
The King Of Rhye (2022)
- A Tale of Rhye (Part 1) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- The Wearers Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Song of the Prophet Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Lady Maybeth's Lament Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- A Tale of Rhye (Part 2) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- The Hero of Us All Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- A Tale of Rhye (Part 3) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Sweet Dirge Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- The Dark March Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Ode to Love Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- Long Live the King... Revisited Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
- A Tale of Rhye (Part 4) Fat Bottomed Boys 0:30
Fat Bottomed Boys on the press
Fat Bottomed Boys on radio
- 15/09/2022 - Rock'n'Roll Radio BLP 1:31
- 20/01/2022 - Drop D Dynamic Radio 1:06:25
- 27/10/2021 - Maintenant j'y vais Radio Plus 1:22:17
- 20/10/2021 - Maintenant j'y vais Radio Plus 1:28
- 29/09/2021 - Interview de Elash RBM 5:21
- 22/09/2021 - Underground Classic 21 2:07
- 16/09/2021 - Rock'n'Roll Radio BLP 0:54
- 03/09/2021 - Guitar Heroes Classic 21 0:54
- 31/03/2021 - We Will Rock You Classic 21 0:54
- 05/02/2021 - Interview de The Sgt. Canal FM 3:24
- 10/02/2021 - Maintenant j'y vais Radio Plus 54:00
- 10/02/2021 - L'info qui va bien Nostalgie 1:02
- 10/02/2021 - Coup de projecteur sur New York Nostalgie 0:44
- 06/10/2020 - 301 on air Radio Boomerang 1:19:54
- 10/02/2020 - Rock'n'Roll Radio BLP 1:06
- 03/09/2020 - Interview de Elash Canal FM 3:01