Perfume Biography (Wikipedia)
Perfume were a British indie group from Leicester, active between 1993 and 1997.
When Blab Happy split up, singer/guitarist Mick McCarthy and bassist Tony Owen recruited John Waddington to form Perfume, initially releasing records on their own "Aromasound" label. Their first release was "Yoga" in December 1993. Second single "Young" (which was perfume-scented) appeared in April 1994. Third single "Lover" was picked up on by BBC Radio One DJ's Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley (the latter getting the band in to record a session for her show).
They toured with Gene, the band's early profile rising a result and they drew a crowd of over 5,000 at the second stage at the Phoenix Festival, quite a statement for a band on their own DIY label self releasing scented limited edition vinyl. They co-headlined with the likes of Travis and toured heavily as a headline act selling out many renowned venues in the UK and were invited to play abroad at prestigious events such as The Black Sessions in Paris. The recruitment of bass player Karl Traae of Leicester's HBM and recently returned from a stint in the US with San Diego's Whirl lead to a minor (UK Top 75) hit in January 1996 with the single "Haven't Seen You" which was on heavy rotation on daytime radio. That year's success saw them sign to Big Star Records, and to Paul Weller's publishers Notting Hill, who reissued "Lover" to be followed by the debut album One in 1997. Perfume performed on the NME stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1997. The band split later that year with a posthumous "best of" compilation Yesterday Rising released in 1998. Perfume were Paul Weller's special guests at his Lazy Sunday Afternoon in Finsbury Park. Jo Whiley joined the band on stage at BBC Camden Live Festival to add handclaps to Lover, a song she described as "The sweetest song in all the world." Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley included the interview with Perfume when the band surprised Jo for her birthday as one of their highlights in the 20...