In keeping with the blog's ongoing Manchester themed posts of late, one utterly forgotten band (except for one song, more on that later...) I'd like to spotlight is Paris Angels.
If you know them at all, it's for their 1990 indie groover Madchester-flavored hit-of-sorts "Perfume" (video) - a top track indeed. What many don't know is that they actually released an album, and 3 other singles.
Paris Angels came together in 1990 or so right as Madchester was cresting. They managed to create quite a New Order-ish blend of rock and dance, at times sounding oddly like a blend of Electronic/Revenge/The Other Two - isn't that New Order? Yes it is, but the blend they created doesn't have that classic Hooky bass sound.
First surfacing on a compilation of Manchester acts entitled "Home" with the song "Stay", the band then released their classic debut single "Perfume". Riding "Perfume" as long as the music press allowed them, they released 2 other singles on Manchester indie label Sheer Joy (owned by a disgruntled ex-Factory Records employee!), then signed to a major label and reissued Perfume (different mixes), then finally an LP. After one more single they fell off the face of the earth. Apparently the band were victims of a Great Purge after Virgin sold itself off to EMI - they finished recording a 2nd LP but when turning up with the record were shown the door.
Guitarist Paul Wagstaff would later resurface in Shaun Ryder's post-Happy Mondays act Black Grape.
So without further ado, I present... Paris Angels, Complete Discography. If there's any tracks missing beyond the odd radio session, I've never heard of them existing.
(you'll have to download both files to extract, it's one RAR archive split into two files - grab the decompression software here if you don't have anything to extract RAR files)
(Compilation CD, 1989 Sheer Joy SHEER CD001)
(1990 Sheer Joy SHEER 002/CD)
All On You (Perfume)
Techno (Live at Subterania)
(1990 Sheer Joy SHEER 004/CD)
Give Me More...Scope
OH YES (single)
(1991 Sheer Joy SHEER 005/CD)
Oh Yes instrumental
PERFUME (single - Virgin issue)
(1991 Virgin VSCDT 1360)
Perfume (Loved Up)
Perfume (All On You)
SUNDEW (debut LP)
(1991 Virgin CDV 2667)
What Goes On
Perfume (All On You)
Chaos (Stupid Stupid)
(1991 Virgin VSCDG 1365)
Fade (Tag Mix)
Fade (Polo Mix)
Anything missing? Drop a line in the comment box....