Peterboro, England-based indie pop combo the Fat Tulips was formed in 1987 by guitarist/songwriter Mark D. and singer Sarah C., the latter exiting upon the release of the duo's debut flexi-disc "You Opened Up My Eyes." Undaunted, Mark D. assembled guitarist Sheggi Clarkson, singer Katie Keen, bassist Paulie and drummer Matt Johnson to form a new Fat Tulips lineup which debuted in 1989 with the single "Where's Clare Grogan Now?," issued on their own Heaven Records imprint. Keen left the group immediately after, with Clarkson assuming vocal duties; the Four Songs for Simon EP followed later that year, and in 1990 the band resurfaced with the four-song Ferensway. A series of EPs including 1991's covers collection The Tulip Explodes, 1992's Nostalgia and 1993's acoustic Albie preceded the release of the Fat Tulips' long-awaited first full-length album, Starfish, with the group promptly disbanding soon after.
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