Before founding Mice, Julianne Regan (b. 1964, Coventry, England) had made her name with 80s neo-gothic group All About Eve, a moderately successful outfit she formed after furtive musical beginnings as a part-time member of Gene Loves Jezebel and as a writer for ZigZag magazine. After All About Eve failed to yield anything beyond cult status, she spent ‘two full years on the dole, doing shit piecework (cleaning studios and transcribing market research questionnaires) and writing songs’. Eventually she linked up with guitarist Bernard Butler, but their attempts to record an album together ended in acrimony. By 1995 she had regrouped and pieced together a new group comprising her brother-in-law and co-songwriter Tim McTighe (bass) and Christian Hayes (guitar, ex-Levitation), along with three former All About Eve colleagues, Mark Price (drums), Andy Cousin (bass) and Marty Willson-Piper (guitar). However, she was keen to stress the differences between the neo-folk of All About Eve and her present, more guitar pop-orientated ensemble. The group found immediate independent chart success with their first three singles, ‘Mat’s Prozac’ (November 1995), ‘The Milkman’ (April 1996) and ‘Dear Sir’ (July 1996), before embarking on sessions for their debut album, ... Because I Can. Recorded over a 12 month period and featuring Gary Stout as engineer, it included a free, limited edition CD featuring Radio 1 session versions of the group’s three singles and their live favourite, ‘Blue Sonic Boy’. Permanent went bankrupt shortly after the album was released, spelling the end for the group. Price later joined Del Amitri.
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