Caligula's unique musical style was produced by a combination of funk bass, heavy metal guitar, hip-hop beats, and keyboards in the tradition of KLF, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Faith No More. Forming in Sydney, Australia, in 1990, the band first released the mini-album Caligula in 1991, which was closely followed by the EP Got One in the same year. Interest was spurred, leading to a series of national tours including support slots for Pop Will Eat Itself in 1992 and Depeche Mode in 1994. Two further EPs were released locally, Bluff in 1992, and I.C.U. (Before) in 1993. The remake of the Smokey Robinson hit "Tears of a Clown" provided their greatest chart success in Australia, peaking at number 25 in February 1994. Caligula continued their musical experimentation with their full-length album, Rubenesque, released in Australia in March 1994.
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