From Leicester, England, Perfume took their name from the participants’ (Mick McCarthy, John Waddington, Bob Marshall, Carl Traae) mutual interest in aromatherapy. Live, McCarthy would go so far as to parade a collection of his favourite perfumed oils in bottles hanging from his guitar. This most 90s of gimmicks was not their only attraction, however. Having made their name with a series of independent singles including the memorable ‘Lover’, released in early 1995, they recorded a popular BBC session (which reportedly provoked more fan mail than any other that year) and found many new friends touring with Gene. ‘Lover’ made the Top 10 of the UK Independent Charts and was soon followed there by ‘Yesterday Follows You’. The debut album One brazenly fulfilled the promise of the singles.
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