Perfume, this shoe-gazing dance crossover, was their biggest hit, Manc-pop at its best, and is still played by DJs in the know today. John Peel did a session with them. Perfume was single of the week in NME. It sat near the top of the indie chart in the summer of 1990. Paris Angels signed with Sheer Joy (owned by an ex-Factory employee), then Virgin. At one Manchester gig their support was St. Etienne. They were going places.
Yet they remained a down-to-earth band, humble even. Paris Angels were regulars at the Boardwalk and Haçienda. Young music fanatics, well-known to all (Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets used to go shopping for records with Paris Angels drummer Simon Worrall). Perhaps the band’s genuine love for and knowledge of the music scene is part of the reason they were respected by other Manchester musicians and got on with so many other bands.
The angels are often overlooked today. Their ship disappeared in 1991 after the release of their Sundew album. What caused the implosion? A singer’s pregnancy? Record label incompetence? Contract transfers and Virgin/EMI roster changes? Or offers from elsewhere? Doesn’t matter. The ascension of the angels was a loss to the music scene.
[Karl's update - see status box at the top.]
Extract from page 280 of 2000 Tunes: A History of Manchester Music by M. H. Rees; used with permission. Read the whole series (25 extracts) here; or my summary post. Readers might be interested in my forthcoming novel about a man obsessed with Manchester music - confusingly, it is also called 2000 Tunes!