The band was formed in Oxford in 1982 by Pat Fish, who had previously been a member of Wow Federation while at university in the city, with Max Eider. The début album in Bath of Bacon was released by Glass Records in 1983. A second album A Scandal in Bohemia, also on Glass, featured guest appearances from David J and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus. After 4 Albums, and 2 singles collections for Glass, Fish signed to Creation Records in 1988, releasing eight albums on the label, culminating in 1995′s Illuminate.
Their oeuvre is blackly humorous with such topics as Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, an unrequited crush on Shirley MacLaine, and an ode to SF writer Harlan Ellison. The song “Sister Death” is not about the comic book character, but was inspired by the last words of Saint Francis of Assisi, “Welcome, Sister Death”.