Blending the driving force of punk guitar with liberal use of samples and dance music rhythms, this UK act made an audacious debut with the 1989 single ‘Info Freako’. The song was voted into the Top 10 year-end charts of all the UK music papers. The band was formed in London, England, early in 1988, and was signed soon afterwards by Food Records. Liquidizer was an energetic debut that provided further UK hits with ‘Never Enough’ and ‘Bring It On Down’. Doubt, produced mainly by Edwards, saw the band inject a stronger commercial element. After six weeks at the top of the US alternative chart it entered the Billboard chart and in the UK it reached #1.
In the summer of 1991 the band, which had always kept up a busy live schedule, became part of a nucleus of young UK bands enjoying hits in the USA. ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and ‘Real, Real, Real’ both broke into the US Top 5, and along with EMF, who many claim were stylistically indebted to Jesus Jones, they found their abrasive pop suddenly highly popular within the USA’s generally conservative market. Further domestic success followed with ‘International Bright Young Thing’ (#7) and ‘The Devil You Know’ (#10), off their highly anticipated follow-up album Perverse.