The Only Ones formed in 1976 with Peter Perrett (vocals/guitar), John Perry (guitar), Alan Mair (bass) and Mike Kellie (drums). A promising independent 7" single 'Lovers Of Today' on their own Vengeance label in 1977 led to the group being signed by CBS Records, who released their classic 'Another Girl, Another Planet'. They recorded three albums with CBS: 'The Only Ones' (1978), 'Even Serpents Shine' (1979) and 'Baby's Got A Gun' (1980), but although they achieved good chart positions a combination of escalating studio budgets and rumours of heavy drug problems led to them eventually being dropped by the major. The band won considerable music press attention and have frequently been hailed as a much underrated and influential group.
Although a much-rumoured re-union never happened, their posthumous releases 'Remains' (1984), 'The Only Ones Live' (1989), and 'The Peel Sessions' (1989) has kept their name alive. Their influence has been heard in numerous bands, such as House Of Love, INXS, and recently Come, to name but three. 'The Big Sleep' was recorded live in Europe and is heard in a perfect stereo, multi-track recording (produced by John Perry) and includes five songs not heard as live versions before. The album is being issued on both vinyl LP and CD formats. Full track-list: As My Wife Says, In Betweens, Programme, Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes A Habit), The Big Sleep, Language Problem, Miles From Nowhere, The Beast, Another Girl Another Planet, Peter & The Pets, City Of Fun, Trouble In The World, Me And My Shadow, The Immortal Story.
Cat. No.: FREUD 045 / CD 045