This contrived but fun pop-punk outfit suddenly appeared on the UK independent scene in the early 90s with their debut EP LoveSickPleasure, which shot into the Top 30, aided by the highly colourful video for the lead track Love Your Money.
Radio 1 picked the song up, and the music press were impressed by vocalist Katie Jane Garside’s visual image as a bedraggled, barefoot waif in dirty, torn dresses, nighties and petticoats, occasionally sucking on a baby’s bottle.
Garside’s allusions and references in interviews of having a past of sexual abuse and psychological disorder backfired slightly on the band, but the success of the EP led to their signing with the large independent One Little Indian label and releasing the full-length album Eleventeen in 1992.
Garside left the band in 1993, citing difficulty with the pressures of fame and retiring to the Lake District.
New vocalist Belinda Leith joined for the follow-up album For They Know Not What They Do (1994) but left again before the record was released.
Foppish guitarist Crispin Gray tried to keep things going with the lacklustre EP You’re Gruesome (1995), but without Garside, Daisy Chainsaw simply weren’t very impressive.
Garside and Gray reunited in 1999 to form the band Queenadreena, releasing four studio albums between 2000 and 2008.
Katie Jane Garside