Formed in Glasgow in 1986 by guitarist Mark Nevin (who had played in one of the numerous lineups of Jane Aire & The Belvederes) and ex-Eurythmics backing singer Eddi Reader, Fairground Attraction reached #1 with the gentle skiffle of their folky debut single Perfect in 1988.
But the sunny exterior masked cracks that even multi-platinum debut album The First Of A Million Kisses couldn’t paper over. By 1990, tensions were so bad that Nevin quit the band during sessions for the follow-up album. That same year, vocalist Eddi Reader acted in the BBC television series Your Cheatin’ Heart.
Reader went on to record a number of solo albums (with the help of drummer Roy Dodds) and received an MBE in 2006 for services to music. Nevin co-wrote and played on Morrissey‘s Kill Uncle album and released a couple of solo albums in the late 90s before studying psychotherapy and changing career.