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Fairground Attraction

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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1987 – 1990)

Fairground Attraction were a Scottish group from Glasgow, best-known for the hit single “Perfect”, and for helping to launch the career of its lead singer, Eddi Reader.

After the usual career-beginning playing in local clubs and pubs, in 1987 Fairground Attraction were signed to RCA, and released their first single, “Perfect”, in April 1988. It was an immediate success, reaching number one on the UK singles chart. Their album The First Of A Million Kisses was a characteristic blend of folk, jazz, country, and cajun elements (all but one of its songs being written by Mark Nevin). Released in May 1988, it followed the success of “Perfect” by entering the album chart at number three, and rising to number two; it was eventually certified platinum. Three other singles were released from the same album: “Find My Love” (which reached number seven on the UK chart), “A Smile In A Whisper”, and “Clare”.

At the 1989 Brit Awards “Perfect” won the award for best single, and The First of a Million Kisses won best album.

Although they were popular in European countries, and toured the United States, their main success outside the UK was in Japan, where they toured in 1989 (a tour that produced their only live album, Kawasaki Live In Japan 02.07.89).

In September 1989, however, during the recording of a second album, rumours of arguments circulated, and in January 1990 the rumours were confirmed when the band split up. The album Ay Fond Kiss was released in 1990, and one of its songs, “Walking After Midnight”, became their last single.

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  • AnarchyKM

    even with amazing bands like this, I find it funny that their worst song is always the most popular - I give up on this world ;)

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • belphegoria

    Comedy Waltz <3 What a gorgeous tune.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • somestrange

    perfect!

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Septacle

    check

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • teewssik

    clare <3

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ramiroreguerin

    "perfect" is perfect ...

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • poor-de-chirico

    "Perfect" is the second or third weakest, IMO, of the original songs off ...Million Kisses. I don't care for "Fairground Attraction," and "Station Street" is kind of weak, too.

    27 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Jesssiiee

    My Mum loves it!

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TetrisRock

    My mother has an irrational hatred for "Perfect." I'm not entirely sure why. It's just there. Every so often i'll go onto last.fm and just play the first ten seconds and she'll be all "Ugh, no!" I don't mind it myself. It's a good song.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • BonsaiBadger

    I don't think "Perfect" was the worst song on The First of a Million Kisses (it was a great album with so many great songs) but... yeah... it wasn't the best, IMO. Still good, though.

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • bedsidetable

    i think "perfect" was the worst song on The First of a Million Kisses .

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • staceylover

    it got to beeee perfect love that song so much that song is the best

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • johnpap36

    perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Sarz555

    Perfect.

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Mikanque

    It's Got To Be Perfect or just Perfect?

    19 Jun 2008 Reply
  • momvon2

    Tristes Wetter, dann der Song Find my Love morgens um 06:00 h; Man meint, die Sonne scheint!

    26 Feb 2008 Reply
  • momvon2

    Tristes Wetter; dann diesen Song hören; Man meint, die Sonne scheint!

    26 Feb 2008 Reply
  • themallrat

    I love Fairground Attraction. First Of A Million Kisses is one of my favorite albums of all time :)

    5 Feb 2007 Reply
  • LazyMFTX

    Another one of those great groups (like Prefab Sprout) that nobody knows about.

    1 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Mike TV

    Perfect was the first song I danced to at my wedding-simply beautiful & Perfect!

    13 Jan 2007 Reply
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