Terrorvision were born in 1988 out of the remnants of a glam rock mess called Spoilt Brats, an amalgamation of art school buddies Mark Yates and Leigh Marklew, drumming loon Shutty and long-haired urchin Tony Wright. After three years of gigs and demos they were signed in 1991 to EMI Records on the strength of Pump Action Sunshine, a demo which featured what was to become their first Top-30 hit, My House.
Incessant touring – including support slots with long-time heroes, The Ramones and Motorhead, backed up positive reviews of their debut album Formaldehyde. They broke off the European leg of the Motorhead tour to open the show at Def Leppards’ homecoming Sheffield Don Valley stadium gig in front of 40,000. The night before they played an impromptu gig in front of 100 at a pub just down the road…
At the end of 1993 they decamped to New York City to record their second, breakthrough record How to make friends and influence people with alt-rock uber-producer, Gil Norton. The album went on to spawn five top-30 singles during 1994, catapulting the band into the mainstream. Appearances at both Donington Monsters of Rock and Reading cemented their reputation as the default festival bands of the 90’s. Kerrang awards followed (then lost in a drunken haze) and their most successful year wound up supporting Therapy all across Europe.