One of the most hotly touted UK indie bands of the mid-90s, Mansun confirmed the validity of their good press when their 1996 single, Stripper Vicar, written about a cross-dressing vicar, entered the UK Top 20. The band, originally known as Grey Lantern and A Man Called Sun, was formed in the northern city of Chester in summer 1995 by Paul Draper (26 September 1972, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; guitar/vocals), Dominic Chad (b. 5 June 1973, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England; guitar), and Stove King (b. 8 January 1974, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England; bass). Two limited edition singles were released in late 1995 on their own Sci Fi Hi Fi label before the band signed to Parlophone Records in the UK and Epic in the US. A number of other major labels were said to be interested in the band, but proved unable to meet their demands for a record label to underwrite their 200-gig schedule for 1996. They also demanded from Parlophone the freedom to...