|Birth name||Peter Albert Neil Perrett|
8 April 1952 |
Camberwell, London, England
|Genres||Alternative rock, Punk rock, new wave|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Demon Records, Dwarf Records|
|Associated acts||The Only Ones, The One, Johnny Thunders|
Peter Albert Neil Perrett (born 8 April 1952 in King's College Hospital, Camberwell, London) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the frontman of the 70's rock band The Only Ones who split up in 1982 and reformed in 2007.
Prior to forming The Only Ones, Perrett had recorded material with England's Glory in 1973. So similar was his singing voice then to Lou Reed, that NME journalist Nick Kent thought he was listening to unreleased Velvet Underground material. Despite the band not releasing material at the time, an album of demos was released in 1987 due to interest in Perrett's next band The Only Ones.
Perrett formed The Only Ones in 1976. After self releasing their debut single Lovers Of Today, the band signed to CBS Records and released three albums The Only Ones, Even Serpents Shine and Baby's Got A Gun before splitting up in 1982.
Perrett finally re-emerged in 1994 with a new band called The One. The band released their debut EP Cultured Palate via their manager's record label Dwarf Records, before signing to Demon Records and releasing their debut album Woke up Sticky in 1996. The band split up that year, with Perrett disappearing again until April 2004 when he appeared on stage with The Libertines. He also appeared on stage with his sons Jamie and Peter Jr.'s band Love Minus Zero. Long hiatuses in his music career have been ascribed to his enduring struggles with heroin and crack cocaine addiction.
The Only Ones reformed in 2007 following the use of Another Girl Another Planet in a Vodaphone advertising campaign and a subsequent request to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Minehead. The band first played a short UK tour in April and June of that year, and continued performing as far afield as Japan through to 2009. Despite reports of the bands working on a new album and performing new songs live including Dreamt She Could Fly and Black Operations (which the band played on Later... with Jools Holland), the band ceased performing and have to date not released any new material.
After performing with The Only Ones in Japan in 2014 without drummer Mike Kellie, it was announced that Perrett would play a one off solo date in England at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire in January 2015.
- Nina Antonia, The One And Only: Peter Perrett, Homme Fatale, SAF Publishing Ltd, 2001
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