The Perfect Disaster

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For the Discovery Channel mini-series, see Perfect Disaster.
The Perfect Disaster
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1980–1991
Labels Kampa
Associated acts Fields of the Nephilim
The Breeders
Past members Phil Parfitt
Tony Pettitt
Alexander Wright
Alison Pate
John Saltwell
Grant Davidson
Malcom Catto
Josephine Wiggs
Dan Cross
Phil Outram
Martin Langshaw

The Perfect Disaster were an alternative rock band from London, England, formed in 1980; they released four albums before splitting up in 1991. The only constant member was singer/guitarist Phil Parfitt.


The first incarnation of the band was named Orange Disaster, with Parfitt joined by Ken Renny (bass), and Alison Pate (guitar).[1] This line-up released a seven-inch EP called "Somethings Got To Give" on Neuter Records, Catalogue Number OD 01. Often mislabeled as 1982 - the release date that is given on the labels is 1.9.1980 (1 September 1980). After this they changed their name to The Architects of Disaster. Parfitt was then joined by Tony Pettitt (bass), Nod Wright (drums) and Paul Wright (guitar). This line-up disbanded, having released one single, "Cucumber Sandwich"/"Friendly Fire." Nod Wright and Tony Pettit then left to form Fields of the Nephilim, with Parfitt recruiting Grant Davidson (bass) and later John Saltwell (bass), Dan Cross (guitar), and Malcolm Catto (drums).[1] They returned in 1984 as The Perfect Disaster, with an eponymous debut album issued on the French Kampa label in 1985. In 1987, the band signed to Glass Records, which reissued their debut album, and followed it with a twelve-inch EP later that year. There were further line-up changes when Saltwell and Pate departed, replaced by multi-instrumentalist Josephine Wiggs. The band moved on to Fire Records, releasing the Asylum Road album in 1988. Catto also left, with Phil Outram and Martin Langshaw joining for their third album, Up, which reached number fifteen on the UK Indie Chart, and saw the band touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain.[2][3] In 1989, Wiggs left to join The Breeders, with Saltwell returning. In 1990, the band issued the Rise EP, and a final album, Heaven Scent, before splitting up the following year.[1]

Parfitt went on to work with Spiritualized's Jason Pierce, and later formed a new band, Oedipussy, who released the album, Divan, in 1995, with contributions from former House of Love and Levitation guitarist Terry Bickers.



  • The Perfect Disaster (1985) Kampa (France); reissued (1987) Glass
  • Asylum Road (1988) Fire
  • Up (1989) Fire
  • Heaven Scent (1990) Fire

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • "Something's Got to Give" (1980) Neuter (as Orange Disaster) 3 songs
  • "Something's Got to Give" (1981) Vogue (as Orange Disaster) 2 songs
  • "Cucumber Sandwich" (1982) Neuter (as Architects of Disaster)
  • Hey Hey Hey EP (1987) Glass
  • "TV (Girl on Fire)" (1988) Fire
  • "Time to Kill" (1988) Fire
  • "Mood Elevators" (1989) Fire
  • Rise EP (1990) Fire


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p.452
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p.318

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