Imperial Drag formed in 1994 after keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.'s previous group, Jellyfish, broke up. Joining with Jellyfish live band member Eric Dover (who had just left Slash's Snakepit), bassist Joseph Karnes, and drummer Eric Skodis, the group released a self-titled effort in 1996 on The Work Group. They charted a hit on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock chart with the single "Boy or a Girl", which peaked at #30 that year. The group's glam rock-influenced image, however, failed to win fans over in the wake of the grunge era. The group's album received poor reviews and did not sell well, and they disbanded in 1997. Manning moved on to a solo career in the 2000s.