The band formed in 1988, initially as The Giant Polar Bears, comprising Petra Roddis (vocals), Graham Gargiulo (guitar), David Fletcher (bass), and Simon Scott (drums). After a debut single "Are You Happy Now?" in 1988, their debut album, Love Happy, was issued by The Subway Organization the following year.
The band then signed to the Cherry Red label. In 1990, drummer Simon Scott left to join Slowdive and the band split up after releasing a second album, Things Come Apart, in 1990 and now records as a solo artist. Gargiulo later formed a new band, Barefoot Contessa.
- "Are You Happy Now?" (1988) Molesworth
- Love in the Emptiness EP (1990) Subway
- "Liar" (1990) Cherry Red
- Love Happy (1989) Subway
- Things Come Apart (1991) Cherry Red
- Liar: The Best Of The Charlottes (2006) Cherry Red