Formed in Oxford, England, back in 1989 -- the same year as Radiohead -- the Candyskins were one of the first wave of '90s British bands to make inroads with American alternative audiences, thanks to a pair of albums, 1991's "Space I'm In" and 1993's "Fun?," released via Geffen Records.
But after breaking from its American label and rebuilding its U.K. fanbase against the shifting backdrop of Britpop, the Candyskins are returning to the U.S. with a new album, "Death of a Minor TV Celebrity," and a new single, "Feed It," which draws its inspiration from last year's mass suicide of 39 Heaven's Gate cultists in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
"'Feed It' is a song about being obsessive," frontman Nick Cope told MTV News, "and I started writing it when I saw the earliest reports about Heaven's Gate, and it just got me thinking. I know it was sad for the families, but I couldn't help thinking how those people really believed what they were doing and just decided, 'Hey, I'm gonna
switch off and just go there.' Who knows, they may be up there right now."
Joined by new bassist Brett Gordon, the group recently filmed the video for "Feed It" on location at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, a site made famous by its inclusion in the film "Rebel Without a Cause." The Candyskins will return to the States a few weeks after the October 13 release of "Death of a Minor TV Celebrity" for its first proper American tour in five years.