The group was formed by Henrik Schyffert, Cia Berg – more recently known as Cia Soro – and Gordon Cyrus. The band enjoyed some success, particularly in the European market. Their first single, 1993's "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" achieved critical acclaim, heavy spins in the Euro dance club scene, saturation airplay on MTV and reached the Top 10 in Denmark and Norway, Top 30 in Holland and Austria, Top 40 in Sweden, and #24 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also reached #46 on the UK Singles Chart chart in 1994, and when reissued in 1995, reached #15.The music video for "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" was directed by Mark Pellington and it won the first MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video in 1994.In the late 1990s, a presentation of the band on its official website stated that its original name was Southern Whale Cult 1987, and that several albums had previously been released in that name. This was later admitted to have been a joke - the band had copied a presentation of The Cult and simply changed the name of the band in the text.