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 Independent label: Screaming Marionettes the band form their own independant record label S.M. Mandrake Records/Nordran Ltd,with chartered accountant Bryan Guy Wilsher as investor and financial advisor. In may 1989: Within two months of White's departure Cronin and Downes secure contracts with "Prestige Talent" to be their agents, "Maggie Farran" as P.R. and "Platinum" and "Pinnacle" to sell and distribute their label,they also poach Heather Mitson from "Alec Leslie Enterprises" to take care of administration.July 1989: "Like Christabel" is released on SM Mandrake with a video 'Live' at the "Marquee" this time produced and directed by David McGillivrey followed by a U.K. tour put together by Andrew Leyton Pope at "Prestige" and the single goes into the Indie charts at number 30.This time the critics condemn the single as "Sub 'Sisters of Mercy'" and Ian Gittins at MM called the single "Alice two" and entitled his article "Sisters under the skin".The band are again mystified and wonder to whom they will be compared next. Despite the press the audience grows further and the single sells 5000 copies. Distributed By Pinnacle.

 
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