Texas is comprised of Johnny McElhone (bass), Eddie Campbell (keyboards), Ally McErlaine (guitar), Richard Hynd (drums), and Sharleen Spiteri (vocals and guitar). The group made their performing debut as a band in March 1988 at a local college in Glasgow. Texas took their name from the 1985 Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas for which Ry Cooder composed the soundtrack.
Their third album, Ricks Road (1993), solidified the band's U.S. following, though their debut album was Southside, a 1989 release. After they added keyboardist Eddie Campbell, the group scored their first U.K. hit single, "I Don't Want a Lover," which went into Great Britain's Top Ten. Southside peeked at number three in England and then went on to sell 1.6 million units worldwide. Although their debut's eclectic mix of blues, soul, R&B, and country-folk was well received by college radio stations, the band still hadn't made it over to the U.S. to tour. Their second album for Mercury, Mothers Heaven, followed with drummer Richard Hynd taking the place of the band's original drummer, Stuart Kerr.