There are two artists using the name Fugu. One is a 1) French 1-man band; the other is a 2) Dutch ska band. 1) Mehdi Zannad got the idea for Fugu in 1993 while studying architecture in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His first recording was on Liverpool's Sugarfrost. His first full-length album was "Fugu 1." It was released in the U.S. by Minty Fresh, in France by Ici D'ailleurs, and in the UK by For Us Records. It became album of the week on xfm. Fugu then opened for Stereolab on a coast-to-coast US tour.