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Mystrys, The

Masked mavericks The Mystrys burst onto the Australian pop scene in 1966 with a spaced-out single, Witch Girl, and some downright intergalactic hype, before vanishing almost...

Rockers (1978)

At its best, Rockers, a picaresque reggae romp, is an enjoyable wallow in Kingston (Jamaica) slum culture. The star, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, has an engaging, deadpan...

Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

Can't Stop the Music was made by Allan Carr, who was also responsible for the mega-musical Grease (1978), as a vehicle for the promotion of the Village...

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

Village People

Part clever concept, part exaggerated camp act, the Village People were worldwide sensations during disco's heyday and seemed to keep reviving like the phoenix. French disco...

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

Rock 'n' Roll High School is a musical comedy - a genre that all but died out in the 1960s. However, a soundtrack featuring The...

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

Bobby Pickett originally wanted to be an actor - in fact, you can watch him co-starring with Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk in the 1967...

Hullaballoos, The

The Hullaballoos formed in Hull (hence their name) in August 1964 after working for several years under the name of Ricky Knight and The...

Marc

1 9 7 7 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Following his mammoth success throughout the 70s with T. Rex, Marc Bolan's very own television pop show...

Scruffs, The

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, The Scruffs' easily filled the void left by The Raspberries and Big Star with their debut album, Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (1977). Their...

Toggery Five, The

Manchester beat band The Toggery Five formed in 1963, and first rehearsed at the Thatched House pub in Stockport. The group's unusual name came from...

Mother Goose

Mother Goose hailed from Dunedin, New Zealand, and were unique for their performances which combined mime, satire, costumes and novelty songs with virtuoso playing. Honing...

Crack, The

In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy...

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that...

Alanis Morissette

A former child actress (You Can't Do That On Television), Canadian Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter Flea and Dave Navarro from...

Dandy Warhols, The

The Dandy Warhols formed in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Gigs involving heavy drinking, fighting, and striptease by various band members (with Ms McCabe's most...

BoDeans

BoDeans frontmen Kurt Newmann (aka Beau BoDean) and Sammy Llanas met in high school in 1977 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and worked together in a number...

Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar...

Cyrkle, The

Formed in 1961 by a group of students at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, The Cyrkle started as a frat band called The Rhondells. During the...

Wackers, The

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Segarini formed The Wackers in northern California in 1970 before relocating to Montreal, Canada, two years later. The Wackers released their debut...

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Sex Pistols, The

God bless The Sex Pistols. During their chaotic two-year existence, they introduced real musical anarchy to the world, yoking their working-class anger and disgust...

Bucks Fizz

Bucks Fizz was formed in January 1981 by songwriters Nichola Martin and Andy Hill specifically to perform their song Making Your Mind Up in the Eurovision Song...

Milli Vanilli

People said from the very beginning that Milli Vanilli couldn't sing. But in 1989 people started saying that Milli Vanilli didn't sing.  Late in that year, Charles...

Julie London

Julie London was initially an actress but put her career on hold during her first marriage. Her second husband, composer and bandleader Bobby Troup,...

Bad Manners

Bad Manners - a nine-piece ska band from north London - were one of the many bands to take their inspiration from The Specials and the Ska...

Lighthouse Keepers, The

Formed in 1982, the Lighthouse Keepers tasteful, jangly brand of country-tinged folk rock was at odds with prevailing trends in the Detroit-besotted independent music...

Rosebud

Rosebud were a determinedly democratic American quintet featuring Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - creators of the delightfully odd Farewell Aldebaran - and reminiscent of Bread,...

Little Peggy March

Born Margaret Annemarie Battavio in Pennsylvania, Peggy began singing at the age of two and was heard at a cousin’s wedding when she was...