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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...

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio (the name is a pointer to a Brian Eno song) formed in Manchester in 1977. The band's original members were Simon Topping, Martha Tilson,...

Accent, The

Yorkshire group The Accent were originally known as The Blue Blood Group before moving to London in 1966. They secured a residency at Billy Walker's...

American Flyer

American Flyer comprised Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League), Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground), Steve Katz (ex-Blood, Sweat & Tears) and Eric Kaz. Their eponymous debut...

Au Pairs, The

Formed in Birmingham (England) in 1979, The Au Pairs matched driving, guitar-led rock to lyrics (mostly by Woods) that dissected the politics of sexual...

Attila The Stockbroker

After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in French, this performance poet (born John Baine on 21 October 1957) really was...

Anti-Pasti

Hailing from Derbyshire, England, Anti-Pasti were part of the commercially successful but critically reviled second wave of punk. The group signed to the punk/heavy metal...

Action Pact

London's Action Pact were fronted by exuberant vocalist Alison 'George Cheex' Roberts and took their musical cues from the likes of The Ramones, The...

Ariel

Australian band Ariel was the brainchild of Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, following on from the break-up of their previous band Spectrum in April 1973. Ariel played...

Arrows

Arrows was formed in August 1973 when Alan Merrill, who was enjoying solo success in Japan, moved to England at the request of high...

Arthur Alexander

Arthur Alexander - "June" to his friends - wrote and recorded Muscle Shoals' first big nationwide R&B hit, 1962's You Better Move On.  The song...

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

Arthur Crudup was born in 1905 in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Forest, a town 40 miles west. He worked mainly as a...

Argent

Argent was formed in 1969 by Rod Argent following the demise of The Zombies. Their 1971 single Hold Your Head Up reached #5 in the...

Artwoods

The Artwoods secured a loyal fan-base in the 60s wowing the hipsters at London's Speakeasy, Klooks Kleek, The 100 Club and Eel Pie Island,...

Ashra/Ash Ra Tempel

Classically trained guitarist Manuel Göttsching started his career under the name Ash Ra Tempel in 1970. The most shamelessly psychedelic of the Kraütrock bands, their...

Asia

John Wetton Vocals, bass Steve Howe Guitar, vocals Geoff Downes Keyboards, vocals Carl Palmer  Drums Greg Lake  Vocals, bass Armand 'Mandy' Meyer  Guitar 

Associates, The

Billy MacKenzie (most lyrics, all vocals, eventually everything) and Alan Rankine (most music and all instruments except drums) - once attempted brilliance, but later...

Association, The

Formed in California in 1965, The Association enjoyed a brief reign in the international music charts during the mid-60s. They were clean-cut and had...

Arctic Circles, The

1960s-influenced band The Arctic Circles played the Melbourne (Australia) independent scene in the mid-1980s. The band's sound fused garage-punk, psychedelia and tough R&B riffs. The...

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Jim Croce

Jim Croce (pronounced CROW-chee) was born in South Philadelphia on 10 January 1943, and brought up on ragtime, country and Dixieland music. He played...

Clear Light

When Laurel Canyon commune band Brain Train, unusually boasting two drummers (including future CSN man Dallas Taylor), signed to Elektra, Paul Rothchild insisted on...

Big Beat, The (1958)

Fresh out of college, John Randall (William Reynolds) tries to persuade his father into releasing rock and roll along with the other lame records...

Stone Temple Pilots

  Initially dismissed by critics as grunge latecomers and Pearl Jam wannabes, California's Stone Temple Pilots proved adept at twisting the catalogues of their old...

All About Eve

This London quartet featured the rather lovely - and often multi-tracked - voice of Coventry-born music journalist Julianne Regan (an early bassist in Gene Loves...

Jonathan King

Now sadly perhaps best known for his extra-curricular activities with kiddies, former TV presenter and newspaper columnist Jonathan King (real name Kenneth King) was...

Sister Janet Mead

Sister Janet (of the Sisters of Mercy) has the distinction of being the first Australian recording artist to sell over one million copies of...