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B-52’s, The

The B-52's formed in 1977 in Athens, Georgia. Kate Pierson had been playing in a folk protest band called The Sun Donuts while raising...

B. Bumble & The Stingers

This short-lived act was one of several US acts formed by pop svengali Kim Fowley as an outlet for his production and song writing talents at...

Babes In Toyland

All-girl trio Babes in Toyland formed in Minneapolis in 1988 and topped the indie charts with their Spanking Machine LP in 1990. Their music was the sound of...

Baby Animals

Husky-voiced singer Suze DeMarchi recorded three soft-metal singles in the UK for EMI during the late 1980s, co-writing one of them with Simon Climie...

Baby Bird

Stephen Jones Vocals, guitar Luke ScottGuitar Hugh ChadbournKeyboards John PedderBass Rob GregoryDrums 

Babys, The

The Babys signed a lucrative deal with Chrysalis Records in 1976 before even playing a single gig. Proclaimed within the business as the name to...

Bachelors From Prague

Melbourne-based Bachelors From Prague formed in 1985 and played an infectious blend of 1940s jazz, 1950s R&B, 1970s funk and salsa. The group became the...

Bachelors, The

This Irish trio formed in Dublin in 1958 as a folk harmonica band called The Harmonichords (also known as The Harmony Chords) before singer...

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Bachman-Turner Overdrive's origins can be traced back to the substantial commercial achievements of The Guess Who in the late 60s. Randy Bachman (guitar/vocals) was a prominent member...

Back Street Crawler

When Free finally fell apart at the seams after staggering around in various forms, there was a lot of damage done to the members. Despite the fairly...

Bad Brains

Widely regarded as pioneers of the whole US hardcore movement, the four Rastafarians from Washington DC known as Bad Brains may well have been...

Bad Company

Bad Company was formed in England late in 1973 by the seasoned foursome of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (both ex-Free), plus Mick Ralphs...

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...

Bad Religion

Blending old-school power chords with hardcore thrash, Bad Religion formed in Woodland Hills, California, in 1980. The debut album from these SoCal brats scarcely resembled...

Badfinger

Badfinger began life in Wales in 1964 as The Iveys. After honing their approach as a support act for groups including The Who, The Spencer Davis Group and The...

Bakerloo Blues Line, The

Managed by Jim Simpson (first manager of Black Sabbath), this hard working Birmingham trio formed in 1968 and was fronted by guitarist David 'Clem' Clempson,...

Bakery

Bakery formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 1970. One of the leading underground groups of their day, they are remembered for their superb debut album,...

Bam Balams, The

Singer/songwriter Brendan Kibble formed The Bam Balams in Sydney in August 1984. The line-up of Kibble, Brad Fitzpatrick (ex-Division 4), Steve Cole and Matt Manchester...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...