Artists – B

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 goats and tending her garden outside of Athens. Fred Schneider was studying forestry at the University of Georgia and working in a vegetarian restaurant called the Eldorado. Ricky Wilson and Keith(...)

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 Rendezvous Records. Comprising (at any one time) B Bumble (real name R C Gamble), Don Orr, Terry Anderson and Jimmy King, this American outfit first came to attention with their 1961(...)

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 a fucked up childhood, a childhood of whippings and groundings, a childhood of boredom, wildness and asshole boyfriends. Kat Bjelland Guitar, vocals Michelle Leon Bass Lori Barbero Drums

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 of pop duo Climie Fisher. Upon returning to Australia in July 1989, DeMarchi linked up with drummer Frank Celenza, guitarist Dave Leslie and bassist Eddie Parise to form Baby Animals. The(...)

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 watch in '77, their first album failed to ignite the torches of the British rock public, so the band decided to head for the more sympathetic pastures of America rather(...)

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 band to see while cruising the cafes and clubs of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, in inner-city Melbourne (where vocalist Henry Maas was also the proprietor of the Black Cat Cafe). 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 Patrick O'Hagan persuaded them to add singing to their act and they became the very first Irish 'boy band'. Signing to Decca Records in the UK they changed their name in(...)

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 of that band but left in 1970 when his Mormon beliefs began to rankle at the excesses of a touring rock 'n' roll band. After recording an unsuccessful solo album,(...)

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 quick birth of Bad Company which took care of Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers, both Andy Fraser and Paul Kossoff were in the wilderness for a while. Fraser did come back with(...)

Back To Zero

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 the most bad-ass group in this emerging scene but they were arguably the most culturally relevant band in America at the turn of the 80s. Surprisingly - and refreshingly - reggae-free, I Against(...)

Bad Company

Formed in England late in 1973 by the seasoned foursome of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (both ex-Free), plus Mick Ralphs (ex-Mott The Hoople) and Boz Burrell (ex-King Crimson). They took the name for their power rock supergroup from a 1972 western film starring Jeff Bridges. Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant signed the band to his(...)

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 Revival movement in England in the late 70s. They quickly became the novelty favourites of the fad, through their bald, enormous-bodied front man, Buster Bloodvessel, (real name - Douglas Trendle) and his(...)

Bad Religion

Blending old-school power chords with hardcore thrash, the debut album from these SoCal brats scarcely resembled the harmony-drenched pop-punk Bad Religion had successfully purveyed for over two decades. Funded by a $1,000 loan from his dad, the album kick-started guitarist Brett Gurewitz's Epitaph label (now home - via its Anti-imprint - to Tom Waits). The album's(...)

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