Artists – G

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash (real name Joseph Saddler) built a formidable reputation as a DJ in the South Bronx area of New York in 1974 and 1975. His breakdance crew began rapping, later expanding to The Furious Five. In 1980, Rapture by Blondie introduced Flash's name to the mainstream, and Flash & the Five released Super Rappin' on the Enjoy label.(...)

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Led by George Alexander (born Alexander Young, and brother of The Easybeats' George Young who had stayed behind at home when his family emigrated to Australia) Grapefruit were cheerful harmony pop/rockers. Formed in 1967, and comprising three former members of Tony Rivers and The Castaways, the band were named by John Lennon (after Yoko Ono's book with the same(...)

Grateful Dead, The

The Grateful Dead formed in San Francisco in 1966 when love and acid hit that city in a big way. From their 1967 self-titled album onwards, The Dead were hailed as lords of acid rock and the leaders of a tribal lifestyle mythology. Renowned for long improvised numbers and performances lasting up to five or(...)

Great Buildings

With their seamless harmonies and carefully constructed, classically styled pop tunes, Great Buildings were the LA band with the best shot at wide AOR and Top 40 radio play in the post-Knack early 80s. Songwriters Danny Wilde and Ian Ainsworth met in The Quick, Kim Fowley's early glitter-punk outfit who released a sole album, Mondo Deco.(...)

Green Day

The formula was simple. Take a few power chords, a catchy tune, some tongue-in-cheek humour, and do it all fast so kids will want to jump up and down. It's hardly revolutionary: Green Day's sound and sense of irony was heavily borrowed from The Ramones and The Sex Pistols - lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong(...)

Groop, The

The history of Australian band The Groop is divided into two distinct periods. The original line-up issued several novelty singles, while the second, more-successful line-up boasted a strong R&B style. The original version of The Groop formed in 1964 and included English-born guitarist Peter Bruce, who had been a member of The Dave Clark Five (albeit in(...)

Groove, The

The Groove's success started with their first disc, Simon Says, which came out in October 1967. From there they went on to win the Battle of the Sounds in 1968, which earned them a trip to England and several more chart-topping successes, plus top billing right around Australia. Peter Williams Vocals, guitar Rod Stone Guitar Jamie(...)

Groundhogs, The

Having started life in the early 1960s travelling the UK in a van as John Lee Hooker's backing band, by the mid-70s The Groundhogs had become a trio who supported The Rolling Stones and had three Top 10 albums as purveyors of heavy psychedelic blues. Tony 'TS' McPhee was arguably the greatest living British bluesman(...)

Group 1850

Emerging from the renowned Dutch group Klits (short for 'clitoris') from The Hague, Group 1850 were an interesting, if sometimes exasperating, late-'60s Dutch band who ranked among the most accomplished and original Continental rock acts of the era, though they made little impression in English-speaking territories. The line-up in 1965 consisted of Peter Sjardin (vocals),(...)

GTOs, The

The GTOs were a "group of groupies" in the late 1960s, comprising Miss Pamela (Pamela Des Barres), Miss Sparky (Linda Sue Parker), Miss Lucy (Lucy McLaren), Miss Christine (Christine Frka), Miss Sandra (Sandra Leano), Miss Mercy (Mercy Fontentot) and Miss Cynderella (Cynthia Wells, later Cynthia Cale-Binion). The group hailed from the area around Los Angeles, with(...)

Guadalcanal Diary

Jangle pop band Guadalcanal Diary originated in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta in the early 1980s. Singer/guitarist Murray Attaway's songs reflected a bizarre variety of far-flung interests, from a preoccupation with the supernatural to a fascination with American cultural imperialism. Conveying a sense of wonder as well as a sense of humour, the Watusi Rodeo EP(...)

Guess Who, The

From their roots as Chad Allan & The Reflections, The Guess Who rose to become the most popular Canadian rock band of their generation and one of the few Canadian bands to gain any recognition outside their own country. Changing their name from Chad Allan & The Reflections to Chad Allan & The Expressions in(...)

Guitar Slim

One of the great lost blues figures, New Orleans' Guitar Slim (real name Eddie Jones) was an electric guitar pioneer. He was also a flashy dresser, an inveterate womaniser and a master showman. His guitar had a 200-foot cord, so Slim would often leave the stage - sometimes on the shoulders of a man hired(...)

Gun Club

Originally named Creeping Ritual, The Gun Club channelled punk energy into a vivid exploration of American roots music, drawing on rockabilly, country and the Delta blues. The Los Angeles punk-blues quartet was fronted by hell raiser and former Blondie fan club president Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Fuelled by the feral slide guitar of Ward Dotson, their 1981 debut(...)

Guns N’ Roses

Axl Rose (real name William Bailey) put Guns N' Roses together in Los Angeles after hitch-hiking from Indiana with old school friend Izzy Stradlin' (real name Jeffrey Isbell). Slash (real name Saul Hudson), Duff McKagan and Steven Adler from LA band Road Crew completed the line-up. The mini-album they first released on their own Uzi(...)

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