Artists – H

Haçienda, The

Erecting a Manhattan-style nightclub in Manchester was a daft idea; but it worked. In 1980, New Order were undertaking their first US tour. During their stay in New York the band hung out at all the main clubs, such as Danceteria, Hurrah's and The Peppermint Lounge. It was the band's late manager, Rob Gretton, who came up with(...)

Haight-Ashbury

While Swinging London vibrated to the Mod sound of The Who and The Small Faces, an entirely different youth scene had developed half a world away - It was all Love and Peace on the west coast of America. The hits of 1967, including San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie, Let's Go To San Francisco by The Flower(...)

Haircut 100

In 1981 and 1982, Haircut 100 lit up the charts with music so cuddly and safe it could only have ever followed the terror of punk as some kind of PG Certificate antidote. Love Plus One and Fantastic Day were gorgeous pop songs, elevating Beckenham (Kent) lad Nick Heyward to perfect pop star status - an eternal teenager(...)

Half Man Half Biscuit

Half Man Half Biscuit formed in late 1985 when Nigel Blackwell and Neil Crossley recorded a batch of the curious little songs they'd been writing for years as a favour to a friend who was setting up a studio. "We were just there to get the levels right for when the proper groups came in,"(...)

Hall & Oates

Philadelphia soulboys Hall & Oates hit pay dirt in America with their 1977 #1 single Rich Girl - which David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz would later claim as the motivation behind his killing spree! The duo then embarked on a decade-long spell of chart domination, including the enormously successful - but nastily overproduced - I Can't go For(...)

Hank Ballard

Hank Ballard (real name John Henry Kendricks) was born in Detroit on 18 November 1927. When he was seven he was sent to Bessemer, Alabama to be raised by strict Baptist relatives after his father died. He acquired a liking for blues and gospel there, but hated the religious restrictions and ran away from home(...)

Hank Williams

Hiram King "Hank" Williams was born in Alabama and began playing guitar at the age of eight. As a teenager he led his own country music outfit and became a nationwide star through the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. Hailed as "the greatest hillbilly singer", Hank signed with MGM in 1947 and recorded an extraordinary series(...)

Hanoi Rocks

Hanoi Rocks

Finnish glam heroes Hanoi Rocks were pissed-up, junked-up white trash, and had all the moves and tunes of a 1980's New York Dolls, with slightly healthier livers. Although their influence today may be perceived as minimal, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crüe and their LA ilk all admit that they stole bits of Hanoi Rocks and recycled them for huge personal(...)

Happenings, The

Hailing from Paterson, New Jersey, The Happenings were a vocal harmony group who specialised in reviving classic songs. Bob Miranda, Ralph DiVito, David Libert and Thomas Giuliano met while in military service at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and after leaving the service they formed The Four Graduates. As well as working as session singers, the(...)

Happy Hate Me Nots

The Happy Hate Me Nots were an Australian band that formed in Sydney in 1983. Mark Nicholson replaced Neil Toddie on drums in 1984 but left again in 1986, along with Peter Lennon. They were replaced by Mick Searson (drums) and Christian Houllemare (bass). Their first recordings (When The Chips Are Down and The Build Up) appeared on(...)

Happy Mondays

Manchester (UK) band Happy Mondays took their name from a New Order song but came last in a 'Battle of the Bands' contest at New Order's Haçienda Club. The band released their debut album in May 1987. The album, Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), was produced by  and proved very(...)

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat was the name adopted by graphic artists Michael English and Nigel Weymouth. They met in London in 1966, collaborating on the Love Festival poster that showed the joint influence of Man Ray and US pop artist Tom Wesselman. Their wok defined the romanticism of the English 'underground' movement and included(...)

Hard-Ons, The

The Hard-Ons hailed from the Sydney (Australia) suburb of Punchbowl. With Korean, Ceylonese and Yugoslav-Australian backgrounds they made for a potent and volatile cultural collision. Formed in 1981, this group of suburban misfits had to change their name before most venues would even book them and their unabashed suburbanism rubbed a raw spot with inner-city(...)

Harmony Grass

The sole Harmony Grass LP, This Is Us (1970), is arguably the finest UK soft rock release of the last four decades. Bandleader Tony Rivers (real name Tony Thompson) was an enormous Beach Boys fan, and it was his enthusiasm for the California sound which defined his sonic template. Until 1968, Harmony Grass traded as(...)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

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