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Heron

The folksy five-piece Heron proved popular on the festival circuit in the early 70s with their gentle songs of love. Their debut self-titled album (1970)...

Hitmen, The

It all began in Australia back in 1975 when Johnny Kannis and Chris Masuak were playing together in a band called The Jackals. Masuak...

Hole

Hole's debut LP Pretty On The Inside was hard work - and melody certainly took a beating on the album. In contrast, Live Through This (1994) was a shout-along...

Hollies, The

When The Hollies began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock & roll covers that provided the staple diet for most...

Holly & The Italians

This American group was fronted by Holly Vincent on vocals and guitar. The bass player's name was Mark Sidgwick (he also played guitars, sang...

Hollywood Brats

Like a less-famous British cousin of The New York Dolls, the Hollywood Brats also had a penchant for feather boas, glitter and tough rock...

Holy Modal Rounders

Among the eccentrics who inhabited Greenwich Village (New York) in the early 1960s, The Holy Modal Rounders were as weird as fish - as...

Homosexuals, The

Active for only the briefest time between 1978 and 1981, like fellow South Londoners Alternative TV and This Heat, The Homosexuals used their mayfly-compatible...

Hondells, The

The 1964 single Little Honda was written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson who decided not to release a version they had recorded with The...

Honeybus

Honeybus are principally remembered for their 1968 hit I Can't Let Maggie Go, but much of their best work was made shortly after that breakthrough,...

Honeycombs, The

One of the first rock groups to have a female drummer, The Honeycombs were formed in London in 1963 as The Sheratons by hairdressers...

Honeys, The

This surf music girl-group trio included Brian Wilson's wife-to-be Marilyn, her sister Diane Rovell, and their cousin Ginger Blake. None of their three 1963 released...

Hoodoo Gurus

I think I first saw Le Hoodoo Guru's at some shitty little inner-city pub in Surry Hills, an inner-city suburb of Sydney in 1982. There...

Horslips

With Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher seeking their fortune in London, Horslips were the beginning and end of 1970s Irish rock. Indeed, they were...

Hot Chocolate

This highly commercial UK pop act was formed in Brixton, London, by percussionist Patrick Olive, guitarist Franklyn De Allie and drummer Ian King. Jamaican-born songwriter/vocalist...

Hot Tuna

Jefferson Airplane's ferocious guitar/bass pairing Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna as a sideline in 1969 to siphon off their musical excesses. They...

Hothouse Flowers

Throughout the 80s, the members of the Irish band Hothouse Flowers made their living busking on the streets of Dublin (Liam O'Maonlai and Fiachna O'Braonain...

House Of Love, The

The House Of Love were a strange union between thirtysomething Guy Chadwick - a seen-it-all songwriter who'd already spent a decade in failed groups -...

Housemartins, The

Original drummer Hugh Whitaker was imprisoned in 1993 for arson and wounding with intent. Paul Heaton VocalsStan CullimoreGuitar, vocals Norman CookBass, vocals Hugh WhitakerDrums, vocals

Howard Jones

High Wycombe School music teacher and part-time rock band member (he was briefly in a Canadian prog rock band called Warrior) Howard Jones paid for his...

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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...