Artists – I

I Spit On Your Gravy

I Spit on Your Gravy formed in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia. In February 1985 the group issued their debut six-track EP, St Kilda's Alright, which included a ten-page booklet entitled "Suck This Fred Nile" (the founder and leader of the Christian "Call to Australia Party") , which local police declared was obscene and confiscated all available(...)

I’m Talking

Vocalist Kate Ceberano left school at 14 determined to become a professional singer and, within two years, her tenacity and talent saw her established as a much sought-after session singer. In 1983, her growing reputation brought her to the attention of the newly formed Melbourne band I'm Talking (who had risen from the ashes of(...)

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

Ian Meldrum was born on a ship outside the port of Aden, South Yemen. During 1966 and 1967, Meldrum worked as a mimer on the Australian television programme Kommotion. He then worked as a journalist for Aussie rock magazine Go-Set. It was Melbourne radio announcer Stan Rofe who coined Ian Meldrum's nickname of 'Molly' in 1970. Molly(...)

Ian & The Zodiacs

Relatively few Britons had heard of a place called Crosby, eight miles from the centre of Liverpool, before the 1981 by-election that swept Shirley Williams to victory, but twenty years earlier it was a base for many Merseyside groups - Ian and the Zodiacs amongst them. Often compared to Gerry & The Pacemakers, the group recorded(...)

Ian Dury (& The Blockheads)

With or without his backing band The Blockheads, Ian Dury was a formidable performer in the early days of punk's metamorphosis into New Wave. A pub rock veteran who started out as a member of the much-loved but barely noticed Kilburn and The High Roads, Dury achieved greater success in the late 70s as a member of the wildly(...)

Ian Gillan Band, The/Gillan

The Ian Gillan Band formed in London in the mid-70s after Ian Gillan had been sacked from Deep Purple, a band he fronted between July 1969 and mid-1973. Gillan spent a year out of the rock business after leaving the supergroup. After clearing his head, Gillan bought himself the old De Lane Lea Studios, renamed it(...)

Ian Gomm

Icehouse

Icehouse came into being when Australian group Flowers signed a global recording deal with Chrysalis Records and were compelled to change their name in 1981 for legal reasons - a number of bands called 'Flowers' already existed in the US and Britain. Flowers had enjoyed two Top Ten singles in Australia - Can't Help Myself and We Can Get Together -(...)

Icicle Works

Icicle Works formed in Liverpool in 1980 when bassist Chris Layhe answered an advertisement for a musical collaborator placed by 20-year-old Ian McNabb. The two got together and started writing and in 1981 recorded a six-song independently released cassette (Ascending), later being joined by drummer Chris Sharrock. In 1982 they released the independent single Nirvana, signing(...)

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop was born James Newell Osterberg in 1947. He adopted the name 'Iggy' after drumming with a Detroit punk band called The Iguanas. In 1966 Iggy Pop saw The Doors at his local Detroit bar. "I loved the antagonism," he later recalled of Jim Morrison. "I loved that he was pissing people off." Whether painting himself(...)

Ike & Tina Turner

Born in 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ike Turner played as a session guitarist and pianist with many renowned musicians including BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. In 1951, at the age of 19, he wrote what some music historians identify as the first ever rock 'n' roll record, Rocket 88. He performed on it with his band, The Kings(...)

Impalas, The

The Impalas formed in 1958 in Brooklyn, New York, with Tony Carlucci singing first tenor, Lenny Renda singing second tenor, and Richard Wagner singing baritone. They began practicing in the back room of a candy store and on local street corners, where they were heard by Joe Frazier, who called himself 'Speedo'. His offer to help(...)

Incredible String Band, The

Born in the folk clubs of Edinburgh, the unique duo of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron appeared to inhabit a parallel universe in which Tennyson's The Lady Of Shalott was a Top 20 single in 1967. Williamson and Heron sang enchanting poetry in peculiar voices and played any instrument that didn't require a plug - including recorder,(...)

Indigo Girls

The rise of the Indigo Girls in 1989 was a happy reaffirmation of the enduring appeal - and commercial viability - of intelligent acoustic-based music. It didn't hurt the Indigo Girls - Atlanta natives Amy Ray and Emily Saliers - to have talented friends in high places, such as the members of fellow Peach Staters R.E.M. who(...)

Infa-Riot

Infa-Riot was originally formed in late 1979 by vocalist Lee Wilson and his bass playing brother Floyd together with guitarist Barry Damery and drummer Mark Reynolds. Their first gig was supporting The Angelic Upstarts in a North London pub and within a year of forming, the band found themselves in Sounds newspaper courtesy of a live review by The(...)

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