Artists – K

Kevin Ayers

Founder member of Soft Machine and sometime member of Gong, Kevin Ayers' career is a snapshot of the English underground across four decades. Patchy, erratic and often unclassifiably brilliant, his solo work remains a strange catalogue of delights. John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it".(...)

Kevin Borich Express

Kevin Borich was born in 1948 in Huapai (near Auckland) in New Zealand. In 1961, at the age of 12, Borich recorded a private single on Astor Records, and formed a group called The Mergers two years later. The Mergers eventually became The La De Da's, and Borich made a name for himself as a guitarist with(...)

Key, The

  Greg Hearnden   Vocals, guitar James Robinson   Bass, vocals Scott Egginton   Drums Graham Hill Bass

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

August Darnell was born in New York's Bronx on 12 August 1950. For years the background he invented for his Kid Creole alter-ego had him born in Canada. "I had Kid Creole having his own history. I told one journalist that I was a white Aborigine!" His father Stony, from Savannah, Georgia, was a bricklayer(...)

Kids In The Kitchen

Melbourne band Kids In The Kitchen reached #10 on the Australian national charts with their debut single, Change In Mood, in November 1983. A second single, Bitter Desire (May 1984), reached #17 in May 1984, after which Greg Dorman and Greg Woodhead quit the band and were replaced by Claude Carranza (guitar) and Alistair Coia (keyboards). The first single released(...)

Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee had been making records since the Sixties, but her career didn't really get going until Elton John signed her to his Rocket label. Amoureuse wasn't her biggest hit, but certainly a turntable one, charting in 1973 and again three years later. Her powerful voice was equally comfortable in soul and rock grooves. Despite the(...)

Kilburn and The High Roads

Kilburn and The High Roads formed at Canterbury College of Art in 1970 when lecturer Ian Dury let his inner Gene Vincent fan take control, with co-writer and keyboard player Russell Hardy. Playing an eclectic, English mix taking in rock & roll, reggae and a splash of Music Hall, they were also menacing and defiantly(...)

Killing Floor

Named after the blues standard covered by everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Mike Bloomfield, Killing Floor was fronted by the much under-appreciated guitarist Mick Clarke. They appeared on bills with Ten Years After, John Mayall and Taste, and signed to Spark for their impressive self-titled debut LP (1969), and to Penny Farthing for their follow up, Out Of Uranus (1971). Towards the(...)

Killing Joke

Formed in the post-Sex Pistols melee of the late 70s, Killing Joke formed in London when South London punk Martin Glover (more commonly known as 'Youth') answered an advert for a bass player in Melody Maker which had been placed by singer Jaz (real name Jeremy) Coleman and drummer Big Paul (Ferguson) - a teddy boy from High(...)

Kim Fowley

Six and a half feet tall and uglier than he could be, Kim Fowley was born - in the Philippines - on the day Hitler invaded Poland. He grew up in the last Babylonian days of tarnished Hollywood. His dad played Doc Holliday in the TV series Wyatt Earp, and sent young Kim to finishing school(...)

Kim Weston

Kim Weston was born Agatha Natalie Weston on 30 December 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, and started singing in the church at the age of four. Later, while singing with a gospel group, she was signed by Motown Records in 1961, scoring a minor hit a year later with Love Me All the Way - actually the B-side to her(...)

Kim Wilde

In the late 70's, veteran rocker Marty Wilde had the idea of co-writing songs with his failed pop star son, Ricky, for his not-unattractive daughter Kim. Kim was signed to Mickie Most's RAK label in 1980 after the producer heard one of their demos. Her first single, an exuberant collision of synth-pop and New Wave entitled Kids In America (1981) was composed(...)

King Crimson

Formed in 1969 and led by charismatic guitarist Robert Fripp, King Crimson quickly earned an underground reputation which led to a record deal with Island, and their first two albums, In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) and In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970) both made the Top Five. From the scary cover painting by artist Barry Godber(...)

King Kurt

Formed in 1983, this crazed psychobilly sextet immediately hit pay dirt with the Top 40 single Destination Zululand. Made infamous by notorious live shows in which audiences were doused in flour, water and - if they were really lucky - animal innards, they had two lesser hits, Mack The Knife and Banana Banana but by 1987 they could barely limp(...)

Kingsmen, The

On Louie Louie (1963), this Portland, Oregon, garage band was terribly recorded, could barely keep the beat and got lost mid-way through the song - and singer Jack Ely sounded like he had a mouth full of marbles - but it didn't matter. Any band with that riff on its side would win anyway! It started out as a B-side(...)

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