Artists – A to K

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(…)

Kingston Trio, The

A fluke #1 hit with Tom Dooley sparked off a folk music boom, and a deluge of replica groups appeared. The Kingston Trio’s debut album topped the charts – as did four more over the next couple of years. In fact, in December 1960 they had four albums in the Billboard Top 10 at once – all four of(…)

Kinks, The

The Kinks – from London’s Muswell Hill district – began their career in a similar way to hundreds of other groups, playing R&B and blues music. By drawing on the old British Music Hall and traditional pop, within a few years they developed into the most “English” sounding of all their contemporaries. One of the(…)

Kippington Lodge

Kippington Lodge released five excellent singles on Parlophone Records between 1967 and 1969, yet they remain one of the least known English pop groups of the late sixties – despite boasting a line-up that included Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz and Bob Andrews (a future member of Graham Parker & The Rumour). The group evolved from Lowe’s(…)

Kirsty MacColl

Born on 10 October 1959, Kirsty was the daughter of celebrated folk singer Ewan MacColl, although her father actually left the family home in Croydon before she was born. An accomplished songwriter and pop vocalist, Kirsty originally signed to Stiff Records as a 16-year old after they heard her singing with a punk band called The Drug(…)

Kiss

Kiss

The KISS story began when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to create heavy metal‘s answer to The Beatles in the early 1970’s. They discovered guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss through auditions and set to work, writing tunes that married catchy pop hooks to heavy metal thunder and developing a stage show that combined the power(…)

Klaatu

Canadian trio Klaatu are remembered for two things: being mistaken for The Beatles, and the song Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – a melodic, slow-moving and ludicrous piece of symphonic rock designed to make aliens take notice of Earth and its inhabitants. As far as we know, they haven’t. The debut Klaatu album – 3:47 EST (which was(…)

KLF

Shrouded in mystery and occultist imagery, The KLF were the biggest selling British singles act of 1991. Formed as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu four years previously by ex-Echo and The Bunnymen manager Bill Drummond and graphic artist James Cauty, they debuted with controversial sample collage 1987 (What The Fuck’s Going On?) – withdrawn from sale(…)

Knack, The

The Knack exemplified American New Wave – a short haired, 60s-influenced band playing straight-ahead pop-rock while sporting skinny ties and modish suits. Charting worldwide in 1979 with the catchy, syncopated My Sharona, The Knack were briefly a bona fide pop sensation. The single blared on car radios throughout that summer, and their debut album, Get The Knack, sold 5 million(…)

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