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M.P.D. Limited

M.P.D. Limited had one of the most meteoric rises in the history of Australian rock and pop. Formed from the remains of Melbourne Shadows-style instrumental...

Machinations

Australian band Machinations formed around Tim Doyle and Tony Starr in 1979, using what electronic instruments they could find. Their school friend Fred Loneragan joined...

Madness

Madness were at the forefront of the UK ska revival at the end of the 70s. They ultimately shed the 2 Tone image and became one of the...

Madonna

Nobody quite embodies the Eighties like the 'Material Girl' from Detroit, Madonna Louise Ciccone. In the 1980s Madonna showed herself to be a supreme manipulator...

Magazine

No sooner had Manchester's Buzzcocks released their debut Spiral Scratch EP in January 1977 than singer/founder Howard Devoto quit. 12 months later he launched Magazine with the brilliant single Shot...

Maggie Bell

Margaret "Maggie" Bell was born on 12 January 1945, at Maryhill, Glasgow, in Scotland. She began singing in her teenage years and left school at the...

Magic Michael

Described by NME writer Nick Kent as "Ladbroke Grove's answer to Wildman Fisher," Magic Michael  (real name Michael Cousins) was a permanent fixture on the early-'70s...

Magic Sam

Samuel Maghett was born on Valentines Day 1937 on a farm in central Mississippi, where he learned to play the guitar by stretching strings...

Magma

French prog rock band Magma were assembled by seismic drummer Christian Vander to relate his operatic saga concerning the future disintegration of Earth and...

Magna Carta

Magna Carta were a gentle acoustic-guitars-and-harmonies outfit who began in the late 60's and survived several line-up changes. Their material, built mainly around the...

Mahogany Rush

Canada's Mahogany Rush were led by lead guitarist/vocalist Frank Marino, who was indelibly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, and his music shamelessly reflected this. Marino pushed his...

Makin’ Time

Makin' Time hailed from the West Midlands and for a period were considered the great white hopes for the mod revival scene.                    

Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was born on 22 January 1946 in North London. His father left when he was two and he and his brother Stuart...

Mamas & The Papas, The

Leader and principal songwriter John Phillips had enjoyed limited success with The Journeymen before retiring to the Virgin Islands with his wife Michelle and two...

Man

Back in the days when nobody was ashamed to be called hippy, Welsh band Man were the closest thing the British side of the...

Manassas

The multi-talented Stephen Stills founded this highly regarded unit in 1971 during sessions for a projected album. Chris Hillman and Al Perkins, bothe formerly of...

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa in 1940) formed a group in Britain in 1963 called The Manne-Hugg Blues Brothers. Shortening their name...

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Manfred Mann's Earth Band came together in 1971 after Mann had grown disillusioned with his original outfit. A year later they signed a recording deal with...

Manhattans, The

Not as successful in the UK as, say, The Stylistics or The Chi-Lites, what really set The Manhattans apart in the 60s and 70s...

Manic Street Preachers

Formed in Wales in 1988, and obsessed with The Clash and Public Enemy, the Manic Street Preachers survived early media vitriol to emerge defiant and triumphant. Richey James...

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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...