Artists – M

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 band The Phantoms, M.P.D. (Mike, Pete and Danny) were supporting UK visitors The Dave Clark Five on their 1965 Australian tour just three weeks after forming. In July 1965 the(...)


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 as singer and they played their first show at Garibaldi's in Darlinghurst, Sydney in early 1980. The band received their first overseas exposure when the single Pressure Sway (July 1983) became an(...)


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 most consistent UK chart groups of the Eighties. They were a motley crew, composed of stubbly pub-rockers and baby-faced pop hopefuls, but their cheery pop and slapstick reggae made them a(...)


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 of style and her own image, earning more money in that decade than any other female pop artist and appearing in the same year in both a nude pictorial in Penthouse 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 By Both Sides - owing its intense guitar ascent to ex-bandmate Pete Shelley (who later used the same riff on the Buzzcocks track, Lipstick). The existentialist lyrics to Shot By Both Sides were Devoto's reaction(...)

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 age of fifteen to work as a window dresser by day and singer at night with a number of local bands. Maggie joined a group called The Power of Music (which was eventually shortened to(...)

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 UK hippie scene - albeit one who seemed destined to court controversy (he was once booed off-stage at a Hawkwind concert and can also be spotted during the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre movie performing(...)

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 tied to nails driven into a wall. His family moved to Chicago in 1950, where Sam got his first guitar. As a teenager he began appearing in the city's blues clubs,(...)


French prog rock band Magma were assembled by seismic drummer Christian Vander to relate his operatic saga concerning the future disintegration of Earth and the subsequent efforts of a few citizens to begin a new society on the distant planet Kobaia - all related in Vander's self-composed language of Kobaian. The band came on like(...)

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 songs of Chris Simpson and Tom Hoy, was melodic and intelligent, as exemplified by their near-hit Took A Long Time, and Sun Ain't Gonna Rise from the Putting It Back Together album. At their best,(...)

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 Hendrix acolyte credentials to the limit on the band's fourth and fifth outings. The nine-song IV (1976) featured numerous effects-laden guitar-dominated numbers, with Hendrix-esque vocals, overdriven keyboards, strings and harmonies (such as(...)

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 were raised by his maternal grandmother. Leaving home in his teens, he attended several art colleges, including Goldsmiths, Central Saint Martins and Harrow School of Art. In October 1971, McLaren took over(...)

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 friends, Denny Doherty and Mama Cass Elliott (who had played in a New York group called The Mugwumps), to write songs and formulate plans for a four-part harmony vocal group. The(...)


Back in the days when nobody was ashamed to be called hippy, Welsh band Man were the closest thing the British side of the Atlantic had to those all-time great star-truckers the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Maybe they lived too much in the shadow of Swansea's Dark Satanic Mills ever to be as carefree as their(...)

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