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Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood was born on 10 January 1959, his brother Cris less than two years later, on 22 October 1960. The brothers were born in Texas (Curt in Wichita Falls, Cris in Amarillo), where their mother was married for a brief time to their father, who was in the military. The marriage didn’t last and(…)

Medicine Head

Medicine Head (ostensibly a duo comprising John Fiddler and Peter Hope Evans) formed in Stafford in 1968 and came to prominence when championed by influential DJ John Peel, who signed them to his own Dandelion label. 1971’s Heavy On The Drum was a big improvement over their debut LP, New Bottles, Old Medicine (1970), with ex-Yardbirds frontman Keith Relf(…)


With a childhood spent moving from place to place dodging his estranged father, living in his own apartment and selling drugs at the age of 15, Dave Mustaine’s formative years saw him walk in some pretty authentic valleys of trauma. Having been sacked by Metallica in 1983 for chronic alcohol abuse and misbehaviour, guitarist/vocalist Mustaine found himself(…)


Melanie Safka was born on 3 February 1947 in Astoria, Long Island, New York, of Ukrainian/Italian parentage. Her rise to stardom reads like a modern-day fairy tale. In 1966 while auditioning for a bit part in a play, she accidentally walked into a music publisher’s office where she was asked to sing and play her(…)

Mellow Candle

An Irish folk-rock group who recorded an album entitled Swaddling Songs on Deram – which nobody bought upon release but now commands £600+

Members, The

The Members formed in London’s commuter suburb of Camberley, Surrey, in the winter of 1976. Nicky Tesco, a political science graduate working as an insurance salesman, was the instigator. He’d long dreamt of forming a band, but it got no further than that until he gate-crashed a party at a rehearsal studio run by a(…)

Men At Work

Singer/songwriter Colin Hay grew up in a town on the west coast of Scotland called Saltcoats, where his father owned a music store. In 1967, at the age of 14, he moved with his parents to Australia. After working in the 70s as part of a musical duo with guitarist Ron Strykert, he formed Men(…)

Men They Couldn’t Hang

Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers Vocals, guitar, tin whistle Paul Simmonds Guitar, vocals, mandolin, keyboards Stefan Cush Guitar, vocals Shanne Hasler Bass Jon Odgers Drums

Men Without Hats

From their coolly synthesized dance beat to singer Ivan Doroschuk’s tastefully muted Bowie fixation, Montreal’s Men Without Hats managed to incorporate nearly all that was hip and marketable into their sound. This ploy netted them a solitary global hit with The Safety Dance in 1982. Most of the songs on their debut album, Rhythm Of Youth (1982), were about(…)


Daydreamer (1995) was the only song this short-lived band had in their arsenal when they started. It turned out to be the only one they would ever need. Featuring the kind of riff Graham Coxon would have swapped Song 2 for, the single was as essential to Britpop as overpriced cocaine. Johnny Dean Vocals Simon White Guitar, vocals Chris Gentry Guitars Stuart(…)

Mental As Anything

Utilising elements of rockabilly, rock and R&B combined with an energetic live act, Australian band Mental As Anything proved a lasting, popular live and recording outfit. In 18 months the band went from playing on top of a pool table in a small Sydney pub to securing an international record deal and having their debut(…)

MEO 245

MEO 245 (the name referred to the catalogue number of an obscure French pressing of a Beatles EP) formed in Tasmania (Australia) in the late 70s, eventually relocating to Melbourne in 1979. Chris Ball Vocals Paul Brickhill Keyboards, vocals Paul Northam Guitar, vocals Mick Wilson Bass Campbell Laird Drums Mark Kellett Bass Anthony Moore Bass 

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev’s debut album Yerself Is Steam (1991) flopped in the US following Rough Trade’s collapse and didn’t hint at later commercial successes like Deserter’s Songs. Rather, it was a folie de grandeur, epitomised by the sprawling Very Sleepy Rivers. David Baker Vocals Jonathan Donahue Vocals, guitar Sean ‘Grasshopper’ Mackiowiak Guitar David Fridmann Bass Suzanne Thorpe Woodwind(…)

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash both learned the value of prison at around the same time. For Cash it was the release of the two prison albums that made him one of the biggest-selling artists; for Haggard, a former convict who saw Cash play at San Quentin in 1958, it was the discovery that a country singer(…)


Merlin formed in late 1973 and released a self-titled album on CBS in 1974. The group also released a handful of singles – Put My Spell On You, Alright, Wild Cat and What a Funny Way To Fall In Love – with two reaching the top twenty. Merlin supported David Essex on an extensive tour(…)

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