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Nena

Entering the Billboard Top 40 on 21 January 1984, 99 Luftballons - a single by Teutonic new wave group Nena sung entirely in their own language - put...

Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman

"If you're going to be in the music business, you gotta make hit records," Mike Chapman once pithily observed. A simple philosophy, it guided Chapman...

New Model Army

New Model Army formed in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1980 and immediately outlined their manifesto by naming themselves after the Sir Thomas Fairfax/Oliver Cromwell revolutionary...

Napalm Death

The music of Birmingham agitators Napalm Death typically crashes upon the listener like a drum kit hurled through a closed bay window, their lyrics...

Noeleen Batley

Australian Noeleen Batty made her show business debut singing on a Sydney radio station when she was five-years-old. She was so short she had to...

New Christs

When the New Christs first formed in 1980 they only performed in a studio, releasing the searing acid-punk single Face A New God (1981). The original lineup comprised ex-Radio...

New Musical Express (NME)

  From humble beginnings in 1952, the New Musical Express became an essential weekly purchase for generations of music fans, populated by characters as notorious...

New Kids on the Block

Formed in 1984 by former New Edition mentor Maurice Starr, New Kids On The Block were created to be a white version of the...

Nick Cave

Following the demise of The Birthday Party, Cave performed in New York with a troupe calling itself The Immaculate Consumptive. Its members included such underground luminaries...

Nick Drake

Like Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake was a rare talent whose unique voice and premature death sealed his iconic status. Born in 1948 in Burma but raised...

Nice, The

The Nice formed in 1967 as a backing band for singer PP Arnold. Keith Emerson and "Blinkey" Davison had previously been playing in Gary Farr's...

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe has probably the greatest ear for melody in the modern world - but this is not just a pop melody composing genius...

New World

Formed in the late 60's in Brisbane, Australia, and armed with a recording contract with Albert Productions, John Kane, John Lee and Mel Noonan...

Nico

Born Christina Päffgen on 16 October 1938 in Cologne, Germany, Nico became a fashion model at the age of 14, and in 1960 she...

Nik Kershaw

Nicolas David Kershaw was born in Bristol, England, in 1958. Son of a flautist father and opera singing mother, Kershaw's first foray into the...

Night Ranger

Night Ranger were an okay hard rock band with a few good licks and a few bad hairdos who suddenly found themselves in charts...

Newtown Neurotics

The Newtown Neurotics hailed from Harlow, Essex; a stereotypically inhospitable and lifeless "new town" of grey concrete and roundabouts (a la Stevenage or Milton...

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Jason & The Scorchers

Following a genuine buzz around their 1982 EP, Fervor, Illinois native Jason Ringenberg's seminal cowpunk outfit (then known as Jason and the Nashville Scorchers) were...

Leonard Cohen

Born in Canada, Leonard Cohen was already a published novelist and prize-winning poet before he started singing and songwriting, but Columbia's A&R department probably...

Untouchables, The

Before California was swamped by a glut of ska-punk, The Untouchables ruled the roost. Emerging from Los Angeles suburb Silver Lake in 1981, they covered tracks...

Crispian St. Peters

Crispian St Peters was born Robin Peter Smith in Swanley, Kent. After his National Service, he formed a band called The Beat Formula Three and met manager...

Big Bam Boo

This duo formed in the UK with Brit Simon Tedd and Canadian 'Shark'. They had minor hits for MCA with Shooting From My Heart and Fell Off A...

Group 1850

Emerging from the renowned Dutch group Klits (short for 'clitoris') from The Hague, Group 1850 were an interesting, if sometimes exasperating, late-'60s Dutch band...

Russ Conway

Russ Conway (real name Trevor Herbert Stanford) was born on 2 September 1925, in Bristol. After leaving school he trained as a solicitor's clerk,...