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Powder

San Mateo anglophiles Rich and Tom Martin pursued a different musical path to many after the Beatles epiphany they shared with millions of other...

Promises

Promises comprised three Canadian-born siblings, Leslie Knauer (vocals), Jed Knauer (guitar and keyboards) and Benjamin Knauer (keyboards and vocals). Their father Peter was originally...

Proteens, The

The Proteens were a young Sydney band inspired by Sixties girl groups like The Ronettes and The Crystals. Their line-up featured three female lead...

Pearl Harbour & The Explosions

Pearl Gates was born in 1958 of a Filipino mother and American father and grew up in Geermany. She dropped out of high school,...

PiL (Public Image Ltd)

After the demise of The Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten reverted to being plain old John Lydon and became the leader of PiL (Public Image Ltd). He...

Peters & Lee

At the age of five, Lennie Peters (born Leonard George Sargent) was knocked down by a car and lost the sight of his left...

Photos, The

The Photos formed in Worcestershire (UK) when singer Wendy Wu joined band members of punk band Satan's Rats. They released one self-titled album (Epic,...

Power Station

Feeling Duran Duran was becoming "a machine" the group agreed to take a year's break in 1985. Members John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor decided to...

Pet Shop Boys

Neil Tennant, the assistant editor of UK pop magazine Smash Hits met keyboard player Chris Lowe in a music shop in London in 1981 and discussed...

Poets, The

The Poets began life in 1962 when George Gallacher (vocals) joined forces with Hume Paton (lead & 12-string guitar), Tony Myles (rhythm guitar), John...

Piranhas, The

This tongue-in-cheek band from Brighton whose sound was individualised by use of sax, later developed a penchant for commercial novelty records. Tom Hark (1980) was a...

Pezband

Despite forming in 1971, Chicago-based Pezband were crowned 'Most Promising New Act of the Year' in 1978, primarily because of the resurging interest in power...

Plasmatics, The

New York-based, The Plasmatics established a cult reputation for their outrageous stage presentation, built around Wendy O'Williams' contortions, distortions and disrobing. The group built up...

Pleasure Seekers, The

Detroit sisters Patti and Suzi Quatro decided to form The Pleasure Seekers after seeing The Beatles on American television in 1964. Their other sisters, Arlene and Nancy, also eventually...

Posies, The

Formed around the nucleus of Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, The Posies emerged from Seattle in the late 1980s. Often compared to both The Hollies and Big Star, The...

Poison Girls

Essex-based quartet Poison Girls formed during 1976 but - fronted by husky-voiced 40-something mother of two Vi Subversa - they were never going to...

Pogues, The

Shane MacGowan (pictured) conceived The Pogues as a two-fingered rejoinder to the prevailing synth-pop moods of the early 80s underground. It was to be...

Plimsouls, The

The Plimsouls, formed by singer/guitarist Peter Case in Los Angeles after ending The Nerves, were one of many groups sucked up by record-label power...

Pickettywitch

In one of those occasional spasms of madness that overcome the British record-buying public (and surely the template for League of Gentlemen's duffers Crème Broulee),...

Pink Fairies, The

Described by John Lydon (Sex Pistols, PiL) as his favourite "old wave rock band", this Ladbroke Grove union of Pretty Things drummer Twink and ex-members of Mick...

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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...

Talk Talk

Talk Talk began their career in 1981 as a synth-pop new wave band who looked pretty and sounded slick and shuffled gawkily around the New Romantic fringes -...

Cheetah

The English-born, Melbourne-bred Hammond sisters, Chrissie (the brunette) and Lyndsay (the blonde), were the archetypal 1970s sex bombs with big hair. They had tremendous,...

Iron Maiden

In the East End of London, Steve "Arry" Harris and Dave Murray joined forces in 1976 with Paul Di'anno (real name, Paul Andrews) and...

Paul McCartney

Inspired equally by show tunes, music hall and rock 'n' roll, the young James Paul McCartney (whose first guitar, incidentally, was a Rosetti Lucky...

Trammps, The

Disco's most soulful vocal group began in the 60s as The Volcanoes and were also called The Moods. A snappy revival of Judy Garland's 1940s tune Zing...

Lift Off (With Ayshea)

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 4 (UK) 144 x episodes Ayshea was born Ayshea Hague on 12 November 1948 in Highgate, London, and made her film...

Throwing Muses

Boston’s Throwing Muses introduced a feminine sensibility that made a mockery of banal notions of 'Women In Rock'. Over abruptly shifting guitar chord patterns, Kristin...