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Phil Spector

There are only a handful of people from the 1960s who can truly be said to have had a major and lasting effect on...

Phoebe Snow

Born Phoebe Ann Laub in New York City in 1952, the singer changed her name after seeing 'Phoebe Snow', a fictional advertising character for...

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,...

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),...

Pigbag

This mainly instrumental soul/funk sextet formed in Gloucestershire from the remnants of political funkers The Pop Group. James Johnstone Guitar, keyboards Ollie Moore Saxophone Chris Leigh Trumpet Simon Underwood Bass Chip Carpenter Drums Roger Freeman Percussion

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...

Pilot

Singer/bassist David Paton and keyboardist Billy Lyall were both former members of The Bay City Rollers. Once the hit singles started drying up, Pilot seemed to...

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...

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd (named after two obscure American bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council) formed in Cambridge in 1964 as a six-piece group of Syd...

Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours

Formerly The Liberators, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours hailed from Rugby and took their debut single Mirror Mirror to #9 in 1966. Unfortunately their follow-up disc (Don't Stop Loving...

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...

Pixies, The

Having dropped out of the University of Massachusetts while on a college exchange program, Frank Black (real name Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV) teamed...

PJ Proby

Texan vocalist P.J Proby (born James Marcus Smith in November 1938) became an overnight sensation in Britain when Jack Good brought him and his pudding-bowl haircut...

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...

Plastic Bertrand

Plastic Bertrand was the alias of new wave prankster Roger Allen François Jouret, a native of Belgium who appropriated the sound and style of the...

Platters, The

Formed in Los Angeles in 1953, The Platters were one of the very first black vocal harmony groups to reach a mass white audience. They...

Pleasers, The

  Stephen 'Bo' Benham Vocals, bass Steve McNerney Vocals, guitar Nick Powell Guitar, vocals Dave Rotchelle  Drums

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...

Pleazers, The

The Pleazers were a wild long-haired Australian R&B act, who evolved out of Brisbane's Johnny & The G Men, then picked up a Kiwi...

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...

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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...