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Poco

Poco was formed in 1968 by ex-Buffalo Springfield members Jim Messina and Richie Furay. Initially the band were so conscious of hitting the East Coast -...

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...

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...

Poison

These Philly-born Nerf bangers (they hailed from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) - whose first two albums showcased a blissfully carefree marriage of Sixties bubblegum to Seventies...

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...

Police, The

Originally known as Strontium 90, The Police was formed by American drummer Stewart Copeland in January 1977. Copeland (who had previously been in Curved Air) remembered Sting,...

Pop Group, The

Mark, Bruce and Gareth (band members were invariably referred to by their Christian names alone) formed The Pop Group in Bristol in 1977. They'd known...

Pop Will Eat Itself

This irreverent quartet from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, with a style best described as hardcore pop with psychedelic and metal overtones, began gigging...

Porcelain Bus

Ian Vocals Robert Guitar Paul Bass John Drums

Porno for Pyros

Pop star provocateur and entrepreneur Perry Farrell (real name Bernstein) started Jane's Addiction in Los Angeles in 1986, dissolving the band shortly after 1990s Ritual...

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...

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...

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...

PP Arnold

PP Arnold was born Patricia Ann Cole on 3 October 1946 in the South Central area of Los Angeles (then known as Watts). She joined the Ike...

Prefab Sprout

After reading English at Newcastle, minister's son Paddy McAloon formed Prefab Sprout with his girlfriend Wendy ("Smithy") and his bass-playing younger brother Martin. The trio produced...

Pretenders, The

Forever the bridesmaid of the London punk scene, by the end of the 70's Akron, Ohio-born ex-NME scribe Chrissie Hynde felt as if rock & roll had...

Pretty Things, The

Educated alongside The Rolling Stones (guitarist Dick Taylor attended Sidcup College with Keith Richards), and covered by Bowie (Rosalyn on Pin-Ups), The Pretty Things were better than beat-era also-rans, but...

Primal Scream

Originally a guitar pop band formed by early Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream got harder, wilder and heavier as the decade wore...

Primitives, The

Formed in 1985, these melodic guitar rockers from Coventry were fronted by photogenic peroxide-blonde Australian-born vocalist Tracy Cattell and driven by guitarist-songwriter Paul Court. Early...

Prince

His name was Prince, then it wasn't, then it was again. One of the most fascinating artists of the Eighties, the pocket-sized legend was...

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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...