Artists – R

R.E.M.

In Athens, Georgia (USA), Michael Stipe and Peter Buck met in 1978 in the record store where Buck worked and discovered they shared an interest in post-punk British music. Two years later they formed REM, playing their first concert (also in Athens, GA) on 19 April 1980 with Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums). Four(...)

Rabbit

Formed in 1973 in Newcastle (NSW, Australia), Rabbit were originally a three-piece band playing covers of songs by artists such as Alice Cooper, The Who and The Move Greg Douglas joined as lead vocalist in 1974 but was replaced by Dave Evans in October. Evans had just been ousted from AC/DC and had a reputation as an outrageous and(...)

Racey

"When I met you you were seventeen, not just another teenage queen" - Shakespeare? Dylan? Lennon & McCartney? While not strictly speaking 'one-hit wonders', Racey had a very short stay at the toppermost of the poppermost with two notable hits (both from the one album), Some Girls and Lay Your Love On Me. Other minor hits included Boy Oh Boy, Runaround(...)

Rachel Sweet

At 16, Akron-girl Rachel Sweet was a veteran performer, having been on the stage since the age of nine as well as recording commercials and TV advertising jingles. Amongst the products she promoted were Caravelle Candy Bars, Faygo Red Pop, Frigidaire refrigerators and Dull Bananas. In 1977, Rachel teamed up with a musician called Liam(...)

Radiators, The

Formed in western Sydney in 1978, The Radiators were originally lumped in with the New Wave scene but in reality were a pub rock band with a sense of humour. In their hey-day they were one of the hardest working bands in Australia, touring constantly and racking up over 2,500 gigs by the early 1990s. Their first(...)

Radio Birdman

The Radio Birdman saga began in Sydney, Australia, in 1973 with The Rats - a band comprising Mick Lynne on bass, Rob Younger on vocals, Warwick Gilbert on guitar and Ron Keeley on drums. At the same time, Deniz Tek - raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan - had left the frigid North to attend medical(...)

Radio Luxembourg

Arguably the earliest commercial radio station broadcasting in the English language, Radio Luxembourg started broadcasting to the entertainment-starved listeners of the United Kingdom. Often mistakenly referred to as a ‘Pirate' radio station, Radio Luxembourg offered an English speaking commercial service for more than 60 years and shaped the radio landscape for future commercial broadcasting in the UK.(...)

Radiohead

It is a well-known fact that the weight of just one hit single can destroy a band - should you duplicate your sound and be accused of selling out, or follow your artistic ideas and risk alienating your fans? Fresh from the crippling and claustrophobic success of their anthemic single Creep, Radiohead retaliated by doing both. The(...)

Railway Children, The

The Railway Children formed in 1985 in Wigan, Lancashire. Gary Newby Vocals, guitar Brian Bateman Guitar Stephen Hull Bass Guy Keegan Drums

Rain Parade

This psychedelia-tinged, late-60s-influenced new wave band hailed from Los Angeles. Leader David Roback left in 1985 to form Opal and later Mazzy Starr. David Roback Vocals, guitar Matthew Puicci Vocals, guitar Will Glenn Keyboards, violin Steve Roback Bass, vocals Eddie Kalwa Drums

Rainbow

Rainbow were masters of what has since been jokingly termed 'castle rock'. Cozy Powell was killed in a car accident on 5 April 1998. He was 50. Ritchie Blackmore (a qualified aircraft radio mechanic) ditched leather jackets and six strings for mandolins, doublets and Windy Miller hats when he formed barmy Hey-Nonny-Nonny combo Blackmore's Night(...)

Raincoats, The

Formed in 1976 while Gina Birch (bass) and Ana Da Silva (guitar and vocals) were at Hornsey Art College, The Raincoats were a London-based female (apart from occasional drummer Charles Hayward) band of post-punk musical experimentalists and feminist lyricists with a somewhat flexible line-up. The Raincoats were built on the dissonant blueprint of their punk(...)

Ramases

Once glance at the grammatically-challenged and logic-dodging sleeve notes on the 1971 Space Hymns album will convince you that Mister Ram (Kimberley Barrington Frost to his Earth mum) was a couple of coins short of a hexagram. Sounding like a Norwegian Eurovision entry on Oh Mister, a druggy New Seekers on And The Whole World, and Reg Presley singing(...)

Ramones, The

The Ramones were nasty, ugly and played music so fast and simple it was borderline inane, but this band of creeps from Forest Hills in Queens, New York, would go on to have an influence on contemporary music matched only by The Velvet Underground. Buoyed by a love of The Who, The MC5, Iggy &(...)

Randy Newman

Randy Newman was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California.  His career in music began while he was at UCLA, thanks to his childhood friend Lenny Waronker, whose father owned a record company called Metric Music. Metric engaged Newman to write songs for them, for a hundred dollars a month. In the(...)

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