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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Radio Stars

Radio Stars was formed by Martin Gordon (ex-Sparks), vocalist Andy Ellison (ex-John's Children) and Ian MacLeod in 1977. The band signed to Chiswick Records and released...

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...

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. Keyboards/violin player William...

Rainbow

A few months prior to his departure from Deep Purple in 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore teamed up with members of a decidedly mediocre American...

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...

Ral Donner

Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner was born in Norwood Park, Chicago and sang in church as a child. He sang in local talent shows as...

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...

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...

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...

Rare Earth

Having played the club circuit since 1961 under the name The Sunliners, it was on joining Motown's subsidiary Rare Earth Records - set up by...

Raspberries, The

The Raspberries, a Cleveland-based band, summed up everything classic power pop was about (before the term was even being used); simplicity, Beach Boys-esque harmonies, and delightfully skilled melodies...

Ratcat

Simon Day Vocals, guitar Amr Zaid Bass Andrew Polin Drums

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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...