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Rationals, The

In mid-Sixties Detroit - where cool white R&B bands were as common as cars - the big three were Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bob...

Ratt

This American heavy rock band was formed in 1980 in Los Angeles by vocalist Stephen Pearcy and guitarist Robbin Crosby. Pearcy's first band had been...

Ray Brown & The Whispers

When Ray Brown died in August 1996, Australian rock & roll lost one of its unsung achievers. After bursting onto the pop scene at Sydney's...

Ray Charles

Ray Charles started out smooth - A substandard Nat King Cole - but after signing to Atlantic, his gospel background kicked in and he effectively invented soul. As...

Real Kids, The

Band leader and frontman John Felice was in the first, unrecorded, lineup of The Modern Lovers with his next-door neighbor Jonathan Richman in the early...

Real Life

Dave Sterry and Richard Zatorski had been members of the final line-up of 70's Australian band Kush. Real Life's debut single, Send Me An Angel (June 1983),...

Real Thing, The

Liverpool's The Real Thing were the most successful black British group of the Seventies. But although they prided themselves on writing their own material,...

Records, The

The Records are best remembered for their cult classic, Starry Eyes, a song that defined British power pop in the 70s. While they never matched the success of...

Red Crayola, The/Red Krayola

The abstract tendencies of The Red Crayola (later Red Krayola) were greeted with befuddlement when they released their debut album - The Parable of Arable...

Red Guitars

Formed in 1982, Red Guitars delivered great tunes, had the left-wing political credentials to become NME darlings and were defiantly independent, releasing material through their own...

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The naughty party boys of Los Angeles rock began playing funk-infused punk while they were high school lads, moving to the club circuit in...

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

These Leeds-based post-punk doomsters formed in 1982. York-based label/distributor Red Rhino released their hypnotic debut 45, Beating My Head, six months later. Over the next seven years...

Red Wedge (1986)

In a desperate attempt to prevent a third consecutive Tory victory at the looming General Election, Red Wedge - a coalition of Socialist-minded musicians...

Redd Kross

Barely teenagers at the time, Redd Kross was one of the first bands in So Cal to pick up guitars and lash out at...

Redgum

Redgum formed in 1975 when Verity Truman, John Schumann and Michael Atkinson met to plan a Politics and Art course at Flinders University in...

Redhouse

Originally formed as The Redhouse Roll Band, this Geelong (Victoria, Australia) quartet was that city's premier rock attraction during the mid-1970s. The Redhouse Roll...

Redskins, The

The Redskins were a skinhead punk band with a brass-driven soul sideline. Hailing originally from York (and known originally as No Swastikas) the band...

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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...