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Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band placed five albums in the UK Top 20 in three years and were considered capable of much more. Growing up...

Seona Dancing

Few early-80s pop stars can be said to have carried off the vile fashion of the period with any success, let alone the self-confessed...

Sepultura

Brazilian thrash metal band formed in Sao Paolo in 1983 by teenage brothers Max and Igor Cavelera (on guitar and drums respectively) with guitarist...

Serious Drinking

Rowdy good-time rockers with an overtly humorous approach and a studiedly hedonistic (booze and football) lyrical bent. Their independent singles were Love On The Terraces (1982), Hangover (1983) and Country...

Serious Young Insects

Peter Farnan  Guitar, vocals Mick Vallance  Bass, vocals Mark White  Drums, vocals

Sets, The

Australian band The Sets, led by brothers Gary and Don Hosie, were the leaders of the Sydney mod revival scene in the early 80s. Formed originally...

Settlers, The

Cindy Kent was ordained as a priest in 2008. Cindy Kent Vocals Mike Jones Vocals, guitar, banjo John Fyffe Banjo Mansel Davies Bass Geoffrey Srodzinski Bass Andie Sheridan Vocals Paul Greedus Guitar, vocals Chris Johnstone Bass, vocals George Jeffrey Drums

Severed Heads

An Australian ensemble who took non-musical instruments like tapes, electronic noises etc. and came up with a sound akin to electro-pop.

Sex Gang Children

They may have been Goth, but unlike such lugubrious peers as Sisters Of Mercy and All About Eve, at least Leeds' Sex Gang Children had a sparky...

Sex Pistols, The

God bless The Sex Pistols. During their chaotic two-year existence, they introduced real musical anarchy to the world, yoking their working-class anger and disgust...

Sha Na Na

As rock music reached the end of the 1960s and began to 'grow up', Sha Na Na became a big success by revisiting rock...

Shadows of Knight, The

Originally called The Shadows, in next to no time the band were Chicago's most popular group – a group which specialised in commercial blues...

Shadows, The

Everything in British pop was American before The Shadows hit Number One. Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard - they all looked to Elvis and the US for inspiration. Then, from behind...

Shakespears Sister

Ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey formed Shakespears Sisters when she became disillusioned with the girl-group. American session singer Marcella Detroit later joined her, making Shakespears Sister...

Shakin’ Stevens

Shakin' Stevens was born Michael Barratt, in South Glamorgan, Wales in 1948 (the youngest of 12 children). In the late 60's, he teamed up...

Sham 69

Formed in Hersham, Surrey in 1975, Sham 69 were the ultimate "lads" band. All pints of lager, football terrace chants and menacing cocksure attitudes. Jimmy Pursey...

Shamen, The

The Shamen formed in Aberdeen in 1986 to play heavy psychedelic rock, as evidenced on their 1987 debut LP Drop. But there was dissension in The...

Shane Fenton (& The Fentones)

Originally known as Johnny Theakston & the Tremeloes, the original line-up included Theakston on vocals, ex-miners Jerry Wilcock and Mick Eyre on guitars, Bill Bonney on bass and Tony...

Shangri-Las, The

Two pairs of New York sisters, The Shangri-Las formed in 1964 and created a series of brilliantly theatrical singles masterminded by madcap producer George...

Sharon O’Neill

Pint-sized Sharon O'Neill was one of many musicians from New Zealand who made Australia their base during the 1980s. Hailing from Nelson in the South...

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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...