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Spongetones, The

One of the most underrated power pop bands of the 1980s, The Spongetones - from Charlotte, North Carolina - released several albums of effortlessly melodic, catchy...

Splodgenessabounds

This eight piece Chislehurst-based new wave band provided a messy mix of punk thrash, novelty songs, and covers of standards such as Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman (rendered Whiffy Woman) and...

SPK

Hailing from Australia and having been formed in 1978 by New Zealand-born psychiatric nurse Graeme Revell and Neil Hill (one of Revell's schizophrenic patients),...

Spirogyra

Formed in Bolton in 1967, acid-folk band Spirogyra found their wings in Canterbury in 1969 with a stable line-up of Martin Cockerham (vocals and...

Spirit

California's eclectic Spirit blended hard rock and jazz with elements of blues, country and folk to produce a series of acclaimed albums during the...

Spinners, The/Detroit Spinners

Despite scoring a transatlantic hit in 1970 with It's A Shame (co-authored by Stevie Wonder), The Spinners remained overlooked at Motown in favour of The Temptations...

Spiders, The

The Spiders were formed in Japan in 1961 by drummer Shochi Tanabe and originally played a mix of Jazz, Country & Western and traditional...

Spice Girls, The

The Spice Girls were the first major British pop music phenomenon of the mid-90s to not have a debt to independent pop-rock. Instead, the all-female...

Spencer Davis Group

Stevie Winwood's soul-drenched vocals powered The Spencer Davis Group through three major US hits during the band's brief lifespan as one of the most...

Spectrum, The

The Melody Maker had this to say about the band in 1967; "This fast rising group with their chart-chasing success Samantha is mine is now available...

Spectrum

Spectrum's #1 hit single I'll Be Gone (February 1971) was the final rock song to be played on the once-hip Melbourne radio station 3AK before it took...

Spear Of Destiny

Barely six months after the demise of Theatre of Hate, Kirk Brandon was braving it on stage in Manchester with a new band, a new...

Sparks

Record Collector described these kooky Californian anglophile brothers as "the musical version of Marmite", and indeed, no group seems to split the audience in quite...

Spanky And Our Gang

Sort of a poor man's Mamas & The Papas, Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane and her bandmates hit the heights of the US charts in the late...

Spandau Ballet

In September 1976, having just left school in Islington, North London, Gary Kemp formed power pop band The Makers with friends Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve...

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Southside Johnny Lyons (the moniker derives from the South Side of Chicago, from whence cometh lots of blues, Johnny's inspiration and love) began singing...

Soup Dragons

An initially very Buzzcocks-styled pop/punk band from Glasgow, who were an offshoot of The BMX Bandits and named after a creature from the children's TV...

Soundgarden

Chicago guitarist Kim Thayil formed Soundgarden in Seattle in 1984 with bass player Hiro Yamamoto and Chris Cornell, a local drummer turned singer, whose...

Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum were in the right place and right time to grab sturdy coat-tails, and were regarded with bewildering regularity in the 80s as...

Soul II Soul

London-based Soul II Soul was one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late '80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from...

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Eden Kane

Eden Kane was born Richard Sarstedt on 29 March 1942 in Delhi, India, where his father was the accountant to a prosperous tea merchant....

Lynne Randell

Lynne was born Lynne Randall (she changed the spelling) in Liverpool, England in 1950. Her family migrated to Australia when she was five and settled...

Dinosaurs, The

San Francisco Bay Area supergroup The Dinosaurs formed in 1982. The band originally consisted of Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, John...

Bev Harrell

Alongside Lynne Randell, petite blonde Bev Harrell was one of the most popular female solo singers on the mid-60s Australian pop scene. Hailing from Adelaide,...

Beryl Marsden

Merseybeat was a male-dominated sound. Cilla Black and Beryl Marsden were the best-known female performers, but rather than form backing bands of their own,...

Frankie Avalon

Nicknamed 'The Young Sinatra' and 'Golden Boy' in his hey-day, Frankie Avalon was born Frankie Avallone of Italian stock, in Philadelphia on 18 September 1940. He...

Factory Records

Factory was founded in 1978 with an esoteric roster of artists which included A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, X-O-Dus, The Distractions,...

Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton was born in Chicago in 1947 to Daniel and Thelma Riperton. The youngest of eight children, she started modern dance lessons at the...