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Silverchair

Aussie-band Silverchair's first single, Tomorrow hit #1 locally in their native Oz. Their debut album, Frogstomp, was a 1995 US hit. The album couldn't be more heavily...

Simon & Garfunkel

Paul Simon was born in October 1941 in Newark, New Jersey into a Hungarian Jewish family but moved to the middle-class area of Queens...

Simon Dupree and The Big Sound

In an era of cash-in records that stretched all the way from The Flower Pot Men to Alf Herbert & His Marijuana Brass, a...

Simple Minds

Bowie-influenced Scottish punk band Johnny & The Self Abusers changed their name to Simple Minds for New Wave fame and glimmered through the early 80's by adding Krautrock and...

Simply Red

Simply Red was the culmination of years of musical experimentation dating back to the late 70s. Along with some Manchester mates, ex-art student Mick...

Sinceros, The

Starting out as a trio called The Strutters, singer/songwriter Mark Kjeldsen along with rhythm section Bobby Irwin and Ron François re-branded themselves as The...

Sindelfingen

Named after a German town, Sindelfingen were a British prog rock band who played only a handful of gigs and released a solitary privately-pressed...

Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O'Connor grew up in a turbulent household marred by divorce and abuse. By the time she was a teenager, she had been expelled...

Singles, The

Australian band The Singles were formed late in 1979 by Andrew Campbell and Rod Brunell with Geoff Smith and Tony Cook. Andrew and Rod...

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Siouxsie Sioux (real name Susan Janet Ballion) grew up in Chislehurst, Kent. When punk rock hit the UK she was part of the now-legendary 'Bromley Contingent'...

Sister Janet Mead

Sister Janet (of the Sisters of Mercy) has the distinction of being the first Australian recording artist to sell over one million copies of...

Sisters Of Mercy

These Leeds second-wavers (named after a track from 1968's Songs Of Leonard Cohen) formed in 1980 and became the sour face of Goth four...

Skids, The

The Skids formed in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1977. The singles Sweet Suburbia and The Saints Are Coming both made commercial inroads before the mighty Into...

Skolars, The

1986 was a good year for Aussie band The Skolars. After the single No Room For Happiness and their contribution to the compilation album On The Waterfront,...

Skrewdriver

Skrewdriver were formed in Blackpool in 1976 by Ian Stuart Donaldson after he saw The Sex Pistols in Manchester. The band later changed into a skinhead band and...

Sky

After punk rock hit in the mid-70's, most veteran rockers took note of the 'back to basics' style and cut down on extended suites that took...

Skyhooks

Among the many bands who performed at the 1974 Sunbury Festival was an unknown group called Skyhooks. In the mid-afternoon heat on that Australia...

Slade

Slade started life as The N'Betweens in 1966 and enjoyed modest local success, before recording a single - the excellent Kim Fowley-produced Young Rascals cover, You Better Run. The...

Slaughter & The Dogs

Slaughter and the Dogs emerged from the Manchester punk scene in 1977, led by Wayne Barrett (vocals) and Mick Rossi (guitar). With Brian Grantham on 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...