Artists – T

They Might Be Giants

This Brooklyn-based duo, comprising John Flansburgh and John Linnell, gave a refreshing new twist to pop music. Their lyrics - which were usually funny and offbeat - were accompanied by Flansburgh's guitar and Linnell's accordion, giving their songs a truly unique sound. The two Johns grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts, but parted company after high(...)

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy were, without doubt, one of the greatest live bands ever. They pioneered the use of twin melodic lead guitars and vocalist and bassist Phil Lynott brought a new meaning to the term "effortless". But despite a strong following amongst heavy metal aficionados, Thin Lizzy were always more than merely straight-ahead rockers. Thin Lizzy's roots lie(...)

This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil was essentially the creation of Ivo Watts-Russell, the co-owner of 4AD Records, a highly successful independent label based in Wandsworth, London. Watts-Russell used the umbrella name to collaborate with a number of musicians recording in various permutations. The first single, an epic cover version of Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren, was originally(...)

Thompson Twins

There were neither any Thompsons nor any twins in the band, but this former seven-piece anarchist collective made it big as a trio in the mid-80's, remembered at least as much for their hair as for their music: Leader Tom Bailey had a red mop that was massive on top and short at the sides,(...)

Thought Criminals, The

Bruce Warner   Vocals Stephen Philip   Guitar Roger Grierson   Bass Derik Wappilspoon   Drums

Three Degrees, The

This Philadelphia female vocal trio formed in 1965 and was fashioned into a slick act with the ability to play intense soul as well as smooth ballads and disco-style dance music. Best known for their 1974 hit, When Will I See You Again? the group had a greater impact in Britain than they did in America,(...)

Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night had a succession of 21 hit singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975, thanks to the slick vocal harmonies of singers Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. Wells and Hutton met in the 60s while Cory was the lead singer of The Enemies and(...)

Throb, The

Pete Figures and Marty Van Wynk had been playing together in various groups around Sydney (Australia) for some time when they met John Bell at a dance and decided to form a group of their own. An advertisement in the paper brought bassist Denny Burgess into the group. They released their debut single in 1966(...)

Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle formed in September 1975 from the ashes of COUM Transmissions - an absurdist cosmic rock group cum performance ensemble. Typical components of a COUM performance included Genesis P-Orridge (born Neil Megson) placing severed chicken heads on top of his penis and masturbating, or P-Orridge and his girlfriend Cosey Fanni Tutti (real name Christine Carol(...)

Throwing Muses

Boston’s Throwing Muses introduced a feminine sensibility that made a mockery of banal notions of 'Women In Rock'. Over abruptly shifting guitar chord patterns, Kristin Hersh (later diagnosed as manic-depressive) sang as if undergoing an exorcism or speaking in tongues. Carrying Hersh's voice were her own colossal guitar, and one of the finest rhythm sections(...)

Thunderbirds, The

In November 1964, saxophonist Henri Bource - who was also an amateur underwater photographer and film-maker - had his leg bitten off by a shark while diving. He indicated to the cameras to keep rolling and the footage was used in a documentary called The Savage Shadow. Bource was back playing with the band three weeks after(...)

Thunderclap Newman

Thunderclap Newman

John "Speedy" Keen was an old crony of The Who (he had been Keith Moon's chauffeur and "Man Friday") and had written Armenia City In The Sky, which appeared on The Who Sell Out LP. The unlikely Andy Newman - an old acquaintance of Pete Townshend from art school - played terrific pub-style piano and looked much like a GPO engineer(...)

Tickle, The

Having grown out of the obscure mod rock band the Bunch of Fives, The Tickle were one of numerous British bands to release just one or two psychedelic singles in the late sixties when major UK labels were taking their chances with a lot of psychedelic one-offs. By the standards of this genre (and indeed(...)


Tigers, The

The Tigers were a British ska band comprising singer/guitarist Tony Jacks, guitarist Ross McGeeney (Jacks' one-time partner in Starry-Eyed & Laughing), bassist Nic Potter (ex-Van Der Graaf Generator), keyboard player Nick Cola, and drummer Pete Dobson (formerly of Juicy Lucy). The band received a glowing review in NME for their single, Big Expense, Small Income b/w Kidding Stops and released the album, Savage Music on A&M(...)

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