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United States of America, The

A registered Communist starts a band called The United States of America and lands a major label record deal before playing a single live...

Utopia

After five solo albums released between 1970 and 1974, Todd Rundgren put together the band Utopia. The band was originally, in effect, Rundgren's version of Wings and the first...

USA For Africa

In the wake of the British-instigated Band Aid, Harry Belafonte decided to launch a similar appeal in America. Bob Geldof himself joined the host of stars who gave...

Urge Overkill

Urge Overkill formed in Chicago in 1985 and made their full-length debut four years later with Jesus Urge Superstar, a heavy and riffcentric effort produced...

Ups And Downs

Brisbane band Ups and Downs played a brand of ethereal, well-crafted, jangly guitar pop that called to mind Australian post-punk icons The Church. The bands...

Undisputed Truth, The

The Undisputed Truth came into being after Bobby Taylor brought Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce to Motown as part of The Delicates. When The Delicates...

Untouchables, The

Before California was swamped by a glut of ska-punk, The Untouchables ruled the roost. Emerging from Los Angeles suburb Silver Lake in 1981, they covered tracks...

Unit 4 Plus 2

With his wholesome good looks and thick dark hair, Hertfordshire-lad Tommy Moeller had been a rival local attraction to another Cheshunt rock 'n' roller,...

Unicorn

If Unicorn had come from California rather than Surrey their entry in the musical history books would have been substantially fatter. Chiefly remembered now...

Underworld

One of the most popular intelligent techno acts to emerge during the genre's ascendance during the 1990s, Underworld began life in the late 80s...

Undertones, The

In 1975, five Londonderry friends began playing in local pubs as The Undertones. Remarkably, the line-up of Sharkey, Bradley, Doherty and the O'Neill's would...

Undertakers, The

The Undertakers were one of the hardest-rocking Liverpool groups, although they were handicapped by the lack of songwriting ambition that hampered most Merseybeat outfits. More than any...

Ultravox

No other band in the select coterie of the New Romantics expanded beyond its initial frontiers as radically as the London-based Ultravox, whose early work bore...

UK Subs

This London-based rowdy, boozy punk band was formed in 1976 by former R&B singer Charlie Harper, with Nicky Garrett (guitar), Paul Slack (bass) and Pete Davies...

UK Decay

UK Decay were a gothic punk band from Luton, Bedfordshire, who had formerly been known as The Resistors. They released several independent singles and EP's - Black 45 (1980), For...

UFO

During the 1970s, UFO was one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world, thanks in no small part to the blistering guitar work...

UB40

Making their live debut in a pub in Birmingham in 1979, UB40 was made up of reggae fans who had known each other since...

U2

In 1976, in response to a postcard on a notice board at Mount Temple High School in Dublin, Paul Hewson, David Evans, Adam Clayton...

Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men formed in 1981 in Melbourne (Australia), fronted by charismatic lead singer Brian Mannix. Their 1985 debut album, 'Cos Life Hurts, peaked at #2 on the...

Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep was formed in 1970 by keyboard player Ken Hensley, guitarist Mick Box and vocalist David Byron. Byron and Box had previously been with...

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Selecter, The

The Selecter are often considered 2 Tone's 'also ran's' behind The Specials. They were a top live draw in their own right, though, and their 1980...

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...

Flower Pot Men, The

Songwriting team John Carter and Ken Lewis (ex-The Ivy League) formed The Flower Pot Men as a studio project in 1967 and magnificently exploited...

Tube, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) Channel 4's live music show with edge and attitude debuted on Bonfire Night in 1982. Produced by...

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

William Richard Thorpe was born in Manchester, England, and moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 11. They settled in Brisbane,...

Angel Pavement

Angel Pavement, like their fellow York renegades The Smoke, found their spiritual home as part of producer Monty Babson's Morgan Blue Town stable of artists...

Hollywood Brats

Like a less-famous British cousin of The New York Dolls, the Hollywood Brats also had a penchant for feather boas, glitter and tough rock...

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...