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Formed in the downtown late 80s New York scene which threw up the likes of Pussy Galore, Cop Shoot Cop and Boss Hog, Unsane underwent drug deaths and departures before arriving at the prime lineup of singer-guitarist Chris Spencer, bassist Dave Curran and former Foetus and Swans drummer Vinny Signorelli, recording their landmark third album Scattered,(…)

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 by The Specials and gave proof that 2-Tone‘s values could travel the world. They signed to UK label Stiff but their sound had a distinct American take on ska – borne out by the subject(…)

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 influences also extended to overseas groups like Cocteau Twins, REM, Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Flamin’ Groovies. Indeed, the name Ups and Downs was derived from a track on the Flamin’ Groovies 1978 album, Now. Greg(…)

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 by Steve Albini. They followed it in 1991 with The Supersonic Storybook and supported Nirvana on the American Nevermind tour the same year. But the Urge story doesn’t really begin until their 10″ Stull EP of 1992. It featured(…)

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 Essex-based band Spice, who had recorded a single for United Artists in 1968. Hensley had previously played with The Gods, who recorded two notable psychedelic albums for EMI’s Columbia label(…)

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 their support to We Are The World – a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. 46 performers sang on the single: Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Sheila E,(…)


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 two albums billed them as ‘Todd Rundgren’s Utopia’. But by their third album, Ra, they were a four piece band with a line-up of Rundgren, Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton and Willie(…)

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