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Village People

Part clever concept, part exaggerated camp act, the Village People were worldwide sensations during disco's heyday and seemed to keep reviving like the phoenix. French disco...

Vanilla Chainsaws

Formed in August 1986, Sydney band Vanilla Chainsaws released their debut single, T.S. (Was It Really Me) b/w Everything on the local Phantom label in August the following...

Venetians, The

Australian band The Venetians formed in late 1982 when vocalist Rik Swinn arrived in Australia with a 24-track master demo of a song he'd recorded...

Velvelettes, The

The Velvelettes were formed by Bertha Barbee at Western Michigan University in the early 60s, with Cal (Carolyn) Gill ending up as the lead...

Vipers, The

The Vipers, featuring a young singer called Wally Whyton, became the first group to earn a residency at the famous 2i's coffee bar in London's Soho. Wally...

Venus Flight

Venus Flight was my first high school band. I formed the band with Tony Smith and Mark Colwell in 1976 over a number of...

Vernons Girls, The

The Vernons Girls were assembled in Liverpool by the Vernons football pools company in the 1950s when Vernons - employers to 8,000 female coupon...

Vixen

The only 1980s hair metal crew who could truly be forgiven for all that blow-drying, Vixen were briefly the female alternative to Bon Jovi. Founded in...

Vivabeat

Discovered in Los Angeles in 1979 by Peter Gabriel, Vivabeat were the first American signing to the British Charisma label. The band came and went,...

Viscounts, The

British group The Viscounts - Gordon Mills, Don Paul and Ronnie Wells - were a trio of variety entertainers in the tradition of The Mudlarks,...

Visage

Poster boys for the New Romantic movement until Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran came along, took their ball and ran off with it, Steve Strange's Visage had more of a...

Virgin Prunes

The Prunes' arty experimental approach to their Irish proto-goth rock was alternately funny (albeit unintentionally) and harrowing. Not as aggressive as they were melodic,...

Violent Femmes

With their geeky, nervous folk-pop, Violent Femmes became one of the biggest cult bands of the 1980s. They formed in the early 80s in Milwaukee,...

Vinegar Joe

Vinegar Joe formed in late 1971 out of the ashes of jazz-fusion combo Dada, who had released a single album for Atlantic Records the...

Vince Taylor

Vince Taylor was born Brian Maurice Holden on 14 July 1939 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England. He was raised in New Jersey (USA) but returned...

Vince Jones

There was a time when I thought I hated Jazz. I hadn't listened to anything worth a second listen and Dixieland really got up...

Vince Eager

Grantham's Roy Taylor was a self-confessed "turnip wrangler from the Redneck Riviera" until he was enflamed by skiffle and touched by the transformative wand of the...

Vice Squad

This Bristol punk band formed in late 1978 and was fronted by blonde vocalist Beki Bondage (real name Rebecca Louise Bond), who became for...

Vibrators, The

One of the great myths in rock & roll is that only serious, dedicated musicians can make great records; a philosophical tract dictating that...

Verve, The

On 15 August 1990, an un-named band played its first gig at the Honeysuckle pub in Poolstock, Wigan. It would be six months before...

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Wreckless Eric

Eric Goulden grew up in Newhaven, near Brighton. From there he went to Hull Art School in northeastern England until he was drawn to...

Move, The

The Move brought a blast of Black Country grit - plus an unlikely dash of classicism - to the fey realm of 1960s British...

Chordettes, The

The Chordettes, label-mates of The Everly Brothers, were one of the most successful of the many US Girl Groups of the 1950s, scoring seven US Top 40...

Ames Brothers, The

The Ames Brothers were a singing quartet from Massachusetts (USA) who became famous in the 1950s for their traditional pop music hits. The Ames Brothers...

Emile Ford (& The Checkmates)

In a musical climate that had been dominated by white British and American acts, Emile Ford forged a name for himself as Britain's first...

Pantera

One of the most influential heavy metal bands of the 90s, Texan quartet Pantera knocked out a series of albums in that decade that...

Real Thing, The

Liverpool's The Real Thing were the most successful black British group of the Seventies. But although they prided themselves on writing their own material,...