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Waterboys, The

Scottish singer/songwriter Mike Scott started his own punk fanzine, called Jungleland, in Edinburgh in 1977. Two years later he formed a group called Another Pretty...

Waylon Jennings

Following the break-up of The Crickets, Jennings played bass for Buddy Holly. During a particularly harsh winter in February 1958 while touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs

Georgia-born Wayne County first appeared in the New York club scene in the early 1970s though with little success. He dressed in full drag and...

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana was born Glynn Ellis in Manchester, England, on 28 October 1945. He started his musical career at school with a skiffle group called The...

Weather Girls, The

The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, started out in the gospel group NOW (News of the World) before becoming backup singers with...

Weather Prophets, The

This Velvet Underground-inflected London band formed in 1985 around Pete Astor (vocals & guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums), who were joined by Oisin Little...

Weather Report

Weather Report was among the earliest and most influential of all jazz-rock bands. The original unit was co-founded by Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Josef...

Wedding Present, The

This rapid-fire band of jangly punk/poppers formed in Leeds in 1984. Outside of the hermetic world of John Peel's Festive 50 (where they were forever kings),...

Weddings Parties Anything

Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985, Weddings Parties Anything were a gritty folk-rock band with distinct Pogues leanings and a very strong Australian colloquial...

Weezer

In the early 1990s, singer Rivers Cuomo had an awkward girlfriend who was routinely picked on. His efforts to stick up for her inspired...

Weirdos, The

One of the strongest bands to emerge from the Los Angeles punk explosion, The Weirdos formed in 1976 following a short spell as The...

Westworld

Westworld (named after the 1973 film in which androids go on a rampage at a futuristic theme park) was founded by former Generation X guitarist Bob...

Wet Wet Wet

Fronted by Marti Pellow (born Mark McLaughlin), Scottish band Wet Wet Wet had three Top 10 hits in 1987, and a #1 debut album...

Wham!

Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael (real name Georgios Panayiotou) met at school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, in the 1970s and played together in a ska...

White Sister

Dennis Churchill-Dries Vocals, bass Rick Chadock Guitar Gary Brandon Vocals, keyboards Gus Moratinos Drums Richard Wright Drums

Whitesnake

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late 70s,...

Who, The

The Detours formed in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 as a local youth club band. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (who originally called himself...

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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...