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Mystrys, The

Masked mavericks The Mystrys burst onto the Australian pop scene in 1966 with a spaced-out single, Witch Girl, and some downright intergalactic hype, before vanishing almost...

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

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...

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

Bobby Pickett originally wanted to be an actor - in fact, you can watch him co-starring with Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk in the 1967...

Hullaballoos, The

The Hullaballoos formed in Hull (hence their name) in August 1964 after working for several years under the name of Ricky Knight and The...

Scruffs, The

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, The Scruffs' easily filled the void left by The Raspberries and Big Star with their debut album, Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (1977). Their...

Toggery Five, The

Manchester beat band The Toggery Five formed in 1963, and first rehearsed at the Thatched House pub in Stockport. The group's unusual name came from...

Mother Goose

Mother Goose hailed from Dunedin, New Zealand, and were unique for their performances which combined mime, satire, costumes and novelty songs with virtuoso playing. Honing...

Crack, The

In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy...

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that...

Alanis Morissette

A former child actress (You Can't Do That On Television), Canadian Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter Flea and Dave Navarro from...

Dandy Warhols, The

The Dandy Warhols formed in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Gigs involving heavy drinking, fighting, and striptease by various band members (with Ms McCabe's most...

BoDeans

BoDeans frontmen Kurt Newmann (aka Beau BoDean) and Sammy Llanas met in high school in 1977 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and worked together in a number...

Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar...

Cyrkle, The

Formed in 1961 by a group of students at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, The Cyrkle started as a frat band called The Rhondells. During the...

Wackers, The

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Segarini formed The Wackers in northern California in 1970 before relocating to Montreal, Canada, two years later. The Wackers released their debut...

Barbara McNair

Brenda Holloway had one genuine rival in the Motown glamour stakes. The delectable Barbara McNair from Racine, Wisconsin, even went into the annals as...

Marv Johnson

When Berry Gordy first started his Motor Town touring spectaculars (the precursors of the celebrated Motown revues) Marv Johnson was a headliner on an...

“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...

Clayton Squares, The

Of all the Liverpool bands desperate to escape the long shadow of The Beatles in the 60s, The Clayton Squares (named after a city...

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Françoise Hardy

Born on 17 January 1944, Françoise Hardy grew up with a hard-up single mum (an accountant's assistant) and one sister in a tiny Parisian...

Lords, The

Ulli Günther Vocals Leo Lietz Guitar Rainer Petry Guitar Bernd Zamulo Bass Max Donath Drums

Betty Wright

Miami queen of soul Betty Wright served her apprenticeship in the church with family gospel group The Echoes of Joy. By the time she was...

Motors, The

Andy McMaster and Nick Garvey got together in 1974 when the former successfully auditioned for a keyboard slot in Ducks Deluxe, a London-based pub rock band. Garvey played...

Kenny Lynch

Born and bred in Stepney, East London, Kenny was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister, Gladys, who was a jazz singer...

Freddie King

Freddie (originally 'Freddy') is often named as one of 'the Three Kings' alongside BB and Albert. Not as well known today, at the time he was...

Flies, The

Not to be confused with Ronnie Burns' Melbourne band of the 1960s, these Flies formed in Sydney in 1984 and shone brightly for a...

King Crimson

Formed in 1969 and led by charismatic guitarist Robert Fripp, King Crimson quickly earned an underground reputation which led to a record deal with...