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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...

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...

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...

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...

Cortinas, The

Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols 'ramalamadolequeue' bands, replete with genuine...

Spizz

Midlander Kenneth Spiers, aka Spizz, is to many people largely identified by the one song, Where's Captain Kirk? (1980). But few artists can have gone to as...

Flirtations, The

Girl group The Gypsies migrated from the USA to England in 1967, changed their name to The Flirtations and got most things right: a...

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs

Dave Warner was born in Bicton, Western Australia, in 1955 and was educated at Aquinas College and the University of Western Australia, graduating with...

Jesse Winchester

James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester was born on 17 May 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father, stationed there as an Air Force major at the...

Flintlock

Derek Pascoe Vocals, saxophone John Summerton Guitar, vocals Bill Rice Keyboards Jamie Stone Bass, vocals Mike Holoway Drums

Bobby Goldsboro

Born on 18 January 1941 in Marianna, Florida, Bobby Goldsboro studied business administration at college before playing guitar with a band that performed for...

Stiletto

When Stiletto disbanded at the beginning of 1979 Clifton busied herself with acting and performing as a jazz singer. She also worked as a...

Promises

Promises comprised three Canadian-born siblings, Leslie Knauer (vocals), Jed Knauer (guitar and keyboards) and Benjamin Knauer (keyboards and vocals). Their father Peter was originally...

Dooleys, The

The group began in Ilford, Essex, in the late 1960s as The Dooley Family, and comprised brothers Jim, John and Frank and their sisters Marie, Anne...

Lieutenant Pigeon

Stavely Makepeace was formed by three school boys in Coventry. They released a number of unsuccessful singles and decided a side-line novelty band may help their careers. They plumped...

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,...

Wild Cherries, The

The Wild Cherries were formed in 1964 by Melbourne University students John Bastow (vocals), Rob Lovett (guitar and vocals), and Les Gilbert (bass). Local bluesman...

Fynnius Fogg

This Midlands group had the unlikely gimmick of roller-skating through their gigs - hence the title of their debut single (on the Dawn label)...

New Wave

New Wave is often remembered more for skinny ties and silly haircuts than for musical merits. The Police, Elvis Costello, The Cars and Blondie all lent some respect to the...

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Redhouse

Originally formed as The Redhouse Roll Band, this Geelong (Victoria, Australia) quartet was that city's premier rock attraction during the mid-1970s. The Redhouse Roll...

Dire Straits

In 1977, Mark Knopfler (who had been teaching English at Loughton in Essex) hooked up with his brother David and sociology student John Illsley...

Iron Virgin

Described by Disc as "a bunch of musical yobs with a mildly camp image", these five Edinburgh bruisers signed to Decca in 1973 and unleashed their...

Spooky Tooth

Part of the early-'70s British hard rock scene, Spooky Tooth had a towering sound, highlighted by swelling keyboards and - in founding members Gary Wright...

Peter Tosh

Having quit The Wailers and Island Records (he would frequently call the label boss Chris Blackwell, "Chris Whiteworst"), Tosh delivered Legalize It in 1976. The album was...

Daddy Cool

The world has seen plenty of 1950s revival groups, but to think of Daddy Cool as simply another Sha Na Na is to miss part...

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

Commander Cody (aka pianist George Frayne) introduced his crew of country rock misfits on their debut Paramount album, Lost In The Ozone, in 1971. The west...

Jona Lewie

Of all the artists who recorded for Stiff Records, Jona Lewie was probably the least well known, even though his career had been long...