Music – 1970s


Angel, like Kiss and Cheap Trick, took the flamboyance of the glam rock bands of the earlier 70s and added the heavier sounds of the likes of Black Sabbath in a way which was to prove influential on the decade that followed. Perhaps even more than Kiss, Angel pointed towards the glossy rock of such successful 80's bands as Dokken and Poison. White(...)

Angelic Upstarts

  The Angelic Upstarts were formed in South Shields (Tyneside) in 1978 after the initial punk explosion had hit London. Their first single The Murder of Liddle Towers (1978) was released on Rough Trade and quickly became a classic punk single. Their original drummer, Keith 'Sticks' Warrington, left the band to join the Cockney Rejects - possibly because(...)

Angels, The

Alongside Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Rose Tattoo, The Angels had a profound effect on the Australian live music scene of the late 70s/early 80s. The Angels helped redefine the Australian pub rock tradition with their no-frills rock which attracted punters to pubs in unprecedented numbers. The band originally formed in 1970 as The Moonshine Jug(...)

Ann Peebles

One of the greatest female singers of Southern soul music, Ann Peebles grew up singing gospel in her father's Baptist choir, idolising and occasionally backing the legendary Mahalia Jackson. Her secular music career began with an impromptu performance at the Rosewood club in Memphis in 1969, which caught the attention of famed producer Willie Mitchell of Hi(...)


Hailing from Derbyshire, England, Anti-Pasti were part of the commercially successful but critically reviled second wave of punk. The group signed to the punk/heavy metal label Rondelet in 1980 and debuted with the EP Four Sore Points, followed by another, Let Them Free, in January 1981. Later that year, Anti-Pasti unleashed The Last Call, which reached the(...)

Any Trouble

Stiff Records had great commercial hopes for this Manchester quartet, led by balding, bespectacled singer/guitarist/pianist Clive Gregson, whose songs - mostly about the unhappy side of love - always showed real talent. It unfortunately took the group a long time to escape their basic facelessness and locate a sound, a slow start that may be why(...)

April Wine

Myles Goodwyn Vocals, guitar Steve Lang Bass Gary Moffet Guitar Brian Greenway Guitar, vocals Jerry Mercer Drums David Henman Guitar Ritchie Henman Drums Jim Henman Bass Jim Clench Bass


Argent was formed in 1969 by Rod Argent following the demise of The Zombies. Their 1971 single Hold Your Head Up reached #5 in the UK and God Gave Rock & Roll To You (1973) was later covered by KISS. Russ Ballard left in 1974 and was replaced by John Verity and John Grimaldi. Later(...)


Australian band Ariel was the brainchild of Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, following on from the break-up of their previous band Spectrum in April 1973. Ariel played blues-tinged rock with some country overtones. The original line-up broke up in 1974 leaving only Rudd and Putt. John Lee (ex-Dingoes) joined on drums with Harvey James on guitar. Two months(...)


Arrows was formed in August 1973 when Alan Merrill, who was enjoying solo success in Japan, moved to England at the request of high school friend and fellow New Yorker, Jake Hooker, to form a band with English drummer Paul Varley, who had worked with Jake in another group, Streak. Producer Mickie Most suggested they record Touch Too(...)

Ashra/Ash Ra Tempel

Classically trained guitarist Manuel Göttsching started his career under the name Ash Ra Tempel in 1970. The most shamelessly psychedelic of the Kraütrock bands, their line-up fluctuated until, by the time of their New Age Of Earth album in 1977, there was only Göttsching and a huge bank of machines. If The Grateful Dead were(...)


Aswad - whose name means 'black' in Arabic - formed in 1975 in West London's Ladbroke Grove and built their early reputation on four LP's spanning 1976's eponymous debut to 1982's Not Satisfied (plus singer Brinsley Forde's spectacular performance in 1980s gritty reggae flick, Babylon). But it was the Live And Direct album, their 1983 performance at the Notting Hill(...)

Atlanta Rhythm Section

Hairy Americans who made friendly Southern AOR - not unlike a less thrashy Lynyrd Skynyrd. Unfortunate abbreviation makes the band ARS! Ronnie Hammond  Vocals JR Cobb  Guitar Barry Bailey  Guitar Dean Daughtry  Keyboards Paul Goddard  Bass Robert Nix  Drums Roy Yeager  Drums Rodney Justo  Vocals

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, and rock giants like Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Yes and Bad Company. But Atlantic will always be primarily associated with the urban sound of black America. This was, after(...)

Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster was a British prog-rock group formed in 1969 with an initial line-up of Vincent Crane (real name Vincent Cheesman) and Carl Palmer - both from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - and Nick Graham. Their debut album, Atomic Rooster, hit #49 in the UK in June 1970, after which Graham and Palmer quit the group.(...)

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