Music – 1970s

XL Capris

Formed in Sydney (Australia) at the end of 1978, XL Capris soon acquired a healthy following on the punk/alternative circuit when they formed their own Axle Records and released two singles, including Red Bikini Runaway, about 18-year old Lillian Gasinskaya -a young Ukrainian woman who was briefly famous in 1979 when, seeking asylum, she jumped from a Russian(...)

XTC

Formed in Wiltshire, England, in 1972 as Star Park ("Rats Krap" backwards) this widely beloved UK pop unit became the Helium Kidz in 1973 with the addition of bass player Colin Moulding, drummer Terry Chambers and a second guitarist Dave Cartner to the nucleus of Andy Partridge (guitar, vocals). The Helium Kidz were heavily influenced(...)

Yachts

This little known British band produced some killer power pop during the early 80s and should have been huuuuuge stars - but sadly they weren't and their two LP's remain a secret enjoyed by the knowledgeable few. Formed in Liverpool by Henry Priestman and Martin Dempsey from the remains of an R&B band called Albert Dock in(...)

Yes

Art-rock group Yes formed in 1968 with Jon Anderson on vocals, Peter Banks on guitar, Tony Kaye on organ, Chris Squire on bass and Bill Bruford on drums. Anderson started out during the British beat boom as a member of a combo called The Warriors, who recorded a single for Decca in 1964, and later was(...)

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in New York avant-garde art circles, making films and organizing "happenings". She met John Lennon at an art exhibition in London, and Yoko (previously married with one child, Kyoko) married him on(...)

Young Marble Giants

Formed in 1978, the band took its name from a book on Greek sculpture and their cues from Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground. An elusive simplicity became the trademark of the Cardiff trio, with Stuart Moxham's muted guitar riffs and toytown organ, his younger brother Phil's staccato bass lines and Alison Statton's measured, haunting vocals. A vinyl debut(...)

Young Modern

Adelaide band Young Modern was one of Australia's pioneering power pop/new wave bands of the late 1970s. Vocalist John Dowler formed the band (taking their name from a 1960s magazine) when his previous band, Spare Change, broke up. Combining the musical stylings of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Byrds and The Who, the(...)

Zenda Jacks

Billed as "The Goddess of Rock", Zenda Jacks (whose real name was Sue McCloskey) was Magnet Records' Glam answer to Suzi Quatro. Her first single, Rub My Tummy, became a UK radio hit but never made the charts. Two other singles followed: Earthquake and Do You Love Me?. In 1975 she had her own band Stormbringer. Jacks joined Silver(...)

ZZ Top

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas were formed in 1970 in and around Houston, from rival bands The Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and The American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humour of the band. Their third album, Tres Hombres, gained them national attention with their hit(...)

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