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Sharon O’Neill

Pint-sized Sharon O'Neill was one of many musicians from New Zealand who made Australia their base during the 1980s. Hailing from Nelson in the South...

Young Homebuyers

Young Homebuyers hailed from Adelaide, Australia, and pivoted around the songwriting team of Nigel Lawrence and Greg Williams, who met at high school. In their...

Teenage Radio Stars/James Freud & Berlin

Singer/guitarist Sean Kelly's first band was Spred, which he formed in Melbourne (Australia) in 1977 with his school chum James Freud (born Colin McGlinchey). The...

Venetians, The

Australian band The Venetians formed in late 1982 when vocalist Rik Swinn arrived in Australia with a 24-track master demo of a song he'd recorded...

Deckchairs Overboard

Sydney band Deckchairs Overboard formed in 1982 with Ken Campbell on vocals, John Clifforth on guitar and keyboards, Cathy McQuade on bass and Paul Hester...

Turnaround

This Sydney power pop band were a pop group with a fresh and squeaky-clean image. With an added touch of respectability, the necktie. 23-year-old drummer...

I’m Talking

Vocalist Kate Ceberano left school at 14 determined to become a professional singer and, within two years, her tenacity and talent saw her established...

DD Smash

Led by the highly respected singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn, DD Smash was one of the most popular New Zealand bands of their era. Formed in 1981,...

White Sister

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

Proteens, The

The Proteens were a young Sydney band inspired by Sixties girl groups like The Ronettes and The Crystals. Their line-up featured three female lead...

Cosmic Psychos

Formed in January 1985, The Cosmic Psychos were a mean-looking but gentle-hearted trio from Melbourne who performed a unique blend of witty lyrics and...

Scribble

After a conspicuous absence from the Australian music scene for two years, vocalist Johanna Pigott re-emerged in 1984 with Scribble. Apart from a brief stint...

Great Buildings

With their seamless harmonies and carefully constructed, classically styled pop tunes, Great Buildings were the LA band with the best shot at wide AOR...

Girls At Our Best!

In 1979, local Leeds (Yorkshire) punk heroes James "Jez" Alan (guitar) and Gerald "Terry" Swift (bass) recruited art student Judy Evans (vocals) and formed...

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...

Makin’ Time

Makin' Time hailed from the West Midlands and for a period were considered the great white hopes for the mod revival scene.                    

Manowar

If ever a band was beyond parody, it's Manowar. As self-appointed Kings of Metal, these valiant, muscle-bound, loincloth-wearing warriors have acted as standard bearers...

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash (real name Joseph Saddler) built a formidable reputation as a DJ in the South Bronx area of New York in 1974 and...

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Abrasive Wheels

Shonna Rzonca Vocals Dave Ryan Guitar Harry Harrison Bass Nev Nevison Drums  

Screaming Trees

Formed in the Pacific Northwest before a musical movement even existed there, Screaming Trees embodied the post-punk and psychedelic elements that later bands would...

R.E.M.

In Athens, Georgia (USA), Michael Stipe and Peter Buck met in 1978 in the record store where Buck worked and discovered they shared an...

Spandau Ballet

In September 1976, having just left school in Islington, North London, Gary Kemp formed power pop band The Makers with friends Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve...

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...

Choirboys, The

The Choirboys formed in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney in 1979. The original members of the band were Mark Gable on vocals, Ian...

Quiet Riot

Back in the mid-70s the primo heavy metal band in Los Angeles was Quiet Riot. Van Halen were pretty popular too, but could boast nothing like...

Power Station

Feeling Duran Duran was becoming "a machine" the group agreed to take a year's break in 1985. Members John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor decided to...