Music – 1980s

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(...)

Angelwitch

Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

Anthrax

Although die-hard fans stuck by Anthrax no matter who their singer was, it is widely agreed among metalheads that the band was at their peak - both artistically and commercially - when Joey Belladonna was fronting the line-up. What set them apart from the pack in those days was, while other thrash metallists had front-men(...)

Anti-Nowhere League

In good punk tradition, the Anti-Nowhere League formed in Kent, England, in 1980 out of sheer boredom. The band members were old friends, congenital troublemakers and occasional bikers who discovered the joy of ineptly played guitars. While any self-respecting punk band had to be called 'Anti' something, they became The Anti-Nowhere League . Their first(...)

Anti-Pasti

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(...)

Apartments , The

Like a number of Australian musicians who got their start during the late 1970s New Wave movement, The Apartments' Peter Milton Walsh received more acclaim in Europe than at home. Walsh's songs were full of bittersweet lyrical imagery, and his admirers included Ed Kuepper, Dave Graney and UK band, This Mortal Coil. Walsh formed The Apartments in Brisbane(...)

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

Arcadia

During Duran Duran's "gap year" (1985), Arcadia was the girly yin to the macho yang of Power Station, and - surprise, surprise - thanks to hit single Election Day, sold very similar amounts. They called their album Esoteric. Critics called it the "most pretentious album ever made". Contrary to plan, the two unfancied Taylor's were missing when Duran reformation(...)

Arctic Circles, The

1960s-influenced band The Arctic Circles played the Melbourne (Australia) independent scene in the mid-1980s. The band's sound fused garage-punk, psychedelia and tough R&B riffs. The band issued the single Angel in October 1985 and the mini-album Time in March 1987, both on an independent Melbourne-based label called Mr Spaceman Records. The Arctic Circles also contributed three tracks (Walk Away, You(...)

Art of Noise

Before they helped Max Headroom to hit the charts (Paranoimia) or resurrected the careers of Tom Jones (Kiss) and Duane Eddy (Peter Gunn), Art Of Noise brought sampling to the masses. In the mid-80s it was easy to label Art Of Noise as pretentious, uncool art snobs. With an elitist style that coupled Paul Morley's eccentric sleevenote pontification with(...)

Asia

John Wetton Vocals, bass Steve Howe Guitar, vocals Geoff Downes Keyboards, vocals Carl Palmer  Drums Greg Lake  Vocals, bass Armand 'Mandy' Meyer  Guitar 

Associates, The

Billy MacKenzie (most lyrics, all vocals, eventually everything) and Alan Rankine (most music and all instruments except drums) - once attempted brilliance, but later settled for playing at being clever. The Affectionate Punch boldly tried to stake a claim for some of the no man's land between Bowie's theatrical, tuneful rock and Talking Heads' semi-abstract, intellectual dance approach,(...)

Aswad

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(...)

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