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Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

Alanis Morissette

A former child actress (You Can't Do That On Television), Canadian Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter Flea and Dave Navarro from...

Dandy Warhols, The

The Dandy Warhols formed in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Gigs involving heavy drinking, fighting, and striptease by various band members (with Ms McCabe's most...

Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar...

Flaming Lips, The

From their obscure acid punk beginnings in Oklahoma City in 1983, through to critical acclaim in the 90s and mainstream success in the new...

Cinderella

In the late 80s, Cinderella had triple-platinum hits in the US with debut album Night Songs (1986) and follow-up Long Cold Winter (1988). Night Songs was released a year after the...

Indigo Girls

The rise of the Indigo Girls in 1989 was a happy reaffirmation of the enduring appeal - and commercial viability - of intelligent acoustic-based...

4 Non Blondes

Debut album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! showed off introspective folk, electric rock, hard-driving funk and saloon blues. Linda Perry Vocals, guitar Roger Rocha Guitar Christa Hillhouse Bass Dawn Richardson Drums

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was born on 11 February 1962 and raised in the city of Kennett, Missouri, the third of four children. Her father, Wendell Crow...

Ride

Back in the early 1990s, there was a joke in the UK music papers that referred to an imaginary indie band called Slowdriveride -...

Chemical Brothers, The

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons first met at Manchester University, bonding over a shared love of old-school Hip Hop and My Bloody Valentine. The duo...

Babes In Toyland

All-girl trio Babes in Toyland formed in Minneapolis in 1988 and topped the indie charts with their Spanking Machine LP in 1990. Their music was the sound of...

Levellers, The

This five-piece outfit from Brighton in England included fiddle and mandolin, and its brand of populist-based punk anthems was tinged with the stirring sound...

Christians, The

Brothers Garry and Russell Christian (formerly an a cappella soul trio with Roger, another sibling) and ex-Yachts helmsman Henry Priestman (who left It's Immaterial...

Gorillaz

Rather than succumb to the usual solo-project indulgences, Blur frontman Damon Albarn teamed up with animator Jamie Hewlett in 1998 to create Gorillaz -...

Sundays, The

London-based pop-rock quartet formed in 1987 when vocalist Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin - who were also the main songwriting team - met at college in Bristol. Their debut...

Suede

1992 had been Suede's breakthrough, landing a Melody Maker cover before releasing a single track and cracking the UK Top 20 with Metal Mickey. The first (self-titled)...

Straitjacket Fits

Like Kurt Cobain, charismatic leader Shayne Carter - brandishing a left-handed black Les Paul - wrote smart, melodic and infectious pop songs that he...

Stone Temple Pilots

  Initially dismissed by critics as grunge latecomers and Pearl Jam wannabes, California's Stone Temple Pilots proved adept at twisting the catalogues of their old...

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Oasis

Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their...

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...

Gene

At the hedonistic peak of Britpop, Gene's more melancholic, Smiths-influenced strains were a lad-free anomaly. The obviousness of their influences would ultimately be their downfall, but their...

Super Furry Animals

Arriving completely out of left field, Animal Logic (1996) casually referenced such disparate cultural phenomena as comedian Bill Hicks, drug smuggler Howard Marks, 17th-century...

Agent Orange

This trio from Fullerton in Orange County, California, specialised in the unlikely combination of punk and surf music. Led by vocalist/guitarist Mike Palm, the...

Porno for Pyros

Pop star provocateur and entrepreneur Perry Farrell (real name Bernstein) started Jane's Addiction in Los Angeles in 1986, dissolving the band shortly after 1990s Ritual...

Straitjacket Fits

Like Kurt Cobain, charismatic leader Shayne Carter - brandishing a left-handed black Les Paul - wrote smart, melodic and infectious pop songs that he...

Dead Can Dance

Both of Anglo-Irish descent, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry met in Melbourne, Australia in 1980 (the duo worked in a Lebanese restaurant together in...