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Stone Roses, The

It is hard to believe in retrospect, but The Stone Roses' eponymous debut album - now often cited as "the greatest British debut of...

Supergrass

Singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and his older school friend, drummer Danny Goffey had been playing together in The Jennifers since their early teens, releasing one...

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...

Spongetones, The

One of the most underrated power pop bands of the 1980s, The Spongetones - from Charlotte, North Carolina - released several albums of effortlessly melodic, catchy...

Spice Girls, The

The Spice Girls were the first major British pop music phenomenon of the mid-90s to not have a debt to independent pop-rock. Instead, the all-female...

Soup Dragons

An initially very Buzzcocks-styled pop/punk band from Glasgow, who were an offshoot of The BMX Bandits and named after a creature from the children's TV...

Soundgarden

Chicago guitarist Kim Thayil formed Soundgarden in Seattle in 1984 with bass player Hiro Yamamoto and Chris Cornell, a local drummer turned singer, whose...

Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum were in the right place and right time to grab sturdy coat-tails, and were regarded with bewildering regularity in the 80s as...

Soul II Soul

London-based Soul II Soul was one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late '80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from...

Sonic Youth

It was New York City's downtown art scene in 1981 that spawned Sonic Youth, a band that was also inspired by the late '70s...

Smashing Pumpkins

Formed in 1989 in Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins were the first non-Seattle alternative band to hit the mainstream in the wake of Nirvana's Nevermind. Their debut...

Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O'Connor grew up in a turbulent household marred by divorce and abuse. By the time she was a teenager, she had been expelled...

Simply Red

Simply Red was the culmination of years of musical experimentation dating back to the late 70s. Along with some Manchester mates, ex-art student Mick...

Simple Minds

Bowie-influenced Scottish punk band Johnny & The Self Abusers changed their name to Simple Minds for New Wave fame and glimmered through the early 80's by adding Krautrock and...

Shamen, The

The Shamen formed in Aberdeen in 1986 to play heavy psychedelic rock, as evidenced on their 1987 debut LP Drop. But there was dissension in The...

Shakespears Sister

Ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey formed Shakespears Sisters when she became disillusioned with the girl-group. American session singer Marcella Detroit later joined her, making Shakespears Sister...

Savage Garden

Savage Garden emerged onto the Australian music scene in 1996 after Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones met via an advertisement in a local newspaper...

Saint Etienne

Horsham's Bob Stanley and Croydon's Pete Wiggs formed Saint Etienne in 1990. They sang of sweet dreams from the suburbs, blending the sounds of disco, Motown and girl group blues...

Roxette

Swedish export Roxette was more popular in the US than ABBA was. Whereas ABBA were purveyors of pure pop, Roxette specialised in big power...

Robbie Williams

1 December 1997 saw the release of Angels, a new single by Robbie Williams. Few cared. Williams (born in 1974) was viewed as a self-regarding...

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Bad Religion

Blending old-school power chords with hardcore thrash, Bad Religion formed in Woodland Hills, California, in 1980. The debut album from these SoCal brats scarcely resembled...

Primal Scream

Originally a guitar pop band formed by early Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream got harder, wilder and heavier as the decade wore...

Crowded House

Neil Finn - a native of Te Awamutu, a small town in the volcanic region of New Zealand - decided to form what would...

Pendragon

Under their own steam Pendragon released half a dozen albums between 1985 (The Jewel) and 2001 (Not Of This World). Their first two albums offered...

Sonic Youth

It was New York City's downtown art scene in 1981 that spawned Sonic Youth, a band that was also inspired by the late '70s...

Elastica

Elastica were the most crush-inspiring gang of the 90s Britpop set. Their DM's, eyeliner, jeans and leather jackets non-look set a new standard in what-the-fuck-you-staring-at attitude while...

Cranberries, The

On their first (and best) album, the earnest, Celtic-tinged shimmer of The Cranberries struck the ear as almost trance music, powered by Dolores O'Riordan's...

Robbie Williams

1 December 1997 saw the release of Angels, a new single by Robbie Williams. Few cared. Williams (born in 1974) was viewed as a self-regarding...