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Blur

Released on 10 May 1993 as a response to grunge, Modern Life Is Rubbish showcased Blur's new aesthetic - an evocation of modern British life that formed...

Boo Radleys, The

Five years after forming as shoegaze wannabes in 1988, The Boo Radleys issued their third album, Giant Steps (1993), which took them into the Top 20...

Boston

Boston leader and guitarist Tom Scholz got a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a researcher and...

Boyz II Men

The 80s had seen the New Jack Swing sound of R&B acts like New Edition and Keith Sweat sell massively, but it took Boyz...

Boyzone

Father and Son was Boyzone's closest brush with #1 to date when it hit the charts at the end of 1995. 18-year-old Ronan Keating sang lead...

Breeders, The

Formed in 1990 when Kim Deal was still the bassist for The Pixies, The Breeders gave her an outlet to play the guitar and...

Cardigans, The

On record, The Cardigans followed in the exalted Swedish rock & roll tradition of fellow countrymen ABBA: bubbly smooth Euro-pop buoyed by the breathy...

Catatonia

Welsh band Catatonia mastered the art of the perfect hook on their third album (Equally Cursed and Blessed) with the addictive She's a Millionaire. Rolling Stone described...

Charlatans, The (UK)

The Charlatans came into existence after Jon Baker and Martin Blunt were crushed between Morrissey and Marr's monitors at a Smiths gig in the 80s. They...

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...

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...

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...

Counting Crows

Formed in San Francisco in 1991, Counting Crows released their Van Morrison-inspired tunes on the multiplatinum-selling August and Everything After on DGC in 1993....

Cracker

Formed in California in 1992 after the breakup of Camper Van Beethoven, singer and guitarist Dave Lowery made the crossover to the mainstream with their...

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...

Crowded House

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

Cud

A Leeds band who specialised in absurdist takes on pop classics and po-faced indie styles with a groovy funk backbeat. They released a Peel Session in 1988...

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...

Darling Buds, The

Although they generated reams of coverage in the late-80s weekly music press, Newport's Darling Buds never became the mainstream sensation that their jaunty guitar...

Deacon Blue

Scottish band Deacon Blue were named after the track Deacon Blues from Steely Dan's 1977 album, Aja. Frontman Ricky Ross (a youth worker by profession) had been submitting demo...

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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

808 State

With their sample-driven dance music, the pioneering Manchester-based 808 State was one of the first house groups to release trance/ambient dance records. Formed in 1988...

Adventures, The

Formed in 1984, The Adventures were a melodic six-piece group from Belfast. Founder member Terry Sharpe had previously been the lead vocalist and guitarist...

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...

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...

Alice In Chains

Formed in 1987, and originally a heavy metal band, Alice In Chains was one of the first Seattle bands to sign with a major...

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...

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...