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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...

Def Leppard

Def Leppard formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 as Atomic Mass with original members Rick Savage, Pete Willis and Tony Kenning. Frontman Joe Elliot came...

Del Amitri

Justin Currie formed Del Amitri in Glasgow at the dawn of the 1980s. The band meandered directionless until the autumn of 1982 when 17-year...

Echobelly

Elfin-faced and built like a sparrow (although she used to be a kickboxer) Sonya Aurora Madan had a divine voice and sang in an...

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...

Electronic

Electronic were a perennially-resurgent joint project between Bernard Sumner of New Order and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Their first single, Getting Away With It (1989), featured the Pet...

Everclear

The major label debut by neo-Nirvana trio Everclear, Sparkle and Fade, caught the authentic note of vacant ennui that haunts adolescent America. But the songs on So...

Faith No More

Formed as a post-punk outfit in 1982, Faith No More fired hard-drinking vocalist Chuck Mosley. His replacement was Mike Patton, a handsome 20-year-old from...

Farm, The

Drummer Andy McVann died in a crash in December 1986. In October 1991, Keith Mullen was attacked and stabbed needing over 80 stitches. In the...

Felt

Felt leader Lawrence (no surname was ever listed in press releases, interviews or on their album covers) was once described by fellow eccentric Momus...

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...

Foo Fighters

Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 left the rock world in shock. To his eternal credit, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl pulled himself together smartly to...

Garbage

One day producers Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson were in a studio remixing a track for Nine Inch Nails when a visiting...

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...

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 -...

Green Day

The formula was simple. Take a few power chords, a catchy tune, some tongue-in-cheek humour, and do it all fast so kids will want...

Gun Club

Originally named Creeping Ritual, The Gun Club channelled punk energy into a vivid exploration of American roots music, drawing on rockabilly, country and the...

Happy Mondays

Manchester (UK) band Happy Mondays took their name from a New Order song but came last in a 'Battle of the Bands' contest at New Order's Haçienda...

Hole

Hole's debut LP Pretty On The Inside was hard work - and melody certainly took a beating on the album. In contrast, Live Through This (1994) was a shout-along...

Hummingbirds, The

Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1986, The Hummingbirds comprised singer/guitarist (and principal songwriter) Simon Holmes, singer/guitarist Alannah Russack, singer/bassist Robyn St Clare and drummer...

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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...