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Steve and The Board

Sydney R&B band Steve and The Board formed in 1965. Frontman Steve Kipner was the son of record producer Nat Kipner, who was the force behind...

Nena

Entering the Billboard Top 40 on 21 January 1984, 99 Luftballons - a single by Teutonic new wave group Nena sung entirely in their own language - put...

Stryper

Stryper - or Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement (and) Righteousness - formed in Orange County, California, in 1983, when brothers Michael Sweet (vocals...

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...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Ronnie Hilton

Born Adrian Hill in Hull, in January 1926, Ronnie Hilton was one of the great UK singers of the 1950s. He was actually working a...

Flintlock

Derek Pascoe Vocals, saxophone John Summerton Guitar, vocals Bill Rice Keyboards Jamie Stone Bass, vocals Mike Holoway Drums

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...

Dokken

There was never a better time to be a big-haired hard rock band from Los Angeles than in 1987. Mötley Crüe were riding high with the...

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio (the name is a pointer to a Brian Eno song) formed in Manchester in 1977. The band's original members were Simon Topping, Martha Tilson,...

Club Ska

Pat Powell Vocals Stuart Crysell Guitar Phil Ayers Saxophone John Seehan Bass Peter McKenzie Drums

Bobby Goldsboro

Born on 18 January 1941 in Marianna, Florida, Bobby Goldsboro studied business administration at college before playing guitar with a band that performed for...

Fast Cars

Immediately after the demise of Fast Cars, bassist Fabian Byrne started new dance pop band Fiction Romance with Tracey Allen (keyboards), Prue Rheuben (vocals),...

Stiletto

When Stiletto disbanded at the beginning of 1979 Clifton busied herself with acting and performing as a jazz singer. She also worked as a...

Fireballs, The

They were acclaimed as pioneers of the surf sound alongside Dick Dale, Link Wray and The Ventures, but The Fireballs (from Raton, New Mexico)...

Vanilla Chainsaws

Formed in August 1986, Sydney band Vanilla Chainsaws released their debut single, T.S. (Was It Really Me) b/w Everything on the local Phantom label in August the following...

Christie Allen

There was a time in 1980 when Christie Allen couldn't put a foot wrong. Her single, He's My Number One, claimed a spot in the Australian Top...

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Fleetwood Mac

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (as the band were originally known) debuted in 1967 at the Windsor Jazz festival to a tumultuous reception with Green...

Music in the 1960s – Introduction

The Sixties started without a bang. If rock fans expected the new decade to bring fresh excitement they were in for a big disappointment...

Amazulu

Amazulu had an early break in 1984 when they scored one of the musical slots on anarchic TV comedy show The Young Ones to perform their single Moonlight...

Liverbirds, The

One of the very few Merseybeat bands with female members and possibly the first 'girl group' of all time, The Liver Birds formed in 1963. The band...

Breaking Glass (1980)

Singer Kate (Hazel O'Connor) claws her way into the charts, with help from spiv manager Danny (Phil Daniels), only to find the glitter tarnished and the...

Prisoners, The

The Prisoners were a Mod-influenced band from Chatham, Kent, in the Medway region of southern England. Formed in 1980, they took the name from The...

Man

Back in the days when nobody was ashamed to be called hippy, Welsh band Man were the closest thing the British side of the...

Joe Meek

Acclaimed by many as the UK's Phil Spector, Joe Meek was born on 5 April 1929. His first love from childhood had been electronics, and this...