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Acid House

While House is an easily identifiable musical genre which emanated from Chicago in the early 80s and is traceable back to hi-NRG, European synthpop...

British Invasion

In the halcyon years of the 'British Invasion' of America - 1964 and 1965 - who were the two most successful acts? Well The Beatles were...

Britpop

The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie...

Bubblegum Music

On 14 September 1968, The Archie Show, a Saturday morning TV cartoon show, made its debut on CBS in America. The show was a Don Kirshner...

Disco Music

The major new movement which began in the USA in 1975 and would spread its influence worldwide, was disco music. Originally regarded by many...

Doo-wop

1955 saw the rise to prominence of several black vocal groups in the USA. Amongst them were; The Orioles (their 1948 hit It's Too Soon...

Folk Rock

When The Turtles entered the Billboard Top 40 on 21 August 1965 with a cover of It Ain't Me Babe that turned Bob Dylan's hip put-down into a cheery pop tune...

Garage Rock

Garage rock, garage punk, garage psychedelia . . . call it what you will, but the operative word was 'garage'. It was music often literally...

Girl Groups

The story of the 'girl group' sound, which reached its commercial and artistic peak in the early and mid-60s, is not just the story...

Glam Rock

Glam Rock laughed in the face of the pompous pseudo-intellectualism that was becoming prevalent in the music world in the early seventies. It declared...

Goth

"Bela Lugosi's dead, undead, undead..." intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of...

Grunge

The early 1990s was the brief era of Grunge - a rock music genre which eventually faded after the public grew bored with the...

Heavy Metal

Fine in principal, but not quite in practice; The Heavy Metal crowd consistently ruled much of the 80's, which is why there was 'alternative...

Kraütrock

For those who were there in 1971, the shock of seeing Faust's eponymous debut LP remains starkly etched in the mind's eye. You could see...

Madchester

Madchester (so named because it originated in Manchester in the north of England) was the dominant force in British rock during the late 80s...

Merseybeat

Let's get one thing clear before we begin: The Beatles did not create Merseybeat, it created them. And although they are by far the most famous of...

Mod Revival

Summer 1978 - England: Two years on, punk has exploded from its roots in grubby Sex Pistols gigs to shock exposés, hit singles, high street fashion and cartoon...

New Romantic

Each decade of popular music so far has its merits and its embarrassments. But perhaps the most derided of them all is the Eighties. Looking...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...