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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...

Promises

Promises comprised three Canadian-born siblings, Leslie Knauer (vocals), Jed Knauer (guitar and keyboards) and Benjamin Knauer (keyboards and vocals). Their father Peter was originally...

One-Hit Wonders

For many aspiring singers and bands, the one-off hit can be a bitter-sweet affair. A really big hit can transform lives in uplifting, positive...

Flying Lizards, The

Kent-based Irish exile David Cunningham specialised in conceptual excavations of pop hits. His Flying Lizards group was a loose collective of avant-garde and free...

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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...

Diodes, The

When punk first broke in 1976, Canadian band The Diodes (Paul Robinson, John Catto, Ian Mackay, John Hamilton and, later, Michael Lengyell) were in...

Blow Monkeys, The

Moving in to fill the vapid-soul vacancy left by Culture Club during that band's terminal creative drought, England's Blow Monkeys whipped up a disturbingly familiar-sounding bit...

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...

David Essex

David Essex was born David Albert Cook in Plaistow, London, in 1947, of gypsy stock - hence the 'Romany Romeo' tag he eventually received...

Joe South

As both a session guitarist (Dylan's Blonde On Blonde) and songwriter (Deep Purple's Hush), Joe South deserves to be known for more than just 1969's haunting Games...

July

Ealing-based R&B band The Tomcats responded to the dawning of the Age of Aquarius by investing in sitars and tablas and reinventing themselves as...

Dee Time

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 152 x 45 minute episodes Simon Dee (born Cyril Henty-Dodd) hosted this 45-minute music programme from the...