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Haçienda, The

Erecting a Manhattan-style nightclub in Manchester was a daft idea; but it worked. In 1980, New Order were undertaking their first US tour. During their stay in...

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...

Inspiral Carpets

Formed initially as The Furs in Manchester, England, by schoolboy Graham Lambert. He was joined in the mid-80s by Stephen Holt, Tony Welsh and...

Smiths, The

A bedroom-trained recluse with limited experience in local punk bands, Steven Patrick Morrissey (who was also the ex-president of the UK New York Dolls fan club...

Stone Roses, The

It is hard to believe in retrospect, but The Stone Roses' eponymous debut album - now often cited as "the greatest British debut of...

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Mickey Dunne

1 9 6 7 (UK) 13 x 50 minute episodes Mickey Dunne followed the misadventures of the titular gambling streetwise Cockney wide-boy who managed to survive on...

Gambit

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) The British version of this American game show started in 1975 as a programme shown in the...

Sorcerers, The (1967)

Professor Monserrat (Boris Karloff), having lived for years in poverty through the ridicule bestowed on his ideas of controlling minds through hypnosis, is urged...

Police

1 9 8 2 (UK) Roger Graef's eleven-part series for the BBC showed how British coppers behaved, worked and swore - the term 'boys in blue' took...

Feelies, The

The Feelies arose in 1976 from the backwater of Haledon, New Jersey (hardly a bastion of cultural activity). Despite their popularity as a live...

Duran Duran

The band that most surely have come closest to being The Beatles of their day, since (like The Beatles) they were a blonde five piece from...

Fox

Noosha Fox (real name Susan Traynor) had been the vocalist with folk-rock band Wooden Horse before moving to glam-pop band Fox, formed by singer/songwriter...

Chelmsford 123

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 0 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes The story of life in Roman Britain - with a twist. The...