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Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

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Dead End Kids, The

Hailing from Kilmarnock in Scotland, the Dead End Kids formed in 1974 as a covers band (originally known as Vehicle) playing Status Quo, Creedence...

Break Dancing

A major component of the budding hip-hop culture of the early 80s, break dancing was a physically demanding youth-oriented dance activity involving complex, improvisational...

Pot Of Gold/Pot Luck

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) 1 9 8 7 (Australia) This Australian show was the Grundy organisation's first attempt at a...

Yazz (& The Plastic Population)

Ex-model Yasmin Evans recorded a high-energy cover of the Otis Clay soul track The Only Way Is Up in 1988. It became the year's biggest-selling...

Professionals, The

  Ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook formed The Professionals in 1979 following the demise of that band. After a fine debut single (1-2-3)...

John Stonehouse

At the beginning of 1976 Stonehouse was on bail awaiting trial and still attending the House of Commons as Labour MP for Walsall North....

Meat Loaf

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas in 1951, Meat Loaf has provided various explanations for his unusual stage name - most commonly that...

Love Thy Neighbour

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 54 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 45 minute episode 1 x special Staunch Union Jack-waving socialist Eddie Booth...