Browsing: Artists – A to K

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, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Donald…

The trio at the heart of A-ha met in 1980 in Oslo, Norway, and decided to concentrate on producing a commercial form of music. Travelling to England in 1982, Waaktaar…

Described by the Los Angeles Times in 1969 as “a lukewarm jazz quartet masquerading as a blues band”, San Francisco outfit A.B. Skhy featured a group of musicians who ranged…

Do you remember the wistful trill of pipe music and a soft, haunting voice asking “Can you hear the drums, Fernando?” – If you were tuned into the radio in…

Sheffield band ABC revolved around Martin Fry (a onetime fanzine editor of a rag called Modern Drugs) and rose from the ashes of post-punk group Vice Versa. On their first album, The Lexicon…

Despite initially forming in 1976 with a line up centred around vocalist Phil “Shonna” Rzonca and guitarist Dave Ryan, the Abrasive Wheels (the name was inspired by Shonna’s engineering apprenticeship)…

AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, by ex-patriot Scotsmen Malcolm and Angus Young (brothers of George Young – one of the mainstays of 60s Aussie supergroup, The Easybeats). Their sister suggested…

Yorkshire group The Accent were originally known as The Blue Blood Group before moving to London in 1966. They secured a residency at Billy Walker’s Upper-Cut Club and in 1967…

Fronted by exuberant vocalist Alison ‘George Cheex’ Roberts, Action Pact originated from Essex and took their musical cues from the likes of The Ramones, The Saints, X-Ray Spex and Penetration.…

Adam Faith was born Terence Nelhams in Acton, London in June 1940, and left school wanting to enter the film world. The desire led him to Rank Screen Services where…

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, The Adverts were a bright but short-lived light of the punk era, and their bass player Gaye Advert (pictured below) was one of the first…