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Bauhaus

Bauhaus were the founding fathers of Goth-rock, creating a minimalist, gloomy style of post-punk, driven by jagged guitars and cold, metallic synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas,...

Bay City Rollers, The

Love them or loathe them, The Bay City Rollers were the teenage phenomenon of the 1970s. To all those of you who wanted to marry a Roller, cried over Alan's retirement, screamed at a baseball...

Bay City Union

Bay City Union formed in Brisbane in March 1966 and were one of Australia's first traditional Chicago blues bands. They released one single for Festival Records, in April 1968 before breaking up in July 1968 due...

BB King

He says he can't sing and keep rhythm on the guitar at the same time, but the unquestionable king of the blues - in both record sales and influence - took the world by storm...

BB Steal

Heavily influenced by Def Leppard, this Australian hard rock band emerged in 1987 from the ashes of an Adelaide heavy metal band called Boss. BB Steal recorded three singles for PolyGram including I Believe (1988), Heartbeat...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Formed in Yorkshire in 1972, Be-Bop Deluxe are one of British rock's classic marginal bands. Everyone seems to have heard of them and yet few have actually heard their work. A number of their tracks -...

Beach Boys, The

Spent the last 55 years with a lost tribe in the Amazon? In that case, here's a band you should know about... Brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson joined forces with their cousin Mike Love, and...

Beargarden

As Virgin Records' first Australian signing, Beargarden were briefly big big news. Their first single, Finer Things, was released in 1984 and promoted via mega tours supporting Culture Club, Simple Minds and other heavyweights. But amidst criticisms of...

Beastie Boys, The

Coming from white, middle-class, Jewish families, New York rappers Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz, Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "MCA" Yauch were always going to be outsiders in a genre that was rooted in the...

Beat, The (UK)

Ska revivalists The Beat were formed in Handsworth (a racially mixed area of Birmingham immortalised by reggae band Steel Pulse with their Handsworth Revolution album) in 1978 in the aftermath of punk. Early pub gigs garnered...

Beat, The (USA)

The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, the step-son of a civilian father attached to the US military, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He...

Beathoven

Formed in Tasmania (Australia) in 1975, Beathoven was based around the amazingly talented trio of Charlie Touber, Greg Cracknell and David Minchin, supplemented by a series of drummers. Their combination of sharp pop songs and boyish...

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog display and the crowning of a Rose Queen, The Quarrymen are...

Beatmen, The

The Beatmen were a Slovak rock band singing predominantly in English. Although they released only four songs between 1964 and 1966, they remain one of the most significant bands in the history of Czechoslovak popular...

Beats International

This studio team of British musicians was formed by Norman Cook after the break up of The Housemartins. The core team was Cook (bass), Lindy Layton (vocals), Lester Noel (vocals), Andy Boucher (keyboards) and MC...

Beatstalkers, The

Formed in Glasgow in 1962, The Beatstalkers - the #1 Beat group in Scotland - were sometimes referred to as "the Scottish Beatles" in their early days. Their live repertoire mixed R&B-flavoured originals with black...

Beau Brummels, The

Formed in San Francisco in 1964 and most famous for their haunting mid-60s faux British Invasion-cum-folk rock, The Beau Brummels were also among the first notable bands to delve into Nashville-recorded country rock. They enjoyed a...

Beautiful South, The

The brainchild of former Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway, The Beautiful South smuggled political lyrics into jaunty, singalong tunes and acerbic commentary on domestic violence and emotional angst into the charts wrapped in pop-friendly...

Beck

Bek David Campbell - professionally known simply as Beck - was born in Los Angeles in 1970 to an established artistic heritage. Mother, Father and both grandfathers had all performed in different ways. Beck grew up...

Beck, Bogert & Appice

Plans for guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck to form a power trio with the ex-Vanilla Fudge rhythm section were first mooted in 1969. Both the drummer, Carmine Appice, and the bass player, Tim Bogert, were dissatisfied with...

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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 secular and signing to New York's Apollo label in 1952. But Hank...

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 group gigged extensively and recorded independently before signing with Elektra and...

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 pub rock bands of the mid-'70s. The group never released any recordings...

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 Hermits), Look Through Any Window (The Hollies) - chart pop at its most...

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 bands. Formed in Texas in the mid-60s, The Elevators started as a...

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 five LPs under their own name (plus a number of singles)...

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' 1981 #1 hit What About Me? ) and was writing songs for...