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Galaxie 500

Given that New York/Bostonian three-piece Galaxie 500 set out in 1987 with ambitions that didn't stretch beyond releasing a single, their debut album, Today (1988), was critically lauded as "astonishing". Yet it took another two albums before members...

Gale Garnett & The Gentle Reign

The daughter of a carnival worker father, Gale Garnett was born in New Zealand but moved with her family to the United Kingdom, then to Canada at the age of 11. Her father died when she was...

Game Theory

Based in Sacramento, California, Game Theory made their recording debut in 1982. Although loosely associated with the 'paisley underground' movement the band's progress was determined by their vocalist and guitarist Scott Miller's infatuation with classic American...

Gang of Four

Forged in the crucible of late 70s Leeds student politics, marked by a determination to think beyond the badly-played heavy metal that passed for much of punk, and owning a Funkadelic album or two, Gang...

GANGgajang

Australian band GANGgajang formed in 1984 after Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup and Mark Callaghan fell into a songwriting partnership during work on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's highly successful series Sweet and Sour, for which Bidstrup was...

Gants, The

The Gants were formed in 1963 by Sid Herring (vocals, guitar), Johnny Sanders (guitar), Vince Montgomery (bass) and Don Wood (drums) in Greenwood, Mississippi. Named after a popular brand of button-down collar shirt, The Gants released...

Garbage

One day producers Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson were in a studio remixing a track for Nine Inch Nails when a visiting friend commented that what they were recording sounded like "garbage". The...

Gary “U.S.” Bonds

In 1961, in the unlikely town of Norfolk, Virginia, Gary Anderson (who had been born in Jacksonville, Florida) recorded some of the wildest, most bizarre party records in the history of rock & roll: New Orleans, School...

Gary Glitter

Paul Gadd was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on 8 May 1944. He changed his name to Paul Raven and recorded several singles during the 1960's - when he was a regular at the 2i's and the...

Gary Lewis & The Playboys

Gary Lewis had a great background for a showbiz career: He was the son of noted comedian and actor Jerry Lewis. His musical career began when he received a set of drums for his 14th...

Gary Numan

Gary Numan (real name Gary Anthony James Webb) joined The Lasers as a guitarist and rapidly took over the helm of the punk band, who, with a name change to Tubeway Army, signed to Beggar's...

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Gary Puckett was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, on 17 October 1942. He began playing the guitar in his teens and graduated from Twin Falls High School before attending college in San Diego, California. There, he quit...

Gary Usher

Genuine escapist joy rarely sounded purer than on the teenage surf-and-hotrod pop pouring out of the Hollywood Hills in the early 1960s, where kids' greatest worries revolved around waxing down the surfboards. Gary Usher was a...

Gaye Bykers On Acid

Gaye Bykers On Acid emerged from Leicester and combined traditional biker attire with elements of psychedelia and hippie camp. Male vocalist Mary (real name Ian Hoxley) was often seen in platform shoes and dresses, which fuelled...

GBH

In 1980, four Brummie drinking buddies got together and formed a band inspired by the mid-70's punk acts. Initially called Charged GBH, somehow this rowdy mob of leather-clad former milkmen, jewellers, warehouse men and clerical officers secured...

Geeza

Formed in 1974, Geeza were a powerful four-piece rock group from the western suburbs of Sydney (Australia). The group originally performed as The Geeza Rock 'n' Roll Show, presenting a stage show with all manner of...

Gene

At the hedonistic peak of Britpop, Gene's more melancholic, Smiths-influenced strains were a lad-free anomaly. The obviousness of their influences would ultimately be their downfall, but their first Top 20 single (and title track of their debut LP), Olympian (1995),...

Gene Loves Jezebel

Identical twins Jay (John) and Mike Aston enjoyed cult appeal as Gene Loves Jezebel in the UK goth community but achieved greater success in America. The pair grew up in the South Wales town of Porthcawl, together...

Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney was born in February 1940 of Polish origin and grew up in the Connecticut town of Rockville. While at school there he formed a beat group, and then went to college to study...

Gene Vincent

Vincent Eugene Craddock was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1935. After dropping out of South Norfolk High School at the age of 15, he lied about his age and joined the Navy. He served in...

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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...