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Herd, The

The Herd reached #6 in Britain in 1967 with From The Underworld. The blossoming of 'flower power' at that time brought the group two more hits in 1968 with Paradise Lost and the superb I Don't...

Herman’s Hermits

Herman's Hermits were one of the most interesting of the original wave of British Invasion groups. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hermits didn't threaten authority figures with a longhaired look and loud guitar rock. In fact, they were...

Heron

The folksy five-piece Heron proved popular on the festival circuit in the early 70s with their gentle songs of love. Their debut self-titled album (1970) was recorded in an English country garden, which accounts for the bird...

Hippos, The

Australian band The Hippos came together in Sydney in 1985. At the heart of the group was rock journeyman Leszek (Les) Karski, formerly of UK outfit Supercharge, who settled in Australia after Supercharge broke up. Karski...

Hitmen, The

It all began in Australia back in 1975 when Johnny Kannis and Chris Masuak were playing together in a band called The Jackals. Masuak went on to join the legendary Radio Birdman, as did bassist...

Hole

Hole's debut LP Pretty On The Inside was hard work - and melody certainly took a beating on the album. In contrast, Live Through This (1994) was a shout-along sensation. Many of the songs on the album were composed in the...

Hollies, The

When The Hollies began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock & roll covers that provided the staple diet for most British bands at the time, including The Beatles. They quickly developed a more...

Holly & The Italians

Holly Beth Vincent was born in Chicago but grew up in Los Angeles. It was there she formed Holly & The Italians with drummer Steve Young (aka Steve Dalton) in 1978. The band had a...

Hollywood Brats

Like a less-famous British cousin of The New York Dolls, the Hollywood Brats also had a penchant for feather boas, glitter and tough rock & roll played with rough-and-tumble abandon. Originally known as The Queen, the...

Holy Modal Rounders

Among the eccentrics who inhabited Greenwich Village (New York) in the early 1960s, The Holy Modal Rounders were as weird as fish - as illustrated by their very name, which was selected from a shortlist...

Homosexuals, The

Active for only the briefest time between 1978 and 1981, like fellow South Londoners Alternative TV and This Heat, The Homosexuals used their mayfly-compatible lifespan to carve themselves a unique and often overlooked niche in the annals...

Hondells, The

The 1964 single Little Honda was written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson who decided not to release a version they had recorded with The Beach Boys as a single although it did appear on the...

Honeybus

Honeybus are principally remembered for their 1968 hit I Can't Let Maggie Go, but much of their best work was made shortly after that breakthrough when lead singer and songwriter Pete Dello unexpectedly jumped ship as...

Honeycombs, The

One of the first rock groups to have a female drummer, The Honeycombs were formed in London in 1963 as The Sheratons by hairdressers Martin Murray and Ann Lantree. They started their career at the Mild May...

Honeys, The

This surf music girl-group trio included Brian Wilson's wife-to-be Marilyn, her sister Diane Rovell, and their cousin Ginger Blake. None of their three 1963 released singles charted - neither did their version of the Patience and...

Hoodoo Gurus

I first saw Le Hoodoo Gurus at some shitty little pub in Surry Hills - an inner-city suburb of Sydney - in 1982. There were probably just over a hundred people crushed into an area the...

Horslips

With Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher seeking their fortune in London, Horslips were the beginning and end of 1970s Irish rock. Indeed, they were virtually the only home-grown influence on U2. Blending punk sensibility with a...

Hot Chocolate

This highly commercial UK pop act was formed in Brixton, London, by percussionist Patrick Olive, guitarist Franklyn De Allie and drummer Ian King. Jamaican-born songwriter/vocalist Errol Brown and bass player Tony Wilson (from Trinidad and Tobago)...

Hot Tuna

Jefferson Airplane's ferocious guitar/bass pairing Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna as a sideline in 1969 to syphon off their musical excesses. They originally named the band Hot Shit (in reference to dope, not...

Hothouse Flowers

Throughout the 80s, the members of the Irish band Hothouse Flowers made their living busking on the streets of Dublin (Liam O'Maonlai and Fiachna O'Braonain performed on the streets as The Incomparable Benzini Brothers). But an appearance...

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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...