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M.P.D. Limited

M.P.D. Limited had one of the most meteoric rises in the history of Australian rock and pop. Formed from the remains of Melbourne Shadows-style instrumental band The Phantoms, M.P.D. (Mike, Pete and Danny) were supporting UK...

Machinations

Australian band Machinations formed around guitarist Tim Doyle and keyboard player Tony Starr in 1979, using what electronic instruments they could find. Their school friend Fred Loneragan joined as their singer, and they played their first...

Madder Lake

Melbourne (Australia) band Madder Lake are best remembered for their infectious single 12lb Toothbrush. Formed in 1970, their brand of prog rock/psychedelic blues quickly became extremely popular on the local pub circuity and Madder lake appeared as...

Madness

Madness were at the forefront of the UK ska revival at the end of the 70s. They ultimately shed the 2 Tone image and became one of the most consistent UK chart groups of the Eighties. They were a...

Madonna

Nobody quite embodies the Eighties like the 'Material Girl' from Detroit, Madonna Louise Ciccone. Ciccone enjoyed a comfortable suburban middle-class upbringing (her father, Tony, was a scientist employed in Detroit's car industry), although with five siblings...

Magazine

No sooner had Manchester's Buzzcocks released their debut Spiral Scratch EP in January 1977 than singer/founder Howard Devoto quit. Twelve months later he launched Magazine in a debut gig at the closing night of the Electric Circus in...

Maggie Bell

Margaret "Maggie" Bell was born on 12 January 1945, at Maryhill, Glasgow, in Scotland. She began singing in her teenage years and left school at the age of fifteen to work as a window dresser by day...

Magic Michael

Described by NME writer Nick Kent as "Ladbroke Grove's answer to Wildman Fischer," Magic Michael  (real name Michael Cousins) was a permanent fixture on the early '70s UK hippie scene - albeit one who seemed destined to...

Magic Sam

Samuel Maghett was born on Valentines Day 1937 on a farm in central Mississippi, where he learned to play the guitar by stretching strings tied to nails driven into a wall. His family moved to Chicago...

Magma

French prog rock band Magma were assembled by seismic drummer Christian Vander to relate his operatic saga concerning the future disintegration of Earth and the subsequent efforts of a few citizens to begin a new...

Magna Carta

Magna Carta were a gentle acoustic-guitars-and-harmonies outfit who began in the late 60's and survived several line-up changes. Their material, built mainly around the songs of Chris Simpson and Tom Hoy, was melodic and intelligent,...

Mahogany Rush

Canada's Mahogany Rush were led by lead guitarist/vocalist Frank Marino, who was indelibly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, and his music shamelessly reflected this. Marino pushed his Hendrix acolyte credentials to the limit on the band's fourth and...

Makin’ Time

Makin' Time hailed from the West Midlands and for a period were considered the great white hopes for the mod revival scene. Their debut single Here Is My Number was produced by Pat Collier who had...

Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was born on 22 January 1946 in North London. His father left when he was two and he and his brother Stuart were raised by his maternal grandmother. Leaving home in his teens,...

Mamas & The Papas, The

Leader and principal songwriter John Phillips had enjoyed limited success with The Journeymen before retiring to the Virgin Islands with his wife Michelle and two friends, Denny Doherty and Mama Cass Elliott (who had played in...

Man

Back in the days when nobody was ashamed to be called a hippie, Welsh band Man were the closest thing the British side of the Atlantic had to those all-time great star-truckers the Grateful Dead and...

Manassas

The multi-talented Stephen Stills founded this highly regarded unit in 1971 during sessions for a projected album. Chris Hillman and Al Perkins, both formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers, and percussionist Jo Lala joined the singer's regular...

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa in 1940) formed a group in Britain in 1963 called The Manne-Hugg Blues Brothers. Shortening their name to simply 'Manfred Mann' they made the charts early in 1964 with...

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Manfred Mann's Earth Band came together in 1971 after Mann had grown disillusioned with his original outfit. A year later they signed a recording deal with Polydor and scored a Top Ten hit with the single Joybringer (August 1973)...

Manhattans, The

Not as successful in the UK as, say, The Stylistics or The Chi-Lites, what really set The Manhattans apart in the 60s and 70s was the number of good songwriters in the group's ranks. Blue Lovett,...

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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...