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R.E.M.

In Athens, Georgia (USA), Michael Stipe and Peter Buck met in 1978 in the record store where Buck worked and discovered they shared an interest in post-punk British music. Two years later they formed REM,...

Rabbit

Formed in 1973 in Newcastle (NSW, Australia), Rabbit were originally a three-piece band playing covers of songs by artists such as Alice Cooper, The Who and The Move Greg Douglas joined as lead vocalist in 1974 but was...

Racey

"When I met you, you were seventeen, not just another teenage queen" - Shakespeare? Dylan? Lennon & McCartney? While not strictly speaking 'one-hit wonders', Racey had a very short stay at the toppermost of the poppermost with...

Rachel Sweet

By the age of 16, Akron-girl Rachel Sweet was a veteran performer, having been on the stage since the age of nine as well as recording commercials and TV advertising jingles. Amongst the products she promoted...

Radiators, The

Singer Brian Nichol and guitarist Stephen 'Fess' Parker had played together in a high school band in the NSW south coast town of Bega before moving to Sydney where they became the core of a...

Radio Birdman

The Radio Birdman saga began in Sydney, Australia, in 1973 with The Rats - a band comprising Mick Lynne on bass, Rob Younger on vocals, Warwick Gilbert on guitar and Ron Keeley on drums. At the...

Radio Luxembourg

Arguably the earliest commercial radio station broadcasting in the English language, Radio Luxembourg started broadcasting to the entertainment-starved listeners of the United Kingdom. Often mistakenly referred to as a ‘Pirate' radio station, Radio Luxembourg offered an English speaking...

Radio Stars

Radio Stars was formed by Martin Gordon (ex-Sparks), vocalist Andy Ellison (ex-John's Children) and Ian MacLeod in 1977. The band signed to Chiswick Records and released their debut single, Dirty Pictures, in April 1977, which came in...

Radiohead

It is a well-known fact that the weight of just one hit single can destroy a band - should you duplicate your sound and be accused of selling out, or follow your artistic ideas and risk...

Railway Children, The

The Railway Children formed in 1985 in Wigan, Lancashire. After a batch of demo tapes, the four 19-year-olds found themselves being feted by numerous record companies, eventually settling on a contract-free deal with Factory Records. A...

Rain Parade

This psychedelia-tinged, late-60s-influenced new wave band hailed from Los Angeles. After a promising debut single, What She's Done To Your Mind on their own Llama label, the band issued Emergency Third Rail Power Trip to critical acclaim in 1983, followed...

Rainbow

A few months prior to his departure from Deep Purple in 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore teamed up with members of a decidedly mediocre American band called Elf and recorded Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow for Polydor. Although it was basically...

Raincoats, The

Formed in 1976 while Gina Birch (bass) and Ana Da Silva (guitar and vocals) were at Hornsey Art College, The Raincoats were a London-based female (apart from occasional drummer Charles Hayward) band of post-punk musical...

Ral Donner

Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner was born in Norwood Park, Chicago and sang in church as a child. He sang in local talent shows as a teen, and formed two of his own bands, The Rockin'...

Ramases

Once glance at the grammatically-challenged and logic-dodging sleeve notes on the 1971 Space Hymns album will convince you that Mister Ram (Kimberley Barrington Frost to his Earth mum) was a couple of coins short of a hexagram. Sounding...

Ramatam

Ramatam appeared in 1972 with a self-titled debut album on Atlantic and a line-up featuring Mitch Mitchell (ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience), Mike Pinera (from Iron Butterfly and Blues Image) and female guitar virtuoso, April Lawton. The line-up...

Ramones, The

The Ramones were nasty, ugly and played music so fast and simple it was borderline inane, but this band of creeps from Forest Hills in Queens, New York, would go on to have an influence...

Randy Newman

Randy Newman was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California.  His career in music began while he was at UCLA, thanks to his childhood friend Lenny Waronker, whose father owned a record...

Rare Earth

Having played the club circuit since 1961 under the name The Sunliners, it was on joining Motown's subsidiary Rare Earth Records - set up by Barney Ales as a home for white rock acts - that...

Raspberries, The

The Raspberries, a Cleveland-based band, summed up everything classic power pop was about (before the term was even being used); simplicity, Beach Boys-esque harmonies, and delightfully skilled melodies - all underpinned by an instrumentation that paid homage to many British...

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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...