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W.A.S.P.

On stage, they drank fake blood from a human skull, whipped a half-naked woman tied to a torture rack and threw raw meat at their audience. Yes, W.A.S.P. were the naughtiest rock band of the 80s. Their...

Wa Wa Nee

In 1986, Australian band Wa Wa Nee were in the unusual position of having a recording contract (with CBS records) but never having played a live gig. Nevertheless, their debut single Stimulation (June 1986) reached #2 on...

Wackers, The

Anglophile guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Segarini formed The Wackers in northern California in 1970 before relocating to Montreal, Canada, two years later. The Wackers released their debut album, Wackering Heights, in 1971 on Elektra. Produced by sunshine pop icon...

Wah!/Wah! Heat/The Mighty Wah!

This Liverpool band formed in 1979 and kept modifying their name from release to release - Wah!, Wah! Heat and The Mighty Wah! Pete Wylie Vocals, guitar Colin Redmond Guitar King Bluff Keyboards Oddball Washington Bass Joe Musker Drums

Waitresses, The

Formed in 1978, The Waitresses existed for the purpose of performing the witty, often female-oriented songs of guitarist Chris Butler, who had previously led a series of new wave bands in Cleveland, Ohio. The line-up of the band...

Walker Brothers, The

They weren't British, they weren't brothers and their real names weren't Walker, but Californians Scott Engel, John Maus (a one-time child actor) and Gary Leeds were briefly huge stars in England, and small ones in...

Wall Of Voodoo

Releasing its first effort (a self-titled EP) in 1980, this Los Angeles punk dance band offered a serious version of Devo's new wave. Led by Stan Ridgway's unmistakably wired voice, Wall Of Voodoo combined western...

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson started her career as a dare. Her church friends dared her to audition for a local radio station's talent spot when she was 12 years old. She took the dare and won, and ended...

Wanderers, The

Another doo-wop group which was quite popular on the US East Coast but otherwise obscure, The Wanderers began as The Barons in 1952. Lead singer Ray Pollard, Frank Joyner, Robert Yarborough, and Sheppard Grant were the...

Wang Chung

The London-based new wave group Wang Chung had a handful of hits in the mid-80s, achieving their greatest popularity in America. Originally called Huang Chung, the band consisted of vocalist/guitarist Jack Hues, bassist Nick Feldman and...

War

War traces its roots back to a Californian high school band formed by bass player and keyboard player BB Dickerson, drummer Harold Brown, woodwind player and pianist Charles Miller and bassist/trumpet player Howard Scott. The band...

Ward 13

Australian band Ward 13 started out as a brash 1960s-influenced rock & roll band, working the Sydney pub circuit for 19 months before issuing the EP Robot Wizards in 1980. The EP sounded like a cross between The...

Warhorse

Warhorse was formed in 1969 by original Deep Purple bassist Nick Simper who had been dismissed from the band prior to their transformation into a heavy rock tour de force with the recruitment of singer...

Warm Sounds

Warm Sounds were a harmony duo comprising Barry Husband (aka Barry Younghusband), formerly of Tuesday's Children, and Denver Gerrard. The pair teamed up just in time to greet the Summer of Love with a psychedelic-pop classic called Birds...

Warrant

With a pair of double-platinum albums, Warrant were one of the most popular glam-metal bands of the late 80s. Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-80s, the group featured vocalist Jani Lane, guitarist Erik Turner, guitarist...

Warren Smith

It's astonishing the sheer amount of talent that was beating a path to Sam Phillips' door in 1956 wanting a contract with Sun Records. Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley all got...

Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon was born in Chicago, the son of a Russian-Jewish boxer turned professional gambler. He spent most of his childhood in Arizona and California, before eventually leaving high school to become a folk singer...

Warumpi Band, The

This Australian band was formed in 1980 by Neil Murray (a white Victorian working in the Papunya region of the Northern Territory as a schoolteacher and labourer), George Burarrwanga (an aboriginal from Elcho Island) and...

Was (Not Was)

Was (Not Was) played contemporary R&B dance music, with lyrics that ranged from satire to completely bizarre. The group was led by Detroit-natives David Weiss (David Was) - who wrote those lyrics - and Don Fagenson...

Wasted Youth

Formed in the summer of 1979, this East London band forged a style with punk and psych roots. Their singles and albums were released on the Bridgehouse label, which was operated by bassist Darren Murphy's dad, Terry,...

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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...