Y&T (Yesterday & Today)

When it comes to the original MTV generation of big-haired heavy metal band, Y&T (originally Yesterday & Today before they shortened their name) were...

Ya Ya Choral

Beginning life in 1982 in Sydney (Australia) as an experimental electronic outfit, Ya Ya Choral became a popular - though commercially unsuccessful - hard...

Yachts

This little known British band produced some killer power pop during the early 80s and should have been huuuuuge stars - but sadly they weren't and...

Yazoo

When Essex girl Alison 'Alf' Moyet put an advertisement in the music papers, she was looking for a "rootsy blues band". What she got was...

Yazz (& The Plastic Population)

Ex-model Yasmin Evans recorded a high-energy cover of the Otis Clay soul track The Only Way Is Up in 1988. It became the year's biggest-selling...

Yello

These wacky Swiss synth-pop pioneers were led by Dieter Meier, a millionaire businessman, professional gambler and member of the Swiss national golf team. He...

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...

Yothu Yindi

This multiracial Australian band (the name is an Australian aboriginal phrase for 'Mother Child') blended native and white sounds and sentiments. Yothu Yindi were founded...

Young Homebuyers

Young Homebuyers hailed from Adelaide, Australia, and pivoted around the songwriting team of Nigel Lawrence and Greg Williams, who met at high school. In their...

ZZ Top

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas formed in 1970 in and around Houston, from rival bands The Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and The American...

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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...

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'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...

20/20

20/20 was formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by high school friends Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals). They relocated to Los Angeles...

4 Skins, The

The undisputed heroes of the early 80s skinhead scene, The 4 Skins were one of the mainstays of the second-wave of British punk commonly known as Oi! They endured...

808 State

With their sample-driven dance music, the pioneering Manchester-based 808 State was one of the first house groups to release trance/ambient dance records. Formed in 1988...

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio (the name is a pointer to a Brian Eno song) formed in Manchester in 1977. The band's original members were Simon Topping, Martha Tilson,...

A-ha

The trio at the heart of A-ha met in 1980 in Oslo, Norway, and decided to concentrate on producing a commercial form of music....