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Acid House

While House is an easily identifiable musical genre which emanated from Chicago in the early 80s and is traceable back to hi-NRG, European synthpop and New York Electro, exactly what Acid House is has been...

British Invasion

In the halcyon years of the 'British Invasion' of America - 1964 and 1965 - who were the two most successful acts? Well The Beatles were obviously the first. But who was the second? The Rolling Stones? The Animals? The...

Britpop

The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie among the practitioners of what came to be called 'Britpop' -...

Bubblegum Music

On 14 September 1968, The Archie Show, a Saturday morning TV cartoon show, made its debut on CBS in America. The show was a Don Kirshner creation based on a high school rock band in a popular...

Disco Music

The major new movement which began in the USA in 1975 and would spread its influence worldwide, was disco music. Originally regarded by many as a poor substitute for genuine soul music, nothing had been...

Doo-wop

1955 saw the rise to prominence of several black vocal groups in the USA. Amongst them were; The Orioles (their 1948 hit It's Too Soon To Know is often cited as the first real doo-wop record), The...

Folk Rock

When The Turtles entered the Billboard Top 40 on 21 August 1965 with a cover of It Ain't Me Babe that turned Bob Dylan's hip put-down into a cheery pop tune and then proceeded to go Top Ten with it, it confirmed...

Garage Rock

Garage rock, garage punk, garage psychedelia . . . call it what you will, but the operative word was 'garage'. It was music often literally made in suburban garages across the USA during the 1960s, in...

Girl Groups

The story of the 'girl group' sound, which reached its commercial and artistic peak in the early and mid-60s, is not just the story of the performers. More than any other style in rock &...

Glam Rock

Glam Rock laughed in the face of the pompous pseudo-intellectualism that was becoming prevalent in the music world in the early seventies. It declared war on seriousness. You want three day weeks? We want Can The Can. You...

Goth

"Bela Lugosi's dead, undead, undead..." intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of bats - into the world. Like the vampiric film star Bauhaus (pictured below right)...

Grunge

The early 1990s was the brief era of Grunge - a rock music genre which eventually faded after the public grew bored with the I-despise-success posturings doled out by Adam Duritz, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell et al...

Heavy Metal

Fine in principal, but not quite in practice; The Heavy Metal crowd consistently ruled much of the 80's, which is why there was 'alternative music' back then. The new bands took the rock posturing of KISS but left...

Kraütrock

For those who were there in 1971, the shock of seeing Faust's eponymous debut LP remains starkly etched in the mind's eye. You could see right through it! Not only was the vinyl transparent, but it...

Madchester

Madchester (so named because it originated in Manchester in the north of England) was the dominant force in British rock during the late 80s and early 90s. A fusion of acid-house dance rhythms and melodic pop, "Madchester" was...

Merseybeat

Let's get one thing clear before we begin: The Beatles did not create Merseybeat, it created them. And although they are by far the most famous of the city's sons, Liverpool would have become a focal point for...

Mod Revival

Summer 1978 - England: Two years on, punk has exploded from its roots in grubby Sex Pistols gigs to shock exposés, hit singles, high street fashion and cartoon punks like Sham 69. It has lost its bite. The Jam, part of...

New Romantic

Each decade of popular music so far has its merits and its embarrassments. But perhaps the most derided of them all is the Eighties. Looking back on this most confused of eras - a juxtaposition of...

New Wave

New Wave is often remembered more for skinny ties and silly haircuts than for musical merits. The Police, Elvis Costello, The Cars and Blondie all lent some respect to the genre, peaking in 1983 when The Police's Synchronicity went Number One worldwide. So what...

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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...