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45 (Rock On With 45)

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 5 (UK) 40 x 30 minute episodes Following the demise of children's TV pop show Lift Off With Ayshea, Granada producer Muriel Young returned with 45, aimed at a slightly older audience...

A Whole Scene Going

1 9 6 6 (UK) A Whole Scene Going was the first real teenage lifestyle programme with features on Carnaby Street fashions, the London club scene and package holidays in Italy. This 30-minute weekly programme was the brainchild...

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Unashamed and supremely slick commercial for the group, maintaining a gentle air of self-parody while at the same time being a celebration of all the various apparatuses which make a merchandising phenomenon like ABBA possible. The...

ABC Rocks

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) One year after the debut of NBC's Friday Night Videos (network television's first attempt to respond to the popularity of cable television's MTV), this was ABC's entry into the...

All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles) (1978)

Starting out as a two-minute sketch on Idle's post-Monty Python comedy show, Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles took on a life of their own when Saturday Night Live supremo Lorne Michaels produced a feature-length "mockumentary" on the rise...

Alright Now

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very latest top rock, pop and punk bands performing live in the...

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the ever-changing tastes of the country's youth. Featuring guest artists who lip-synced to...

American Hot Wax (1978)

"This is Alan Freed  . . . and this is rock'n'roll." With these words, the young hearts of New York beat fast as the celebrated radio disc jockey unleashes the popular sounds of the late 1950s. This biographical...

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles when the yet-to-be-fab four were chasing fame and fräuleins in the grimy basement clubs of Hamburg, Germany, provide a colourful backdrop for the story of Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff),...

Bandstand (Australia)

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 1 9 7 6 (Australia) Bandstand was the longest-running Australian pop television show of its time, and throughout its fifteen years, it featured the same host (bespectacled Channel Nine...

Beach Movies

The rise of Surf Music in the early 60s, coupled with the general surfing craze that was sweeping the USA, inevitably began to spawn movies, with Beach Party (1963) starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello doing particularly...

Beat Club

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Beat Room, The

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5  (UK) BBC2's The Beat Room - billed as "thirty minutes of non-stop beat and shake" - delved more deeply into the R&B music that Ready Steady Go! helped...

Beat, The!!!!

1 9 6 6 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes Hosted by the Nashville-based WLAC disc jockey Bill 'Hoss' Allen, The !!!! Beat featured a house band led by Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown. The short-lived syndicated show leaned towards R&B,...

Beatbox

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 7 (Australia) Though ostensibly a music TV programme, this Saturday afternoon show from the Australian ABC network was the first Aussie show which really did go out and talk...

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to 20 April 1969 on ABC Television. They were then seen in syndication...

Big Beat, The (1958)

Fresh out of college, John Randall (William Reynolds) tries to persuade his father into releasing rock and roll along with the other lame records he already produces. Dad relents and gives the kid a subsidiary company...

Blues Brothers, The (1980)

Universal were so confident in The Blues Brothers that they poured a record $27 million into the movie. One scene alone called for six camera crews, five fire engines, three army tanks, two helicopters and 300 extras ....

Born To Boogie (1973)

Born To Boogie was, first and last, a celebration of the phenomenon of Marc Bolan. There was no plot, no message, no subliminal undertone; it was simply a huge self-congratulatory pat on the back for...

Breaking Glass (1980)

Singer Kate (Hazel O'Connor) claws her way into the charts, with help from spiv manager-cum-lover Danny (Phil Daniels), only to find the glitter tarnished and the pressures of fame unbearable. Veteran actor Jon Finch is Bob...

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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...