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Stone Roses, The

It is hard to believe in retrospect, but The Stone Roses' eponymous debut album - now often cited as "the greatest British debut of...

Smiths, The

A bedroom-trained recluse with limited experience in local punk bands, Steven Patrick Morrissey (who was also the ex-president of the UK New York Dolls fan club...

Happy Mondays

Manchester (UK) band Happy Mondays took their name from a New Order song but came last in a 'Battle of the Bands' contest at New Order's Haçienda...

Inspiral Carpets

Formed initially as The Furs in Manchester, England, by schoolboy Graham Lambert. He was joined in the mid-80s by Stephen Holt, Tony Welsh and...

Haçienda, The

Erecting a Manhattan-style nightclub in Manchester was a daft idea, but it worked. In 1980, New Order were undertaking their first US tour. During their stay in...

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Real Kids, The

Band leader and frontman John Felice was in the first, unrecorded, lineup of The Modern Lovers with his next-door neighbour Jonathan Richman in the early...

Game Theory

Based in Sacramento, California, USA, Game Theory made its recording debut in 1982. Although loosely associated with the 'paisley underground' movement the band's progress was...

Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle formed in September 1975 from the ashes of COUM Transmissions - an absurdist cosmic rock group cum performance ensemble. Typical components of a...

Sanford and Son

 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 7 (USA) 135 x 30 minute episodes Based on the immensely successful British TV comedy series, Steptoe and Son, this series...

Sand Pebbles, The (1966)

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) arrives aboard the river patrol gunboat USS San Pablo (nicknamed the 'Sand Pebble' with its sailors...

Sunrays, The

Californian surf band The Sunrays began life as The Renegades - and had also recorded as The Snowmen and The Rangers - before being...

Ten Years After

Nottingham-born Alvin Lee teamed up with Leo Lyons and a drummer in 1964 and the trio took themselves off to Hamburg, Germany, to perform...

The 1960s

The Sixties to many is a decade of childhood memories - as much about Matchbox Cars as Vietnam; equal parts Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds...