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Spandau Ballet

In September 1976, having just left school in Islington, North London, Gary Kemp formed power pop band The Makers with friends Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Steve Norman and Richard Miller. Three years later, after Miller left, Kemp's brother...

Human League

A lead singer with pierced nipples and half a head of hair, and two bits of Sheffield totty, discovered dancing in a disco. The band was initially formed as a synthesizer duo called The Dead Daughters...

Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory, the only son of a steelworker, was born in Sheffield and grew up on the Flower Council Estate in Shire Green, one of the poorest and roughest areas of Sheffield. As a frustrated 16-year...

Duran Duran

The band that most surely have come closest to being The Beatles of their day, since (like The Beatles) they were a blonde five-piece from Birmingham . . . er. Their image of being a teeny bopper band...

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...

Blancmange

A duo consisting of singer and guitarist Neil Arthur from Lancashire and keyboard player Stephen Luscombe from Middlesex, Blancmange released a non-charting EP in 1981 titled - with Morrissey-like kitsch wit - Irene and Mavis. Although it...

Visage

Poster boys for the New Romantic movement until Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran came along, took their ball and ran off with it, Steve Strange's Visage had more of a career than most observers imagine. While their December 1980 single Fade To Grey was...

ABC

Sheffield band ABC revolved around Martin Fry (a onetime fanzine editor of a rag called Modern Drugs) and rose from the ashes of post-punk group Vice Versa. On their first album, The Lexicon Of Love (1982), Fry set his own Bryan...

Flock Of Seagulls

This new wave electro-pop act from Liverpool, England, had remarkable success in the USA before finding a large following in Britain. Originally called Tontrix the band comprised Mike Score (keyboards, vocals), Ali Score (drum machine, vocals), Paul Reynolds (guitar)...

New Romantic Movement

The "New Romantic" movement was a new and distinctive music and fashion genre that sprang up in Britain in the early 80s as a reaction to the anti-fashion of punk. After all, anyone could slap on...

Classix Nouveaux

Another bunch of synth-mongers to make it to the big time thanks to an appearance on the Some Bizarre label sampler, Classix Nouveaux and their singer - the Hatfield-born Sal Solo (real name Sam Smith)...

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RIP Corporal Marsh (Tony Selby)

6 September 2021 Get Some In! star Tony Selby has died aged 83. His management, LCM Limited, shared a statement on Twitter announcing he had died in London on Sunday (5th September). It read: "With great sadness, we...

Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies

13 August 2016 The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died after a long illness, just 11 days before his 82nd birthday. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame...

Bewitched Theme

Dm7               G7                  Dm7                  G7 Bewitched, Bewitched, You've got me in your spell Em7              A7               Em7                       A7 Bewitched, Bewitched, You...

Don Everly dies aged 84

21 August 2021 Don Everly (pictured above left), one half of the rock’n’roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. A spokesperson for the family confirmed Everly’s death...

Elvis’s Movie Occupations

Shrimp Fisherman - Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Commercial Photographer - Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) Water Skiing Instructor - Clambake (1967) Frogman - Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) Doctor - Change Of Habit (1969) Lifeguard - Fun...

Fenella Fielding (1927 – 2018)

11 September 2018 Actress Fenella Fielding has died at the age of 90 after suffering a stroke. She was a serious actress remembered for a single, stand-out comic performance. Fenella survived a violent upbringing to play Ibsen, Shakespeare...

Retro Australia – Random Remembrances

Royal Easter Show at the Showground Manzil Room nightclub School excursions to places like Warragamba Dam, Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and Old Sydney Town Cracker Night Louie the Fly. First introduced in television advertisements...