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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Screaming Trees

Formed in the Pacific Northwest before a musical movement even existed there, Screaming Trees embodied the post-punk and psychedelic elements that later bands would...

Hovercraft

The hovercraft was invented by British boat builder Christopher Cockerell in 1956. The theory behind one of the most successful inventions of the 20th...

Fairground Attraction

Formed in Glasgow in 1986 by guitarist Mark Nevin and ex-Eurythmics backing singer Eddi Reader, Fairground Attraction reached #1 with folky debut single Perfect in 1988. But the sunny...

Beiderbecke Affair, The

1 9 8 5 (UK) 6 x 55 minute episodes Alan Pinter's delightfully idiosyncratic mini-series The Beiderbecke Affair - set in Leeds in1985 - introduced two schoolteachers (James Bolam...

New Centurions, The (1972)

A group of new police recruits takes to patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Rookie Roy Fehler (Stacy Keach) is a law student with...

Stockard Channing Show, The

1 9 8 0 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Susan Goodenow (Stockard Channing) was a TV reporter who specialised in exposing rip-offs, frauds, and phonies. Wild...

Vic Reeves Big Night Out

1 9 9 0 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 28 x 30 minute episodes Almost undefinable entertainment featuring velvet-suited Vic Reeves (born Jim Moir) and ex-solicitor...

Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 0 (USA) Few shows are remembered as fondly as The Banana Splits. Combining live action, costumed hijinks, classical animation, and...