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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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Back Street Crawler

When Free finally fell apart at the seams after staggering around in various forms, there was a lot of damage done to the members. Despite the fairly...

Zombies, The

The Zombies were the only British group of the 60s who could have seriously given The Beatles a real run for their money. Although comparatively unrecognised, their...

Dawn! (1979)

The film Dawn! may have been made on the assumption that Australians never lose interest in their sports champions as long as the myth of ill...

Princess Bride, The (1987)

Part swashbuckling adventure, part tongue-in-cheek parody, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale with a comic edge. The story begins when a gravel-voiced Grandpa (Columbo's Peter Falk)...

Graham Kennedy Show, The

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 7 5 (Australia) Considered by many as the 'King' of Australian television, Graham Kennedy established himself on the ground-breaking...

Family Affair

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) 138 x episodes Veteran character actor Brian Keith starred as Bill Davis, a wealthy footloose bachelor who...

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex*/*But Were Afraid To...

This Woody Allen film was a literal rendering of the sex manual by Dr David Reuben that "contains every idea I have ever had...

Wild One, The (1954)

This is the original motorcycle gang film, and far and away the best. After being thrown out of a motorcycle event, the Black Rebels biker...