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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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Tomorrow Show, The (Tomorrow Coast To Coast)

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 8 1 (USA) The Tomorrow Show was a late-night talk show hosted by brash newsman Tom Snyder which aired...

Astro Zombies (1968)

A mad scientist sets out to gather the human parts necessary to create a race of mindless killers. The (so-called) plot has something to do...

Girlschool

Formed in London in the late 70s, Girlschool were one of the first all-girl rock acts to make a mark in the mostly male-dominated NWOBHM (New...

Are You Being Served?

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 69 x 30 minute episodes This was English seaside humour at its most traditional. Once nicknamed "Are...

This Rebel Breed (1960)

Rita Moreno is the best thing about this crude and exploitative story of racial strife among teenage gangs of black, white and Latin Americans. She...

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Guys & Dolls is pretty much the most foolproof of the great musicals. For one thing, it was adapted from the eternally hilarious stories of...

Ellen Burstyn Show, The

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Another eclectic family comedy from ABC. Here Burstyn plays Ellen Brewer -...

Cool Mikado, The (1963)

A handful of British comedians present the worst treatment of Gilbert and Sullivan in history, with cramped sets, cheap-looking and out of place archive...