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New Wave

New Wave is often remembered more for skinny ties and silly haircuts than for musical merits. The Police, Elvis Costello, The Cars and Blondie all lent some respect to the...

Police, The

Originally known as Strontium 90, The Police was formed by American drummer Stewart Copeland in January 1977. Copeland (who had previously been in Curved Air) remembered Sting,...

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe has probably the greatest ear for melody in the modern world - but this is not just a pop melody composing genius...

Devo

Devo was formed in Akron, Ohio (the rubber town 40 miles away from Cleveland) in 1972 by Kent State art students Jerry Casale and...

Go-Go’s, The

The Go-Go's formed in 1978 as The Misfits - The line-up, at the time, consisted of Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals), Charlotte...

Cars, The

The Cars were the most successful American New Wave band in the late 70s/early 80s. With their sleek, mechanical pop-rock, the band racked up a string...

Blondie

It was in 1973, at New York's Boburn Tavern, that former Playboy bunny waitress Deborah Harry met Chris Stein. She was performing as one-third of The Stilettos,...

B-52’s, The

The B-52's formed in 1977 in Athens, Georgia. Kate Pierson had been playing in a folk protest band called The Sun Donuts while raising...

Barney Bubbles

Barney Bubbles is a cult figure among other designers but is barely known outside the field. Unlike contemporaries and followers like Peter Saville, Neville...

CBGBs

The New York club that propelled American rock into the 1970s by launching unsigned and untried bands such as Television, Talking Heads and The Ramones, was started by...

Specials, The/Special AKA

Though short-lived, The Specials Mk I were punk's multi-racial idealism made flesh. The group came together almost by osmosis, gathering together the remnants of...

Elvis Costello

Born Declan McManus in Paddington in 1954, his family moved to Liverpool when he was 13 where he began writing songs. His father, Ross McManus, was a...

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Three Musketeers, The

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Phil Silvers Show, The

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El Topo (1970)

It is obvious why El Topo was embraced by John Lennon, Dennis Hopper, Timothy Leary and their counterparts. It is a violent, brutal, confusing, occasionally fascinating...

Hogan’s Heroes

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) 168 x 30 minute episodes By 1967 CBS believed that enough years had passed to diminish the...

Power Station

Feeling Duran Duran was becoming "a machine" the group agreed to take a year's break in 1985. Members John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor decided to...

Subway Sect

Although their first gig - at The 100 Club's 'Punk Fest' in September 1976 - was with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie and The Banshees, Subway...

CEEFAX

Before the rise of 24-hour networks and readily accessible internet access, bored television viewers in the UK seeking entertainment at 3 AM would have...

Andy and David Williams

Nephews of international singing star Andy Williams, identical twins Andy and David looked set to conquer the pop world in 1973. They were like looking...