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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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Satin Pants

Satin was a romantic fabric, dedicated to wedding gowns, bridesmaids' dresses and formal wear. Satins were soft pinks and creamy whites, matching flowers and...

McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971)

Set in a snow-covered Pacific Northwest rather than the dusty plains of genre tradition, McCabe and Mrs Miller casts Warren Beatty as the blustering cardsharp...

Cider House Rules, The (1999)

Honoured with two Academy Awards, The Cider House Rules tells a compelling and heart-warming story about how far a young man must travel to find the...

Feather and Father Gang, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 1 x 90 minute episode 13 x 60 minute episodes This crime drama series from Columbia starred Stefanie Powers as Toni "Feather" Danton...

Reels, The

The Reels were the first Australian band of any note to emerge from a New South Wales country town. Dave Mason (son of the then-leader...

World According To Garp, The (1982)

Splendid performances highlight this sharp, satirical adaptation of John Irving's dark best-seller about the adventures of an illegitimate, eccentric young man hell-bent on being...

Unsinkable Molly Brown, The (1964)

A fictionalised account of the life of Margaret 'Molly' Brown adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. The story begins with Molly (Debbie...

Razzmatazz

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 126 x 20 minute episodes This fast-moving afternoon pop programme from Tyne Tees TV presented music, quizzes, competitions,...