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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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Judy Collins

Judy Collins was born in 1939 in Denver, Colorado, daughter of Chuck Collins, a blind, well-known radio personality in Denver and on the West...

Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Three American women working as secretaries at the US embassy in Rome throw coins into the city's Trevi Fountain in the hope of meeting...

Emu’s World/Emu’s Pink Windmill Show

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) Following the success of Emu's Broadcasting Company on the BBC, Rod Hull and his unruly arm puppet returned...

Amos ‘n’ Andy

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) 78 x 30 minute episodes Amos 'n' Andy had been one of American radio's biggest hits, but...

Tales Of Mystery

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 6 3 (UK) 29 x 30 minute episodes In March 1961, Associated-Rediffusion announced the debut of their Wednesday night suspense...

Man Who Never Was, The (1955)

True story of how the floating ashore in Spain of the body of a supposed dispatch-carrying officer deceived the Germans into thinking the second...

Kizzy

1 9 7 6 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Adapted from (Margaret) Rumer Godden's 1972 novel The Diddakoi, the only major change apart from a linear...

Just For Fun (1963)

The Prime Minister (Richard Vernon) is angling for the youth vote but (stupidly) cutting the amount of pop music on television. Teenagers decide to reject...