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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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Liquidator, The (1966)

A reluctant secret agent assigned to dispose of known enemy agents prefers conquest in the bedroom to violent action in this carbon-copy of Our Man...

Drowning By Numbers (1988)

In one of writer/director Peter Greenaway's darkest comedies, three generations of womenfolk, all named Cissie Colpitts, drown their menfolk with the acquiescence of the...

Silver Dream Racer (1980)

Garage mechanic and racing enthusiast Nick Freeman (David Essex) inherits his dead brother's revolutionary new prototype bike - the actual bike in the film...

Born and Bred

1 9 7 8 (UK) 1 9 8 0 (UK) 12 x 60 min episodes The Tonsleys and the Benges - two large inter-related south London families - reunite...

Clyde McPhatter

Clyde Lensley McPhatter was born on 15 November 1933 in the tobacco town of Durham, North Carolina. He was one of ten children for...

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975)

Ellen Burstyn won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a strong-willed 35-year-old widow trying to forge a new life for herself and...

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Director Richard Brooks also wrote the screenplay for this film version of Tennessee Williams' powerful play about a patriarchal Southern family. The film is somewhat...

Four Just Men , The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (UK) 39 x 30 minute episodes 25 x 25 minute episodes The "Four Just Men" had worked together on...