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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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Adam, Mike & Tim

Adam Sachs, Mike Sedgwick and Tim Saunders were encouraged by a friend to send a demo to Decca records who liked what they heard...

Zaxxon

1982 gamers had never seen anything like Sega/Gremlin’s Zaxxon. Players had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon did it in...

Whoops Baghdad!

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Following the successful formula of Up Pompeii, Frankie Howerd returned with Whoops Baghdad, transplanting the action from ancient Rome...

Diagnosis: Unknown

1 9 6 0 (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes Head pathologist Dr Daniel Coffee (Patrick O’Neal) works at a large metropolitan hospital in New York City. Believing that...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 6 (USA/Japan) 145+ x 30 minute episodes This major kiddie fad of the early 90s was created by Israeli-born...

New Vaudeville Band, The

The 1966 UK #1 single Winchester Cathedral was actually recorded by a group of studio musicians assembled by writer, producer and lead singer Geoff Stephens. When...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Highlander: The Series

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 9 (USA) 119 x 60 minute episodes "I was born 400 years ago in the Highlands of Scotland. I...