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Turnaround

This Sydney power pop band were a pop group with a fresh and squeaky-clean image. With an added touch of respectability, the necktie. 23-year-old drummer...

dB’s, The

This talented quartet from North Carolina moved to Manhattan and began gigging around the city to almost universal praise. Unfortunately, they were unable to...

Stems, The

The Stems were one of the finest 1960s-inspired garage bands Australia produced in the '80s, during a time when paisley-clad, mop-topped psychedelic revival bands...

Starjets

Originally formed in Belfast in 1976, The Starjets played a mixture of their own songs and cover versions such as The Archies' Sugar Sugar and The Beatles' Please...

Squire

Though they never received the recognition they deserved, Squire was one of the earliest and finest mod revival bands of the late 70's. Squire were able to...

Spongetones, The

One of the most underrated power pop bands of the 1980s, The Spongetones - from Charlotte, North Carolina - released several albums of effortlessly melodic, catchy...

Sinceros, The

Starting out as a trio called The Strutters, singer/songwriter Mark Kjeldsen along with rhythm section Bobby Irwin and Ron François re-branded themselves as The...

Shoes

Shoes (from Zion, Illinois) recorded and pressed their first album, One In Versailles (Un Dans Versaille), in 1974. The title referred to the fact that guitarist...

Rubinoos, The

"What we have here is a vital serving of classic pop songs . . . few other records this year have felt so good"...

Romantics, The

As one of the first generation of American bands to emerge from the revival of local music scenes brought about by New Wave, The...

Rembrandts, The

Danny Wilde had been pursuing a solo career for five years and Phil Solem had been trying to get his own band off the...

Pezband

Despite forming in 1971, Chicago-based Pezband were crowned 'Most Promising New Act of the Year' in 1978, primarily because of the resurging interest in power...

Nerves, The

Singer/songwriter Jack Lee formed The Nerves with fellow San Francisco street musicians Peter Case and Paul Collins. He had moved to LA but the...

Loaded Dice

Loaded Dice were a hard-working power pop band that were touted as being the next big thing from Western Australia. Formed in 1974, they started out...

Jags, The

The Jags are a fondly remembered part of the late-70s/early 80s UK power pop explosion. The quartet was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of...

Raspberries, The

The Raspberries, a Cleveland-based band, summed up everything classic power pop was about (before the term was even being used); simplicity, Beach Boys-esque harmonies, and delightfully skilled melodies...

Knack, The

The Knack exemplified American New Wave - a short haired, 60s-influenced band playing straight-ahead pop-rock while sporting skinny ties and modish suits. Charting worldwide in 1979 with...

Innocents, The

When Tasmanian group Beathoven, relocated to Melbourne in 1977 they were "discovered" by American rock svengali Kim Fowley, who was so impressed with the...

Bram Tchaikovsky

Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall) began playing in local pub bands in Lincolnshire in the late 60s. He joined The Motors in 1977 and was relegated to...

Affections, The

The story of Australian power pop band The Affections began in Sydney in the mid 70's when school friends Rob Smith, Rob Risio and George Ellis...

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Aladdin (1992)

When street urchin Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger) releases a genie (voiced by Robin Williams) from a magic oil lamp, he uses its powers...

Russ Abbot’s (Saturday) Madhouse

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) 39 x 30 minute episodes 3 x 60 minute episodes Born Russell Roberts in Chester in September...

Jeff Buckley

In an era when the soundtrack to angst was defined by grungey guitars and plaid shirts, Jeff Buckley's delicate melodies and aesthetic sensibilities set...

Wasteland

The gameplay of Warlords (from Interplay) revealed the strong Dungeons & Dragons role-playing influence on the generation of game programmers throughout the early 1980s. These...

Big Brother & The Holding Company

The one-time house band at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom, Big Brother & The Holding Company was an early Bay Area sensation, but their raw,...

Top Gun (1986)

If you survive the noise, the moronic script, the ego-trip smirking of the actors, and the nauseating sound track, you might just live long...

Barnaby Rudge

1 9 6 0 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Barnaby Rudge was the first of Charles Dickens’ two historical novels (the other being The Tale of...

Kim Wilde

In the late 70's, veteran rocker Marty Wilde had the idea of co-writing songs with his failed pop star son, Ricky, for his not-unattractive daughter Kim. Kim...