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Electric Bluebirds

Formed at The Duke pub in Deptford (south London) in 1979, the Electric Bluebirds featured members of The Realists and The Fabulous Poodles and...

Top 10 Pub Rock Bands

Pub rock was a British musical genre which endured from the early 1970s to the early 80s. It’s a genre that is defined less...

Ian Gomm

Ian Robert Gomm was born on 28 March 1947 in Chiswick, West London. Beginning his musical career in the early 60s in a band called...

Roogalator

It was 1975, and the British music scene was in thrall to pub rock, the movement that would ultimately make superstars of Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello...

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...

Dr Feelgood

Although they never strayed from their gritty R&B based sound, Dr Feelgood was a fixture of England's Pub Rock scene since the early 70s. While they were...

Ducks De Luxe

Ducks Deluxe was formed early in 1972 by former roadies Sean Tyla, Martin Belmont, Nick Garvey and Tim Roper. Taking their name from a slot machine...

Count Bishops, The

Vocalist Mike Spenser arrived in London from Brooklyn in February 1975, met Zenon de Fleur (real name Hierowski) and joined a band called Chrome. By mid-1975 the...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers

In Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Pub Rock revealed its hippie roots. Martin Stone, once the guitar lynchpin in much-touted London bands The Action and Mighty Baby, and...

Pub Rock

The full story of Pub Rock can be read in Will Birch's excellent book No Sleep Till Canvey Island (Virgin). In it, the former Kursaal Flyers drummer recounts how...

Kokomo

Like every other self-respecting musical movement in the early 70s, Pub Rock had its own 'supergroup' in the shape of Kokomo. Named after an Aretha Franklin song (First Snow...

Brinsley Schwarz

It's a tad unfair that Brinsley Schwarz became a global laughing stock after their infamous "Fillmore trip" of 1970. The ill-fated jaunt saw them pay...

Bees Make Honey

Irish émigré Barry Richardson was playing bass in one of the part-time jazz combos which regularly appeared at the Tally Ho pub in Kentish...

Be-Bop Deluxe

Formed in Yorkshire in 1972, Be-Bop Deluxe are one of British rock's classic marginal bands. Everyone seems to have heard of them and yet...

Tyla Gang, The

Following the breakup of Ducks Deluxe, Sean Tyla formed The Tyla Gang with guitarist Bruce Irvine, bassist Brian "Kid" Turrington and drummer Mike Desmarais, Turrington...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When...

Bontemps Roulez

Bontemps Roulez were based in the Pub Rock heartland of the Hope & Anchor, where they gigged and recorded between January and May 1975. They...

Eggs Over Easy

Widely regarded as the band that gave birth to the British pub rock scene, this New York threesome - Jack O'Hara, Brien Hopkins and Austin de...

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Eddie & The Hot Rods formed in Rochford near Southend, Essex in 1975, originally as a garage band called Buckshee. The group were aptly described...

Kilburn and The High Roads

Kilburn and The High Roads formed at Canterbury College of Art in 1970 when lecturer Ian Dury let his inner Gene Vincent fan take...

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Hoodoo Gurus

I first saw Le Hoodoo Gurus at some shitty little pub in Surry Hills - an inner-city suburb of Sydney - in 1982. There were...

Jobriath

Signed to Elektra largely as thanks to manager Jerry Brandt for bringing Carly Simon to the label, ex-Hair actor Jobriath Boone (real name Bruce...

Don’t Call Me Charlie

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 3 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes This NBC comedy was set in a United States Army Veterinary post in...

Sugar Hill (1974)

When her club-owner fiancé (Larry Don Johnson) is beaten to death by gangsters, foxy lady Sugar Hill (Marki Bey) decides not to get mad,...

Night Spot

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Blankety Blanks

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 0 (Australia) 500 x 25 minute episodes "Get ready to match the stars, as we play . . ....

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s)

Before Automatic Teller Machines (ATM's) were everywhere you had to withdraw your cash from a large building with human tellers and queues. OK, so...

Kris Kristofferson

By the time Kris Kristofferson recorded his debut album in 1970 he had already been a Rhodes Scholar, a failed British recording artists (under...