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In 1977, merely suggesting that the Queen was a moron (or a potential H Bomb) would get you banned from the charts. These days The...

GBH

In 1980, four Brummie drinking buddies got together and formed a band inspired by the mid-70's punk acts. Initially called Charged GBH, somehow this rowdy mob...

Anti-Nowhere League

In good punk tradition, the Anti-Nowhere League formed in Kent, England, in 1980 out of sheer boredom. The band members were old friends, congenital...

Angelic Upstarts

The Angelic Upstarts were formed in South Shields (Tyneside) in 1978 after the initial punk explosion had hit London. Their first single The Murder of...

Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, The (1980)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's self-aggrandizing rewrite of recent history. His beloved Sex Pistols figured only as puppets, with McLaren tugging...

X-Ray Spex

One of the great English punk bands of the late '70s, X-Ray Spex was formed in 1976 by school friends Poly Styrene (or Marian Elliott as...

Adverts, The

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, The Adverts were a bright but short-lived light of the punk era, and their bass player Gaye Advert (pictured...

999

999 formed in London in May 1977. Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash (a onetime student at the Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Ian...

Exploited, The

You would be excused for thinking that a band who sing about kicking a Mod in the head to the tune of Jingle Bells, fronted...

Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was born on 22 January 1946 in North London. His father left when he was two and he and his brother Stuart...

Roxy, The

Just three months after the September 1976 punk festival, the Roxy opened in a former gay club at 41-43 Neal Street in the West...

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...

Adicts, The

The Adicts were a British punk quartet founded in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the late '70s by lead singer Monkey (Keith Warren), guitarist Pete Davison,...

Sex Pistols, The

God bless The Sex Pistols. During their chaotic two-year existence, they introduced real musical anarchy to the world, yoking their working-class anger and disgust...

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Wayne Robins, Newsday, 25 January 1976 IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff...

4 Skins, The

The undisputed heroes of the early 80s skinhead scene, The 4 Skins were one of the mainstays of the second-wave of British punk commonly known as Oi! They endured...

Abrasive Wheels

Despite initially forming in 1976 with a line up centred around vocalist Phil "Shonna" Rzonca and guitarist Dave Ryan, the Abrasive Wheels (the name...

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1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (USA) Shindig! premiered on 16 September 1964 and made Wednesday nights something special for every American teenager. The show...

Jo Stafford Show, The

1 9 6 1 (UK) 9 x episodes Jo Stafford was an American singer of traditional pop music and jazz standards whose career ran from the late...

Black Christmas (1974)

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Strange Behaviour (1981)

Released in some markets as Dead Kids, this offbeat slasher/mystery flick is set in the fictional small town of Galesburg, Illinois (although it was filmed...

Harbourmaster

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Off the New England coast lay Scott Island, an idyllic little place far removed from the...

Choirboys, The

The Choirboys formed in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney in 1979. The original members of the band were Mark Gable on vocals, Ian...

Charlie Rich

After being discharged from the air force in the mid-fifties, Charlie Rich’s wife, Margaret Ann took some of his tapes to Sam Phillips' legendary...