Altered Images

Altered Images were a Scottish New Wave pop band that was active during the early 1980s. The band debuted in 1981 with the Epic single “Dead Pop Stars,” followed later that year by the album Happy Birthday. Both releases were produced by Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steve Severin.

A second Altered Images album, Pinky Blue, appeared in 1982 with production work by Martin Rushent. Around this time, video clips for the band’s two highest-charting U.K. singles, “Happy Birthday” and “I Could Be Happy,” were placed in medium rotation on a then-fledgling MTV. After the third album, Bite, the band broke up in 1983, allowing vocalist Clare Grogan to focus more on her acting career.

Members: Clare Grogan (vocals), Johnny McElhone (guitar, bass), Tony McDaid (bass, guitar), Tich Anderson (drums, 1979-82), Caesar (guitar, 1979-81), Jim McKinven (guitar, 1981-82), Stephen Lironi (guitar, drums, 1982-83)


  • Happy Birthday (1981)
  • Pinky Blue (1982)
  • Bite (1983)

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