Batti Mamzelle

Batti Mamzelle were a London-based funk-psych octet comprised of Trinidadian musicians. The band released one album, I See the Light, on Cube Records in 1974. Vocalist Jimmy Chambers hailed from soul-rockers Dada. Percussionists Ralph Richardson and Russel Valdez played the steel drums on “Did You Ever Love Me” from the 1973 Fleetwood Mac release Penguin. […]

Weekend

Weekend were a London-based art-pop trio that issued the album La Varieté in 1982 on Rough Trade. The band was led by Welsh bassist/vocalist Alison Statton, who earlier fronted the Cardiff combo Young Marble Giants. Guitarist Simon Booth would subsequently form Working Week. Members: Alison Statton (bass, vocals), Simon Booth (guitar), Spike (guitar, viola) Weekend […]

Jenghiz Khan

Jenghiz Khan were a Belgian hard-rock/psych band that released the album Well Cut on Barclay in 1970. Bassist/singer Pierre Rapsat concurrently cut an album with Laurelie and issued a slew of singles with the Tenderfoot Kids. Members: Tim Brean (organ, piano, harpsichord, vocals), Big Frisma [Friswa] (guitar, vocals), Christian “Chris Tick” Servranckx (drums, percussion, vocals), […]

Totty

Totty was an American hard-rock/boogie band from Tulsa that released two albums on self-press Our First Record Company between 1977 and 1981. The band centered on the musical partnership of brothers Dennis and Bryon Totty. Members: Dennis Totty (guitar, vocals, piano, synthesizer), Byron Totty (bass, vocals, synthesizer), George Cooper (drums), David Blue (drums), Roger Roden […]

Ruefrex

Ruefrex were an Irish New Wave/post-punk band from Belfast, formed in 1977 and active for 10 years. The band released three small-press singles between 1979 and 1983, followed by the 1985 album Flowers for All Occasions on Kasper/MCA. Members: Paul Burgess (drums, 1977-87), Tom Coulter (bass, 1977-86), Ivan Kelly (vocals, 1977-78), Jackie Forgie (guitar, 1977-82, […]

2nd Vision

2nd Vision were an English jazz-rock band that released the album First Steps on Chrysalis in 1980. The band was a supergroup comprised of members from an array of acts (Soft Machine, Gryphon, Darryl Way’s Wolf). Members: Ric Sanders (electric violin), Dave Bristow (keyboards), John Etheridge (guitar), Mickey Barker (drums, percussion, 1977-80), Jonathan Davie (bass, […]

Carson

Carson were an Australian blues-rock band from Melbourne that released two singles on the specialty labels Rebel and Havoc circa 1970/71, followed by two albums on Harvest in 1972 and 1973. Members: Broderick Smith (vocals, harmonica, 1971-73), Greg Lawrie (slide guitar, dobro), Tony Lunt (drums), … (piano, vocals, 1970), Tony Enery (piano, 1970), Paul Lever […]

Pharaohs

The Pharaohs were an American jazz-funk band from Chicago that released the album Awakening on self-press Scarab Records in 1971. They were a conglomeration of local ’60s acts The Jazzmen and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Future Earth Wind and Fire mastermind Maurice White was an early member. Members: Charles Handy (trumpet), Louis Satterfield (trombone), Don […]

Trader Horne

Trader Horne was an English/Irish folk-psych duo that released a standalone single and the album Morning Way, both on Pye-subsidiary Dawn in 1970. The duo comprised ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble and former Them/Belfast Gypsies multi-instrumentalist Jackie McAuley, who issued a self-titled solo album the following year. Members: Judy Dyble (vocals, electric autoharp, piano), Jackie […]

Osage Tribe

Osage Tribe were an Italian symphonic/hard-rock band from Genova, Liguria, that released the album Arrow Head on the Bla Bla label in 1972. Guitarist Marco Zoccheddu and bassist Bob Callero subsequently played in Duello Madre. Members: Nunzio “Cucciolo” Favia (drums), Bob Callero (bass, vocals, 1971-72), Marco Zoccheddu (guitar, keyboards, vocals, 1971-72), Franco Battiato (vocals, 1971), […]

Manchild

Manchild was an American soul-funk band from Indianapolis that released two albums on Chi Sound Records in 1977 and 1978. They morphed into Redd Hott for a further album on Venture Records in 1982. Guitarist/singer Kenneth Edmonds later achieved fame as Babyface. Members: Reggie Griffin (soprano/tenor saxophone, Clavinet, electric/acoustic guitar, harmonica, backing vocals, handclaps), Anthony […]

Bandolero

Bandolero were a Puerto Rican psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on small-press Truth in 1970. Members: Félix “Gadget” (drums, percussion), Ismaelito (keyboards), George Matos (bass), Junior “El Loco” (guitar), José Nogueras (vocals) Bandolero issued their singular album in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on one-press Truth Records in 1970. It features 11 originals […]

Birtha

Birtha were an American soul-rock band from Los Angeles that released two albums on Dunhill during 1972 and 1973. Frontwoman/bassist Rosemary Butler became an in-demand session vocalist during the 1980s. Members: Rosemary Butler (vocals, bass), Shele Pinizzotto (vocals, guitar), Sherry Hagler (keyboards), Olivia “Liver” Favela (vocals, drums, 1968-75) Birtha was formed in 1968 by singer/bassist […]

Passion Puppets

Passion Puppets were an English New Wave band from Camden that released the album Beyond the Pale on Stiff in 1984. Members: Ray Burmiston (lead vocals), Miki Screene (bass, vocals), Andy P (guitar, vocals), David Rollins (guitar, vocals), Simon Langford Godfrey (drums, percussion) Passion Puppets formed in 1983 and promptly issued two Stiff singles: the […]

Ekatarina Velika

Ekatarina Velika were a Yugoslav New Wave band from Beograd in modern-day Serbia. Between 1985 and 1989, the band released four albums and a live recording on ZKP RTVLJ and RTB. The band evolved from Katarina II, which sprung from the ashes of Šarlo Akrobata. Members: Milan Mladenović (vocals, guitar), Margita Stefanović [Magi] (keyboards), Bojan […]

Raices

Raices was a Puerto Rican Latin-jazz/rock band that released a self-titled album on Nemperor in 1975. The band were a local supergroup comprising ex-members of Kaleidoscope, Space, and Cortijo & His Time Machine. Members: Juan Melendez (flute, soprano saxophone, clarinet), Amaury Lopez (fender rhodes, grand piano, clavinet, moog, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocal), Carlos ‘Kiko’ Melendez […]

Rare Gems

Rare Gems were an American soul-funk band from Los Angeles that released an album as Rare Gems Odyssey on Casablanca in 1977, followed by a second under the truncated name on California Gold in 1978. They formed in 1969 and originally performed as Black Rare Gems. Members: Debra Givings (vocals), Charles E. Givings (drums, vocals), […]

7th Wonder

The 7th Wonder were an American soul-funk band from Tuskegee, Ala., that released two albums on Parachute Records in 1978/79, followed by a third on Chocolate City in 1980. Members: Jerome “Thump” Thornton (bass), Johnnie Hammond (drums, percussion), Marvin Patton (guitar, vocals), Iulus Chislom (keyboards), Allen Williams (percussion, vocals), Wilbert Cox (vocals), Deborah Mathews (vocals) […]

Waterloo

Waterloo was a Belgian pop-psych band that released the album First Battle with accompanying singles on Vogue in 1970, followed by two non-album singles in 1971. The band’s final lineup formed the nucleus of Pazop. Members: Dirk Bogaert (lead vocals, flute), Gus Roan (guitar), Marc Malyster (organ, 1969-70), Jacky Mauer (drums), Jean-Paul Janssens (bass, 1969-70), […]

Orange Juice

Orange Juice were a Scottish New Wave/sophisti-pop band from Glasgow that released a string of shortplayers on Postcard Records circa 1980/81, followed by three albums and an EP on Polydor between 1982 and 1984. The band was led by guitarist/songwriter Edwyn Collins, who later found fame as a solo artist. Members: Edwyn Collins (guitar, vocals), […]