ARC were an English art-rock band from London, formed in 1970 by keyboardist Micky Gallagher and guitarist John Turnbull, both formerly of Skip Bifferty/Heavy Jelly. As ARC, they issued the album … at This on Decca in 1971, followed that same year by a collaborative album on Charisma with former Bifferty vocalist Graham Bell. Gallagher […]

Ann Odell

Ann Odell is an English keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger who played on albums by Shawn Phillips, Roger Glover, Murray Head, Jorge Ben, Bryan Ferry, Japan, and Pete Townshend during the 1970s and early 1980s. As a solo artist, she released the album A Little Taste on DJM in 1973. In 1975, she teamed with […]

Animal Nightlife

Animal Nightlife were an English sophisti-pop band from London that released a clutch of singles on Inner Vision circa 1982/83, followed by the album Shangri-la on Island in 1985. Members: Paul Waller (drums), Steve Shawley (bass), Steve “Flid” Brown (guitar), Steve Shanley (bass), Michael “Mac” McDermott (percussion), Declan John Barclay (trumpet), John Crichinson (piano), Billy […]

The Alan Parsons Project

The Alan Parsons Project were an English symphonic/art-pop band led by the production/multi-instrumental team of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. The project began with the album Tales of Mystery and Imagination on 20th Century in 1976, followed by nine albums on Arista between 1977 and 1987. Members: Alan Parsons (vocals, synthesizer, bass, acoustic guitar, flute, […]


Wavemaker were an English electronic duo active during the mid-to-late 1970s. Members: Brian Hodgson, John Lewis Formed by BBC Radiophonic Workshop-vet/White Noise-cofounder Hodgson with Electrophon Studio cohort Lewis, the duo released two albums on Polydor with help from percussionist Jon Keliehor and kettledrummer Anthony McVey. On Where Are We Captain?… (1975), the team explore the […]

The Human League

The Human League are an English synthpop band that was initially active as a recording unit between the late 1970s and mid-1980s. Originating as an electro-futurist combo, the band were among the first to apply classic songcraft to an entirely electronic framework. During the early 1980s, a revamped, enlarged Human League signaled the Second British […]


Westwind were an English folk trio that released one album in 1970. Members: Chris Stowell, Nick Storey, Sarah Dyson The act was signed to indie label Penny Farthing, which issued Love Is… in the UK and New Zealand. The album’s monochrome azure cover reflects the calm, water-side character of the music. Standup bass and light […]

Rainbow Ffolly

Rainbow Ffolly were an English popsike quartet that was briefly active during the late 1960s. The band demoed an embryonic concept LP that they had hoped to rerecord in a lavish studio setting. EMI, however, found the demos fit for release. Members: Johnathon Dunsterville (vocals, guitar), Richard K. Dunsterville (vocals, guitar), Roger Newell (bass), Stewart […]


Quatermass were an English hard rock trio that was briefly active during the early 1970s. The trio comprised the remaining balance of ’60s lightpop sextet Episode Six, which splintered when vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover departed to join Deep Purple. Members: John Gustafson (bass, vocals), Peter Robinson (keyboards), Mick Underwood (drums) Along with […]