Aswad

Aswad were an English roots-reggae band that released seven albums on Island and CBS between 1976 and 1984.  Members: George Oban (bass, 1975-79), Courtney Hemmings (keyboards, 1975-88), Brinsley Forde [aka Chaka B] (vocals, guitar, 1975-99), Drummie Zeb [Angus Gaye] (drums), Tony Gad (vocals, bass, keyboards, 1979-present) Discography: Aswad (1976) Hulet (1979) New Chapter (1981) A […]

Aslan

Aslan were an English folk band from Leicestershire that released two albums on Christian small-press Profile in 1976 and 1977. Members: Linda Benyon (autoharp, guitar, recorder, glockenspiel, tambourine, vocals), Pam Burgess (guitar, lead vocals), Peter Holyoake (guitar, tambourine, vocals), Alan Burgess (recitation), John Benyon, Viv Holyoake Discography: Paws for Thought (1976) Second Helpings (1977)

Asia

Asia were an English symphonic/hard-rock supergroup that released three albums on Geffen between 1982 and 1985, followed by another round of discs on Intercord/Bullet Proof during the 1990s. Members: Geoffrey Downes (keyboards, vocals), Carl Palmer (drums, percussion, 1981-92, 2006-present), John Wetton (vocals, bass, 1981-83, 1984-91, 2006-17), Steve Howe (guitar, vocals, 1981-83, 1992, 2006-2013), Greg Lake […]

Art Objects

The Art Objects were an English New Wave/art-punk band from Bristol that released a standalone single on small-press Fried Egg in 1980, followed by the album Bagpipe Music on Heartbeat in 1981. Members: Gerard Langley (vocals), Jonathan J Key (guitar), William Stair (bass), John Langley (drums), Robin Key (guitar), Wojtek Dmochowski (dancer) Discography: “Hard Objects” […]

Armageddon

Armageddon was an English hard-rock band that released a 1975 self-titled album on A&M. The band featured ex-Yardbirds and Renaissance frontman Keith Relf with former members of Steamhammer and Captain Beyond. Members: Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica), Martin Pugh (guitar), Bobby Caldwell (drums), Louis Cennamo (bass) Armageddon formed in late 1974 when Keith Relf teamed with […]

Armada

Armada were an English art-rock band that was active through several iterations between 1970 and 1974, at one point including ex-Velvet Opera/future-Stretch frontman Elmer Gantry. Though no album was released in the band’s lifetime, they issued a standalone single as Rimington in 1973 and another as Rats in 1974. A collection of the band’s recordings […]

Arcadia

Arcadia were an English art-pop trio that released the album So Red the Rose on Capitol in 1985. The project comprised three-fifths of Duran Duran and was initiated during a brief pause in activity by the parent band. Members: Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards), Roger Taylor (drums) Discography: So Red the Rose (1985)

Mike Absalom

Mike Absalom is an English singer/songwriter and guitarist who released an album on Sportsdisc in 1965, followed by a second on Saydisc in 1969. In 1971, he released a self-titled album on the Vertigo “swirl” label with an uncharacteristic cover by Yes/Osibisa/Uriah Heep illustrator Roger Dean. Absalom’s fourth album, Hector and Other Pecadillos, appeared on […]

Andy Fraser

Andy Fraser (July 3, 1952 — March 16, 2015) was an English bassist and songwriter who rose to prominence as one-fourth of hard-rockers Free, releasing five studio albums with the band between 1969 and 1972. Immediately thereafter, he appeared on the first of two albums by hard-rockers Sharks. In 1975, Fraser released two albums on […]

Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny — aka Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny (Jan. 6, 1947 — April 21, 1978) — was an English singer–songwriter who first recorded in 1967 for Saga Records, appearing on split-albums with folkies Alex Campbell and Johnny Silvo. In 1968, she passed through a formative lineup of the Strawbs before joining Fairport Convention, which she […]

Roger Chapman

Roger Chapman (born April 8, 1942) is an English vocalist and songwriter from Leicester who rose to prominence as the frontman of the hard-rock/soul band Family, which released seven albums between 1968 and 1973. In 1974, Chapman and Family-guitarist Charles Whitney issued the collaborative effort Streetwalkers, which spawned the pair’s subsequent namesake band that released […]

Colin Newman

Colin Newman (born Sept. 16, 1954) is an English musician, vocalist, and songwriter from Salisbury, Wiltshire, best known as the frontman of post-punks Wire through three periods of activity. He made three 1977–79 studio albums with Wire and launched his solo career with the 1980 Beggars Banquet release A-Z, followed by the 1981–82 4AD albums […]

The Normal

The Normal was the imaginary band moniker of English producer Daniel Miller (born Feb. 14, 1951), who used the name on the seminal, self-recorded electro-punk single “T.V.O.D.” / “Warm Leatherette,” issued in November 1978 on self-press Mute Records. He subsequently used the band moniker Silicon Teens for the self-recorded electro-covers album Music for Parties in […]

2.3

2.3 were an English post-punk trio from Sheffield that released the single “All Time Low” / “Where to Now?” on small-press Fast Product in 1978. The band initially called itself 2.3 Children, based on the average number of children beared per U.S. household. Both their songs were included with early sides by labelmates The Human […]

Paul Brett’s Sage

Paul Brett’s Sage were an English folk-rock band that released a self-titled album on Pye in 1970, followed by two further albums on Dawn in 1971 and 1972. The band was fronted by guitarist/songwriter Paul Brett, who subsequently recorded as a solo artist. Members: Paul Brett (vocals, guitar), Dick Dufall (bass), Bob Voice (drums), Nicky […]

Patrick D. Martin

Patrick D. Martin is an English coldwave/proto-zolo musician who released three singles on Deram and Illegal circa 1979/80. The sides were compiled on a self-titled EP, released on I.R.S. in 1981. Discography: “I Like ‘Lectric Motors” / “Time” (1979) “Computer Datin’” / “Police Paranoia” (1980) “Lucy ‘Lectric” / “Mutant” (1980) Patrick D. Martin (EP, 1981)

Paice Ashton Lord

Paice Ashton Lord was an English hard-rock band that released the album Malice in Wonderland on Oyster/Polydor in 1977. They centered on the super-trinity of vocalist Tony Ashton, organist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice, the latter two of once-and-future Deep Purple fame. The project evolved from the 1974 album First of the Big Bands, […]

Pablo Gad

Pablo Gad is an English reggae musician who released a pair of singles on Caribbean in 1977, followed by five singles on the Rockers/Vibrations imprints of Burning Sounds Recordings Ltd. between 1978 and 1980. As an album artist, he released Trafalgar Square on Celluloid in 1979, followed by Hard Times on FORM in 1980. Discography: […]

Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth (Aug. 6, 1946 — April 16, 2017) was an English guitarist from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who emerged in the jazz-psych band ‘Igginbottom in the late 1960s. During the 1970s, his profile rose with stints in Nucleus, Tempest, Gong, Soft Machine, UK, and Bruford. As a solo artist, he released the album Velvet Darkness […]

Airrace

Airrace were an English hard-rock band from London that released the album Shaft of Light on Atlantic in 1984. Members: Laurie Mansworth (guitar), Jim Reid (bass, 1982-84, 2009-present), Phil Lewis (vocals, 1982-83), Simon Tomkins (drums, 1982-83, 1986), Keith Murrell (vocals, 1983-84, 2009-present), Toby Sadler (keyboards, 1983-84, 2009), Jason Bonham (drums, 1983-84, 2009), Ian Parry (vocals, […]

Ace

Ace were an English soul-rock band from Sheffield that released three albums on Anchor between 1974 and 1977. Guitarist/vocalist Alan King hailed from ’60s modsters The Action and their psychedelic rebirth Mighty Baby. Keyboardist/vocalist Paul Carrack recorded three 1970–72 albums with brass-rockers Warm Dust and subsequently scored high-profile stints with Squeeze and Mike and the […]

A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio was an English art-funk/New Wave band from Manchester that released a slew of shortplayers on Factory Records circa 1979/80, followed by four albums on the label between 1981 and 1986. Members: Jez Kerr (bass, vocals), Simon Topping (vocals, trumpet, percussion, 1978-83), Martin Moscrop (guitar, trumpet), Peter Terrell (guitar, electronics, 1978-82), Donald Johnson […]

999

999 were an English punk-rock/New Wave band from London that released two albums on United Artists in 1978, followed by a pair of titles on Polydor in the early 1980s. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Cash (real name: Keith Lucas) played alongside Ian Dury in the early 1970s retro-R&B act Kilburn and the High Roads. Members: Nick Cash […]

5 Hand Reel

5 Hand Reel were an English/Scottish folk-rock band that released three albums on RCA Victor between 1976 and 1978, followed by a fourth on Topic Records in 1979. Members: Bobby Eaglesham (vocals, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, side drum), Tom Hickland (vocals, fiddle, keyboards, organ), Barry Lyons (bass, keyboards, whistle), Dave Tulloch (percussion, side drum, harmonica), Chuck […]

The Smiths

The Smiths were an English pop-rock band from Manchester that released four albums and two compilations of non-album material on Rough Trade between 1984 and 1987. Members: Morrissey (vocals, piano), Johnny Marr (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, bass, harmonica, 1982-87), Steven Pomfret (rhythm guitar, 1982), Dale Hibbert (bass, 1982), Mike Joyce (drums, backing vocals, 1982-87), Andy Rourke […]

Shoot

Shoot was an English folk-rock band that released the 1973 EMI album On the Frontier. Ex-Yardbirds and Renaissance drummer Jim McCarty fronted the project on keyboards, backed with guitarist–singer Dave Green (Raw Material) and drummer Craig Collinge (Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Third World War). McCarty later reformed the original Renaissance lineup under the name Illusion. […]

1919

1919 were an English goth-rock band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, that released five shortplayers on Red Rhino and Abstract between 1982 and 1984. All of the band’s recordings from this period were later issued on the 2001 Anagram disc The Complete Collection. Members: Mark Tighe (guitar, 1979-2017), Ian Tilleard (lead vocals, 1979-84), Nick Hiles (bass, […]

13th Chime

The 13th Chime were an English goth-rock band from Haverhill, Suffolk, that released three small-press singles between 1981 and 1983. Around 1984, tracks were laid for an intended album that was ultimately released by archivists Sacred Bones in 2009. Members: Mick Hand (vocals), Gary O’Connor (guitar), Terry Taylor (bass), Ricky Cook (drums) Discography: “Cuts of […]

Silverhead

Silverhead was an English hard-rock band that released the 1972–73 albums Silverhead and 16 and Savaged on Deep Purple‘s namesake label Purple Records. A document of their November 1973 show at London’s Rainbow Theatre appeared on EMI Japan. Singer Michael Des Barres, known prior as an actor (To Sir, with Love), reappeared in the transatlantic […]

The Motors

The Motors were an English pop-rock band from London that released three albums on Virgin between 1977 and 1980. The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Nick Garvey and keyboardist/bassist Andy McMaster after the breakup of their prior outfit Ducks Deluxe. Garvey also appeared on the 1976 one-off single by Snakes, where he played alongside future-Wire […]

All About Eve

All About Eve were an English art-pop band that released four singles on self-press Eden between 1985 and 1987, followed by a self-titled album in 1988 and the sophomoric Scarlet and Other Stories in 1989, both on Mercury. Members: Julianne Regan (vocals), Tim Bricheno (guitar), Andy Cousin (bass), Mark Price (drums), Marty Willson-Piper (guitar), Toni […]

Rough Diamond

Rough Diamond was an English hard-rock band that released a self-titled album in 1977 on Island Records. Singer David Byron formed the band after his dismissal from Uriah Heep. They included guitarist Clem Clempson (Colosseum, Humble Pie) and drummer Geoff Britton (East of Eden, Wings). After Bryon left for a solo career, the others carried […]

Satisfaction

Satisfaction were an English jazz-rock/psych band from London that released a self-titled album and two singles on Decca in 1971. The band recorded a second album, Three Ages of Man, that was ultimately released in 2014 by archivists Acid Jazz. Members: Mike Cotton (trumpet, flugelhorn), John Beecham (trombone), Derek Griffiths (guitar, vocals), Bernie Higginson [aka […]

Pierre Moerlen’s Gong

Pierre Moerlen’s Gong was a French jazz-rock band that functioned as a continuation of Gong following the departure of Daevid Allen, with percussionist Moerlen assuming the reigns. This iteration of the band released six albums between 1975 and 1981, the last three of which bear the affixed nameplate.  Members: Pierre Moerlen (drums), Benoit Moerlen (percussion, […]

The Wurzels

The Wurzels were an English comedy-folk band from Nailsea, Somerset, originally formed in 1966 as a four-piece with vocalist Adge Cutler. In this configuration, the band released four albums on Columbia between 1967 and 1969, plus a fifth on Starline in 1972. Trimmed to a trio, the band released six proper albums between 1975 and […]

The Work

The Work were an English avant/art-punk band that issued the single “I Hate America” on self-press Woof Records in 1981, followed by the album Slow Crimes in 1982. A later round of activity yielded the discs Rubber Cage (1989) and See (1992), both again on Woof. Multi-instrumentalist Tim Hodgkinson hailed from 1970s avant/chamber-rockers Henry Cow. […]

Vision

Vision were an English synthpop band from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, formed in 1981 as Spiral Visions. In 1982, the band self-released the EP Danse Macabre and the cassette-album Insight, followed by the Italian chart single “Lucifer’s Friend.” A further round of singles appeared on MVM/PRT during the ensuing five-year period. Members: Andy Beaumont (keyboards), Russell […]

The Spiders From Mars

The Spiders From Mars were an English hard-rock band formed in 1971 as the backing band for David Bowie. Guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick “Woody” Woodmansey backed the singer on the 1969–70 albums Man of Words, Man of Music and The Man Who Sold the World. With the addition of bassist Trevor Bolder, they […]

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound were an English R&B–beat group from Portsmouth that released nine 1966–69 singles and the 1967 album Without Reservations on Parlophone. They scored a UK Top 10 hit with their third single, the psych-tinged “Kites” with guest vocals by actress Jacqui Chan. In 1968, they disguised themselves as The Moles […]

Strapps

Strapps were an English hard-rock band that released three albums on Harvest between 1976 and 1978, followed by a fourth on Eastworld in 1979. The band featured veteran drummer Mick Underwood (Episode Six, Quatermass, Sammy), who subsequently joined Gillan. Members: Ross Stagg (guitar, vocals), Joe Read (bass, vocals), Mick Underwood (drums), Noel Scott (keyboards, 1974-?), […]

Swell Maps

The Swell Maps were an English art-punk band from Solihull that issued a three-song single on self-press Rather in 1978, followed by two albums and four shortplayers on Rough Trade during 1979 and 1980. Members: Nikki Sudden (vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone, percussion, harmonica, handclaps, balloon), Epic Soundtracks (piano, drums, organ, bass, bass synth, […]

The Vapors

The Vapors were an English rock band that released the 1980–81 albums New Clear Days and Magnets on United Artists–Liberty. They foreshadowed the Second British Invasion with their transatlantic hit “Turning Japanese.”  Members: David Fenton (vocals, guitar), Edward Bazalgette (lead guitar), Howard Smith (drums), Steve Smith (bass) The Vapors assembled in Guildford, Surrey, in 1978 […]

Sector 27

Sector 27 were an English New Wave/art-punk band that released a self-titled album with accompanying singles on Fontana in 1980, followed by three further singles in 1981. The band was formed by singer/songwriter Tom Robinson after the breakup of his namesake politi-rock band. He subsequently launched a solo career, releasing eight albums over the ensuing […]

Thunderclap Newman

Thunderclap Newman was an English psychedelic pop-rock band that scored a 1969 UK No. 1 hit with “Something In the Air.” Pete Townshend produced the single and their acclaimed 1970 album Hollywood Dream for Track Record, the label run by Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Members: Speedy Keen (vocals, guitar, drums), Andy Newman […]

The Ruts

The Ruts were an English punk-rock/reggae band from Hayes, Greater London, that released the album The Crack with accompanying singles on Virgin in 1979. A name-change to Ruts DC preceded the 1981/82 albums Animal Now and Rhythm Collision – Vol.1, the second released on self-press Bohemian Records. Members: David Ruffy (drums), John Jennings (bass, vocals), […]

Reluctant Stereotypes

The Reluctant Stereotypes were an English New Wave/ska band from Coventry that issued a three-song EP on A&M-subsidiary Oval Music in 1979, followed by the album The Label with three accompanying singles/b-sides on WEA in 1980. Vocalist Paul King, who joined just prior to the WEA releases, later recorded two albums with his own surname-sake […]

UPP

UPP was an English jazz-funk band that released two albums on Epic during 1975 and 1976, the first produced by Jeff Beck. Drummer Jimmy Copley hailed from rustic-rockers Spreadeagle; he later did session work for Ann Lewis, The Quick, Go West, and Killing Joke. Keyboardist Andy Clark recorded three 1969–71 albums as part of the […]

Chris Farlowe

Chris Farlowe is an English rock singer who surfaced in the R&B–beat boom with five 1962–65 singles on Decca and Columbia–EMI, which issued his 1966 debut album with backing band The Thunderbirds. He cut eleven singles through 1968 on Immediate Records and scored a UK No. 1 with the Rolling Stones song “Out of Time.” […]

The Troggs

The Troggs were an English rock band, best known for the 1966 British Invasion hit “Wild Thing” from their debut album From Nowhere. On Page One, they made the 1967–68 albums Trogglodynamite, Cellophane, and Mixed Bag. Outside the US, they scored further hits with “I Can’t Control Myself,” “Any Way That You Want Me,” “Love […]