Hugh Hopper

Hugh Hopper (April 29, 1945 — June 7, 2009) was an English bassist from Whitstable, Kent, that gained global renown with jazz-rockers Soft Machine, premiering his signature fuzz-bass sound on 1969’s Volume Two and appearing on the band’s subsequent four albums. In 1973, he released the experimental solo album 1984 on CBS and also appeared […]


The Strawbs were an English folk-rock band from Strawberry Hill, London, that released eight studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1969 and 1975, followed by a pair of albums on Oyster/Polydor in 1976/77 and a final release on Arista in 1978. The band was founded in 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Cousins and […]

Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood (born May 12, 1948) is an English vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter from Birmingham who emerged as the voice of the Spencer Davis Group, which he joined in 1963 at age 15. After four years, three proper albums, and assorted singles with the band — including the soul-rock evergreens “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m […]

Skip Bifferty

Skip Bifferty was an English pop-psych band from Newcastle that released three singles on RCA, culminating with a popular 1968 self-titled album. They moonlighted as Heavy Jelly for the 1969 Island single “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song,” a record-breaker for longest a-side. Select members also recorded with Every Which Way, ARC, and Glencoe. […]


Wah! was the revolving band-moniker of Liverpudlian guitarist/vocalist Pete Wylie. The name first appeared as Wah! Heat on a pair of singles issued by small-press Inevitable Music in 1980. In 1981, the band dropped “Heat” from its name and issued a standalone single and the album Nah=Poo – The Art of Bluff on WEA-subsidiary Eternal, […]

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 […]


Graduate was an English mod-ska band from Bath, Somerset, that released the album Acting My Age on Pye-subsidiary Precision in 1980. Guitarist Roland Orzabal and bassist Curt Smith cut two singles in Naked Eyes precursor Neon, then formed Tears for Fears. Members: Roland Orzabal (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Curt Smith (bass, synthesizers, vocals), John Baker (guitar, […]

The Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five were an English beat group from Tottenham, named after drummer/businessman Dave Clark and fronted by keyboardist/singer Mike Smith. As part of the 1964–1966 British Invasion, they scored 13 Billboard Top 20 hits, including “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” “Can’t You See That She’s Mine,” “Because,” “Over and Over,” and “Catch […]


Centipede was an English avant-garde jazz big-band led by pianist Keith Tippett for the 1971 RCA/Neon double-album Septober Energy, comprised of a title-sake improvisation split across four sides. It was produced by Robert Fripp shortly after Tippet’s involvement with the 1970 King Crimson albums In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard. The 50+ ensemble featured […]


Slade was an English hard-rock/pop band from Wolverhampton that scored 16 hits on the UK Top 10 between 1971 and 1984. Evolving from beatsters The N’ Betweens, they signed with Fontana in 1969 and released one album as Ambrose Slade. In 1970, they met ex-Animal (and Hendrix manager) Chas Chandler, who refashioned them as skinheads […]

Slapp Happy

Slapp Happy was a multi-national art-pop trio, formed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1972 by American singer/songwriter Peter Blegvad, English avant-garde musician Anthony Moore, and German cabaret singer Dagmar Krause. They debuted with a UK/German release on Polydor, followed in 1974 by Casablanca Moon on Virgin. In 1975, Virgin paired them with avant-rockers Henry Cow for […]

Slaughter and the Dogs

Slaughter and the Dogs were an English rock band from Wythenshawe, formed in 1975 at the forefront of punk. On July 20, 1976, they played a watershed triple-bill with the Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall, heralding the city’s musical renaissance. During 1977, Slaughter and the Dogs placed two […]


Sweet was an English hard-rock/pop band from Harefield, Greater London, that released four studio albums and 18 singles on RCA between 1971 and 1976. Under the guidance of songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, they placed eight singles on the UK Top 10, including “Little Willy,” “Block Buster!,” “Hell Raiser,” “The Ballroom Blitz,” and “Teenage […]

The Spencer Davis Group

The Spencer Davis Group was an English R&B/beat band from Birmingham, fronted by teenage singer–keyboardist Steve Winwood. Signed to Fontana, they released three albums during 1965–66 comprised mostly of blues and soul covers. Though the band was democratic, they made guitarist/singer Spencer Davis their namesake because he was the only member willing to field journalists. […]


Wavemaker was an English electronic duo that released the 1975–77 Polydor albums Where Are We Captain?… and New Atlantis. Members: Brian Hodgson, John Lewis Background 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. Where […]

The Human League

The Human League are an English synthpop band best known for the 1981 global No. 1 hit “Don’t You Want Me.” They emerged on the Sheffield post-punk scene with the 1978 DIY release “Being Boiled” / “Circus of Death,” a pioneering electro-pop single. The original lineup of singer Philip Oakey, slide-projectionist Adrian Wright, and keyboardists […]

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 was an English hard-rock trio that released a self-titled album on Harvest in 1970. They were an offshoot of ’60s pop-psych band Episode Six, which splintered when vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover departed to join Deep Purple. Along with ELP, Van der Graaf Generator, and the initial lineup of Atomic Rooster, Quatermass […]


Gringo was an English pop-rock band that released a self-titled album on MCA in 1971. Guitarist/keyboardist Henry Marsh subsequently became a mainstay of Sailor. Bassist/vocalist John G. Perry did stints in Spreadeagle, Caravan, Curved Air, Quantum Jump, and Aviator. He also issued a solo album, Sunset Wading, on Decca in 1976. Prior to the formation […]

Quantum Jump

Quantum Jump were an English jazz-funk/rock quartet that released two albums on the Electric Record Company in 1976 and 1977. Led by veteran producer/songwriter Rupert Hine, the band boasted several members with pre-established reputations. Members: Rupert Hine (vocals, keyboards), John G. Perry (vocals, bass), Mark Warner (guitar), Trevor Morais (drums, percussion) At the time of […]

Gang of Four

Gang of Four are an English post-punk band from Leeds that debuted with the 1978 single “Damaged Goods” on small-press Fast Product, followed by Entertainment! on EMI/Warner Bros. Their style — a mix of funky rhythms, dischorded riffs, taut vocals, and provocative lyrics — streamlined over their 1981/82 albums Solid Gold and Songs of the […]


Boxer was an English hard-rock supergroup that released two albums on Virgin and a third-recorded title on Epic between 1975 and 1979. The band marked the third pairing between vocalist Mike Patto and guitarist Ollie Halsall, who had previously played together in the bands Timebox and Patto. Members: Mike Patto (vocals, keyboards), Ollie Halsall (guitar, […]

Culture Club

Culture Club are an English pop band that was primarily active as a recording unit during the early–mid 1980s. The band achieved world renown with a string of hits in the pop/rock and blue-eyed soul veins. Members: Boy George (vocals), Roy Hay (guitar, electric sitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer), Mikey Craig (bass, piano), Jon Moss (drums, […]


Egg was an English jazz-psych trio that released the 1970/71 Deram albums Egg and The Polite Force. After keyboardist Dave Stewart signed to Virgin with Hatfield and the North, he reunited Egg for the 1974 album The Civil Surface. Stewart later played in National Health and Bruford. Members: Dave Stewart (organ, piano, keyboards, synthesizer), Mont […]


Cochise was an English rustic-rock band that released three albums on United Artists/Liberty between 1970 and 1972. Members: B.J. Cole (steel guitar, cello), Willie Wilson (drums, percussion), Mick Grabham (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals), Rick Wills (bass, vocals), Stewart A. Brown (guitar, vocals), John Gilbert (vocals), Roy O’Temro (drums) Inception Cochise formed in 1969 when steel […]


Chopyn were an English art-rock band that released the album Grand Slam on Jet Records in 1975. The band paired veteran jazz-rock guitarist Ray Russell with singer/songwriter Ann Odell. Members: Denny McCaffrey (vocals), Simon Colclough (vocals), Clyde McMullen (bass, vocals), Ann Odell (keyboards, vocals), Simon Phillips (drums), Ray Russell (guitar, vocals, sitar) Odell had released […]

Fuzzy Duck

Fuzzy Duck was an English hard-rock band that released a self-titled album on MAM Records in 1971. Their name was partially derived from that of drummer Paul Francis’s prior band, Tucky Buzzard. Filling out the ranks were ex-Andromeda/Killing Floor bassist Mick Hawksworth and fleeting Arthur Brown-sideman Roy Sharland. Members: Mick Hawksworth (bass), Roy Sharland (organ), […]

First Aid

First Aid were an English symphonic-rock band that released the album Nostradamus on Decca in 1976. The album was based on prophesies of the famed seer, including his prediction that the world would end in 1986, ten years on from the album’s release. Members: Alan Wormald (guitar and vocals), Norrie Tennet (bass), Keith Parkinson (keyboards), […]

Slack Alice

Slack Alice was an English barroom-rock band, led by veteran singer Alice Spring. In 1974, they issued a self-titled album on Philips. Keyboardist John Cook moved on to Kestrel and Midnight Flyer. Spring and bassist Mike Howard reconfigured in new wavers Darling for a 1979 album on Charisma. Members: Alice Spring [aka Sandra Barry] (vocals), […]


Affinity was an English jazz-rock/psych band that released a self-titled album on the Vertigo “swirl” label in 1970. Vocalist Linda Hoyle followed up the band with a 1971 solo album Pieces of Me. Drummer Grant Serpell resurfaced in 1974 with vaudeville-popsters Sailor. Members: Mike Jopp (guitar), Mo Foster (bass), Grant Serpell (drums), Linda Hoyle (vocals, […]


July were an English psych-rock band from Ealing that released a self-titled album on Major Minor in 1968. The band evolved from beatsters The Tomcats, which issued a string of 1965/66 singles for the Spanish market. Guitarist Tony Duhig and keyboardist Jon Field subsequently formed Jade Warrior, releasing a string of albums on Vertigo and […]

Loose Tubes

Loose Tubes were an English avant-jazz big band that released two albums on their namesake self-press Loose Tubes Limited during 1985 and 1986, followed by a third disc on Editions EG in 1988. The band regrouped for a second trio of titles on Lost Marble during the 2010s. Members: Julian Argüelles (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone), […]


Kokomo were an English soul-funk band that released two albums on CBS/Columbia in 1975. The band featured alumni from Liverpudlian harmony-pop band Arrival and Joe Cocker’s Grease Band. Members: Dyan Birch (vocals), Paddie McHugh (vocals), Frank Collins (vocals), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Alan Spenner (bass), Tony O’Malley (piano, vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), Terry Stannard (drums), Joan […]

Kajanus & Pickett

Kajanus & Pickett were the rustic-folk/rock duo of Norwegian-born singer/guitarist Georg Kajanus and English keyboardist Phil Pickett. After releasing the album Hi Ho Silver! on Signpost/MCA in 1972, the pair formed half of the music-hall/pop band Sailor, which released five albums on Epic between 1974 and 1978. Kajanus first emerged in multinational folk-rockers Eclection, which […]

Johnny Warman

Johnny Warman — aka John Robert Waughman (born 1951) — is an English vocalist and songwriter who released a 1975 Bellaphon single with hard-rockers Bearded Lady, which recorded an album that was ultimately released in 2004 by archivists Angel Air Records. As a solo artist, Warman released the album Hour Glass on RCA in 1978, […]

Kilburn and the High Roads

Kilburn and the High Roads were an English R&B/rock band from London, active for five years prior to their 1975 singular album Handsome, issued on Dawn upon the group’s disbandment. In 1976, vocalist Ian Dury and saxophonist Davey Payne assembled a new lineup that ultimately became the Blockheads. Kilburn guitarist Keith Lucas soon became Nick […]

Kahondo Style

Kahondo Style were a London-based, multinational chamber-jazz/rock ensemble that released two albums on the French Nato label between 1985 and 1987. Members: Viv Corringham (vocals), Peter Cusack (bouzouki, electronics, guitar), Clive Bell (accordion, flute, khene, shakuhachi), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Stuart Jones (bass, cello, trumpet), Sianed Jones (saxophone, violin, vocals), Steve Noble (drums, percussion), Terry Day […]

Amazing Blondel

Amazing Blondel were an English neo-medieval folk-rock trio from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, that debuted with a self-titled album on Bell in 1970, followed by four albums on Island during the ensuing three-year period. A trio of titles appeared on DJM during the mid-1970s, culminating with a live release that closed the band’s original period of activity. […]

Junco Partners

Junco Partners were an English rock band from Newcastle, formed as an R&B/beat sextet in 1964. After issuing one single on Columbia in 1965, they underwent a series of lineup shifts, eventually morphing into a four-piece hard-rock/psych band. This iteration released a self-titled album on Barclay in 1970 and disbanded the following year. The nameplate […]

Julian’s Treatment

Julian’s Treatment were an English psych-rock band from London that released the album A Time Before This on Young Blood (U.K.) and Decca (U.S.) in 1970. The band was steered by keyboardist/composer Julian Jay Savarin, who followed the project with a solo album, Waiters on the Dance, on Young Blood-subsidiary Birth in 1973. Members: Julian […]

Every Which Way

Every Which Way was an English psych-rock/soul band that released a self-titled album on Charisma in 1970. The band was formed by ex-Nice/future-Refugee drummer/percussionist Brian Davison, who features before the nameplate in certain media. Vocalist Graham Bell hailed from Skip Bifferty/Heavy Jelly. He reunited with his former Skip-mates the following year in Bell + ARC […]

The Fox

The Fox were an English pop-psych band from Brighton that released the album For Fox Sake on Fontana in 1970. Members: Steve Brayne (guitar), Alex Lane (keyboards), Tim Reeves (drums), David Windross (bass, 1968-70), Nick Apostilides (vocals, 1968), Winston Weatherill (guitar, 1968-70) Discography: For Fox Sake (1970)

The Flying Lizards

The Flying Lizards were an English electro/art-pop project that yielded two albums on Virgin between 1979 and 1981, followed by a third on Statik in 1984. The project was ostensibly a twosome between composer/producer David Cunningham and a succession of vocalists: Deborah Evans-Stickland, Patti Palladin (Snatch), and Sally Peterson. The second album, Fourth Wall, features […]

Fringe Benefit

Fringe Benefit were an English art-pop band that released a self-titled album on Capricorn in 1977. Bassist Chris Haines had previously cut singles with the bands Albatross and The Hotshots, the latter falsely credited with the 1973 U.K. novelty hit “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,” recorded by Clive Crawley and the Cimarons. Drummer Steven Laurie […]

Fat Mattress

Fat Mattress was an English folk-rock/psych band that released two albums on Polydor in 1969 and 1970. Guitarist Noel Redding also played bass in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Late-period member Steve Hammond composed their non-album b-side “Black Sheep of the Family,” covered by Quatermass and Rainbow. Members: Neil Landon (vocals), Jim Leverton (bass, keyboards), Eric […]


Fancy were an English funk-rock band that released the album Wild Thing on WEA-subsidiary Antic in 1974, followed by Turns You On on RCA Victor in 1976. Members: Ray Fenwick (guitar), Helen Court (vocals), Henry Spinetti (drums), Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards), Mo Foster (bass), Les Binks (drums), Annie Cavanagh (vocals) Discography: Wild Thing (1974) Turns You […]

The Enid

The Enid was an English symphonic-rock band from Tenterden, Kent, that released the 1976 album In the Region of the Summer Stars on Buk Records and the 1977 sophomore effort Aerie Faerie Nonsense on EMI International. Two 1979 titles appeared on Pye, after which The Enid issued numerous 1980s albums on their eponymous label and […]

Eddie & Sunshine

Eddie & Sunshine were an English electro-pop duo comprised of vocalist Eddie Maelov and singer/keyboardist Sunshine Patteson, who both hailed from art-punks Gloria Mundi. The pair issued two singles on small-press Human Records in 1981, followed by the album Perfect Strangers with three accompanying singles on self-startup Survival Records in 1983. Members: Eddie Maelov (vocals), […]

Visitor 2035

Visitor 2035 were an English symphonic/jazz-rock band that released the musical double-album Cain! in 1976, followed by a self-titled album on Hansa International in 1978. Members: Craig Pruess (ARP synthesizer, trumpet, piano, vibes, orchestral chimes), Peter Stroud, (Gibson bass, fretless bass, double bass), Nigel Robinson (drums, tympanis, timbales), Ray Deefholts (electric/acoustic guitar), John Mason (keyboards) […]

Woody Woodmansey’s U-boat

Woody Woodmansey’s U-boat were an English pop-rock band that released the album U-Boat on Bronze in 1977. Drummer Mick Woodmansey (aka “Woody”) hailed from David Bowie‘s 1971–73 backing band the Spiders from Mars, which issued one album as an independent entity in 1976. Members: Mick Woodmansey (drums, vocals), Phil Murray (vocals), Frankie Marshall (keyboards, synthesizer), […]

Section 25

Section 25 were an English post-punk band from Blackpool, Lancashire, that released four albums and eight shortplayers on Factory between 1980 and 1988. Members: Larry Cassidy (lead vocals, bass, 1978-2010), Vin Cassidy (drums, 1978-85, 2000-present), Paul Wiggin (guitar, vocals, 1978-81), Lee Shallcross (guitar, 1981-85), John Grice (percussion, 1981-82), Jenny Cassidy [Jenny Ross] (keyboards, vocals, 1982-2001), […]

Unrest Work & Play

Unrest Work & Play were an English avant-rock duo that released two EPs in 1982/83, followed by the album Informs on Recommended Records in 1984. Members: Chris Fraser (guitar, vocals, percussion, tapes), Andy Wake (drums, vocals, percussion, tapes) Unrest Work & Play consisted of two experimental musicians: guitarist/percussionist Chris Fraser and percussionist Andy Wake. Discography: […]

World of Oz

The World of Oz was an English pop-psych band from Birmingham that released a self-titled album on Deram in 1969. Members: Christopher Robin [Chris Evans, aka Garbo] (vocals, guitar), Tony Clarkson (bass), David Kubinec (guitar, organ, 1968), David Reay (drums, 1968-?), Geoff Nicholls (organ, 1968-69), Rob Moore (drums), Peter Beckett (guitar, 1969) The World of […]

The Dancing Did

The Dancing Did were an English art-punk band from Evesham, Worcestershire, that issued two singles on self-press Fruit & Veg Records circa 1979/80, followed by a standalone single on Stiff in 1981. The band’s singular album, And Did Those Feet, was released on Kamera Records with two accompanying singles in 1982. Members: Tim Harrison (vocals), […]


Dulcimer were an English folk-rock trio from Gloucestershire that released the album And I Turned As I Had Turned As a Boy on Nepenthain in 1971. A second album was recorded in 1972 that was ultimately released 20 years after the fact by archivists Background. Members: Richard Dodd (vocals), Dave Eves (guitar, harmonica, recorder), Pete […]


Duffy were an English hard-rock band that released the album Scruffy Duffy on PAN in 1973, followed by Just in Case You’re Interested on Ariola in 1974. Members: Stuart “The Queen” Reffold (lead vocals, harp, percussion), Barry “Fruity” Coote (lead guitar, 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar), Joe Nanson (vocals, keyboards), Patrick “Patty” Sarjeant (bass, vocals), Will […]


Dramatis were an English electro/art-pop band that released the album For Future Reference on the Rocket Record Company in 1981. The album yielded four singles with non-album b-sides; three further standalone singles followed in 1982. Dramatis coalesed from the 1979/80 backing band of Gary Numan. Drummer Cedric Sharpley recorded two albums circa 1975/76 with symphonic-rockers Druid. […]


Dogfeet were an English hard-rock/psych band from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, that released a self-titled album on Reflection in 1970. The album’s 1994 reissue includes six bonus tracks: four demos and two additional 10/11-minute live recordings. Members: Dave Nicholls (bass), Alan Pearse (guitar, vocals), Derek Perry (drums), Trevor Povey (guitar, vocals), TJ (bass, vocals), Mick (percussion) Discography: […]

Diagram Brothers

Diagram Brothers were an English art-punk band from Manchester that debuted with a standalone single on self-press Construct Records in 1980. Signed to Buzzcocks-manager Richard Boone’s New Hormones label, the band issued a second single and the album Some Marvels of Modern Science in 1981, followed by the four-song 10″ Discordo in 1982. Members: Andy […]


Delegation were an English soul-funk band from Birmingham that released the album The Promise of Love on State Records in 1977, followed by three further albums on Ariola between 1979 and 1982. Members: Ricky Bailey (vocals), Len Coley (vocals, 1975-79), Roddy Harris (vocals, 1975-80), Bruce Edwin Dunbar (vocals, 1979-84), Aston Ray Patterson (vocals, 1980-?), Kathy […]

Demon Fuzz

Demon Fuzz was an English funk-psych septet from London that released a three-song standalone single and the album Afreaka! on Dawn in 1970. The band recorded a second album circa 1971/72 that was ultimately released after their disbandment on self-press Paco Records in 1976. Six of the members had played in the ska/rocksteady act Blue […]


Quiver was an English rustic-rock band from London that released two albums on Warner Bros. in 1971 and 1972. They subsequently merged with folk-pop duo the Sutherland Brothers for a five-album run (1973–1977). Bassist Bruce Thomas, who departed one album into the merger, appeared in the 1975 one-off Moonrider with ex-Tomorrow vocalist Keith West. He […]


Quintessence were an English raga-psych band from London that released three albums on Island between 1969 and 1971, followed by two further albums on RCA Victor in 1972. Members: Raja Ram [Ron Rothfield] (vocals, flute, percussion), Shiva Jones [Phil Jones] (vocals, keyboards, percussion, 1969-72), Alan Mostert (lead guitar), Maha Dev [Dave Codling] (rhythm guitar, 1969-72), […]

Quiet World

Quiet World was an English folk-psych band that released the concept album The Road on Dawn in 1970. The band featured two sets of brothers that each gained renown in different fields of entertainment: future playwrights/filmmakers John and Lea Heather — who formed the band with their songwriting/non-performing third brother Neil — and guitarists John […]


Quartz were an English hard-rock/metal band from Birmingham that released a self-titled album on Jet Records in 1977, followed by Stand Up and Fight on MCA in 1980. The band’s intended third album, recorded circa 1981/82, was ultimately released more than three decades later as Too Hot to Handle. In 1983, the band released Against […]

Ozric Tentacles

Ozric Tentacles is an English space-rock band from Glastonbury, Somerset, that self-released six cassette-albums, numbered OT 1–6, between 1985 and 1989. In 1990, the band founded Dovetail Records, which they used over a five-year period to issue six new albums and CD-reissue their back catalogue. The band released 13 further titles between 1997 and 2015, […]