Experiments With Ice

Experiments With Ice were an English coldwave band that released a self-titled album on United Dairies-subsidiary Experimental Records in 1981. Members: David Jiggens (keyboards), Robin Knapp (drums), Nicky Patriachaeos (vocals, guitar), Phil Rose (bass) Experimental Records was set up by United Dairies founder John Fothergill (Nurse With Wound) to handle more “rock oriented” music. The […]

I’m So Hollow

I’m So Hollow was an English coldwave/post-punk band from Sheffield that issued a single on self-press Hollogram in 1980, followed by the album Emotion / Sound / Motion on small-press Illuminated in 1981. Members: Jane Wilson (vocals, synthesizer), Rod Leigh (guitar, vocals), Dayton Marsden (bass), Josef Sawicki (percussion) Inception, Early Tracks I’m So Hollow emerged […]

Delivery

Delivery — alternately billed as Carol Grimes & Delivery — was an English jazz-rock/soul band that released the album Fools Meeting on B & C Records in 1970. The band served as an early vehicle for future members of Soft Machine, Hatfield & the North, and National Health. Members: Phil Miller (guitar), Steve Miller (piano), […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Cortinas

The Cortinas were an English punk-rock band from Bristol that released two singles on Miles Copeland’s Step Forward label in 1977. The band initially formed as a Stones-influenced pub-rock act and reverted back to that style for their 1978 singular album True Romances. Guitarist Nick Sheppard joined the final lineup of The Clash. Members: Jeremy […]

Fresh Maggots

Fresh Maggots were an English folk-psych band from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, that released a self-titled album and a standalone single on RCA Victor, both in 1971. Members: Mick Burgoyne (vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, violin, tin whistle), Leigh Dolphin (guitar) Background Guitarist Leigh Dolphin and multi-instrumentalist Mick Burgoyne first met as children, then again as teenagers when they […]

Deaf School

Deaf School are an English art-rock band that released three albums on Warner Brothers between 1976 and 1978. On its first two albums — 2nd Honeymoon (1976) and Don’t Stop the World (1977) — the band pairs ’30s/’40s ambience (cabaret, music hall) with the lavish arrangements of contemporary theatrical pop (Sparks, Sailor, Cockney Rebel, Brian […]

Hard Corps

Hard Corps were an English coldwave/synthpop band from London that released a standalone single on Survival Records in 1984, followed by a pair of singles on Polydor in 1985 and a fourth on Sonoscope in 1987. The singles were collected  with additional recordings on two compilations by specialty archivists Minimal Wave during the 2010s. French-born […]

Sailor

Sailor was an English music-hall pop band from London that released five albums on Epic between 1974 and 1978. Rupert Holmes produced their 1975 second album Trouble, which spawned the UK hits “Glass of Champagne” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” After the departure of singer–guitarist Georg Kajanus, a revamped Sailor linked with onetime Chicago producer James […]

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson (born April 3, 1949) is an English singer/songwriter from Notting Hill with a professional recording career that has spanned half a century. He first performed circa 1965/66 in a school band, Emil and the Detectives, with classmate and future-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell. In 1967 at age 18, Thompson became a founding member of […]

Dando Shaft

Dando Shaft were an English folk-psych band from Coventry that debuted with an album on Young Blood in 1970, followed by two titles on RCA in 1971/72 and a fourth on Rubber Records in 1977.  Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Dempsey and singer Polly Bolton were also part of the 1973 Christian project Blue Aquarius. Mandocellist Martin Jenkins […]

Shanghai

Shanghai were an English hard-rock/blues band that released a self-titled album on Warner Bros. in 1974, followed by Fallen Heroes on Thunderbird in 1976. The second album features veteran rock vocalist Cliff Bennett (The Rebel Rousers, Toe Fat) and ex-Trifle bassist Patrick King, who next appeared in the 1978–80 lineup of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. […]

Henry Badowski

Henry Badowski (born Oct. 3, 1958) is an English New Wave/synthpop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from North Kensington who released a standalone single on Deptford Fun City in 1979, followed by the album Life Is a Grand… on I.R.S. in 1981. He played with a sequence of acts beforehand, each on a different instrument: Chelsea (bass, […]

Zorch

Zorch were an English electronic duo that formed as a four-piece in 1973, eventually pairing down to keyboardists Basil Brooks and Gwyo Ze Pix. In 1975, the pair recorded an album’s worth of material that was ultimately released a quarter-century later as Ouroboros on Zorch Records. Members: Basil Brooks (synthesizer), Gwyo Ze Pix (synthesizer) Ouroboros […]

Dalek I

Dalek I were an English electro/art-pop combo from Liverpool that released two albums and a clutch of singles between 1979 and 1983. Originally called Dalek I Love You — a space-age play on the phrase “darling I love you” — the band distilled from a late-’70s Liverpudlian conglomerate that would also yield future members of […]