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 […]

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman — aka Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949) — is an English keyboardist and composer from London, best known as the on-off keyboardist of rock legends Yes. He initially did session work before joining folk-rockers the Strawbs in 1970, appearing on their second album Dragonfly and the live release Just a Collection […]

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 […]

Strawbs

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 […]

John Miles

John Miles (April 23, 1949 — December 5, 2021) was an English vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter who shot to fame on Decca with the 1976 album Rebel and the singles “Highfly” and “Music.” It was produced by Alan Parsons, who also handled Miles’ 1979 fourth album More Miles Per Hour. Concurrently, Parsons enlisted the […]

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 […]

Wah!

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 […]

Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl (1959–2000) was an English singer and songwriter who released three albums and twenty singles between 1979 and 1991 and collaborated with Tracey Ullman, The Pogues, and Billy Bragg. She debuted with “They Don’t Know,” a sixties girl-group pastiche that became a 1983 hit for Ullman. MacColl herself charted with “There’s a Guy Works […]

The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show was an English–Canadian underground rock band that released two EPs and the 1985–86 albums …Undone and Mania. The latter spawned the college radio hits “A Million Things” and “New Message.” Members: Mark Bandola (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Rob Vandeven (vocals, bass), Peter Barraclough (guitar, keyboards), Bryan Hudspeth (drums) Formation The Lucy Show evolved […]

Freedom

Freedom was an English rock band formed by two original Procol Harum members: singer–drummer Bobby Harrison and guitarist Ray Royer. As a quartet, they made a psychedelic soundtrack to the 1969 Italian film Nerosubianco. Harrison reconstituted the band as a powertrio for the 1970 albums Freedom and Freedom at Last. On Vertigo, they made the […]

Graduate

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Wavemaker

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

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

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 was an English supergroup that fused jazz-funk and space-rock on their 1976–77 albums Quantum Jump and Barracuda, both released by the Electric Record Company. Singer–producer Rupert Hine fronted the band, which featured Peddlers drummer Trevor Morais, Caravan bassist John G. Perry, and Kevin Ayers guitarist Mark Warner. In 1979, their re-released single “The […]

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

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 new wave and soul-pop band whose first two albums, Kissing to Be Clever and Colour by Numbers, spawned the 1982–83 Second British Invasion hits “Time,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Karma Chameleon,” “Church of the Poison Mind,” “It’s a Miracle,” “Miss Me Blind,” and the reggae-pop evergreen “Do You Really Want […]

Chopyn

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), […]

In Camera

In Camera was an English post-punk band on 4AD that released the 1980 short-players “Final Achievement” and IV Songs. They cut one Peel session (12/15/80) licensed for the 1982 EP Fin. Members: David Steiner [aka Scinto] (vocals, keyboards), Andrew Gray (guitar), Peter Moore (bass), Jeff Wilmott (drums) In Camera formed in London in 1980. Discography: “Final […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers (Aug. 16, 1944 — Feb. 18, 2013) was an English singer–songwriter who co-founded Soft Machine. After their 1968 debut album, he went solo with the 1969 Harvest release Joy of a Toy. Between 1970 and 1988, he released twelve albums. Island Records documented his all-star concert with Brian Eno, John Cale, and Nico […]

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. […]

Julian’s Treatment

Julian’s Treatment was an English psychedelic musical project headed by author and keyboardist Julian Jay Savarin. His sci-fi triology Lemmus: A Time Odyssey formed the basis of the 1970 double-album A Time Before This and its 1973 followup Waiters on the Dance. Members: Julian Jay Savarin (vocals, keyboards), John Dover (bass), Del Watkins (guitar), Jack […]

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 […]

Fancy

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 […]

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 four singles and a self-titled 1969 album on Deram. 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

David Sylvian

David Sylvian is an English musician, singer, and composer from Beckenham, Kent, best known as the frontman of art-rockers Japan, which he formed in 1974 with brother Steve Batt (Jansen). Between 1978 and 1983, they released five studio albums and a live double-LP. Upon their disbandment, Sylvian issued two singles in collaboration with YMO mastermind […]

Quiver

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

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 […]

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, […]

Oscar

Oscar were an English art-rock/pop band from Manchester that released a self-titled album on Buk Records in 1974, followed by two albums on DJM in 1976 and 1977. Members: Tony Bamforth (keyboards, vocals), Gary McDougall (bass, vocals), Brian McGladdery (12-string guitar, vocals), Kevin Parrott (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Tweedale (drums, vocals) Discography: Oscar (1974) Twilight […]

Oppenheimer Analysis

Oppenheimer Analysis were the English coldwave duo of singer Andy Oppenheimer and keyboardist Martin Lloyd. The pair self-released the cassette-album New Mexico — credited to the reverse-namesake vocalist — in 1982. Songs from that release were combined with unreleased early-’80s material on the 2005 self-issued CD Songs from the Atomic Age. That same year, an […]