Soft Cell

Soft Cell was an English electro-pop duo from Leeds, composed of singer–lyricist Marc Almond and keyboardist–programmer Dave Ball. They cut multiple singles in advance of their 1981 debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, which spawned the international hit “Tainted Love” and the club staples “Bedsitter” and “Sex Dwarf.” A visual accompaniment to the album, Non-Stop Exotic […]

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 […]

Vicious Pink

Vicious Pink were an English electro-pop duo from Leeds consisting of keyboardist Brian Moss and vocalist Josie Warden. Originally dubbed the Vicious Pink Phenomena, the pair released a single apiece on the small-press labels Mobile Suit Corporation and Warehouse circa 1982/83. After shortening their name, the two released a trio of singles on Parlophone between […]

Delta 5

Delta 5 was an English post-punk band that released three 1979–80 Rough Trade singles and the 1981 album See the Whirl. Members: Bethan Peters (bass, vocals), Ros Allen (bass, vocals), Julz Sale (vocals, guitar, 1978-81), Kelvin Knight (drums, 1979-1981), Alan Riggs (guitar, 1979-81), Jacqui Callis (vocals, guitar, 1981-82), Graeme Haigh (drums, 1981-82) Formation Delta 5 […]

Duncan Mackay

Duncan Mackay is an English keyboardist and composer, known for his stints in Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (1975–77), 10cc (1978–81), and for his work on albums by the Alan Parsons Project, Camel, Cliff Richard, Elkie Brooks, and Kate Bush. As a solo artist, he debuted with the 1974 album Chimera on Vertigo. During his time […]

Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman (1941–2021) was an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds who released four albums on Harvest between 1969 and 1971, followed by five albums on Decca, Nova, and Gama between 1973 and 1977. Over the next two decades, he issued eight albums on assorted indie labels. His songs have been covered by Jan & […]