The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool that released twelve albums between 1963 and 1970. They had seventeen No. 1 hits on the UK Singles Chart and twenty No. 1’s on the US Billboard Hot 100. With global estimated sales of 600 million units, they are the biggest-selling musical act of all time. […]

Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band that released five albums between 1980 and 1987 on Korova and Sire. They formed amid the post-punk explosion in Liverpool, where singer–guitarist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, and bassist Les Pattinson performed as a trio with a drum machine dubbed “echo.” After one single, drummer Pete […]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — also known by the acronym OMD — are an English electronic band that released seven albums between 1980 and 1986 on DinDisc and Virgin. Singer–bassist Andy McCluskey and keyboardist–singer Paul Humphreys are the mainstays of the band; joined on successive releases by drummer Malcolm Holmes and saxophonist–keyboardist Martin Cooper. […]

The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters were an English sophisti-pop combo from Liverpool that released five singles and the 1984 Arista album No Sense of Sin. They scored a 1983 UK hit with “The First Picture of You” and a Continental charter with “It Hurts.” Their album includes the Peel-broadcasted numbers “German Girl,” “Love Still Flows,” and “Alone […]

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 […]

Original Mirrors

The Original Mirrors were an English new wave band that released the 1980–81 Mercury albums Original Mirrors and Heart Twango & Raw Beat. Singer Steve Allen hailed from Liverpool legends Deaf School. Members: Steve Allen (vocals), Ian Broudie (guitar), Jonathan Perkins (keyboards), Pete Kircher (drums), Phil Spalding (bass, 1978-?), Jimmy Hughes (bass, ?-1981) Background The […]

The Planets

The Planets was an English new wave band that released the 1979–80 Rialto albums Goon Hilly Down and Spot. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Lindsey formed the band after three albums with Deaf School. He recorded Goon Hilly Down with assorted musicians and formed a quartet for Spot. Members: Steve Lindsey (vocals, bass), Tony Wimshurst (guitar, […]

Pinnacle

Pinnacle was an English space-rock band from Liverpool that released the album Assasin on Stag Music in 1974. Members: Alan Lawrence (bass), Neil McKenna (drums), Dave Mylett (organ, Moog), Owen McCann (vocals), Paul Thomas (guitar) Background Pinnacle started as a post-psych quartet in Liverpool comprised of singer Owen McCann, guitarist Paul Thomas, bassist Alan Lawrence, […]

Big in Japan

Big in Japan was an English punk band from Liverpool that recorded ten songs, including “Society for Cutting Up Men” and the four-song 1978 EP From Y to Z and Never Again. Their lineup included two passing members of Deaf School and future stars Budgie (Slits, Siouxsie & The Banshees), Ian Broudie (Original Mirrors, Care), Jayne […]

Pink Military / Pink Industry

Pink Military was an English post-punk band that released two EPs and the 1980 album Do Animals Believe in God? They had a revolving lineup led by Jayne Case, the frontwoman of Liverpool punk pioneers Big In Japan. In 1981, she formed Pink Industry, a minimal wave trio that instigated Zulu Records for the 1983–85 […]

The Pale Fountains

The Pale Fountains were an English sophisti-pop band that released three standalone singles and two albums on Virgin between 1982 and 1985. Members: Michael Head (guitar, vocals), John Head (guitar), Chris McCaffery (bass), Thomas Whelan (drums), Andy Diagram (trumpet) Background Formed in 1980 Liverpool, The Pale Fountains were part of that city’s post-Deaf School musical […]

Hambi & the Dance

Hambi & the Dance were an English New Wave band from Liverpool that released the album Heartache with accompanying singles on Virgin in 1982. Alongside A Flock of Seagulls, the band were the second significant spinoff to emerge from the 1979 Merseyside shortplayer act Tontrix. Namesake vocalist/guitarist Hambi Harolambous released further singles and the album […]

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 […]

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, […]

Care

Care was an English neo-psych duo from Liverpool composed of Wild Swans singer Paul Simpson and Original Mirrors guitarist Ian Broudie. Between 1983 and 1985, they recorded two albums worth of material and released three Arista maxi-singles: “Flaming Sword,” “My Boyish Days (Drink to Me),” and “Whatever Possessed You.” Members: Ian Broudie (guitar), Paul Simpson […]

The Room

The Room was an English post-punk band that released two 1980 self-financed singles, followed by the 1982–85 Red Flame titles  Indoor Fireworks, Clear!, In Evil Hour, and Jackpot Jack. Members: Dave Jackson (vocals), Becky Stringer (bass), Robyn Odlum (guitar, 1979-82), Clive Thomas (drums, 1980-82), Alan Wills (drums, 1982-85), Paul Cavanagh (guitar, 1982-85), Peter Baker (keyboards, […]

The Wild Swans

The Wild Swans were an English neo-psych band that released the 1982 single “Revolutionary Spirit” on the post-punk Liverpool label Zoo Records. Frontman Paul Simpson teamed with local stalwart Ian Broudie in Care while guitarist Jeremy Kelly and keyboardist Gerard Quinn formed The Lotus Eaters. Simpson reformed Wild Swans for the 1988–90 Sire albums Bringing […]

Yachts

The Yachts were an English new wave band from Liverpool, best known for the 1977 Stiff Records single “Suffice to Say.” They released two albums in 1979–80 on Radar Records and gained notice for their use of advanced word play (“Tantamount to Bribery”) and vintage Farfisa organ. Original vocalist John Campbell surfaced in It’s Immaterial, which […]

Godot

Godot were an English coldwave/synthpop combo from Liverpool that self-released a four-song EP in 1981, followed by a standalone single on Pinnacle Records in 1982. Keyboardist David Hughes had been one-half of Dalek I on its two 1979/80 singles and the album Compass Kum’pas. He briefly played with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, appearing on […]

Modern Eon

Modern Eon was an English post-punk band from Liverpool that released the 1979 EP Pieces on self-press Eon Records, followed by the single “Euthenics” and the 1981 album Fiction Tales on DinDisc. Members: Alix Plain [aka Alex Johnson] (guitar, vocals, percussion, keyboards, horn), Danny Hampson (bass, vocals), Tim Lever (guitar, saxophone, 1980-81), Joey McKechnie (drums, […]

Jimmy Campbell

Jimmy Campbell (1944–2007) was an English singer-songwriter from Liverpool who started in the 1960s beat group The Kirkbys, which morphed into psych-pop legends The 23rd Turnoff. As a solo artist, he released the albums Son of Anastasia (Fontana, 1969), Half Baked (Vertigo, 1970), and Jimmy Campbell’s Album (Philips, 1972). His partnership with bassist Bill Kinsley […]

It’s Immaterial

It’s Immaterial was an English sophisti-pop band from Liverpool that released five 1980–85 shortplayers and the 1986 album Life’s Hard and Then You Die, which contains the UK hit “Driving Away from Home.” Their second album, Song, appeared in 1990 on Virgin–Siren. Members: John J. Campbell (vocals), Martin Dempsey (guitar, 1980-84), Henry Priestman (keyboards, 1980-84), […]

Parchment

Parchment were an English folk-rock trio from Liverpool that released two albums on Pye in 1972/73, followed by two further titles on Myrrh and Grapevine between 1975 and 1977. Members: Sue McClellan [aka Sue Mack] (vocals, guitar, mandolin, slide guitar), John Pac (sitar, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin), Keith Rycroft (Dobro, guitar, vocals, ?-1973), Jeff Crow (1973-78), […]

Nasty Pop

Nasty Pop was an English pop-rock band that released a self-titled album on Island in 1975, followed by Mistaken I.D. on Polydor in 1977. Musically, the band crossed the folksy whimsy of Stackridge and Stealers Wheel with the updated Revolver-isms of Pilot and the string-laden effervescence of Jigsaw. Members: Jon Fitzpatrick (piano, vocals), Steve Grace […]

A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave band that was initially active during the first half of the 1980s. Their name originates from the climactic verse of the 1978 Stranglers epic “Toiler on the Sea.” Hailing from Liverpool, A Flock of Seagulls achieved iconic status with their highly acclaimed, mega-selling debut album. With […]

Nutz

Nutz was an English hard rock band from Liverpool that released the 1974–76 A&M albums Nutz, Nutz Two, and Hard Nutz, followed by the 1977 concert disc Live Cutz. When the New Wave of British Heavy Metal arrived, Nutz reconstituted as Rage for the 1981–83 Carrere albums Out of Control, Nice ‘n’ Dirty, and Run […]

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood was an English musical extravaganza that was active during the mid-1980s. Comprised of Liverpudlian New Wave alumni, the band linked with producer Trevor Horn to craft the monumental double-set Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Bolstered with tie-in merchandise and provocative videos for the socio-political production anthems “Two Tribes,” “Relax,” and the album’s […]

The Teardrop Explodes

The Teardrop Explodes was an English new wave band that released three 1979–80 singles on Liverpool indie Zoo, followed by the 1980–81 Mercury albums Kilimanjaro and Wilder. Frontman Julian Cope took the band name from a caption in issue No. 77 of the Marvel Comics series Daredevil. Members: Julian Cope (vocals, bass), Gary Dwyer (drums), […]

The Icicle Works

The Icicle Works are an English rock band led by guitarist–songwriter Ian McNabb. They emerged in Liverpool’s post-punk scene and released four albums between 1984 and 1988 on Beggars Banquet. Their self-titled first album spawned the UK hit “Love Is a Wonderful Colour” and the transatlantic staple “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream).” Members: Ian […]

China Crisis

China Crisis are an English art-pop band from Kirkby, Merseyside, that released five albums on Virgin between 1982 and 1989. Members: Gary Daly (vocals, keyboards), Eddie Lundon (guitar, vocals), Dave Reilly (percussion, 1982), Gazza Johnson (bass, 1982-95), Kevin Wilkinson (drums, 1983-95), Brian McNeill (keyboards, 1983-84) China Crisis was formed in Kirkby, near Liverpool, in 1979 […]

Afraid of Mice

Afraid of Mice were an English New Wave band from Liverpool that released a self-titled album and a handful of singles on Charisma in 1981/82. Members: Philip Franz Jones (vocals, saxophone, flute, keyboards), Geoff Kelly (bass, vocals), Clive Gee (drums), Ronnie Stone (guitar, 1979-80), Rod Gilliard (guitar, 1980-81), Sam Brew (guitar, vocals, 1981-?), Mark Singleton […]