Exodus are an American metal band from San Francisco that released the album Bonded by Blood on Torrid/Music for Nations in 1985, followed by two 1987/89 albums on Combat and another pair on Capitol during the early 1990s. Members: Tom Hunting (drums, vocals, 1979-89, 1997-2005, 2007-present), Kirk Hammett (guitar, 1979-83), Tim Agnello (guitar, 1979-80), Keith […]

Vicious Rumors

Vicious Rumors were an American metal band from Santa Rosa, Calif., that released two albums on Shrapnel/Roadrunner between 1985 and 1988, followed by a pair of albums on Atlantic during the early 1990s. Members: Geoff Thorpe (guitar), Mark Tate (vocals, 1980-82), Walt Perkins (drums, 1980-82), Jim Cassero (guitar, 1980-83), Jeff Barnacle (bass, 1980-85), Jim Lang […]


Savatage are an American metal band from Tampa, initially known as Avatar, that released the EP City Beneath the Surface and the album Sirens on Florida small-press Par Records in 1983. Between 1985 and 1995, the band released eight albums on Atlantic. Members: Steve Wacholz (drums, 1983-94), Criss Oliva (lead guitar, vocals, 1983-93), Jon Oliva […]


Slayer are an American metal band from Huntington Park, Calif., that released two albums and an EP on Metal Blade/Roadrunner between 1983 and 1985, followed by three albums and a live double-disc on Def Jam/American between 1986 and 1991. Members: Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (vocals, bass), Jeff Hanneman (guitar, 1981-2013), Dave Lombardo (drums, 1982-86, […]


Queensrÿche were an American metal band from Bellevue, Wash., that released an EP and three albums on EMI America between 1983 and 1988, followed by three further titles on the label during the subsequent decade. Members: Michael Wilton (guitar, backing vocals), Eddie Jackson (bass, backing vocals), Scott Rockenfield (drums, percussion, keyboards), Chris DeGarmo (guitar, backing […]


Overkill are an American metal band from Old Bridge, NJ, that released seven albums on Megaforce and Atlantic between 1985 and 1994, followed by titles on CMC, eOne, Steamhammer, and Nuclear Blast during the subsequent quarter-century. Members: D.D. Verni (bass), Rat Skates (drums, 1980-87), Bobby Ellsworth [aka Blitz] (vocals), Robert Pisarek [aka Riff Thunder] (guitar, […]


Metallica were an American metal band from Los Angeles that released two albums on Megaforce in 1983/84, followed by three albums on Elektra between 1986 and 1991. Members: Lars Ulrich (drums), James Hetfield (guitar, vocals), Hugh Tanner (guitar, 1981), Lloyd Grant (guitar, 1981), Ron McGovney (bass, 1981-82), Dave Mustaine (guitar, 1982-83), Cliff Burton (bass, 1982-86), […]


Megadeth were an American metal band from Los Angeles that released the album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! on Combat in 1985, followed by seven further studio albums on Capitol during the subsequent 14-year period. Members: Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals), David Ellefson (bass, 1983-2002, 2010-present), Greg Handevidt (guitar, 1983-84), Dijon Carruthers (drums, […]

King’s X

King’s X were an American hard-rock band from Houston that released six albums on Atlantic between 1988 and 1996, followed by further titles on Metal blade during the subsequent decade. Members: Doug Pinnick (vocals, bass), Ty Tabor (vocals, guitar), Jerry Gaskill (vocals, drums) Discography: Out of the Silent Planet (1988) Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) […]


Squeeze are an English pop-rock band from London, formed in 1974 and active with multiple lineups in the decades since. Between 1978 and 1982, they released five albums on A&M Records. The songwriting team of guitarist–singers Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford briefly split the band to record as a duo. In 1985, a regrouped Squeeze […]

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, […]

Djam Karet

Djam Karet are an American band from Claremont, Calif., that released more than 20 titles on self-press HC Productions between 1984 and the 2010s, in addition to five discs on Cuneiform. Members: Gayle Ellett (guitar, organ, percussion), Mike Henderson (guitar, synthesizer), Chuck Oken, Jr. (drums, percussion, synthesizer), Henry J. Osborne (bass, keyboards, percussion, 1984-?), Aaron […]

New Model Army

New Model Army were an English art-punk band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, that debuted with a pair of EPs in 1983, followed by the album Vengeance in 1984 on small-press Abstract Records. Between 1985 and 1991, the band released five albums and assorted shortplayers on EMI. Members: Justin Sullivan (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Stuart Morrow (bass […]

The Jazz Passengers

The Jazz Passengers were an American avant-jazz band from NYC that released a pair of albums on Les Disques du Crépuscule in 1987/88, followed by Implement Yourself on New World Records/CounterCurrents in 1990. During the subsequent seven-year period, the band released two albums apiece on the Knitting Factory, High Street, and 32 labels, including two […]

U Totem

U Totem were an American symphonic/avant-rock supergroup from Los Angeles that released two CDs on Cuneiform between 1990 and 1994. Members: Dave Kerman (drums, percussion), James Grigsby (guitar, bass), Emily Hay (flute, piccolo, vocals), Sanjay Kumar (keyboards, piano, sitar), Eric Johnson (bassoon, soprano saxophone), Steve Cade (guitar) Discography: U Totem (1990) Strange Attractors (1994)

The Beautiful South

The Beautiful South were an English sophisti-pop band from Kingston upon Hull that debuted with the album Welcome to the Beautiful South on Go! Discs in 1989, followed by nine further discs during the ensuing 16-year period. Vocalist/songwriter Paul Heaton and drummer David Hemingway hailed from The Housemartins. On their sophomoric 1990 release Choke, the […]

The Tone Dogs

The Tone Dogs were an American avant-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released two albums on the NW small-press labels C/Z Records and Soleilmoon Recordings between 1989 and 1991. Members: Fred Chalenor (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, violin), Amy Denio (guitar, bass, saxophone, drums, vocals), Matt Cameron (drums, vocals, 1988-89), Will Dowd (drums, 1990-91), Henry Franzoni […]

Rascal Reporters

The Rascal Reporters were an American avant-jazz/rock band from Oak Park, Mich., that released two cassette-albums on self-press Hebbardesque Records in 1980, followed by two proper albums on the label between 1984 and 1988. Members: Steve Gore, Steve Kretzmer Discography: Freaks Obscure (1980) We’re God (1980) Ridin’ on a Bummer (1984) Happy Accidents (1988) Purple […]

The Motor Totemist Guild

The Motor Totemist Guild were an American avant-rock band from San Francisco that released two albums, a standalone single, and a live disc on self-press Rotary Totem between 1984 and 1986, followed by titles on the RēR-affiliates No Man’s Land, Auf Dem Nil, and Cuneiform during the subsequent 13-year period. The band’s participation in the […]


Material were an American avant-rock/No Wave band from NYC that released three EPs on small-press Red Records between 1979 and 1981, followed by two albums on Celluloid in 1981/82. Members: Bill Laswell (bass), Fred Maher (drums), Michael Beinhorn (keyboards), Cliff Cultreri (guitar), William S. Burroughs (voice), Nicky Skopelitis (guitar), Shankar (violin), Simon Shaheen (violin), Jeff […]