Killing Joke

Killing Joke are an English post-punk/industrial band from Notting Hill that debuted with an EP on small-press Malicious Damage in 1979, followed by seven albums on EG between 1980 and 1988. Members: Jaz Coleman (lead vocals, keyboards), Paul Ferguson (drums, vocals, 1978-88), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass, 1978-82), Paul Raven (bass, 1982-88, 1989-91), Martin Atkins (drums, […]

Crack

Crack were a Spanish symphonic-rock band that released the album Si Todo Hiciera Crack on Chapa in 1979. Members: Alex Cabral (bass), Alberto Fontaneda (guitar, flute, vocals), Mento Hevia (keyboards, vocals), Manolo Jiménez (drums), Rafael Rodríguez (guitar) Crack was formed in the late 1970s by five young musicians from Gijón in the north-coast community of […]

Animal Nightlife

Animal Nightlife were an English sophisti-pop band from London that released a clutch of singles on Inner Vision circa 1982/83, followed by the album Shangri-la on Island in 1985. Members: Paul Waller (drums), Steve Shawley (bass), Steve “Flid” Brown (guitar), Steve Shanley (bass), Michael “Mac” McDermott (percussion), Declan John Barclay (trumpet), John Crichinson (piano), Billy […]

Mezquita

Mezquita were a Spanish symphonic-rock band from Córdoba that released two albums on Chapa between 1979 and 1981. Members: José Rafael García (guitar, vocals), Rosca López (keyboards, vocals), Randy López (bass, percussion, vocals), Rafael Zorrilla (drums, percussion, vocals) Mezquita evolved from the hard-rock band Expresión, which recorded two album’s worth of material between 1972 and […]

Airplay

Airplay were an American studio-based melodic-rock combo that released a self-titled album on RCA in 1980. The project was headed by writer/producers David Foster and Jay Graydon, both successful with other acts at the time. Members: David Foster (keyboards, vocals), Tommy Funderburk (vocals), Jay Graydon (guitars) David Foster, Jay Graydon Credits Airplay was assembled by […]

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 were 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) I’m So Hollow emerged from the pioneering […]

Lodestar

Lodestar were an American hard-rock band from Springfield, Ohio, that released an eponymous album on self-press Lodestar Records Limited in 1979. Members: Kenny Aronhalt (lead vocals), Joe Dooley (lead guitar, mandolin), Alex Rossito (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Vince Craim (bass, guitar), Mark Craim (drums, percussion) Lodestar issued their singular album in 1979 on their namesake […]

Weekend

Weekend were a London-based art-pop trio that issued the album La Varieté in 1982 on Rough Trade. The band was led by Welsh bassist/vocalist Alison Statton, who earlier fronted the Cardiff combo Young Marble Giants. Guitarist Simon Booth would subsequently form Working Week. Members: Alison Statton (bass, vocals), Simon Booth (guitar), Spike (guitar, viola) Weekend […]