Fischer-Z was an English New Wave/electro-rock band that released three albums on UA/Liberty between 1979 and 1981, splitting thereafter so that frontman/songwriter John Watts could focus on his solo career. In 1987, he resurrected the Fischer-Z nameplate with a new lineup, releasing albums at sporadic intervals during the subsequent three decades. Members: John Watts (lead […]

Def Leppard

Def Leppard are an English hard rock/heavy metal band that has been active since the late 1970s. Thanks to a string of fist-pumping epics (“Bringing On the Heartache,” “Rock of Ages,” “Stagefright”) and singalong ditties (“Rocket,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me”), the band became one of the top-selling concert draws and radio/MTV fixtures during the […]

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 […]


ABC are an English new wave/soul-pop band that burst onto the scene with the 1982 Mercury album The Lexicon of Love, scoring hits with “The Look of Love” and “Poison Arrow.” In 1983, they took an edgier turn with Beauty Stab and the songs “That Was Then But This Is Now” and “Unzip.” Their third […]

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 — May 27, 2011) was an American soul singer from Chicago. Discography: Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (live, 1970) Pieces of a Man (1971) Free Will (1972) Winter in America (1974 • Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson) From South Africa to South Carolina (1975 • Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson) Midnight […]

Gwen McCrae

Gwen McCrae (born Dec. 21, 1943) is an American soul singer who first performed and recorded during the 1960s with then-husband George McCrae. As a solo singer, she cut multiple singles for Columbia and Cat during the 1970s. Her first album, Rockin’ Chair, spawned a charting hit with the moaning title-track. McCrae was born Gwen […]


Spizz was the performance moniker of English art-punk musician and singer Kenneth Spiers, who used it with annual variations: Spizz 77, Spizzoil, Spizzenergi, Athletico Spizz 80, Spizzles, and Spizzenergi2. As one of the first Rough Trade acts, Spizzoil (with guitarist Pete Petrol) released two singles. In 1979, he assembled a full band, Spizzenergi, which released […]


Solstice were an English symphonic/folk-rock band from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, that self-released three cassettes in 1982/83, followed by the album Silent Dance on Equinox Records in 1984. Members: Andy Glass (guitar, backing vocals), Marc Elton (violin, backing vocals, keyboards, 1980-1997), Mark Hawkins (bass, bass pedals, 1980-84), Martin Wright (drums, percussion, 1980-86), Sandy Leigh (lead vocals, […]


Sky were an English/Australian classical-rock super-combo that released six albums on Ariola between 1979 and 1983, followed by two further titles on Epic and Mercury between 1985 and 1987. The band was assembled by renown Australian classical guitarist John Williams and veteran U.K. session bassist Herbie Flowers. The first two albums feature former Curved Air […]

The Leslie Drayton Orchestra

The Leslie Drayton Orchestra was an American jazz-funk big band led by trumpeter Leslie Drayton (born March 4, 1950), an original member of Earth Wind & Fire. He released three albums and an EP with his orchestra between 1980 and 1984, followed by two albums with his followup combo Fun, all on his own Family […]

Michael Garrison

Michael Garrison (Nov. 28, 1956 — March 24, 2004) was an American electronic musician from Roseburg, Ore., who released nine studio albums on self-press Windspell Records between 1979 and 1998. Discography: In the Regions of Sunreturn (1979) Prisms (1981) Eclipse (1982) Point of Impact (1983) Images (1986) Aurora Dawn (1988) An Earth-Star Trilogy (1989) The […]

Chou Pahrot

Chou Pahrot was a Scottish folk-rock/hard-rock band that was active during the late 1970s. The band made their vinyl debut in 1978 with a three-song EP on the Glaswegian small-press Klub Records. In 1979, the label issued the band’s sole longplayer, Live, which showcased their eccentric approach to music-making. Members: Eggy Beard (violin), Monica Zarb […]

Cozy Powell

Cozy Powell — aka Colin Trevor Flooks (Dec. 29, 1947 — April 5, 1998) — was an English rock drummer from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, who initially gained renown as part of the Jeff Beck Group during the early 1970s. Over the subsequent two decades, he played in the bands Bedlam, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Phenomena, ELP, Black Sabbath, […]


Plastics were a Japanese New Wave band from Tokyo that released three albums on Invitation in 1980/81. Guitarist Hajime Tachibana became a prolific solo artist. Members: Chica Sato (vocals), Toshio Nakanishi (guitar, vocals, percussion), Hajime Tachibana (guitar, vocals), 佐久間正英 [Masahide Sakuma] (keyboards, guitar, bass), Takemi Shima (rhythm box) Discography: Welcome Plastics (1980) Origato Plastico (1980) […]


SHOGUN were a Japanese city pop band that released two proper albums and a soundtrack on CBS/Sony in 1979/80, plus a third album on Friends Records in 1985. They originally performed as One Line Band and released the album Yellow Magic under that name on Invitation in 1978. Members: 芳野藤丸 [Fujimaru Yoshino] (guitar, vocals), 長岡道夫 […]

Nozomi Aoki

Nozomi Aoki — 青木望 (born March 2, 1931) — is a Japanese composer and arranger from Tokyo. Discography: 1999 A.D (1974) Galaxy Express 999 (1979) Galaxy Express 999: Symphonic Poem (1979) 交響詩 銀河鉄道999 (映画オリジナル・サウンドトラック) (Symphonic Poem Galaxy Express 999) (OST, 1979) 北斗の拳 音楽編 I (TV, 1984) 北斗の拳 音楽編 II (TV, 1985) 北斗の拳2 音楽編 (TV, 1987)

Momoe Yamaguchi

Momoe Yamaguchi — 山口百恵 (born Jan. 17, 1959) — is a Japanese singer from Shibuya, Tokyo, who released 22 albums between 1973 and 1980 on CBS/Sony. Discography: としごろ (Toshigoro) (1973) 青い果実/禁じられた遊び (1973) 15歳のテーマ 百恵の季節 (1974) 15歳のテーマ ひと夏の経験 (15 Sai no Theme: Hito Natsu no Keiken) (1974) 15才 (1974) 16才のテーマ (1975) ささやかな欲望 (1975) 17才のテーマ (1976) 横須賀ストーリー […]

Mariya Takeuchi

Mariya Takeuchi — 竹内まりや (born March 20, 1955) — is a Japanese singer and songwriter from Taisha, Shimane, who released five albums on RCA between 1978 and 1981, followed by eight albums on Moon Records between 1984 and 2014. She is married to art-pop musician Tatsuro Yamashita. Discography: Beginning (1978) University Street (1979) Love Songs […]

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson (March 6, 1944 – February 8, 2021) was an American soul singer from Greenville, Miss., who served as the one constant member of The Supremes throughout their 18-year existence. After the group folded in 1977, she released a self-titled solo album on Motown in 1979.  Discography: Mary Wilson (1979) Walk the Line (1992)


Musique were an American soul-funk vocal group. Members: Jocelyn Brown (1978-79), Gina Tharps (1978-79), Angela Howell (1978-79), Christine Wiltshire (1978-79), Mary Seymour (1979-80), Denise Edwards (1979-80), Gina Taylor (1979-80) Discography: Keep On Jumpin’ (1978) Musique II (1979)

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole (Feb. 6, 1950 — Dec. 31, 2015) was an American soul singer from Los Angeles. Discography: Inseparable (1975) Natalie (1976) Unpredictable (1977) Thankful (1977) I Love You So (1979) We’re the Best of Friends (1979 • Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson) Don’t Look Back (1980) Happy Love (1981) I’m Ready (1983) Dangerous (1985) […]

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard (born Oct. 14, 1940) is an English pop vocalist with a career that has spanned more than 60 years, starting in the late 1950s amid the U.K.’s initial wave of home-grown rock performers. Between 1958 and 1963, he enjoyed teen-idol fame and a series of hits with his backing band The Shadows. In […]

Classix Nouveaux

Classix Nouveaux was an English new wave band that released three albums between 1981 and 1983 on Liberty. Members: Sal Solo (vocals), Mik Sweeney (bass), B. P. Hurding (drums, 1979-84), Jak Airport (guitar, 1979), Gary Steadman (guitar, 1979-81), Jimi Sumén (guitar, 1981-84), Rick Driscoll (guitar, 1984-85), Paul Turley (drums, 1984-85) Background Classix Nouveaux formed in […]

Claire Hamill

Claire Hamill is an English singer–songwriter who debuted at seventeen with the 1971 Island release One House Left Standing, followed in 1973 by October. She signed with Ray Davies’ Konk label for the 1974–75 albums Stage Door Johnnies and Abracadabra. Between 1979 and 1981, she sang for Yes guitarist Steve Howe and hard-rockers Wishbone Ash. […]


Opús are an Austrian art-rock/pop band from Graz that formed in 1973 and played the live circuit for seven years before releasing their first album, Daydreams, on Philips in 1980. The album Eleven followed on RCA in 1982, after which the band released three albums apiece on OK Musica on Polydor during the ensuing seven-year […]


Chuzpe were an Austrian New Wave Band from Wien that debuted with a standalone single on Schnazz-o-phone Records in 1979, followed by three 1981 singles and the 1982 album 1000 Takte Tanz on GiG Records. Members: Robert (guitar, vocals), Stephan (synthesizer, vocals), Christian (bass, vocals), Gunulf (drums, vocals) Discography: “(They Can’t Beat) The Beat” / “I […]


Aardvarks were an Austrian hard-rock band from Salzburg that released four albums on namesake self-press Aardvarks Records between 1982 and 1990. Members: Kurt Deixler (guitar, 1980), Michael Wagner (bass, vocals, 1980), Rico Pucher (guitar, vocals, 1980-82), Robert Jansky (drums, 1980), Johann Kastinger (keyboards, 1980-85), Horst Trattnig (vocals, blues harp, 1980), Paul Hochrainer (guitar, 1987), Heimo […]

Scritti Politti

Scritti Politti was an English art-pop band from Leeds that cut three EPs on self-press St. Pancras Records in 1978/79. The original trio disbanded in 1980 when vocalist/guitarist Green Gartside was waylaid due to health issues. The following year, he reactivated the nameplate for a trio of 1981/82 singles on Rough Trade that culminated in […]


Saxon are an English hard-rock/metal band from Barnsley that released six albums and a live disc on Carrere between 1979 and 1984, followed by titles on Parlophone and EMI during the second half of the 1980s. The following three decades yielded a handful of albums apiece on Virgin, Steamhammer, and UDR. Members: Biff Byford (vocals), […]


Savage were an English hard-rock/metal band from Mansfield that released the album Loose ‘n Lethal on NWOBHM-specialty label Ebony Records in 1983, followed by Hyperactive on Zebra/Axe Killer in 1985. Five further titles appeared during the subsequent 30-year period on Neat Metal and Minuszzebra. Members: Chris Bradley (vocals, bass), Andy Dawson (guitar, vocals), Simon Dawson […]


Saracen were an English hard-rock/metal band from Matlock that released the album Heroes, Saints & Fools on Nucleus Records in 1981, followed by Change of Heart on Roadrunner in 1984. Members: Rob Bendelow (guitar), Danny Spencer (drums), Barry Yates (bass, 1976-82), Titch (drums, 1976), Richard Lowe (keyboards, vocals, 1976-2003), Steve Bettney (vocals, 1980-present), John Thorne […]


Samson was an English heavy metal band, formed in 1977 by namesake guitarist Paul Samson. They cut two 1978 singles on small-press Lightning Records, followed by the 1979 album Survivors on Laser. Drummer Thunderstick (aka Barry Graham Purkis) functioned as the band’s leather-masked mascot in photos and live shows, where he performed inside a metal […]


Sade are an English jazz–pop–soul band fronted by namesake Nigerian–British singer Sade Adu. They achieved fame with their 1983–85 singles “Your Love Is King,” “Hang On to Your Love,” “Smooth Operator,” and “Sweetest Taboo.” Their first two albums, Diamond Life and Promise, each topped global charts and sold ten million copies. After their 1988 release […]


Charge were an English punk-rock/goth band from London that debuted with a live album on Trikont in 1980, followed by singles on YCAFO and Test Pressings. In 1982, the band released two shortplayers and the album Perfection on Kamera Records. Members: Stu P Didiot [Stuart Lunn] (guitar, vocals, 1977-83), Iain MacLaughlan (vocals, 1977-80), Dave Griffiths […]

The Fixx

The Fixx are an English modern rock band that released four albums and a live disc on MCA between 1982 and 1987. On their early releases, the band carried the sonic innovations of producer Rupert Hine to a wider transatlantic audience. Members: Cy Curnin (vocals, piano), Rupert Greenall (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (guitar), Charles Barret (bass, […]


Odyssey were an American soul group from NYC. Members: Lillian Lopez (vocals, 1968-2003), Louise Lopez (vocals, 1968-82), Carmen Lopez (vocals, 1968), Tony Reynolds (vocals, 1968-77), William “Bill” McEachern (vocals, 1977-82), Steven Collazo (vocals, keyboards, 1982-present), Al Jackson (vocals, 1982-2003) Discography: Odyssey (1977) Hollywood Party Tonight (1978) Hang Together (1980) I Got the Melody (1981) Happy […]


Parlet were an American soul group from Detroit. Members: Mallia Franklin (1978-79), Debbie Wright (1978), Janice Evans (1979-80), Shirley Hayden, Jeanette Washington Discography: Pleasure Principle (1978) Invasion of the Booty Snatchers (1979) Play Me or Trade Me (1980)

Peaches & Herb

Peaches & Herb were an American soul duo from Washington, DC. Members: Herb Fame (vocals), Francine Barker (vocals, 1965-67), Marlene Mack (vocals, 1967-70), Linda Greene (vocals, 1976-83) Discography: For Your Love (1967) Let’s Fall in Love (1967) Golden Duets (1968) Peaches & Herb (1977) 2 Hot! (1978) Twice the Fire (1979) Worth the Wait (1980) […]

Richard Clapton

Richard Clapton (born May 18, 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter from Sydney who released eight albums on Infinity between 1973 and 1980, followed by another round of titles on WEA during the 1980s. Prior to launching his solo career, he did a brief stint as co-vocalist in the brass-rock/soul band Sun during the early 1970s. […]

Real Life

Real Life were an Australian New Wave/synthpop band from Melbourne that released five albums on Curb/Wheatley between 1983 and 1990. Members: David Sterry (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Alan Johnson (bass, 1981-98), Danny Simcic (drums, 1981-98), Richard Zatorski (violin, keyboards, 1981-86), Steve Williams (keyboards, 1986-91) Discography: Heartland (1983) Flame (1985) Down Comes the Hammer (1986) Let’s […]


Quasar were an Australian avant-rock combo that released two albums on EMI-subsidiary Custom between 1979 and 1981. Members: Len Henderson (guitar), Barry Tiplady (bass), Trevor Tiplady (drums) Discography: Nebular Trajectory (1979) Man Coda (1981)

Hiroshi and Claudia

Hiroshi and Claudia were the soul-funk studio team of Japanese musician, producer, arranger Hiroshi Yasukawa and vocalist Claudia. The pair recorded one album, Six to Six, in Australia with Sydney studio musicians. The album was released in 1979 on Yasukawa’s self-press Atom. Members: Hiroshi Yasukawa (electric/acoustic guitar), Claudia (vocals) Discography: Six to Six (1979)

Mario Millo

Mario Millo (born May 1955) is an Australian guitarist, composer, producer, and arranger from Sydney who fronted the bands Sebastian Hardie and Windchase during the mid-to-late 1970s. Since 1978, he has recorded numerous soundtracks for film and television productions. His first proper solo album, Epic III, appeared on Polydor in 1979, followed by Human Games […]


Cybotron was an Australian electronic combo from Melbourne that released a 1976 self-titled album on Clear Light of Jupiter, followed by Colossus (1978, Champagne) and Implosion (1980, Cleopatra). Their co-founder, keyboardist–saxist Steve Maxwell Von Braund, preceded Cybotron with a 1975 solo album, Monster Planet. Members: Steve Maxwell Von Braund (keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone, percussion), Geoff Green […]


Crossfire were an Australian jazz-rock band from Sydney that released a self-titled album on Harvest in 1975, followed by Direct to Disc on Trafalgar in 1978. A further round of studio and live albums appeared on WEA during the 1980s, including a collaborative concert recording with American singer/songwriter Michael Franks. Members: Jim Kelly (guitar), Michael […]

Flash and the Pan

Flash and the Pan were an Australian studio-based art-pop project from Sydney headed by the songwriting/production team of ex-Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young. The project began with the 1977 Mercury single “Hey, St. Peter” / “Walking in the Rain” and ultimately yielded five albums on Albert/Epic between 1979 and 1987. Members: Harry Vanda [Johannes […]

Alan Tarney

Alan Tarney (born Nov. 19, 1945) is an English-born musician and songwriter who first emerged in the Australian pop-psych band the James Taylor Move, which also included his long-time musical partner Trevor Spencer. The pair later emerged in Cliff Richard‘s backing band and formed their own namesake duo, recording three albums on Bradley’s and A&M […]

Bee Gees

The Bee Gees were a pop trio comprised of three English-born/Aussie-raised brothers — Barry (born 1946) and twins Robin and Maurice Gibb (born 1949). They were active as a recording unit from 1963 to 2001. Performing together since childhood, the brothers first recorded for the Australian market during the mid-1960s. Returning to their nation of […]

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield (April 16, 1939 – March 2, 1999) was an English singer with a career in pop that spanned nearly four decades. As part of sibling folk trio The Springfields, she scored one of the earliest stateside hits by a UK act when “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” made the Billboard Top 20 in […]