Billy Idol

Billy Idol — aka William Broad (Nov. 30, 1955) — is an English vocalist from Stanmore, Middlesex, who emerged in the hard-rock/punk band Generation X during the late 1970s. Discography: Don’t Stop (EP, 1981) Billy Idol (1982) Rebel Yell (1983) Whiplash Smile (1986) Charmed Life (1990) Cyberpunk (1993) Devil’s Playground (2005) Kings & Queens of […]

The Only Ones

The Only Ones were an English rock band that released the 1977 single “Lovers of Today” on Vengeance Records, followed by the 1978–80 CBS albums The Only Ones, Even Serpents Shine, and Baby’s Got a Gun. Vocalist Peter Perrett hailed from England’s Glory with future-Squeeze bassist Harri Kakoulli. Drummer Mike Kellie extracted from Spooky Tooth. […]

The Lines

The Lines were an English art-punk band from London that released a standalone single on self-press Linear Records in 1978, followed by four singles, two albums, and an EP on Red Records between 1979 and 1982. Drummer Nick Cash concurrently played in Fad Gadget. Members: Rico Conning (vocals, guitar, trombone), Joe Forty (bass), Hywel Phillips […]

Arthur Blythe

Arthur Blythe (May 7, 1940 — March 27, 2017) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer from Los Angeles who released a string of albums on India Navigation and Columbia/CBS between 1977 and 1988, followed by titles on Enja, Red Baron, Jazz House, and other labels during the subsequent two decades. Discography: The Grip (1977) […]

The 24th. Street Band

The 24th. Street Band were an American jazz-funk band from New York that released three albums on the Japanese Nippon imprints Denon and Better Days between 1979 and 1981. Members: Hiram Bullock (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Clifford Carter (keyboards), Mark Egan (bass), Will Lee (bass) Discography: The 24th Street Band (1979) Share Your Dreams (1980) […]


Headline were an English New Wave/ska band from south London that released the album Don’t Knock the Bald Head on Virgin in 1980. Members: Michael Riley (vocals), Winston Blissett (bass), Kevin (guitar), Paul Pryce (guitar), Lascelles Forest (guitar), Richard Read (keyboards), Tony “Jegger” Read (drums) Discography: Don’t Knock the Bald Head (1980)

Glaxo Babies

The Glaxo Babies were an English experimental/dub band from Bristol that released two shortplayers on Heartbeat Records in 1979, followed by two albums on the label in 1980. Members: Robert Chapman (guitar, vocals), Dan Catsis (guitar, vocals), Geoff Allsop (drums), Tom Nichols (bass), Tony Wrafter (saxophone, vocals), Charlie Llewelyn (synthesizer, drums, vocals), Tim Aylett (vocals, […]

Bobby Thurston

Bobby Thurston (born 1954) is an American R&B-funk singer from Washington, DC, who released the album Sweetest Piece of the Pie on Mainline Records in 1978, followed by the 1980/81 titles You Got What It Takes and The Main Attraction on Prelude Records. Discography: Sweetest Piece of the Pie (1978) You Got What It Takes […]

Greg Phillinganes

Greg Phillinganes (born May 12, 1956) is an American R&B keyboardist from Detroit who served as a backup musician and occasional co-writer/arranger on albums by a range of TriMax jazz-funk/soul artists, including Harvey Mason, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta, Freda Payne, Lenny Williams, and the combos Sunbear, Arpeggio, and Tribe. As a solo artist, Phillinganes released two […]

Gene Dunlap

Gene Dunlap (born June 19, 1954) is an American R&B-funk vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from Detroit who released two albums on Capitol in 1981, followed by a third in 1985 with backing from his namesake band. Discography: It’s Just the Way I Feel (1981 • Gene Dunlap Featuring The Ridgeways) Party in Me (1981) […]

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker (May 20, 1944 — Dec. 22, 2014) was an English soul-rock singer from Sheffield who released back-to-back albums on A&M in 1969. That summer, he floored Woodstock attendees with his full-throated rendition of the Beatles‘ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” His 1970 live set Mad Dogs & Englishmen and third studio […]

Punishment of Luxury

Punishment of Luxury was an English post-punk band from Newcastle that cut a 1978 standalone single followed by the 1979 UA album Laughing Academy. After two cassette-only releases, Punilux cut a second album, 7, in 1984 on Red Rhino Records. Members: Nevilluxury (vocals, guitar, synthesizers), Steve Sekrit (drums, vocals), Jimi Giro (bass, vocals), Brian Bond […]

Public Image Ltd

Public Image Limited — commonly truncated as Public Image Ltd. and acronymically known as Pil — are an English post-punk band from London. Vocalist John Lydon assembled the band following his departure from The Sex Pistols. The first five Pil albums feature guitarist Keith Levene, who played in a formative lineup of The Clash. Original […]

Prefab Sprout

Prefab Sprout was an English sophisti-pop band that released five albums between 1984 and 1990 on Kitchenware Records. Members: Paddy McAloon (vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming, bass), Martin McAloon (bass, 1978-2010), Michael Salmon (drums, percussion, 1977-83), Wendy Smith (vocals, keyboards, guitar, 1982-2000), Neil Conti (drums, percussion, 1984-92) Background Prefab Sprout evolved from The Dick Diver Band, […]

Poeme Electronique

Poeme Electronique was an English coldwave band from London that released the 1982 standalone single “The Echoes Fade” on Disques Carrère. In 2009, two album’s worth of vaulted material appeared on the archival disc The Echoes Fade on Anna Logue Records. Members: Julie Ruler (vocals, choreographer), Sharon Abbott [aka Sharon] (vocals, choreographer), Dave Hewson (synthesizer), […]

Cuban Heels

Cuban Heels were a Scottish New Wave/rock band from Glasgow that debuted with a standalone single on self-press Housewive’s Choice in 1978. Following a lineup reshuffle, the band released the album Work Our Way to Heaven on Virgin in 1981. Vocalist John Milarky initially fronted punkers Johnny & the Self Abusers, which ultimately morphed into […]


APB were a Scottish art-punk/funk band from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, that issued five singles on Oily Records between 1981 and 1983, followed by two singles apiece on Albion and Red River Records circa 1984/85. Most of these sides were compiled on the 1985 Link Records compilation Something to Believe In. In 1986, the band released the […]

Heavy Pettin

Heavy Pettin were a Scottish hard-rock/metal band from Glasgow that released two albums on Polydor between 1983 and 1985, followed by a third on FM Revolver Records in 1989. Members: Punky Mendoza (guitar), Gordon Bonnar (guitar), Gary Moat (drums), Steve “Hamie” Hayman (vocals), Brian Waugh (bass) Discography: “Roll the Dice” / “Love Times Love” (1982) […]


Apollo were an American soul-funk band from Los Angeles that released a self-titled album on Motown’s Gordy imprint in 1979. The band featured Berry Gordy’s keyboardist son Kerry and bassist stepson Cliff Liles. Members: Kerry Gordy (keyboards), Cliff Liles (bass), Benny Medina (lead vocals), Lenny Greene (drums), Larry Robinson (guitar) Discography: Apollo (1979)


King were an English soul-pop band from Coventry that released the album Steps in Time with accompanying singles on CBS in late 1984, followed by Bitter Sweet in 1985. Both albums were produced by Richard James Burgess (Easy Street, Landscape, Spandau Ballet). The band lacked an official drummer; Burgess fulfilled that role on the first […]

Howard Werth

Howard Werth (born March 26, 1947) is an English singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Upper Clapton, London, who recorded four albums with the folk-psych band Audience between 1969 and 1972. He reemerged in 1975 with the album King Brilliant on Charisma, produced by Gus Dudgeon with backing by assorted studio personnel, informally dubbed “The Moonbeams.” […]

Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire were an English electro/experimental band from Sheffield that released seven singles, four studio albums, and three live discs on Rough Trade between 1978 and 1982, followed by a trio of 1983–85 albums on Virgin/Some Bizzare. Members: Richard H. Kirk (guitar, synthesizer), Stephen Mallinder (vocals, bass, 1973-95), Chris Watson (tapes, 1973-81) Discography: Extended Play […]

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore (born Aug. 13, 1948) is an English musician and songwriter from London who recorded three minimalist albums circa 1971/72; two issued on Polydor and a third released in 1998 by archivists Blueprint. He subsequently formed the art-pop/folk trio Slapp Happy with American singer/songwriter Peter Blegvad and German vocalist Dagmar Krause. The band released […]

Inner City Unit

Inner City Unit were an English space-rock/punk band that released an eponymous album with two accompanying singles on self-press Riddle Records in 1980, followed by The Maximum Effect on Avatar Records in 1981. Three further albums followed between 1982 and 1985, including two on Flicknife Records. Saxophonist Nik Turner was a member of Hawkwind from […]

New Order

New Order were an English electro/art-pop band from Manchester that released five albums and a compilation of non-album material on Factory between 1981 and 1989. The band comprised three-fourths of Joy Division with guitarist Bernard Sumner assuming vocal duties after the suicide of Ian Curtis. Soon after the name-change, drummer Stephen Morris invited his keyboardist-girlfriend […]

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull (born Dec. 29, 1946) is an English singer from Hampstead who released three albums on Decca between 1965 and 1967, scoring early successes with the singles “Come and Stay With Me,” “This Little Bird,” “Summer Nights,” and a cover of the Rolling Stones ballad “As Tears Go By.” The early 1970s found her […]

Aerial FX

Aerial FX were an English coldwave band from Oxford, Oxfordshire, that released a single apiece on Square and Island in 1980/81, followed by the album Watching the Dance on Kamera in 1982. Members: Chris Hufford (vocals, rhythm guitar), Bryce Edge (keyboards, backing vocals), Richard Hart (lead guitar), Andy Melton (bass) Discography: Watching the Dance (1982) […]

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 […]

Barclay James Harvest

Barclay James Harvest was an English symphonic-rock band from Oldham, Greater Manchester, that initiated EMI’s Harvest imprint, releasing four albums on the label between 1970 and 1972, followed by a lengthy run of albums on Polydor between 1974 and 1997. Members: Les Holroyd (bass, vocals), John Lees (guitar, vocals), Mel Pritchard (drums), Woolly Wolstenholme (keyboards, […]


Bananarama was an English vocal trio that released a string of singles in 1981 and 1982, including two with Specials-spinoff trio Fun Boy Three. Between 1983 and 1987, Bananarama released four albums on Decca-subsidiary London. Members: Keren Woodward (vocals), Sara Dallin (vocals), Siobhan Fahey (vocals, 1979-88, 2017-present), Jacquie O’Sullivan (vocals, 1988-91) Bananarama formed in September […]

Bad Manners

Bad Manners were an English ska band from Stoke Newington that released four albums on Magnet between 1980 and 1982, followed by a string of titles on assorted labels from 1985 onward. Members: Buster Bloodvessel [Doug Trendle] (vocals), Louis “Alphonso” Cook (guitar), David Farren (bass), Brian Tuitt (drums), Winston Bazoomies [Alan Sayagg] (harmonica), Paul Hyman […]

Bad Company

Bad Company were an English hard-rock supergroup that released six albums on Swan Song between 1974 and 1982, followed by four further albums on Atlantic/Atco between 1986 and 1992. Members: Simon Kirke (drums), Mick Ralphs (guitar, 1973-2000, 2008-present), Paul Rodgers (vocals, keyboards, guitar, 1973-82, 1998-present), Boz Burrell (bass, 1973-86, 1998-99), Brian Howe (vocals, 1986-94), Steve […]


Avenger were an English heavy metal band from Newcastle upon Tyne that released a standalone single and two albums on NWOBHM-specialty label Neat between 1983 and 1985. Members: Brian Ross (vocals, 1982-83), Ian Swift (vocals, 1983-86), Steve Bird (guitar, 1982-83), John Brownless (guitar, 1983-84), Les Cheetham (guitar, 1984-85), Greg Reiter (guitar, 1985-86) Discography: “Too Wild […]


Ausgang were an English goth-rock band from Birmingham that released two EPs on Criminal Damage Records circa 1983/84, followed by the album Manipulate on FM Revolver in 1985. Members: Mark “Max” Freeth (vocals), Paul “Cub” Balogh (bass), Matthew Amos (guitar), Ian “Ibo” Oakley (drums), Stuart Smith (bass) Discography: Head On (EP, 1983) The Teachings of […]


Atmosfear were an English funk band from London that released the album En Trance on MCA in 1981. Members: Andy Sojka (guitar, rhythm guitar), Antony Antoniou (vocals, rhythm guitar), Leslie Bachelor (bass, keyboards), Ray Johnson (drums), Stewart Gawthorne (saxophone), Jerry Pike (percussion, sound effects) Discography: En Trance (1981)

Mike Westbrook

Mike Westbrook (born March 21, 1936) is an English jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader from High Wycombe who directed the namesake Mike Westbrook Concert Band through five albums on Deram between 1967 and 1970. He then assembled the Mike Westbrook Orchestra with a veritable array of new-jazz nameplayers on saxophone (Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh), trumpet […]


Azimuth were a contemporary jazz trio featuring English pianist John Taylor and his vocalist wife Norma Winstone. Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler rounded out the combo, which released five albums on EMC between 1977 and 1995. Members: John Taylor (piano), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet), Norma Winstone (vocals) Discography: Azimuth (1977) The Touchstone (1978) Départ (1980 • Azimuth […]

John Surman

John Surman (born Aug. 30, 1944) is an English saxophonist, clarinetist, and keyboardist from Tavistock, Devon, who apprenticed with bandleaders Mike Westbrook, Peter Lemer, and Ronnie Scot during the late 1960s. In 1969, Surman released an eponymous post-bop album on Deram. During the ensuing two-year period, he played on albums by John McLaughlin, Rolf Kühn, […]

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson (born July 27, 1944) is an English jazz-rock saxophonist from Oxford who first emerged circa 1969/70 as a guest musician on albums by the Keef Hartley Band and husband Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum. She subsequently joined pianist Neil Ardley‘s backing band and also appeared on recordings by trombonist Michael Gibbs and American soul singer […]

Platinum Hook

Platinum Hook were an American soul-funk band that released two albums on Motown in 1978/79 and a third on RCA in 1983. Members: Stephen Daniels (drums, percussion, vocals), Tina Renee Stanford (percussion, vocals), Robert Douglas (keyboards, backing vocals), Elisha “Skipp” Ingram (bass, backing vocals), Victor Jones (guitar, backing vocals), Robin David Corley (saxophone, flute, sound […]


Fantasy were an American soul-funk band that released two albums on Pavillion in 1981/82. In 1985, the band recorded a third album that was ultimately released in 1994 on TVI Records & Filmworks. Further releases followed on that label under a revised lineup in the 21st century. Members: Tamm E. Hunt, Carolyn Edwards, Ken Roberson, […]

The Alan Parsons Project

The Alan Parsons Project (APP) was an English symphonic/art-pop band led by the production/multi-instrumental team of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. The project began with the album Tales of Mystery and Imagination on 20th Century in 1976, followed by nine albums on Arista between 1977 and 1987. Members: Alan Parsons (vocals, synthesizer, bass, acoustic guitar, […]

Phil Daniels & the Cross

Phil Daniels & the Cross were an English rock band that issued a self-titled album on RCA in 1979. That same year, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Daniels played the role of Jimmy Cooper, the lead character in the big-screen adaptation of The Who‘s 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia. Members: Phil Daniels (guitar, vocals), Peter Hugo-Daly (keyboards), Barry Neil (bass), […]


Ph.D. were an English pop-rock/soul trio that released two albums on Atlantic/WEA between 1981 and 1983. The name was based on the surnames of the three members: drummer Simon Phillips, keyboardist Tony Hymas, and vocalist Jim Diamond. Members: Jim Diamond (vocals), Tony Hymas (keyboards, piano), Simon Phillips (drums) Discography: Ph.D. (1981) Is It Safe? (1983)

Peter Green

Peter Green (born Oct. 29, 1946) is an English blues-rock guitarist from Bethnal Green who served as Eric Clapton’s successor in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, recording one album with the band in 1967 before departing with bassist John McVie to co-found Fleetwood Mac that same year. The band recorded four proper albums and several standalone singles […]

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton (born April 22, 1950) is an English guitarist and singer who released a string of 1966–68 singles in beat combo The Herd, including the freakbeat rubbles “From the Underworld,” “Mixed Up Minds,” “I Can Fly,” and “Sunshine Cottage.” In 1969, he embarked on a five-album stint in blues-rockers Humble Pie with ex-Small Faces […]

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend (born May 19, 1945) is an English musician, composer, and singer who rose to global prominence as the guitarist and songwriter for The Who, which released 10 studio albums between 1965 and 1982. His first proper solo album, Who Came First, appeared on Track Records in 1972. As the Who’s activities became more […]


Paz were an English ethno-jazz/funk ensemble that released a live album on Magnus Records and two albums apiece on Spotlight and Coda between 1978 and 1986. The band was formed in 1972 by percussionist Dick Crouch and featured contributions by soloists of international renown, including saxophonist Ray Warleigh and guitarist Jim Mullen. Members: Dick Crouch […]

Paul Young

Paul Young is an English soul-pop singer who first recorded with Streetband, which made two albums and charted with the 1978 novelty song “Toast.” In 1980, he fronted the R&B septet Q-Tips on one self-titled Chrysalis album. As a solo artist, Young released the 1983–86 CBS albums No Parlez, The Secret of Association, and Between […]

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is an English pop-rock singer, bassist, and songwriter from Liverpool who rose to fame as one-fourth of The Beatles, which he co-founded in 1959 with songwriting partner John Lennon. Between 1963 and 1969, they recorded eleven proper studio albums and spearheaded the British beat and psychedelic booms. McCartney debuted […]


Aswad were an English roots-reggae band that released seven albums on Island and CBS between 1976 and 1984.  Members: George Oban (bass, 1975-79), Courtney Hemmings (keyboards, 1975-88), Brinsley Forde [aka Chaka B] (vocals, guitar, 1975-99), Drummie Zeb [Angus Gaye] (drums), Tony Gad (vocals, bass, keyboards, 1979-present) Discography: Aswad (1976) Hulet (1979) New Chapter (1981) A […]


Asia were an English symphonic/hard-rock supergroup that released three albums on Geffen between 1982 and 1985, followed by another round of discs on Intercord/Bullet Proof during the 1990s. Members: Geoffrey Downes (keyboards, vocals), Carl Palmer (drums, percussion, 1981-92, 2006-present), John Wetton (vocals, bass, 1981-83, 1984-91, 2006-17), Steve Howe (guitar, vocals, 1981-83, 1992, 2006-2013), Greg Lake […]

Art Objects

The Art Objects were an English New Wave/art-punk band from Bristol that released a standalone single on small-press Fried Egg in 1980, followed by the album Bagpipe Music on Heartbeat in 1981. Members: Gerard Langley (vocals), Jonathan J Key (guitar), William Stair (bass), John Langley (drums), Robin Key (guitar), Wojtek Dmochowski (dancer) Discography: “Hard Objects” […]

Van Halen

Van Halen were an American hard-rock band from Pasadena, Calif., that released six albums on Warner Bros. between 1978 and 1984 with original vocalist David Lee Roth, followed by four albums on the label with ex-Montrose singer Sammy Hagar. Members: Eddie Van Halen (guitar, piano, keyboards), Alex Van Halen (drums), David Lee Roth (lead vocals, […]

Andy Fraser

Andy Fraser (July 3, 1952 — March 16, 2015) was an English bassist and songwriter who rose to prominence as one-fourth of hard-rockers Free, releasing five studio albums with the band between 1969 and 1972. Immediately thereafter, he appeared on the first of two albums by hard-rockers Sharks. In 1975, Fraser released two albums on […]

Roger Chapman

Roger Chapman (born April 8, 1942) is an English vocalist and songwriter from Leicester who rose to prominence as the frontman of the hard-rock/soul band Family, which released seven albums between 1968 and 1973. In 1974, Chapman and Family-guitarist Charles Whitney issued the collaborative effort Streetwalkers, which spawned the pair’s subsequent namesake band that released […]

Colin Newman

Colin Newman (born Sept. 16, 1954) is an English musician, vocalist, and songwriter from Salisbury, Wiltshire, best known as the frontman of post-punks Wire through three periods of activity. He made three 1977–79 studio albums with Wire and launched his solo career with the 1980 Beggars Banquet release A-Z, followed by the 1981–82 4AD albums […]


Scars were a Scottish post-punk band from Edinburgh that released the single “Adult/ery” / “Horrorshow” on Fast Product in 1979. They followed it with three 1980/81 singles on Charisma-subsidiary Pre, culminating with the 1981 album Author! Author! Their first single was immortalized by its inclusion on the sampler Fast Product: The First Year Plan and […]

The Normal

The Normal was the imaginary band moniker of English producer Daniel Miller (born Feb. 14, 1951), who used the name on the seminal, self-recorded electro-punk single “T.V.O.D.” / “Warm Leatherette,” issued in November 1978 on self-press Mute Records. He subsequently used the band moniker Silicon Teens for the self-recorded electro-covers album Music for Parties in […]


2.3 were an English post-punk trio from Sheffield that released the single “All Time Low” / “Where to Now?” on small-press Fast Product in 1978. The band initially called itself 2.3 Children, based on the average number of children beared per U.S. household. Both their songs were included with early sides by labelmates The Human […]

Patrick D. Martin

Patrick D. Martin is an English coldwave/proto-zolo musician who released three singles on Deram and Illegal circa 1979/80. The sides were compiled on a self-titled EP, released on I.R.S. in 1981. Discography: “I Like ‘Lectric Motors” / “Time” (1979) “Computer Datin’” / “Police Paranoia” (1980) “Lucy ‘Lectric” / “Mutant” (1980) Patrick D. Martin (EP, 1981)