Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born Dec. 1, 1945) is an American singer and actress from Honolulu who rose to prominence on New York’s cabaret scene during the early 1970s. After starring in several Broadway productions (Salvation, Fiddler On the Roof, Tommy), she launched her singing career at the Continental Baths. Between 1972 and 1995, she released 10 […]


America is a rustic-folk/pop combo, formed in 1968 in Watford, Hertfordshire, by American musicians. Members: Gerry Beckley (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Dewey Bunnell (guitar, vocals), Dan Peek (guitar, bass, piano, vocals, 1968-77) During the mid-1960s, American teenagers Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek met at London Central High School at Bushey Hall. All three […]


805 were an American art-rock band from New York that released the album Stand in Line on RCA in 1982. Amid several lineup changes, the band issued two further albums on self-press 805 Productions Ltd. between 1985 and 1989. Members: Dave Porter (guitar, vocals, 1977-89, 1991-92, 2003), Greg Liss (bass, Chapman stick, 1977-88, 2003), Ed […]

Fat Larry’s Band

Fat Larry’s Band were an American soul-funk band from Philadelphia that released six albums between 1976 and 1982: including three on WMOT Records and two on its eventual parent Fantasy Records. The band’s second album, Off the Wall, appeared on Stax in 1977. A late-period U.K. breakthrough yielded a seventh album on Virgin in 1983, […]


Alcatrazz were a multi-national metal band formed in Los Angeles by English vocalist Graham Bonnet (Marbles, Rainbow) and Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. With this lineup, the band released the 1983 album No Parole From Rock ‘n’ Roll on RCA and a 1984 live album on Rocshire. Malmsteen’s place was taken by Steve Vai for the […]


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, […]


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), […]


Manowar were an American metal band from Auburn, NY, that released the album Battle Hymns on Liberty Records in 1982, followed by 12 further studio albums on assorted labels over the subsequent three decades. Members: Joey DeMaio (bass, keyboards), Eric Adams (vocals), Karl Kennedy (drums, 1980), Ross the Boss (guitar, 1980-88), Donnie Hamzik (drums, 1982-83, […]

Manilla Road

Manilla Road were an American metal band from Wichita, Kan., that released eight albums on Roadster and Black Dragon between 1980 and 1990. Members: Mark Shelton (guitar, vocals, 1977-2018), Ben Munkirs (drums, 1977-78), Robert Park (guitar, 1977-79), Scott Park (bass, 1977-90), Myles Sipe (drums, 1979), Rick Fisher (drums, 1979-83), Randy Foxe (drums, 1984-90) Discography: Invasion […]


Dio were an American metal band fronted by namesake veteran hard-rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath). The band released four albums on Warner Bros. between 1983 and 1987, followed by titles on Reprise, Steamhammer, and Spitfire during the subsequent two decades. Members: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar, 1982-86), Jimmy Bain […]

Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers (Aug. 16, 1944 — Feb. 18, 2013) was an English singer–songwriter who co-founded Soft Machine. After their 1968 debut album, he went solo with the 1969 Harvest release Joy of a Toy. Between 1970 and 1988, he released twelve albums. Island Records documented his all-star concert with Brian Eno, John Cale, and Nico […]

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers were an American soul-funk band from Washington, DC, that released two albums on Source Records during 1979 and 1980, followed by a later round of activity that yielded two 1984 singles on T.T.E.D. Records and three 1986–88 live releases on Future, Flame, and Fun House. In a prior incarnation, […]

Ebonee Webb

Ebonee Webb were an American soul-funk band from Memphis that served as a backing act on two 1978/79 Japanese disco albums on the Seven Seas label. As a standalone unit, the band released two albums on Capitol Records between 1981 and 1983. Members: Charles Liggins, Chico, Gregg Davis, Kenneth Ray Coleman, Leon Thomas, Michael Winston, […]

The Swingers

Swingers were a Kiwi new wave band that released the album Practical Jokers in 1981. Their single “Counting the Beat” reached No. 1 in New Zealand and Australia. They feature in the 1982 Australian musical comedy Starstruck. Guitarist–singer Phil Judd was a founding member of Split Enz. Members: Phil Judd (vocals, guitar), Dwayne “Bones” Hillman […]

Dial M

Dial M were an American New Wave/synthpop duo from Los Angeles that released a self-titled album on small-press D&D Records in 1983. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Maierhoffer had a creative hand in albums by the Village People (Renaissance, 1981) and Cher (I Paralyze, 1982). Keyboardist/singer Mike Kapitan subsequently worked with Thomas Dolby. Members: Mike Kapitan (Lead Vocals, […]

The Flying Lizards

The Flying Lizards were an English electro/art-pop project that yielded two albums on Virgin between 1979 and 1981, followed by a third on Statik in 1984. The project was ostensibly a twosome between composer/producer David Cunningham and a succession of vocalists: Deborah Evans-Stickland, Patti Palladin (Snatch), and Sally Peterson. The second album, Fourth Wall, features […]

Eddie & Sunshine

Eddie & Sunshine were an English electro-pop duo comprised of vocalist Eddie Maelov and singer/keyboardist Sunshine Patteson, who both hailed from art-punks Gloria Mundi. The pair issued two singles on small-press Human Records in 1981, followed by the album Perfect Strangers with three accompanying singles on self-startup Survival Records in 1983. Members: Eddie Maelov (vocals), […]

B. Baker Chocolate Co.

B. Baker Chocolate Co. were an American jazz-funk supergroup that released a self-titled album on the Lester Radio Corporation label in 1979. The project was arranged by composer/conductor Brad Baker with assorted LRC talent, including guitarist Jimmy Ponder and organists Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff. Members: Brad Baker (arranger), Jimmy Ponder (guitar), Lonnie Smith (organ), […]

The Jammers

The Jammers were an American soul-funk band that released a self-titled album on Salsoul Records in 1982. Members: Richie Weeks (keyboards, synthesizer, producer, arranger), Sheldon Weeks (vocals), Debra Blackwell (vocals), Fareed Abdul Haqq (guitar, keyboards) John Cooksey (keyboards), Raymond Earl (bass), Tony Bridges (bass), John Cooksey (drums), Scotty Miller (drums), Warren Benbow (drums) Discography: The […]

High Fashion

High Fashion were an American soul-funk trio that released the albums Feelin’ Lucky (1982) and Make Up Your Mind (1983) on Capitol Records. Members: Alyson Williams (1982-83), Eric MacClinton (1982-83), Meli’sa Morgan (1982), Marcella Allen (vocals, 1983) Discography: Feelin’ Lucky (1982) Make Up Your Mind (1983)


Heat were an American soul-funk trio that released a self-titled album in 1980, followed by Still Waiting in 1981, both on MCA. Members: Ed Whiting (vocals), Jean Marie Arnold (vocals), Tom Saviano (saxophone, producer) Discography: Heat (1980) Still Waiting (1981)


Logg were an American soul-funk band that released a self-titled album on Salsoul Records in 1981. Members: Leroy Burgess (lead vocals, keyboards, producer, arranger), Fred McFarlane (synthesizer), James Calloway (bass, percussion, backing vocals), Russell Patterson, Sonny T. Davenport (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Stan Lucas (guitar) Discography: Logg (1981)


Klique were an American soul-funk trio from Los Angeles that released four albums on MCA between 1981 and 1985. Members: Deborah Suthers [Deborah Hunter] (vocals, percussion), Isaac Suthers (vocals, synthesizer, keyboards), Howard Huntsberry (vocals, drums, percussion) Discography: It’s Winning Time (1981) Let’s Wear It Out (1982) Try It Out (1983) Love Cycles (1985)


MoFoYa were a Hawaiian jazz-funk/soul band that released the album Send a Message on self-press Kona Gold in 1979. Members: Tim Valente (Bass Guitar, Flute, Vocals), Ronnie Atwater (Drums, Vocals), Bill Montei (Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals), John Alden (Guitar, Vocals) Discography: Send a Message (1979)

Section 25

Section 25 were an English post-punk band from Blackpool, Lancashire, that released four albums and eight shortplayers on Factory between 1980 and 1988. Members: Larry Cassidy (lead vocals, bass, 1978-2010), Vin Cassidy (drums, 1978-85, 2000-present), Paul Wiggin (guitar, vocals, 1978-81), Lee Shallcross (guitar, 1981-85), John Grice (percussion, 1981-82), Jenny Cassidy [Jenny Ross] (keyboards, vocals, 1982-2001), […]

Annette Peacock

Annette Peacock (born 1941) is an American avant-garde jazz vocalist and composer from Brooklyn who first emerged in the mid-1960s as a writer for pianist Paul Bley, her then-husband. His 1968 album Mr. Joy features her title-sake composition that was subsequently covered by Swedish vocalist Karin Krog and English jazz-rockers Affinity. As a performer, Peacock […]

Unrest Work & Play

Unrest Work & Play were an English avant-rock duo that released two EPs in 1982/83, followed by the album Informs on Recommended Records in 1984. Members: Chris Fraser (guitar, vocals, percussion, tapes), Andy Wake (drums, vocals, percussion, tapes) Unrest Work & Play consisted of two experimental musicians: guitarist/percussionist Chris Fraser and percussionist Andy Wake. Discography: […]

Charanjit Singh

Charanjit Singh (1940 — July 5, 2015) was an Indian musician from Mumbai, Maharashtra, who issued a string of soundtrack recordings on Odeon during the 1970s. In 1982, he released Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat on His Master’s Voice. Discography: Instrumental Film Tunes (1975) One Man Show (1977) Mood With Kishore Kumar From […]

The Motels

The Motels were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Los Angeles that released five albums on Capitol between 1979 and 1985. Members: Martha Davis (vocals), Jeff Jourard (guitar, 1978-87), Marty Jourard (saxophone, keyboard 1978-1987), Michael Goodroe (bass, 1978-87), Brian Glascock (drums, 1978-87), Tim McGovern (guitar 1980-81), Guy Perry [aka Adrian Peritore] (guitar 1981-87) Discography: Motels […]

The Dancing Did

The Dancing Did were an English art-punk band from Evesham, Worcestershire, that issued two singles on self-press Fruit & Veg Records circa 1979/80, followed by a standalone single on Stiff in 1981. The band’s singular album, And Did Those Feet, was released on Kamera Records with two accompanying singles in 1982. Members: Tim Harrison (vocals), […]

Dekka Danse

Dekka Danse were a Scottish New Wave/synthpop band from Aberdeen that issued a standalone single on DJM in 1982, followed by the album Waltz in the Wilderness on CBS in 1984. The band evolved from an earlier act The Shapiros, which issued a one-off single on small-press Now in 1979. Members: John Innes (vocals), Alan […]


Dramatis were an English electro/art-pop band that released the album For Future Reference on the Rocket Record Company in 1981. The album yielded four singles with non-album b-sides; three further standalone singles followed in 1982. Dramatis coalesed from the 1979/80 backing band of Gary Numan. Drummer Cedric Sharpley recorded two albums circa 1975/76 with symphonic-rockers Druid. […]

Diagram Brothers

Diagram Brothers were an English art-punk band from Manchester that debuted with a standalone single on self-press Construct Records in 1980. Signed to Buzzcocks-manager Richard Boone’s New Hormones label, the band issued a second single and the album Some Marvels of Modern Science in 1981, followed by the four-song 10″ Discordo in 1982. Members: Andy […]

David Sylvian

David Sylvian is an English musician, singer, and composer from Beckenham, Kent, best known as the frontman of art-rockers Japan, which he formed in 1974 with brother Steve Batt (Jansen). Between 1978 and 1983, they released five studio albums and a live double-LP. Upon their disbandment, Sylvian issued two singles in collaboration with YMO mastermind […]

Roger Powell

Roger Powell (born March 14, 1949) is an American keyboardist who released the album Cosmic Furnace on Atlantic in 1973. In 1975, he joined Todd Rundgren‘s Utopia for a 10-year/10-album run. A second solo album, Air Pocket, appeared on the band’s Bearsville label in 1980. Discography: Cosmic Furnace (1973) “Pipeline” / “March of the Dragon […]

Six Cylindres en V

Six Cylindres en V were a French avant-jazz/rock band from Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, that released the album Dernier Cri on Ayaa Disques in 1984. Members: Yves Colombain (trombone), Patrick Cuisance (saxophone, flute), Marin Favre (vocals, saxophone, violin, percussion, baryton), Yves Menut (vocals, trumpet, flügelhorn), Antoine Prawerman (clarinet, bass, vocals), Jean-Marc Sohier (tuba), Benoît Proust (drums, percussion) […]


C.O.M.A. (Clinik Organik Muzak Anatomik) were a French New Wave band that released a self-titled album on Flamingo in 1979. The band changed its name to Charles de Goal for a four-album run on New Rose between 1980 and 1986, during which time the members also moonlighted as Danse Macabre. Members: Patrick Blain (guitar, bass, […]

ADN’ Ckrystall

ADN’ Ckrystall were a French cold-wave project from Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, that released the album Jazz’ Mad on self-press ADN in 1982. The project was the brainchild of electronic musician Erick Moncollin, who resurrected the nameplate for a further round of releases during the 21st century. Members: Erickrystall Moncollin (synthesizer), Majna (percussion, 1977-78), Prakash (flute, guitar, […]

Mama’s Boys

Mama’s Boys were an Irish hard-rock/metal band from Enniskillen that released two albums on Pussy Records between 1980 and 1982, followed by the breakthrough Turn It Up on Spartan Records in 1983. Three further albums appeared on Jive between 1984 and 1987, followed by a pair of titles on Music For Nations and Intercord during […]

Jimi Slevin

Jimi Slevin (born June 1950) is an Irish singer/songwriter and guitarist from Dublin who fronted the symphonic-folk band Peggy’s Leg for two years during the early 1970s. In 1978, he assembled the band Firefly and released the album Getting There on EMI. As a solo artist, he released the album Freeflight on Claddagh Records in […]

The Temptations

The Temptations were an American soul group from Detroit, formed in 1961. They first charted in 1964 with “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” sung by tenor Eddie Kendricks. With baritone David Ruffin at the fore, they hit number-one with the evergreen ballad “My Girl,” co-written and produced by Smokey Robinson, who also […]

Debra Laws

Debra Laws (born Sept. 10, 1956) is an American soul singer from Houston who released the album Very Special with accompanying singles on Elektra in 1981. She is the last-born in the musical Laws clan, which also includes flutist Hubert Laws, vocalist Eloise Laws, and saxophonist Ronnie Laws. Discography: Very Special (1981) Moments (1993)


Kleeer were an American soul-funk band from NYC that released seven albums on Atlantic between 1979 and 1985. The band formed in 1972 and originally performed under the names Jam Band and Pipeline before serving as the musical backbone for the Universal Robot Band on two albums during the late 1970s. Members: Woody Cunningham (vocals), […]

Maxx Traxx

Maxx Traxx was an American soul-funk band that released a 1981 eponymous album, listed in certain media as The Album!!!, on self-press Pulse Records. Material from their prior incarnation as Third Rail appears on Reachin’ For It, released in 1982 on Two Twenty Two Records. Members: Laurence Dawson, Lee Gatlin, Malcolm Banks, Marvin Sparks, Richie […]


Osiris were an American soul-funk band Washington, DC, that released their first and third albums — Since Before Our Time (1978) and Osiris the Band! (1980) — on Tom Dog/Warner, bisected by the 1979 release O-Zone on Marlin. In 1986, the nameplate was resurrected for a fourth album on Baad! Records. Members: Osiris Marsh (vocals), […]

One Way

One Way were an American soul-funk band Detroit that released two eponymous albums on MCA during 1979 and 1980 with vocalist Al Hudson featured before the nameplate. During the ensuing five-year period, the band released eight further albums on the label, followed by an eleventh album on Capitol in 1988, once again with special credit […]

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers (born Sept. 19, 1952) is an American soul-funk musician, songwriter, and producer from NYC who emerged as the guitarist/mastermind of Chic with musical partner Bernard Edwards. As a solo artist, Rodgers released the album Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove on Mirage Records in 1983, followed by B-Movie Matinee on Warner […]

Rick James

Rick James — aka James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. (Feb. 1, 1948 — Aug. 6, 2004) — was an American soul-funk musician, singer, and producer from Buffalo, NY, who released nine albums on Gordy between 1978 and 1986, followed by a tenth on Reprise in 1988. Discography: Come Get It! (1978 • Rick James & The […]


The Outlaws were an American hard-rock/boogie band from Tampa that released seven albums and a live double-LP on Arista between 1975 and 1982. Members: Hughie Thomasson (vocals, guitar, banjo, 1967-96), David Dix (drums, percussion, 1967-70, 1977-87), Frank O’Keefe (bass, guitar, vocals, 1967-76), Monte Yoho (drums, 1969-79), Billy Jones (guitar, keyboards, vocals, 1970-81), Henry Paul (vocals, […]


Rhyze were an American soul-funk band from Jersey City that released the album Just How Sweet Is Your Love on Sam Records in 1980, followed by Rhyze to the Top on 20th Century Fox in 1981. Members: Roscoe Taylor (lead vocals, trumpet), Elisworth “EI-T” Anderson (lead vocals, bass), Vince Jackson (guitar, lead vocals), Charles Holmes […]


Shadow were an American soul-funk trio from Ohio that released three albums on Elektra between 1979 and 1981. The members hailed from the Mercury-era lineup of the Ohio Players. Members: Billy Beck (grand piano, fender rhodes), James Williams (drums), Clarence Willis (lead guitar, bass) Discography: Love Lite (1979) Shadow (1980) Shadows in the Streets (1981)

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, […]

Oppenheimer Analysis

Oppenheimer Analysis were the English coldwave duo of singer Andy Oppenheimer and keyboardist Martin Lloyd. The pair self-released the cassette-album New Mexico — credited to the reverse-namesake vocalist — in 1982. Songs from that release were combined with unreleased early-’80s material on the 2005 self-issued CD Songs from the Atomic Age. That same year, an […]

The Strikers

The Strikers were an American soul-funk band from N.Y.C. that released a self-titled album on Prelude Records in 1981, followed by a string of singles on the label during the ensuing six-year period. Members: Darryl Gibbs, Howie Young, Milton Brown, Robert Gilliom, Robert Rodriguez, Ruben Faison, Willie Slaughter Discography: The Strikers (1981)


Spunk were an American soul-funk trio from Chicago that released the album Tighten It Up on Gold Coast in 1981. Members: Jesse Boyce (lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, producer), Jimmy Levine (keyboards, rap, producer), Rich Tufo (keyboards, producer) Discography: Tighten It Up (1981)


Sky were an American soul-funk band that released a self-titled album on EMI in 1979. Members: Oye Bisi (congas), E. Songojoko Adefumi (congas), Ira Gates (drums), Warren Bingham (guitar), Dean Gant (keyboards), Dale Williams (lead guitar), Gary Thompson (lead guitar), Donald Myrick (tenor saxophone, lead vocals), Willie Woods (tenor trombone), Louis Ealee Satterfield (trombone, lead […]


Switch were an American soul-funk band from Mansfield, Ohio, that released five albums on Gordy between 1978 and 1981, followed by a sixth on Total Experience Records in 1984. Members: Gregory Williams (vocals, keyboards), Bobby DeBarge (lead vocals, keyboards, drums), Tommy DeBarge (bass), Eddie Fluellan (vocals, keyboards, trombone), Renard Gallo (vocals, percussion), Attala Zane Giles […]

Walter “Junie” Morrison

Walter “Junie” Morrison (1954 — Feb. 11, 2017) was an American soul-funk musician from Dayton, Ohio, who released three albums on Westbound in 1975/76, followed by a pair of titles on Columbia in 1980/81 and a sixth on Island/ZE in 1984. Discography: When We Do (1975) Freeze (1975) Suzie Super Groupie (1976 • Junie) Bread […]


Wax were an American soul-funk band from N.Y.C. that released two albums on RCA during 1980 and 1981. Members: Joseph Lattisaw, Jr. (guitar, vocals), Bennie Melton, Jr. (vocals, synthesizer), James Claggett, Jr. (keyboards), David Searles (percussion), Ronnie Kidd (bass), Steve Wagner (drums), Charles Moritt (saxophone) Discography: Wax Attack (1980) Do You Believe in Magic (1981)

Young & Company

Young & Company were an American soul-funk band from New Jersey that released the album I Like (What You’re Doing to Me) on Brunswick Records in 1980, followed by a string of singles on assorted labels during the ensuing five-year period, including one under the name Joy. The band comprised the singing/production team of brothers […]


Zinc was a soul-funk studio project comprised of American and Italian session musicians assembled by the French/Italian production team of Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. The project yielded the album Street Level on Jive/Arista in 1982. Members: Gordon Grody (lead vocals), Steve Daniels (vocals), Fonzi Thornton (vocals), Diva Gray (vocals), Michelle Cobbs (vocals), Mauro […]


Runner was an English-American melodic-rock band that released a self-titled album on Island/Acrobat in 1979. They formed when singing guitarists Steve Gould (Rare Bird) and Alan Merrill (Arrows) teamed with the rhythm section of Streetwalkers. Members: Steve Gould (vocals, guitar), Alan Merrill (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Mickey Feat (bass, vocals), Dave Dowle (drums) Background Runner formed […]

The Higsons

The Higsons were an English post-punk/funk band that released twelve singles on assorted indie labels between 1981 and 1985. Members: Colin Williams [aka Bilko] (bass), Simon Charterton (drums), Stuart McGeachin (guitar), Charlie Higson [aka Switch] (vocals), Terry Edwards The Higsons formed in Norwich, Norfolk, in 1980. Albums: Live at the Jacquard Club, Norwich (cassette, 1982) […]