Mick Karn

Mick Karn — aka Andonis Michaelides (July 24, 1958 — Jan. 4, 2011) — was an English-Cypriot multi-instrumentalist and composer who rose to prominence as the bassist in the New Wave/art-pop band Japan, which released five studio albums between 1978 and 1981. Just as the band announced its breakup, Karn debuted as a solo artist […]

Hugh Hopper

Hugh Hopper (April 29, 1945 — June 7, 2009) was an English bassist from Whitstable, Kent, that gained global renown with jazz-rockers Soft Machine, premiering his signature fuzz-bass sound on 1969’s Volume Two and appearing on the band’s subsequent four albums. In 1973, he released the experimental solo album 1984 on CBS and also appeared […]

Deep Purple

Deep Purple are an English hard rock band formed in 1967. Emerging at the height of psychedelia, the band played a key role in the development of heavy metal during the early 1970s. Members: Ian Paice (drums), Jon Lord (keyboards, 1968-2002), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, 1968-75, 1984-93), Rod Evans (vocals, 1968-69), Nick Simper (bass, 1968-69), Ian […]

Golden Earring

Golden Earring are a Dutch rock band that started life in 1962 as The Tornadoes. The band released two Nederbeat albums on Polydor between 1965 and 1967 under variations of the pluralized “Golden Earrings” banner before the arrival of vocalist Barry Hay. Between 1968 and 1981, the band recorded 16 albums for the label before […]

The Nits

The Nits are a Dutch art-pop band from Amsterdam, formed in 1974 by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Henk Hofstede. The band debuted with a 1976 single on Dureco, followed in 1978 by a self-titled album on Scramble. Ten albums and assorted shortplayers appeared on CBS between 1979 and 1990, with further titles on Columbia and Sony over the […]

The Saints

The Saints were an Australian rock band from Brisbane that issued the punk single “I’m Stranded” on self-press Fatal in 1976, followed by three albums on Harvest between 1977 and 1978. A further round of albums appeared on assorted labels during the 1980s, culminating with a second career-wind on Mushroom during the latter part of […]

The Alarm

The Alarm are a Welsh anthem-rock band that was initially active for 10 years, starting in 1981. The band debuted with an eponymous EP on I.R.S. in 1983, followed by four albums for that label between 1984 and 1989. Guitarist/vocalist Mike Peters reactivated the nameplate in the 21st century. Members: Mike Peters (lead vocals, guitar), […]

Julian Cope

Julian Cope (Oct. 21, 1957) is a Welsh vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter who first emerged as the frontman of Liverpudlian New Romantic foursome The Teardrop Explodes. The band released two albums and assorted shortplayers between 1979 and 1982. Cope launched his solo career with the 1983 EP Sunshine Playroom on Mercury. Four albums would follow […]