Griffin

Griffin was an American metal band from San Francisco that released two albums between 1984 and 1986 on the German Steamhammer label. The first of those, Flight of the Griffin, appeared stateside on Shrapnel Records. Members: William Rodrick McKay (vocals), Mike “Yaz” Jastremski (guitar), Rick Cooper (guitar), Thomas “Hawk” Mayberry (bass), Rick Wagner (drums) Discography: […]

Exodus

Exodus are an American metal band from San Francisco that released the album Bonded by Blood on Torrid/Music for Nations in 1985, followed by two 1987/89 albums on Combat and another pair on Capitol during the early 1990s. Members: Tom Hunting (drums, vocals, 1979-89, 1997-2005, 2007-present), Kirk Hammett (guitar, 1979-83), Tim Agnello (guitar, 1979-80), Keith […]

A=440

A=440 were an American modern-rock band from Los Angeles that released a self-titled album on Casablanca in 1986. Vocalist Tommy La Verdi later teamed with ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham in the hard-rock band 21 Guns. Bassist Matt Bissonette hailed from jazz-rockers Zebras NTSU and also notched credits with Maynard Ferguson and Keiko Matsui prior […]

Aviator

This entry is for the mid-’80s American hard-rock band Aviator. For the earlier art-rock supergroup with Jack Lancaster and John G. Perry, click here. Aviator were an American melodic-rock band from New York that released a self-titled album on RCA in 1986. This marked the fourth recorded pairing between guitarist Richie Cerniglia and drummer Michael […]

White Lion

White Lion were an American metal band from NYC that released the album Fight to Survive on Grand Slamm Records in 1985, followed by three albums on Atlantic between 1987 and 1991. Members: Mike Tramp (vocals), Vito Bratta (guitar, 1983-91), Nicki Capozzi (drums, 1983-84), Felix Robinson (bass, 1983-84), Dave Spitz (bass, 1984), James LoMenzo (bass, […]

Wild Dogs

Wild Dogs were an American metal band from Portland, Ore., that released two albums on Shrapnel in 1983/84, followed by Reign of Terror on Enigma in 1987. Members: Matt McCourt (vocals, bass), Mike Varney (guitar), Michael Brown (guitar), Pete Laufmann (drums), Michael Furlong (vocals), Jeff Mark (guitar), Danny Kurth (bass), Rick Bartell (bass), Deen Castronovo […]

Whiplash

Whiplash were an American metal band from Passaic, NJ, that released three albums on Roadracer between 1986 and 1989. Members: Tony Portaro (guitar, vocals), Tony Scaglione (drums, 1983-87, 1996, 1998-99, 2010-11), Mike Orosz (vocals, 1984), Pat Burns (bass, 1984), Rob Harding (bass, 1984), Tony Bono (bass, 1985-93, 1998-99), Joe Cangelosi (drums, 1987-93) Discography: Power and […]

Watchtower

Watchtower were an American metal band from Austin that released the album Energetic Disassembly on self-press Zombo Records in 1985, followed by Control and Resistance on Noise International in 1989. Members: Doug Keyser (bass), Rick Colacula (drums), Billy White (guitar, 1982-86), Travis Allen (vocals, 1982), Jason McMaster (vocals, 1982-88, 1999-2009), Ron Jarzombek (guitar, 1987-present), Mike […]

Warlord

Warlord were an American metal band from San Jose, Calif., that released the 1983 EP Deliver Us and the 1984 album And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun…, both on Metal Blade. Members: Destroyer [William J. Tsamis] (guitar), Thunder Child [Mark Zonder] (drums), Joe Hall (bass, 1980-81), Jerry Alcevia (keyboards, 1981), Damien King I [Jack […]

Alcatrazz

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 […]

Vyper

Vyper were an American metal band from Kansas City, Mont., that released the 1984 album Prepared to Strike, followed by the 1985 EP Afraid of the Dark, both on Greenworld Records. Members: Christy Black (vocals), Jacky Foxx (guitar), Robbie Saint (guitar), Rik Brock (bass), Michael Scott (drums) Discography: Prepared to Strike (1984) Afraid of the […]

Vicious Rumors

Vicious Rumors were an American metal band from Santa Rosa, Calif., that released two albums on Shrapnel/Roadrunner between 1985 and 1988, followed by a pair of albums on Atlantic during the early 1990s. Members: Geoff Thorpe (guitar), Mark Tate (vocals, 1980-82), Walt Perkins (drums, 1980-82), Jim Cassero (guitar, 1980-83), Jeff Barnacle (bass, 1980-85), Jim Lang […]

Savatage

Savatage are an American metal band from Tampa, initially known as Avatar, that released the EP City Beneath the Surface and the album Sirens on Florida small-press Par Records in 1983. Between 1985 and 1995, the band released eight albums on Atlantic. Members: Steve Wacholz (drums, 1983-94), Criss Oliva (lead guitar, vocals, 1983-93), Jon Oliva […]

Slayer

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, […]

Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche were an American metal band from Bellevue, Wash., that released an EP and three albums on EMI America between 1983 and 1988, followed by three further titles on the label during the subsequent decade. Members: Michael Wilton (guitar, backing vocals), Eddie Jackson (bass, backing vocals), Scott Rockenfield (drums, percussion, keyboards), Chris DeGarmo (guitar, backing […]

Overkill

Overkill are an American metal band from Old Bridge, NJ, that released seven albums on Megaforce and Atlantic between 1985 and 1994, followed by titles on CMC, eOne, Steamhammer, and Nuclear Blast during the subsequent quarter-century. Members: D.D. Verni (bass), Rat Skates (drums, 1980-87), Bobby Ellsworth [aka Blitz] (vocals), Robert Pisarek [aka Riff Thunder] (guitar, […]

Metallica

Metallica is an American metal band that spearheaded the US thrash scene with the 1983–84 albums Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning. They shot to fame with their 1986 Elektra release Master of Puppets and its 1988 two-record followup …And Justice for All. Members: Lars Ulrich (drums), James Hetfield (guitar, vocals), Hugh Tanner (guitar, […]

Metal Church

Metal Church were an American metal band from San Francisco that self-issued a cassette EP in 1981, followed by three albums on Elektra between 1984 and 1989. Members: Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar, 1980-87, 1998-2009, 2012-present), Kirk Arrington (drums, 1982-2006), Craig Wells (guitar, 1982-94), Duke Erickson (bass, 1982-2001), David Wayne (vocals, 1982-88, 1998-2001), John Marshall (guitar, 1988-2001), […]

Manowar

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, […]

Megadeth

Megadeth were an American metal band from Los Angeles that released the album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! on Combat in 1985, followed by seven further studio albums on Capitol during the subsequent 14-year period. Members: Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals), David Ellefson (bass, 1983-2002, 2010-present), Greg Handevidt (guitar, 1983-84), Dijon Carruthers (drums, […]

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 […]

King’s X

King’s X were an American hard-rock band from Houston that released six albums on Atlantic between 1988 and 1996, followed by further titles on Metal blade during the subsequent decade. Members: Doug Pinnick (vocals, bass), Ty Tabor (vocals, guitar), Jerry Gaskill (vocals, drums) Discography: Out of the Silent Planet (1988) Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) […]

Icon

Icon were an American metal band from Phoenix that released two albums on Capitol in 1984/85, followed by a self-released cassette title and a third proper album on Megaforce in 1989. Members: Stephen Clifford (vocals), Dan Wexler (guitar), John Aquilino (guitar), Tracy Wallach (bass), Pat Dixon (drums), Kevin Stoller (keyboards), Jerry Harrison (vocals), Drew Bollman […]

Dio

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 […]

Death Angel

Death Angel were an American metal band from San Francisco that self-released two EPs between 1983 and 1985, followed by two albums on Enigma in 1987/88 an a third on Geffen in 1990. Members: Rob Cavestany (lead guitar, vocals), Andy Galeon (drums, vocals, 1982-2009), Dennis Pepa (bass, vocals, 1982-2008), Gus Pepa (rhythm guitar, 1982-91), Mark […]

Brocas Helm

Brocas Helm were an American metal band from San Francisco that released the album Into Battle on Steamhammer in 1984, followed by Black Death on self-press Gargoyle in 1988. Members: Bobbie “Dark Rider” Wright (guitar, vocals), John Grey (guitar), Tom “T-bone” Behney (guitar), James Schumacher (bass), Jack Hays (drums) Discography: Into Battle (1984) Black Death […]

Annihilator

Annihilator were an Canadian metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, that self-released two demo EPs in 1985/86, followed by two albums on Roadrunner in 1989/90. Members: Jeff Waters (guitar, vocals, bass), Big John Bates (lead vocals, 1984-85), Dave Scott (bass, 1984-85), Paul Malek (drums, 1984-86), Ray Hartmann (drums, 1987-91, 1999-2001), Dennis Dubeau (vocals, 1987-89), Randy Rampage […]

Agent Steel

Agent Steel were an American metal band from Los Angeles that released two albums and an EP on Combat Records between 1985 and 1987. Members: Juan García (guitar, 1984-87, 1998-present), Silvio Golfetti (guitar, 1984), Mark Marshall (guitar, 1984), Sill Simmons (guitar, 1984), John Gott (guitar, 1984), Kurt Colfelt (guitar, 1984-85), George Robb (bass, 1984-86), John […]

Loose Tubes

Loose Tubes were an English avant-jazz big band that released two albums on their namesake self-press Loose Tubes Limited during 1985 and 1986, followed by a third disc on Editions EG in 1988. The band regrouped for a second trio of titles on Lost Marble during the 2010s. Members: Julian Argüelles (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone), […]

Kahondo Style

Kahondo Style were a London-based, multinational chamber-jazz/rock ensemble that released two albums on the French Nato label between 1985 and 1987. Members: Viv Corringham (vocals), Peter Cusack (bouzouki, electronics, guitar), Clive Bell (accordion, flute, khene, shakuhachi), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Stuart Jones (bass, cello, trumpet), Sianed Jones (saxophone, violin, vocals), Steve Noble (drums, percussion), Terry Day […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Omega

Omega were an English symphonic/hard-rock band from London that self-released a five-song demo cassette in 1983, followed by the album The Prophet on Razor-subsidiary Rock Machine in 1985. Members: Nick Brent (guitar, vocals), Steve Grainger (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Dave Robertson (bass, vocals), Graham Roberts (drums) Discography: Alpha (cassette, 1983) The Prophet (1985)

News from Babel

News from Babel were an English avant/art-pop band that released two albums and a standalone one-sided single on Rē between 1984 and 1986. The band was essentially a follow-through to Henry Cow-spinoff the Art Bears with Lindsay Cooper in lieu of Fred Frith. Members: Chris Cutler (drums, electronics, percussion, marimba), Dagmar Krause (vocals), Zeena Parkins […]

New Model Army

New Model Army was an English art-punk band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, that debuted with a pair of EPs in 1983, followed by the album Vengeance in 1984 on small-press Abstract Records. Between 1985 and 1991, the band released five albums and assorted shortplayers on EMI. Members: Justin Sullivan (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Stuart Morrow (bass […]

Tysondog

Tysondog were an English hard-rock/metal band from Newcastle upon Tyne that debuted with the single “Eat the Rich” on Neat Records in 1983, followed by the album Beware of the Dog in 1984. A four-song EP appeared on the label in 1985, followed by Crimes of Insanity in 1986, after which the nameplate was benched […]

Blind Fury

Blind Fury were an English hard-rock/metal band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne that released the album Out of Reach on Roadrunner in 1985. Members: Lou Taylor (vocals), Steve Ramsey (guitar), Russ Tippins (guitar), Graeme English (bass), Sean Taylor (drums), Kevin Heybourne (guitar, 1983-84), Pete Gordelier (bass, 1983-84), Dave Hogg (drums, 1983-84) Discography: Out of Reach (1985)

Black

Black was an English new wave band from Liverpool that released the 1981–82 indie singles “Human Features” and “More Than the Sun.” Their frontman and songwriter Colin Vearncombe (May 26, 1962 — Jan. 26, 2016) retained the name as a solo artist, starting with the 1984 single “Hey Presto.” Black charted with “Wonderful Life” and […]

The Beautiful South

The Beautiful South were an English sophisti-pop band from Kingston upon Hull that debuted with the album Welcome to the Beautiful South on Go! Discs in 1989, followed by nine further discs during the ensuing 16-year period. Vocalist/songwriter Paul Heaton and drummer David Hemingway hailed from The Housemartins. On their sophomoric 1990 release Choke, the […]

The Motor Totemist Guild

The Motor Totemist Guild were an American avant-rock band from San Francisco that released two albums, a standalone single, and a live disc on self-press Rotary Totem between 1984 and 1986, followed by titles on the RēR-affiliates No Man’s Land, Auf Dem Nil, and Cuneiform during the subsequent 13-year period. The band’s participation in the […]

Curlew

Curlew were an American avant-rock/jazz band from NYC that debuted with an eponymous release on Landslide Records in 1981, followed by the album North America on the German Moers Music label in 1985. The band’s 1988 release Live in Berlin kicked off a seven-disc run on Cuneiform over the ensuing 15-year period. Members: George Cartwright […]

The Lounge Lizards

The Lounge Lizards were an American avant-jazz/No Wave band from New York that released a self-titled album on Editions EG in 1981, followed by titles on Europa and Island during the ensuing five-year period. Members: John Lurie (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, vocals), Evan Lurie (piano, organ, keyboards, vocals), Arto Lindsay (guitar, 1979-81), Steve Piccolo (bass, […]

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic were an American avant-rock band from Boston that released two EPs and the album Magnetic Flip on small-press Ace of Hearts between 1983 and 1985, followed by a string of discs on Cuneiform between 1989 and 2006. Members: Erik Lindgren (piano, synthesizer, Farfisa organ, sampling, percussion, drum programming, trumpet), Roger Miller […]

French TV

French TV were an American jazz-rock band from Louisville, Ken., that self-released an eponymous album in 1984, followed by After a Lengthy Silence on local-press Y-Records in 1987. Ten further titles appeared over the subsequent three decades on bassist Mike Sary’s own label. Members: Artie Bratton (guitar), Bob Douglas (drums), Fenner Castner (drums), John Robinson […]

Doctor Nerve

Doctor Nerve were an American avant-rock band from NYC that released the album Out to Bomb Fresh Kings on Punos Music in 1984, followed by five discs on Cuneiform between 1987 an 2000. Members: Nick Didkovsky (guitar), Greg Anderson (bass), Leo Ciesa (drums), Yves Duboin (soprano saxophone), Rob Henke (trumpet), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet, contrabass […]

A Thinking Plague

A Thinking Plague are an American avant-rock band from Denver, Colo., that released two albums on Endemic Music between 1984 and 1986, followed by In This Life on RēR in 1989. Four further discs appeared on Cuneiform during the subsequent three decades. Members: Mike Johnson (guitar, drums, percussion, vocals), Rick Arsenault (drums, 1982-83), Sharon Bradford […]

Blackmayne

Blackmayne were an English hard-rock/metal band from Maidstone, Kent, that released a self-titled album on NWOBHM small-press Criminal Response in 1985. Members: Tim Cooke (vocals), Phil McDermott (guitar), Richard Matthews (guitar), Julian “Sack” Sackett (bass), Andy Terry (drums) Discography: Blackmayne (1985)

Marc Almond

Marc Almond is an English vocalist, songwriter, and arranger from Southport, Merseyside, who rose to fame as one-half of the synthpop duo Soft Cell, which released three albums between 1981 and 1984. Concurrently, he released two 1982–83 albums with the goth–cabaret side-project Marc and the Mambas. As a solo artist, he released nine full-length studio […]

Magnum

Magnum was an English hard-rock band from Birmingham that released four studio albums and a live disc on Jet Records between 1978 and 1983, followed by four further albums on Polydor between 1985 and 1990. Members: Bob Catley (vocals), Tony Clarkin (guitar), Dave Morgan (bass, 1972-75), Kex Gorin (drums, 1972-83), Colin “Wally” Lowe (bass, 1975-95), […]

Eurogliders

The Eurogliders were an Australian pop band from Perth that debuted with a self-pressed cassette in 1981, followed by the 1982 Mercury release Pink Suit Blue Day and a three-album run on CBS between 1984 and 1988. Members: Grace Knight (vocals), Bernie Lynch (guitar), Crispin Akerman (guitar, 1980-87), Amanda Vincent (keyboards, 1980-87), Don Meharry (bass, […]

Jean-Luc Ponty

Jean-Luc Ponty is a French violinist who has been musically active since the early 1960s. Jean-Luc Ponty was born in Avranches, France, on September 29, 1942, to a pianist mother and a violinist father. At 18, he graduated with the Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. For the next three […]

Coroner

Coroner were a Swiss heavy metal band from Zürich that issued a cassette album on self-press Rip Rec in 1986, followed by five albums on Noise International between 1987 and 1993. Members: Marquis Marky (drums, 1983-2014), Tommy Ritter (guitar, 1983-84), Phil Puzctai (bass, 1983-84), Pete Attinger (vocals, 1983-84), Oliver Amberg (guitar, vocals, 1984-85), Ron Royce […]

No Secrets in the Family

No Secrets in the Family were a Swiss art-pop band from Zürich that released the album In a Certain Light We All Appear Green on Ex Libris/Musikszene Schweiz in 1987, followed by the 1990/92 titles Play & Strange Laughter and Kleinzeit on local ReR-subsidiary RecRecMusic. Members: Annette Schönholzer (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Markus Schönholzer (guitar, vocals), […]

Nimal

Nimal were a Swiss chamber-rock/folk band from Neuchâtel that released a self-titled album on local ReR-subsidiary RecRec Music in 1987, followed by the disc Voix de Surface in 1990. The band’s third and final album, DisTanz, appeared on the French ReR branch Ayaa in 1992. Members: Jean-Maurice Rossel (guitar, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki), Tom Cora (cello), Bratko […]

Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost were a Swiss heavy metal band from Zürich that released three albums and three EPs on Noise International between 1984 and 1988. Members: Tom G. Warrior [Thomas Gabriel Fischer] (vocals, guitar), Martin Eric Ain [Martin Eric Stricker] (bass, 1984-85, 1987, 1990-93, 2003-08), Stephen Priestly (drums, 1984, 1988-92), Dominic Steiner (bass, 1985), Reed St. […]

Loose Ends

Loose Ends were an Afro-British soul-funk trio that released the 1984–86 Virgin albums A Little Spice, So Where Are You?, and Zagora and charted with “Magic Touch,” “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating),” “Slow Down,” and “Stay a Little While, Child.” Their 1988–90 albums The Real Chuckeeboo and Look How Long landed further hits with “Mr. […]

Lindsay Cooper

Lindsay Cooper (March 3, 1951 — Sept. 18, 2013) was an English bassoonist, oboist, and composer who replaced Geoff Leigh as the chief woodwind player in Henry Cow, serving with the band on four studio albums between 1974 and 1978. In the two decades that followed, she released numerous soundtrack recordings and rock operas with […]

Level 42

Level 42 were an English jazz-funk band from the Isle of Wight that released seven studio albums and a live double-LP on Polydor between 1981 and 1988. Members: Mark King (vocals, bass, percussion, guitar, keyboards), Mike Lindup (vocals, keyboards, percussion, 1980-94, 2006-present), Phil Gould (drums, vocals, keyboards, 1980-87, 1993-94), Boon Gould (guitar, saxophone, 1980-87), Gary […]

Ruth

Ruth were a French coldwave band that released the longplayer Polaroïd/Roman/Photo on the Paris Album label in 1985. Members: Thierry Müller (guitar, synthesizer, electronics), Philippe Doray, Ruth Ellyeri Discography: Polaroïd/Roman/Photo (1985)

Sortilège

Sortilège were a French hard-rock/metal band that debuted with a self-titled EP on Rave-On in 1983, followed by two albums on Steamhammer between 1984 and 1986. Members: Jean-Philippe “Bob Snake” Dumont (drums), Stéphane Dumont (guitar), Didier Demajean (guitar), Daniel Lapp (bass), Christian “Zouille” Augustin (vocals) Discography: Sortilège (EP, 1983) Métamorphose (1984) Larmes de Héros (1986)

Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter were an English sophisti-pop band that released two albums on Arista-subsidiary Rockin’ Horse Records between 1985 and 1987, followed by a pair of discs on RCA in 1989 and 1990. Members: Steve Skaith (vocals, guitar), Mike Jones (backing vocals), Richard Wright (guitar), Yona Dunsford (vocals, keyboards, 1983-90), Carol Douet (vocals, 1983-88), Steve Jeffries […]

Time Bandits

Time Bandits were a Dutch New Wave band that released four albums on CBS between 1982 and 1987. Members: Alides Hidding (vocals, guitar), Otto Cooymans (keyboards, piano, 1980-87), Carl Carlton (guitar, 1980-84), Peter Smid (bass, 1980-84), Tom Bachman (drums, 1980-81), Åke Danielson (keyboards, 1981-87, 2012-present), Joris Alberda (drums, 1981-84), Hugo de Bruin (guitar, 1984-87), Dick […]

Go West

Go West were an English modern-pop/rock combo from London that released three albums on Chrysalis between 1985 and 1992. The band was essentially a duo comprised of musicians Peter Cox and Richard Drummie, who both sang and played multiple instruments. Cox had previously fronted the Earth Band-spinoff Terra Nova. Members: Peter Cox (vocals, guitar, keyboards), […]

Vitamin Z

Vitamin Z were an English modern-pop trio from Sheffield that released the album Rites of Passage on Mercury in 1985, followed by Sharp Stone Rain on Phonogram in 1989. Vocalist Geoff Barradale appeared on the Alan Parson Project‘s 1987 release Gaudi. Members: Geoff Barradale (vocals), Nick Lockwood (bass, keyboards), David Rhodes (guitar) Discography: Rites of […]