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Thompson Twins - 100% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Heaven 17 - 99% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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An offshoot project from the UK production company BEF, this synthpop band featured the keyboards duo Ian Craig Marsh (11 November 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and Martyn Ware (b. 19 May 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and vocalist Glenn Gregory (b. 16 May 1958, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England). Heaven 17’s first UK hit was the dance-orientated ‘(We Don& Read more

The Human League - 77% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Howard Jones - 67% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955, Southampton, Hampshire, England. Coming to prominence as a synthesizer-pop maestro in the mid-80s, Jones had been trying to succeed as a musician for almost 15 years. His childhood saw him on the move from country to country but by the time he reached his teens he was settled in High Wycombe, England. He joined his first band in 1976 and Read more

Spandau Ballet - 64% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Evolving from a school group, the Makers, these leading UK New Romantics formed in 1979 with a line-up comprising Gary Kemp (16 October 1959, Islington, London, England; guitar), his brother Martin Kemp (b. 10 October 1961, Islington, London, England; bass), Tony Hadley (b. Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London, England), John Keeble (b. 6 July 1959, Islingt Read more

China Crisis - 62% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
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This Liverpool, England-based band was formed in 1979 around the core of Gary Daly (10 May 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; vocals) and Eddie Lundon (b. 9 June 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; guitar). In 1982, their first single, ‘African And White’, initially on the independent Inevitable label, was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records and made a crit Read more

Kajagoogoo - 62% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Leighton Buzzard, Hertfordshire, England, this fresh-faced quartet comprised Nick Beggs (15 December 1961; vocals/bass), Steve Askew (guitar), Stuart Crawford (vocals/synthesizer) and lead singer Chris Hamill (b. 19 December 1958, Wigan, Lancashire, England), better known as the anagrammatic Limahl. Emerging at a time when the ‘new pop’ of Duran Duran, Ad Read more

Blancmange - 57% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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This UK electro pop duo featured Neil Arthur (15 June 1958, Lancashire, England; vocals/guitar) and Steven Luscombe (b. 29 October 1954; keyboards). After debuting with an EP, Irene And Mavis, they were invited by disc jockey/entrepreneur Stevo to appear on his influential 1981 Some Bizzare compilation. This led to a contract with London Records and a synthesizer-based albu Read more

Naked Eyes - 57% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This UK duo, comprising Peter Byrne (vocals) and Rob Fisher (5 November 1959, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, d. 25 August 1999, Surrey, England; keyboards), enjoyed considerable US success with a simple but effective version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ‘Always Something There To Remind Me’. Released in 1983, it reached number 8 (the song’s h Read more

A Flock of Seagulls - 56% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This new wave electro pop act from Liverpool, England, had remarkable success in the USA before finding a large following in Britain. The band originally comprised Mike Score (5 November 1957; keyboards/vocals), Ali Score (drum machine/vocals), Paul Reynolds (b. 4 August 1962; guitar) and Frank Maudsley (b. 10 November 1959; bass). Following an adventurous EP on Bill Nelson& Read more

The Fixx - 54% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This durable UK new wave band originally comprised Cy Curnin (13 December 1957; vocals/guitar), Adam Woods (8 April 1953; drums), Rupert Greenall (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (guitar) and Charlie Barret (bass). They formed at the turn of the 80s when college friends Curnin and Woods made the decision to pursue music as a full-time vocation. After advertising in the music pre Read more

Duran Duran - 49% match to ABC

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Borrowing their name from a character in the cult 60s science fiction movie Barbarella, this UK pop band achieved global fame in the early 80s thanks to a series of catchy synthpop tunes, a strong visual image, and expensively produced promotional videos which enjoyed endless rotation on the nascent MTV music channel.The band’s classic line-up featu Read more

Scritti Politti - 46% match to ABC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded by a group of Leeds, England-based art students in 1978, by the time of their first single, ‘Skank Bloc Bologna’, the nucleus of Scritti Politti was Green Gartside (Paul Julian Strohmeyer, 22 June 1956, Cardiff, Wales; vocals/guitar), Matthew Kay (keyboards) and Tom Morley (drums) and Nial Jinks (bass, departed 1980). At this stage, the band was explicitly Read more

Ultravox - 46% match to ABC

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The initial premise of Ultravox came from the 70s school of electro rock represented by pioneers Kraftwerk and the glam rock of Brian Eno and Roxy Music. Formed in 1974, initially as Tiger Lily, the early line-up comprised Royal College Of Art student John Foxx (Dennis Leigh, Chorley, Lancashire, England; vocals), Steve Shears (guitar), Warren Cann (b. 20 May 1952, Victoria, Read more

Thomas Dolby - 45% match to ABC

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, 14 October 1958, Cairo, Egypt. Dolby is a self-taught musician/vocalist/songwriter and computer programmer. After studying meteorology and projectionism at college, he started building his own synthesizers at the age of 18. With his own hand-built PA system he acted as sound engineer on tours by the Members, Fall and the Passions. Afterwards, he co-f Read more


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