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Duran Duran - 55% match to Billy Idol

Genres: 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

Falco - 52% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Johann Hölzel, 19 February 1957, Vienna, Austria, d. 6 February 1998, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Using a droll mixture of German and English lyrics, Falco had several international hits in the 80s. After completing his studies at the Vienna Conservatoire, he played bass guitar in the punk band Drahdiwaberl, composing ‘Ganz Wien’ which appeared on their Read more

INXS - 50% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1977 as the Farriss Brothers in Sydney, Australia, INXS originally comprised the three Farriss brothers Tim (16 August 1957, Australia; guitar), Jon (b. 18 August 1961, Australia; drums) and Andrew (b. 27 March 1959, Australia; keyboards), Michael Hutchence (b. Michael Kelland John Hutchence, 22 January 1960, Lain Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 22 Nov Read more

Simple Minds - 48% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timeless and epochal, Simple Minds was formed in January 1978 by Jim Kerr (9 July 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Charlie Burchill (b. 27 November 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Tony Donald (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). They rose out of the ashes of Glasgow punk outfit Johnny And The Self-Abusers who, in true anarchic fashion, deliberately folded on the day their debu Read more

Eurythmics - 47% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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UK pop duo comprising David A. Stewart (9 September 1952, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England) and Annie Lennox (b. 25 December 1954, Aberdeen, Scotland). The worldwide popularity and critical acclaim of one of pop music’s leading duos came about by fastidious determination and Stewart’s remarkably good ear in being able to write the perfect song for his musical par Read more

The Cult - 47% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as first Southern Death Cult, then Death Cult, this UK rock band was formed by lead singer Ian Astbury (14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England) in 1981. After a youth spent in Merseyside, Scotland and Canada (where he gained early exposure to the culture of native Indians on the Six Nations Reservation, informing the early stages of the band’s career), Read more

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - 45% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the summer of 1980, this Liverpool, England-based outfit comprised former Big In Japan vocalist Holly Johnson (William Johnson, 19 February 1960, Khartoum, Sudan) backed by Paul Rutherford (b. 8 December 1959, Liverpool, England; vocals), Nasher Nash (b. Brian Nash, 20 May 1963; guitar), Mark O’Toole (b. 6 January 1964, Liverpool, England; bass) and Peter  Read more

The Cars - 45% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In a recording career that started in 1977 the Cars’ output was a meagre six albums. Each one, however, sold over a million copies and reached high chart positions in the USA. Formerly known as Cap’n Swing, the stable line-up comprised Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek, 23 March 1949, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; guitar/vocals), Benjamin Orr (b. Benjamin Orzechowski, 8 Sept Read more

Peter Murphy - 44% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1957, Northamptonshire, England. The former Bauhaus vocalist set out on his solo career after a brief period as half of Dali’s Car, with former Japan member Mick Karn (one album, 1984’s The Waking Hour). Murphy was already famous in his own right for appearing in a television advertisement for Maxwell audio tapes. His first solo output was a cover version o Read more

The Police - 44% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The reggae-influenced minimalist pop sound of this highly talented UK trio was one of the musical high points of the late 70s and early 80s. Their individual talent and egos ultimately overcame them and they fragmented, although each of the strong-willed former members never ruled out the possibility of a rematch.The Police’s line-up featured Stewar Read more

Tears for Fears - 42% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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School friends Roland Orzabal (Roland Orzabal de la Quintana, 22 August 1961, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England) and Curt Smith (b. 24 June 1961, Bath, Somerset, England) formed Tears For Fears after they had spent their teenage years in bands together, including a ska revivalist combo called Graduate who issued records on the Precision label. After Graduate split in 1981, the Read more

Def Leppard - 41% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Children's Music Heavy Metal Music Theme Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This perennially popular UK hard rock band was formed in 1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire by Pete Willis (16 February 1960, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; guitar), Rick Savage (b. 2 December 1960, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; bass) and Tony Kenning (drums), as Atomic Mass. They assumed their current name when Joe Elliott (b. 1 August 1959, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; vocals Read more

Kim Wilde - 41% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kim Smith, 18 November 1960, Chiswick, London, England. The daughter of 50s pop idol Marty Wilde and Vernons Girls’ vocalist Joyce Smith (née Baker), Kim was signed to Mickie Most’s RAK Records in 1980 after the producer heard a demo Kim recorded with her brother Ricky. Her first single, the exuberant ‘Kids In America’, composed by Ricky and co-pro Read more

Men At Work - 41% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979, by singer Colin Hay (29 June 1953, Scotland - emigrated to Australia aged 14) and guitarist Ron Strykert (b. 18 August 1957, Australia), initially as an acoustic duo. With the later addition of Greg Ham (b. 27 September 1953, Australia), John Rees (bass) and Jerry Speiser (drums), Men At Work performed for two years in small, inner-su Read more

Pretenders - 41% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Pop / Rock
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