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Dramarama - 61% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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The 80s were littered with US alt rock bands that paved the way for the genre’s big commercial breakthrough in the early 90s, but never seem to receive proper credit. Top in this category would be the Replacements, the Pixies, and Hüsker Dü, as well as several lesser-known outfits, such as the pop art-inspired Dramarama. Comprising John Easdale (vocals), Mark Eng Read more

10,000 Maniacs - 59% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band originally comprised enigmatic vocalist Natalie Merchant (26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA), backed by Robert Buck (b. 1958, Jamestown, New York, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar), John Lombardo (b. 30 September 1952; guitar), Dennis Drew (b. 8 August 1957; keyboards) and Steven Gustafson (b. 10 April 1957; bass). Merchant Read more

Cracker - 55% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A rowdy update of the 70s Californian folk rock fraternity, Cracker are fronted by Redlands natives David Lowery (10 October 1960, San Antonio, USA; formerly the founder of skewed rock architects Camper Van Beethoven) and fellow guitarist Johnny Hickman. Vocalist Lowery had been recording offbeat pop songs from the age of 16, issuing a number of tapes before joining covers b Read more

Luscious Jackson - 53% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The New York, USA-based band Luscious Jackson enjoyed almost universal press acclaim in the 90s with their spacious, bass-driven hip-hop/rock crossover. Their sound sampled New York life first-hand, with breakbeats married to traffic noise and overheard conversation, coupled with a slouching bass and guitar that managed to effect a Brooklyn drawl of its own. They were actually Read more

Love and Rockets - 50% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thisavant garde UK rock band was formed at Christmas 1985 from the ashes of Bauhaus. When David Jay aka David J (David Jay Haskins, 24 April 1957, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) had finished working with the Jazz Butcher on the A Scandal In Bohemia and Sex And Travel albums, he linked up once more with old colleague Daniel Ash (b. 31 July 1957, Northampton, Northamp Read more

Midnight Oil - 49% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1971, and then known as Farm, this strident band pioneered its own course in Australian rock without relying on the established network of agencies and record companies. The original nucleus of Farm comprised Andrew James (Australia; bass), Rob Hirst (b. Camden, New South Wales, Australia; drums/vocals) and Jim Moginie (b. Aus Read more

Toad the Wet Sprocket - 49% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US rock band was formed in the mid-80s at high school in Santa Barbara, California, by friends Dean Dinning (9 June 1967; bass/keyboards), Randy Guss (b. 7 March 1967; drums), Todd Nichols (guitar/vocals) and Glen Phillips (b. 29 December 1970; vocals/guitar/keyboards). The unconventional name came from British television’s cult comedy series Rutland Weekend Televi Read more

Cowboy Junkies - 48% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Toronto, Canada-based musicians Michael Timmins (21 April 1959, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; guitar) and Alan Anton (b. Alan Alizojvodic, 22 June 1959, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; bass) formed a band called Hunger Project in 1979. It was not successful and, now basing themselves in the UK, they formed the experimental instrumental outfit, Germinal. Returning to Toronto, they join Read more

Soul Asylum - 48% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally a Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-based garage hardcore band, Soul Asylum spent their early years under the yoke of comparisons with the more fêted Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Indeed, the latter’s Bob Mould was known to fondly describe Soul Asylum as ‘our little brothers’, and was on hand as producer for their first two long-playing sets.Read more

Belly - 44% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Based in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, Belly was the brainchild of the mercurial Tanya Donelly (14 July 1966, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; vocals/guitar). Donelly, along with half-sister Kristin Hersh, was a founding member of Throwing Muses. She was able to write the occasional song within that band, but inevitably felt constrained; when Hersh took time out to start a family, Read more

The Smithereens - 44% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Influenced by the 60s pop of the Beatles, Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Smithereens formed in New Jersey, USA, in 1980. Members Jim Babjak (guitar) and Dennis Diken (drums) had played together since 1971; Mike Mesaros (bass) was recruited in 1976, and finally Pat DiNizio (vocals). After recording two EPs, they backed songwriter Otis Blackwell (‘Great Balls Of Fire’) o Read more

Violent Femmes - 44% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, this cult indie band was formed in 1981 by Gordon Gano (7 June 1963, USA; vocals/guitar), Brian Ritchie (b. 21 November 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; bass/vocals) and Victor DeLorenzo (b. 25 October 1954, Racine, Wisconsin, USA; drums). DeLorenzo and Ritchie first played together in the Ruthless Acoustics and went through a number of differ Read more

Liz Phair - 43% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1967, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Phair was brought up in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Illinois, by her adoptive father (a physician) and mother (an art teacher). It was a perfectly happy childhood, during which she befriended the actress Julia Roberts (a friendship later recounted in the song ‘Chopsticks’). Her first love was art, but at Oberlin College Read more

Camper Van Beethoven - 41% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A band for whom the term ‘alternative’ might first have been coined; in fact, principal songwriter David Lowery suggests that is exactly the case: ‘(We) were arguably the prototypical alternative band. I remember first seeing that word applied to us. The nearest I could figure is that we seemed like a punk band, but we were playing pop music, so they made up the Read more

Gin Blossoms - 41% match to Concrete Blonde

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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‘A big slice of American cheese’ was how the singer of this American rock band once described their sound. Favoured sons of MTV, they had earlier attracted a fierce local following after formation in Tempe, Arizona, USA, in 1987. Their original line-up comprised Doug Hopkins (Douglas Hopkins, 11 April 1961, USA, d. 5 December 1993, Tempe, Arizona, USA; guitar), Bil Read more


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