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Ultravox - 100% match to Japan

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

John Foxx - 97% match to Japan

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dennis Leigh, Chorley, Lancashire, England. Foxx moved to London in 1974 where he became a key instigator in the rise of the UK electro pop scene. He was a founder member of Ultravox, with whom he wrote, sang and dabbled in synthetic noises. Gary Numan cited Foxx as his main influence, which was some consolation for the fact that Numan was having hits when Ultravox were dro Read more

Heaven 17 - 87% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient 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

Human League - 78% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
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The Human League - 78% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Visage - 77% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A synthesizer ‘jamming’ band fronted by Steve Strange (Steve Harrington, 28 May 1959, Wales), with other members including Midge Ure (b. James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland; guitar), Rusty Egan (b. 19 September 1957), Billy Currie (b. William Lee Currie, 1 April 1950, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; violin), Dave Formula (keyboards), Joh Read more

Associates - 76% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vocalist Billy MacKenzie (27 March 1957, Dundee, Scotland, d. 23 January 1997, Scotland) and Alan Rankine had performed in a variety of local bands before finally forming the Associates in 1979. They recorded a cover version of David Bowie’s ‘Boys Keep Swinging’ for Double Hip Records, before being signed to Fiction Records where they released the critically a Read more

China Crisis - 75% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Gary Numan - 67% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gary Anthony James Webb, 8 March 1958, Hammersmith, London, England. Originally appearing under the group name Tubeway Army, Numan enjoyed enormous success in the UK at the close of the 70s. His Kraftwerk / David Bowie -influenced electronic music saw Tubeway Army top the UK charts in May 1979 with ‘Are Friends Electric?’ By September 1979 Numan had abandoned the g Read more

Duran Duran - 64% match to Japan

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock 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

Adam And The Ants - 63% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed from the ashes of the short-lived B-Sides in April 1977, the original line-up of this UK band comprised Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard, 3 November 1954, London, England; vocals/guitar), backed by Lester Square (guitar), Andy Warren (bass/vocals) and Paul Flanagan (drums). The line-up was relatively ad hoc between 1977 and 1979 with Mark Ryan (b. Mark Gaumont, England Read more

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - 63% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
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Talk Talk - 62% match to Japan

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1981, this high quality UK band initially comprised Mark Hollis (4 January 1955, Tottenham, London, England; vocals), Lee Harris (b. 20 July 1962, England; drums), Paul Webb (b. 16 January 1962, England; bass) and Simon Brenner (keyboards). They were soon signed to EMI Records who were intent on moulding them into the same league as stablemates Duran Duran. In fact Read more

Magazine - 60% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Buzzcocks’ vocalist Howard Devoto (Howard Trafford, 1955, Manchester, England) left that band in January 1977, although he continued to be involved on the fringe of their activities for some time. In April he met guitarist John McGeoch (b. 28 May 1955, Greenock, Strathclyde, Scotland, d. 4 March 2004, London, England) and together they started writing songs. They fo Read more

ABC - 59% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of ‘perfect pop’ in the early 80s, ABC’s sound has always been dominated by the stunning vocal range and lyrical songwriting skills of lead singer Martin Fry (9 March 1958, Manchester, England). The band was formed after Fry had interviewed Mark White (b. 1 April 1961, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; guitar) and Stephen Singleton (b. 17 April 1959, Sh Read more


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