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The Smithereens - 93% match to Material Issue

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

The Plimsouls - 87% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of a group of bands from Los Angeles, California, USA, playing power pop in the mid-80s, the Plimsouls comprised Peter Case (5 April 1954, USA; vocals/guitar, ex-Nerves), plus Lou Ramirez (drums), Dave Pahoa (bass) and Eddie Munoz (lead guitar). Formed in 1979, they originally worked as Tone Dogs before changing names and earning a strong local live reputation. This culm Read more

Marshall Crenshaw - 77% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1953, Detroit, Michigan, USA. After portraying John Lennon in the stage show Beatlemania, Crenshaw forged a solo career as a solid and dependable performer of the classic urban American pop song. His rock ‘n’ roll songs are sprinkled with lyrics discoursing on the perennial problems of the lovelorn and the trials of being in love.

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The Records - 71% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Will Birch (Essex, England) started out on his drumming career in the 60s with local Southend band the Geezenstacks. He then moved on to the Tradewinds who performed two songs and appeared in a BBC television documentary about young people screened in June 1965. Next up came a stint in the Flowerpots with Wilko Johnson, before he played with Surly Bird, Glory, Cow Pie, the H Read more

Matthew Sweet - 70% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 October 1964, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Before the success of his third album, 1991’s Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet had been best known for his work in the late 80s with the Golden Palominos. Before that, in the early 80s, he had recorded under the name Buzz Of Delight, based in Athens, Georgia, issuing a mini-album entitled Sound Castles which was produced by Don Dixon. Tw Read more

The Raspberries - 70% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1970, this popular US band evolved from several aspiring Ohio, USA-based bands. The original line-up included two former members of Cyrus Erie, Eric Carmen (11 August 1949, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Marty Murphy (guitar), as well as ex-Choir drummer Jim Bonfanti (b. 17 December 1948, Windber, Pennsylvania, USA). Murphy was quickly replaced Read more

Guadalcanal Diary - 56% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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This quartet was formed in Marietta, Georgia, USA, in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist Murray Attaway and guitar player Jeff Walls, initially as a vehicle to perform renditions of Civil War songs. However, with a line-up of Robert Crowe (bass) and John Poe (drums), they went on to specialize in guitar-led songs with impassioned and wilful lyrics, in a manner that prefigured the 90s r Read more

The Call - 47% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Call’s stadium-friendly rock songs prompted comparisons with U2 from the very outset of their career. A California, USA-based quartet, the songs written by vocalist Michael Been (ex-Aorta) recalled the passion and melodrama of Boy -era U2, an impression compounded by the band’s spiritual inclinations. The band, originally known as Motion Pictures, was formed in 19 Read more

Paul Westerberg - 45% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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31 December 1959, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Westerberg had been planning a solo project even before his band, the Replacements, imploded in 1991, but his first work under his own name comprised two tracks on the soundtrack of the 1992 ‘slacker’ movie Singles. This was followed by 14 Songs, perceived by some critics to be a return to the punked-up glory days of B Read more

The Rubinoos - 44% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Rubinoos carried on the great pop tradition of UK bands like the Hollies and the Beatles and that espoused by other American acts like the Raspberries. They were formed in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, USA, in 1973 by Tommy ‘TV’ Dunbar and Jon Rubin, who were thrown out of high school together and enrolled in a so-called Progressive School where they Read more

The Alarm - 41% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Rhyl, Wales, during 1981, this energetic pop outfit originally comprised Mike Peters (25 February 1959; vocals/guitar), David Sharp (b. 28 January 1959, Salford, Lancashire, England; vocals/guitar), Eddie MacDonald (b. 1 November 1959; bass), and Nigel Twist (b. 18 July 1958; drums). Originally known as Seventeen, they changed their name after recording a self-penn Read more

The Mighty Lemon Drops - 39% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This UK indie pop band broke through in 1985 with the highly touted ‘Like An Angel’. The band featured Paul Marsh (vocals/guitar), David Newton (guitar), Tony Linehan (bass) and Keith Rowley (drums), who had all enjoyed chequered careers in numerous Wolverhampton outfits. Newton had previously played with Active Restraint in 1982, which also included Marsh and Linehan Read more

Freedy Johnston - 38% match to Material Issue

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Kinsley, Kansas, USA. Johnston, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization, made his debut for Bar/None Records in 1990 with the Chris Butler-produced The Trouble Tree. An accomplished record, highlighted by the artist’s succinct lyrics and able characterization of his subjects, it received positive reviews throughout the US un Read more

Rockpile - 38% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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The name Rockpile was derived from a 1972 album by founding vocalist/guitarist Dave Edmunds. In 1979 he suspended his solo career by officially joining forces with three musicians who had featured on several albums issued under his own name. ex-Brinsley Schwarz frontman, Nick Lowe, bass player Billy Bremner (ex-Lulu And The Luvvers) and drummer Terry Williams (ex-Love Sculpture Read more

Bodeans - 37% match to Material Issue

Genres: Pop / Rock
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