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The Flying Lizards - 100% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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The brainchild of pianist David Cunningham, the Flying Lizards were a novelty UK act with a difference, taking and subverting classic pop songs in a unique and striking fashion. In the summer of 1979, they reached the UK Top 5 with an spoken, arrogant upper-middle class, English accent-version of the Berry Gordy classic, ‘Money’. The changing line-up, which included J Read more

Scritti Politti - 96% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient 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

Altered Images - 89% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1979, this Scottish pop ensemble featured Clare Grogan (17 March 1962, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Johnny McElhone (b. 21 April 1963, Glasgow, Scotland; bass), Tony McDaid (guitar), and Michael ‘Tich’ Anderson (drums). Even before their recorded debut, Grogan found herself cast in a film, Gregory’s Girl, by director Bill Forsyth. In 1980, Altered Ima Read more

The Sound - 85% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Blancmange - 83% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient 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

The Monochrome Set - 83% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Any all-encompassing classification of UK band the Monochrome Set’s music would be difficult. During a sporadic career that spanned as many musical styles as it did record labels, they were on the verge of breaking to a wider audience on a number of occasions. In late 1976, Andy Warren (bass), Lester Square (Thomas Hardy; guitar) and Bid (guitar/vocals) were playing in Read more

Section 25 - 80% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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The nucleus of this Blackpool, Lancashire, England group started in 1977 with brothers Vincent Cassidy (drums, later electronics) and Larry Cassidy (bass, vocals). With the addition of guitarist Paul Wiggin, the group’s bleak, bass-heavy sound caught the attention of Joy Division’s manager Rob Gretton and singer Ian Curtis, who together produced the single ‘Girl& Read more

B-Movie - 79% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This post-punk keyboard and guitar combo originated from Mansfield, England. They were often falsely linked with the early 80s fad of New Romanticism. Graham Boffey (drums) and Paul Statham (guitar) were one-time members of punk band the Aborted, formed, like so many others, in the wake of the first Clash album. The duo invited Steve Hovington (vocals/bass) along to rehearsals, Read more

Associates - 76% match to The Passions

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

Japan - 74% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Romeo Void - 74% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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China Crisis - 72% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
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

Adam And The Ants - 71% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lene Lovich - 69% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vocalist Lovich was one of several acts launched by the Stiff Records label in 1978. The former horror-film soundtrack screamer joined new signings Mickey Jupp, Rachel Sweet and Jona Lewie on the Be Stiff national tour, of which this charismatic performer emerged as the undoubted star. Her arresting, gypsy-like appearance, and warbled intonation was matched by a sense of pop Read more

Magazine - 69% match to The Passions

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


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