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Altered Images - 100% 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 Teardrop Explodes - 68% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This Liverpool, Merseyside, England-based band was assembled by vocalist Julian Cope (21 October 1957, Deri, Glamorgan, Wales), a former member of the near mythical Crucial Three, which had featured Ian McCulloch (later of Echo And The Bunnymen) and Pete Wylie (later of Wah!). The Teardrop Explodes took their name from a page in a Marvel comic and originally came together in Read more

The Comsat Angels - 62% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Three major recording contracts, no hit singles, legal complications - and yet the Comsat Angels survived to make thoughtful, expressive guitar music for more than 15 years. Formed in Sheffield, England, at the end of the 70s as Radio Earth, they initially merged the zest of punk with a mature songwriting approach, using a strong keyboard element on their promising debut, Waiti Read more

China Crisis - 57% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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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

Blancmange - 56% match to The Passions

Genres: 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

Heaven 17 - 54% match to The Passions

Genres: 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

Soft Cell - 37% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Leeds, England, in 1980 this electro pop duo features vocalist Marc Almond (Peter Mark Sinclair Almond, 9 July 1957, Southport, Lancashire, England) and synthesizer player Dave Ball (b. David Ball, 3 May 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England). The art school twosome came to the attention of Some Bizzare Records entrepreneur Stevo following the release of their sel Read more

Classix Nouveaux - 36% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This 80s UK experimental quartet was fronted by the shaven-headed Sal Solo (5 September 1954, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England), whose uncompromising vocal style gelled uneasily with his musicians’ synthesizer dance beat. Originally appearing on Stevo’s Some Bizzare Records sample album, the group signed to Liberty Records in 1981 and recorded a series of albums, r Read more

B-Movie - 35% match to The Passions

Genres: 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

Haircut 100 - 35% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1980, Haircut 100 began on a part-time basis with a line-up comprising Nick Heyward (20 May 1961, Beckenham, Kent, England; vocals), Les Nemes (b. 5 December 1960, Croydon, Surrey, England; bass) and Graham Jones (b. 8 July 1961, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, England; guitar). Early the following year they were augmented by Memphis Blair Read more

Eyeless In Gaza - 33% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s famous novel, this UK outfit is the brainchild of vocalists/musicians Martyn Bates and Peter Becker. Known for their tortured vocals and impressive arranging skills, the band established a reasonable following on the independent circuit with their 1981 debut, Photographs As Memories. Several more albums for Cherry Red Records saw the Read more

Lene Lovich - 33% 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

The Icicle Works - 33% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Emerging from the profligate network of Liverpudlian bands that existed during the punk rock and new wave era, the Icicle Works was formed by Ian McNabb (3 November 1960, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; vocals/guitar), Chris Layhe (bass), and Chris Sharrock (drums). McNabb was formerly in City Limits with the near-legendary Edie Shit (b. Howie Mimms), and Sharrock played wit Read more

The Wild Swans - 33% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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‘Revolutionary Spirit’, the last single for Liverpool’s influential Zoo label, created quite a stir for the Wild Swans back in early 1982. A moving slice of uplifting pop, set against guitar and synthesizer, the song looked set to elevate the band alongside those other Zoo graduates Echo And The Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes. However, the song’s over-lo Read more

Fun Boy Three - 32% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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When the Specials topped the UK charts in June 1981 with the spellbinding ‘Ghost Town’ few would have guessed that three of their members would depart immediately to form an offshoot group. By October, Terry Hall (19 March 1959, Coventry, England; vocals), Neville Staple(s) (vocals/drums) and Lynval Golding (b. 24 July 1951, Coventry, England; guitar) had launched Read more


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