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Visage - 100% match to The Passions

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

B-Movie - 96% 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

The Sound - 91% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Altered Images - 90% 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

Associates - 86% 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

Scritti Politti - 86% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Reggae
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

The Icicle Works - 86% 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

Magazine - 85% 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

Adam And The Ants - 83% match to The Passions

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

Section 25 - 83% 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

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

The Glove - 82% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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The Glove was essentially a one-off project for UK guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith of the Cure and bass player/multi-instrumentalist Steve Severin of Siouxsie And The Banshees, with singer/dancer Jeanette Landray. Heavily influenced by 60s cult imagery and psychedelia, the Glove (the name taken from the film Yellow Submarine) recorded two singles, ‘Like An Animal’ (a Read more

Thompson Twins - 82% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
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Japan - 79% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Blancmange - 77% 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


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