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The Sound - 100% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Associates - 92% 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

Altered Images - 91% 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

Visage - 88% 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 - 86% 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 Monochrome Set - 84% 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

Television Personalities - 83% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A meeting of 60s pastiche and a tongue-in-cheek nod towards punk have characterized Dan Treacy’s Television Personalities over their long, erratic career. Treacy initially teamed up with Edward Ball (23 November 1959, Chelsea, London, England) back in 1977, releasing the privately pressed ‘14th Floor’ the following year. After Ball’s solo single as O Leve Read more

The Television Personalities - 83% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Magazine - 82% 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

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

China Crisis - 79% 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

Romeo Void - 79% match to The Passions

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Scritti Politti - 79% 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

Heaven 17 - 77% match to The Passions

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

Japan - 76% match to The Passions

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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