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The Dukes Of Stratosphear - 100% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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An alter ego of XTC, this group was a vehicle for Andy Partridge’s psychedelic frustrations of being born a decade or two out of time. Both albums the group released contained brilliant pastiches of virtually every pop band of the mid to late 60s period. In many cases the Dukes’ tongue-in-cheek parables were far superior to the songs to which they gently alluded. It w Read more

Todd Rundgren - 27% match to XTC

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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22 June 1948, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. One of rock’s eccentric talents, Rundgren began his career in local bar-band Woody’s Truck Stop, before forming the Nazz in 1967. This acclaimed quartet completed three albums of anglophile pop/rock before disintegrating in 1970. Rundgren sought solace as an engineer - his credits included Stage Fright by Read more

Squeeze - 25% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Deptford, London, England in 1974, Squeeze came to prominence in the late 70s as one of the most talented of the new wave of post-punk bands. After playing for a brief period as Captain Trundlow’s Sky Company, original members Chris Difford (Christopher Henry Difford, 4 November 1954, Greenwich, London, England; guitar/vocals), Glenn Tilbrook (b. 31 August 195 Read more

Prefab Sprout - 22% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The intricate tales and thoughts in the lyrics of Prefab Sprout’s guiding light Paddy McAloon indicate a major songwriter. The combination of Bob Dylan imagery and Elvis Costello bluntness helped make Prefab Sprout one of the most refreshing pop bands of the late 80s and beyond.The band was formed in 1977 by Paddy McAloon (Patrick Joseph McAloon, Read more

Aztec Camera - 19% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This acclaimed band was formed in 1980 by Roddy Frame (29 January 1964, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland), as a vehicle for his songwriting talents. The other members, Campbell Owens (bass), and Dave Mulholland (drums), soon passed through, and a regular turnover in band members ensued while Frame put together the songs that made up 1983’s exceptionally strong Read more

Elvis Costello - 19% match to XTC

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Declan Patrick McManus, 25 August 1954, Paddington, London, England, and after attending Hounslow Secondary Modern moved with his mother to Liverpool. His father was the singer and band leader Ross McManus, a featured vocalist with the Joe Loss Orchestra and the voice behind the R. Whites ‘Secret Lemonade Drinker’ commercial. After completing his education and movi Read more

Jellyfish - 18% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US band from San Francisco, California, broke into the 90s music scene by brilliantly repackaging the most gaudy elements of 60s and 70s pop with irresistible kitsch appeal. The band’s dress sense was particularly colourful, one critic observing that it could have been drawn from the wardrobes of colour-blind charity shop consumers.Jellyfish wa Read more

The Teardrop Explodes - 18% match to XTC

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

Scritti Politti - 17% match to XTC

Genres: 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

The Soft Boys - 17% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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When Syd Barrett gave up music for art, another Cambridge musician emerged to take on his mantle. Robyn Hitchcock (3 March 1953, London, England) started out as a solo performer and busker before becoming a member of B.B. Blackberry And The Swelterettes, then the Chosen Few, the Worst Fears, and Maureen And The Meatpackers. It was with the last-named that Hitchcock first rec Read more

Joe Jackson - 16% match to XTC

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 August 1954, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Having learned violin and piano as a teenager in Portsmouth, Jackson gained a place to study piano, percussion, composition and orchestration at London’s Royal Academy of Music. After leaving college in 1974 he joined the covers band Edward Bear. The line-up of Jackson, Mark Andrews (vocals) and Graham Maby (bas Read more

Split Enz - 16% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972 as Split Ends, this beloved and expansive unit evolved around Tim Finn (Brian Timothy Finn, 25 June 1952, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; vocals/piano), Mike Chunn (b. Michael Jonathan Chunn, 8 June 1952, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand; bass/keyboards), Phil Judd (b. Philip Raymond Judd, 23 March 1953, Hastings, New Zealand; vocal Read more

The High Llamas - 15% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England, the High Llamas is the vehicle of former Microdisney co-founder Sean O’Hagan (Eire). After that band sundered in 1987, O’Hagan spent three years incubating his solo debut album, High Llamas, released on Demon Records in 1990. Though a low-profile release, it received several encouraging reviews, not least from long-standing Microdisney fa Read more

The Jam - 15% match to XTC

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly successful late 70s and early 80s UK band comprised Paul Weller (25 May 1958, Woking, Surrey, England; vocals/guitar), Bruce Foxton (b. 1 September 1955, Woking, Surrey, England; bass/vocals) and Rick Buckler (b. Paul Richard Buckler, 6 December 1955, Woking, Surrey, England; drums). After gigging consistently throughout 1976, the band signed to Polydor Records e Read more

Thomas Dolby - 15% match to XTC

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, 14 October 1958, Cairo, Egypt. Dolby is a self-taught musician/vocalist/songwriter and computer programmer. After studying meteorology and projectionism at college, he started building his own synthesizers at the age of 18. With his own hand-built PA system he acted as sound engineer on tours by the Members, Fall and the Passions. Afterwards, he co-f Read more


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