Bill Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: new wave electronic rock experimental rock 80s progressive rock experimental Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Nelson, 18 December 1948, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. Although originally noted for his innovative guitar work with Be-Bop Deluxe, Nelson’s solo releases actually form the majority of his total output. Northern Dream was a dreamy, acoustic debut, released in 1971 after he had already spent several years playing throughout his home county with pre-progressive rock outfits such as the Teenagers, Global Village and Gentle Revolution. He fronted Be-Bop Deluxe for most of the 70s before responding to punk and techno-rock forces by assembling Bill Nelson’s Red Noise. Sound On Sound, released in 1979, was an agitated but confused debut from Red Noise and afterwards Nelson returned to solo work. The 1980 single ‘Do You Dream In Colour?’ provided his highest UK solo chart placing at number 52. It was released on his own label, Cocteau Records. Following a short-lived contract with Mercury Records he continued to release introspective,...

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