Decades: 1990s 2000s


From the north-east of England, Brian Johnson (5 October 1947, Dunston, Gateshead, England; vocals), Victor Malcolm (guitar), Tom Hill (bass) and Brian Gibson (drums) started life as a poor man’s Slade, originally calling themselves USA before adopting the more appropriate Geordie. Their unconsciously professional style was based on the pop end of the hard rock spectrum, with a stage act that included an audience participation opus, the dialectal ‘Geordie’s Lost His Liggy’, which involved Johnson hoisting Malcolm onto his shoulders. After one single for Regal Zonophone Records, ‘Don’t Do That’, scraped the hit parade, they were signed by EMI Records, whose faith was justified when ‘All Because Of You’, from 1973’s Hope You Like It, reached the UK Top 20. Two lesser entries - ‘Can You Do It’ and ‘Electric Lady’ - followed, and the group’s albums sold steadily. Geordie’s power as a...

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