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Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

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 formed Magazine with Devoto on vocals, McGeoch on guitar, Barry Adamson (b. 1 June 1958, Moss Side, Manchester, England) on bass, Bob Dickinson on keyboards and Martin Jackson on drums. The band played their debut live gig at the Rafters in Manchester, on 28 October 1977. Their moody, cold keyboards and harsh rhythms were in sharp contrast to the mood of the day: ‘Everybody was playing everything ultra fast, as fast as they could. I thought we could begin to play slow music again.’

Magazine signed to Virgin Records but Dickinson left in November and as a result,...

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