Transvision Vamp

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

Biography

This UK band was founded by the media-conscious Wendy James (21 January 1966, London, England) and songwriter/guitarist Nick Christian Sayer (b. 1 August 1964, England). The line-up was completed by the arrival of Tex Axile (b. 30 July 1963; keyboards), Dave Parsons (b. David Richard Parsons, 2 July 1962, Hillingdon, London, England; bass), and Pol Burton (b. 1 July 1964; drums). The band borrowed heavily, in terms of image and content, from a variety of sources such as T. Rex, the Clash and most notably Blondie. James was frequently compared, unusually favourably, to Blondie’s former lead singer, the peroxide blonde Deborah Harry. Despite being an easy target for her detractors, James filled the space that had been long open for a British female teenage-rebel figure. On signing to MCA Records, Transvision Vamp made their initial foray onto the UK pop scene in 1987 with the single ‘Revolution Baby’, but it was not until the cover version of Holly And...

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