Radio Stars

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


This UK band was formed in 1977 by Andy Ellison (Andrew Ellison, 5 July 1946, Leatherhead, Surrey, England; vocals), Ian MacLeod (b. Benfleet, Essex, England; guitar) and Martin Gordon (b. 1954, Hertfordshire, England; bass), all of whom were previously members of Jet. Drummer Steve Parry completed the line-up of a group engendering considerable interest through its association with John’s Children (Ellison) and Sparks (Gordon). A series of tongue-in-cheek singles, including ‘Dirty Pictures’ and ‘Nervous Wreck’, captured the quartet’s brand of quirky pop punk, but although the latter reached the fringes of the Top 40, the band was unable to achieve consistent success. Trevor White, also ex-Sparks, was later added to the line-up but Gordon’s departure in December 1978 undermined any lingering potential and Radio Stars disbanded the following year.

Ellison and White subsequently undertook several low-key...

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