James Dean Bradfield is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the famous Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. Regarded by many of their fans as one of the most talented popular guitarists of his generation. He was due to be named "Clint Eastwood Bradfield", after his father's favourite actor, however a compromise had to be reached with James' mother. On 27 April 2006, a track from Bradfield's upcoming debut solo album entitled "That's No Way To Tell a Lie" premiered on Janice Long's show on Radio 2.
Idiot Box are a quirky power pop/rock band based in Bradford, UK. They formed in 1998 around Rick Idiot (guitar/vocals) as original members' Gaz Idiot (drums), and Adam Cockburn (guitar), previous band That Man There dissolved during the hard Winter of '97. The original lineup was fleshed out by Mickey Motorvator on bass. Mickey left around the time of the Serbian/Bosnian conflict to concentrate on sticking it to the Man, so Gaz switched to bass whilst Steven Wilson joined on drums. Ben Holden also joined on guitar, and Adam left shortly afterwards.
Fitz & the Tantrums are an American soul group from Los Angeles, California. The group was founded by Michael Fitzpatrick, who had begun writing soul music for a solo project on an old church organ he had purchased. He added friend James King to the group as an arranger and soon after expanded the band to a seven-piece, including several horns. Fitzpatrick shares the vocal duties with Noelle Scaggs. Other members include Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna, and John Wicks.
Milena Slavova was born on 24 February 1966 in Sofia, Bulgaria. To devote herself to music was a childhood's dream of hers. As a teenager she brought her friends to secret places and basements, where they could listen to the forbidden at that time in Bulgaria rock/punk music. The first band she got to know well, was 'Kiss'. After that, she worked for some time as a model. Her first professional attempts were in 1985.
Combination Head is a new British progressive rock band helmed by keyboardist Paul Birchall. While Paul doesn't seem to have world-wide acclaim he seems to be in demand in the UK music scene, working with a number of recording artists. Combination Head doesn't just focus on Birchall's prodigious keyboard work. Keith Ashcroft hands bass and guitar while ex-Camel/10cc/Jethro Tull drummer Paul Burgess fits in perfectly. The music is very melodic and has a wonderful flow to it. Excellent stuff that takes me back to the 70s --> real fast! Highly recommended.
Ilona is FOUR different singers/bands: -- 1: Ilona Mitrecey (more commonly known as Ilona) (born September 1, 1993) is a young French singer. She became famous in France after the release of her hit single, "Un monde parfait" ("A Perfect World"), a high-energy techno song which had already been released in Italy in March 2004 under the name Très Bien featuring Ilona, on February 28, 2005, based on a traditional Neapolitan song.
Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading (born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts on 9th December 1950) and brought up in Birmingham, England, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Armatrading has mixed eclectic musical styles over decades of recording and performing. She has had several British hit singles, the biggest of which were "Love & Affection", "Me Myself I", and "Drop the Pilot". Her music is generally soulful pop, with forays into rock, folk, jazz, and reggae. Her popularity is primarily as an album artist.
One of the few Welsh bands to release records on a fairly regular basis in the mid to late '60s, the Bystanders are chiefly notable not for their own derivative music, but because they evolved into the Welsh progressive rock group Man. As the Bystanders, they managed to release eight singles in the U.K. between 1965 and 1968, competently plugging into Merseybeat, blue-eyed soul, and harmony pop trends without developing any clear vision of their own or landing any superb material.
Bohren & der Club of Gore are a noir jazz band founded in 1992 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany by Thorsten Benning (drums), Morten Gass (keys), Reiner Henseleit (guitar), and Robin Rodenberg (upright / double bass). They play a crossover of jazz and ambient, which they self described as an "unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down tuned Autopsy sounds". Over the years they have continously reduced and compressed their music to extremes.
Steve Coogan is a British comedian born in Manchester, 14th October 1965. He has recently become a fledging Hollywood actor but is more popular for his TV characters, most notably Alan Partridge, Paul Calf, Pauline Calf, Tony Ferrino and Tommy Saxondale.