Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae band probably best known for their hits "Shine Eye Gal", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Sinsemilla," "Solidarity," and "What Is Life?". They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985. They originally formed as 'Black Sounds Uhuru' (the Kiswahili word for freedom). The first line-up of the group was Garth Dennis, Don Carlos, and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson.
Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931
Trixie's Big Red Motorbike is a band formed in 1981 on the Isle of Wight, U.K. They are working on a new album of pop songs to be released early in 2013. Current members:
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My name is Grandmaster Gareth. I write minute melodies. I also sing and write in Misty's Big Adventure. I have made two solo albums. 'An Introduction to Minute Melodies' in 2003 and 'The Party Sounds of Grandmaster Gareth' in 2006. I like custard, He Man and currently Rice Krispies. I also like monkeys, stone circles and space. I don't understand why people spend money on ringtones. I took early retirement at 21. I wish Wombles were real. I would break my leg for money. I wish there was no money to be made out of music so all the people who make music to make money would give up.
Riding the Low is lo-fi, raw guitar rock with the fat cut out - no five minute jams or extravagant guitar solos. During the group’s short history, they have produced such punchy anthems as ‘Easy On Our Own’ and ‘Live From The Tramp Fights’ on a prolific scale, often debuting new songs at each show.
The Low’s live sets are as unrestrained as their songs; they’re there to have as good a time as the crowd - the louder you clap, the longer they’ll play. The vibrant atmosphere the band provoke through open banter has earned them a group of loyal followers, known as ‘Low Riders’.
The Brunettes were formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1998 by musical couple Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield. They were a paradox from the beginning - creating boy/girl melodramatic pop inspired by 70s New York punk and 60s girl groups but surrounded in an Auckland scene of opiate-infused garage rock 'n' roll. Inspired by his dreams of domestic bliss while a teenager living in rat infested junkie flats, and in direct rebellion to the messy hair...
The Velvelettes were a 60's femal vocal group founded in 1961 by sisters Carolyn and Millie Gill with cousins Bertha Barbee-McNeal and Norma Barbee (both from Flint, Michigan) on the Western Michigan University campus, where they were students. The group signed to Motown Records, but weren't given top priority, as other female vocal groups were attracting audiences and recording hits. While the group awaited their chance at stardom, they recorded backing vocals for more established Motown girl groups, including The Marvelettes, Martha & The Vandellas, and The Supremes.
A Witness were an alternative rock band formed in 1982 in Stockport, Cheshire, England, by Rick Aitken, Vince Hunt and a drum machine, in 1986 replaced by Alan Brown (ex Big Flame). Keith Curtis and Noel Kilbride joined the group in 1983. Initially signing to the Ron Johnson label, debut EP Loudhailer Songs put them at the forefront of a wave of Beefheart-influenced bands that emerged in the mid-1980's. They gained further attention due to the inclusion of the track "Sharpened Sticks" on the NME's C86 cassette in the following year.
Nightingales are a British punk/alternative band (often mis-tagged as The Nightingales despite the majority of releases not having a 'the' and the band themselves' protests) formed in November, 1979 in Birmingham, England. Original members were Robert Lloyd (vocals) and Joe Motivator on guitar, both formerly of The Prefects, with Eamonn Duffy on bass and Paul Apperley on drums. The band, before spilting up in 1987, played more sessions on John Peel’s Radio 1 show than any other band exculding The Fall