80's | Musicosity


Mark Cheesley

Mark joined the band Backbeat in March 2008 after a 30 years break from gigging. He joined the band as a lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and he enjoys a wide variety of styles of music. Mark loves playing in a band, as well as a solo vocalist and guitarist. Headteacher of a large primary school in Weymouth, his pupils say 'Our Head rocks'. He loves the 'buzz' of live music and watching people enjoying themselves, and has recently started gigging as a solo artist.

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Kinky D

"..she has this encyclopadic knowledge of music... it becomes almost anthropological...she can immediately smell what the crowd is wanting." 'My Favourite Londoner' Time Out "Enter the realm of Kinky D and you walk into another world." Diva Magazine, " Kinky D she rocks!" DJ Magazine Kinky D a professional in the music industry since 1994; as a worldwide DJ, club promoter, and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter.

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Ike Yard

Influenced by their punk upbringing, avant-garde schooling, and no wave surroundings in early 80s NYC,- but not beholden to any genre - Ike Yard managed to create a new sound.
By tapping into equal parts the krautrock experimentation of Can, the Neue Deutsche Welle of DAF and the UK post-punk dub of PiL and Joy Division they created sounds and songs unique enough to catch the attention of Factory Records, who made them their first American signing.

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Shakespear's Sister

Shakespear's Sister were pop/rock duo consisting of former Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and (from 1989 - 1996) singer/songwriter/guitarist Marcella Detroit (real name Marcy Levy). Detroit had previously performed with Eric Clapton, released a solo album in 1982, and has since released more solo material as well as a blues album with the Marcy Levy Band. Fahey was born in Dublin, Ireland, and Detroit was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, hence her stage name.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a band formed in 1976 from Gainesville, Florida, USA and led by Tom Petty. Petty has been supported by his band, The Heartbreakers, for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as was the case with his 2006 album Highway Companion on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself. However, members of The Heartbreakers have played on each of his solo albums and the band has always backed him when touring in support of those albums.

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