Musician and comedian Mitch Benn was voted best new comic at the 1995 Glastonbury festival. He also performs comic and satirical songs with his band The Distractions: Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis (http://www.last.fm/music/Mitch+Benn+And+The+Distractions)
Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931
Misty in Roots began life as a Southall based British roots reggae band in the early 1970s. Their first album was Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record full of Biblical Rastafarian songs. This powerful, atmospheric live album is a minor classic and was championed by radio DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience. At this early stage the band was a collective with five lead singers and various musicians, though by the time of the second album the band, which continues today, had slimmed down to just three members.
At long last a band is being recognised for the influence it has had without the commercial acclaim that some of their songs deserved.
This seminal Bristol band consisted of a nucleus of Chris Galvin (bass) and David Woodward (vocals and guitars) with Bob Morris (drums) plus various others during their ten years of existence.
Through various styles they created a unique Bristol slant on the 80's which was never deemed glamorous by the press or music gliterrati in general. Some may say that the Bristol scene was insular but it was really about being yourself and getting on with things.
Joy Division were a post-punk band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. The band dissolved in May 1980 after the suicide of its lead singer, Ian Curtis. Much of their popularity/reputation arguably resulted from frequent playings on air by iconic DJ John Peel, but it is easy now to overlook the impact that the first album, Unknown Pleasures, had on post-punk music at the time, as reference the number of prominent bands that cited this album as an influence.
Glasgow-based psychedelic garage rockers
Martin Bramah teamed up with Una Baines to form The Blue Orchids late in 1979, in Manchester, England. Bramah’s voice whether wailing, shouting, or calling is always looking for a different angle, another way of being. Una’s strung-out keyboard playing, flowing and soaring, weaving around Martin’s inventive, discordant guitar patterns. The overall effect created a madcap cathedral of sound.
23 Skidoo cross industrial, punk, hip hop, funk, jazz and tribal elements. The band had interests in martial arts, burundi and kodo drumming, Fela Kuti, The Last Poets, William S. Burroughs, as well as the emerging confluence of industrial music, post-punk and funk. 23 Skidoo was formed in North London, UK in 1979 as a post-punk trio. By 1980 they had grown into a quartet consisting of Fritz Catlin, Johnny Turnbull, Sam Mills and Patrick Griffiths.
The June Brides were an English pop music group, formed in London in 1983, by Phil Wilson and Simon Beesley of International Rescue. Influenced by Postcard-label bands such as Josef K and punk-era bands such as The Desperate Bicycles and The Television Personalities, their mix of guitar pop with viola and trumpet formed a blueprint for many of the c86 bands that would follow. First playing live as a band in August 1983...
Musician and comedian Mitch Benn, who was voted best new comic at the 1995 Glastonbury festival, frequently performs comic and satirical songs with his band The Distractions: Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis. (See also Mitch Benn: http://www.last.fm/music/Mitch+Benn)