Motley Crue

80s excesses reached rebellious parameters when glam-boy sleaze-rock stars MOTLEY CRUE came to the fore. Like some simplified, new-breed configuration of KISS and NEW YORK DOLLS, these spandex ballet boys of the hair-metal scene swaggered their (s)way to the top of the heap, cementing their reputation with a dollop of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, incorporating “Girls, Girls, Girls” – mostly of the scantily-clad actress variety.… Read More

Barclay James Harvest

Quintessentially English and ever so autumnal and pastoral, contemporary prog-rock outfit BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST proved a hit with the student fraternity throughout the 70s and transitional 80s. However their heavy use of mellotron proved none too popular with the critics of the day, who, at times, lambasted the band for their neo-classical pretentions, which led to them unfairly being described by the music press as “the poor man’s MOODY BLUES”.… Read More

Focus

The prog-rock movement in The Netherlands only really materialised when FOCUS formed toward the fall of 1969; fellow countrymen GOLDEN EARRING had, at that time, become a hard-rock act, another to sway from the kaleidoscopic continental pop fashions. The 70s being a decade of two halves, for the first half Amsterdam’s FOCUS (guitarist extraordinaire Jan Akkerman and organist/flautist Thijs Van Leer at the helm), competed with ELP, YES and the emerging Krautrock movement, assuring their place in history by way of classic cross-Atlantic hits, `Hocus Pocus’ and `Sylvia’.… Read More

Supertramp

Embracing arty prog-rock and contemporary soft-rock, SUPERTRAMP doubled their sales potential when one genre seemed to be superseded/overlapped by the other. Not an immediate hit with the British public until their classic “Crime Of The Century” peaked in the mid-70s, the ever-changeable outfit combined grace and a cheeky charm when they went global from thereon after; 1979’s “Breakfast In America” also going er… “multi-platinum in America” and the rest of the world.… Read More

Kate Bush

As much a reluctant star today as she was in her formative child prodigy days in the mid-70s, the talented singer-songwriter/pianist/dancer KATE BUSH has lost none of her lyrical mysticism and prowess. A sensual and sophisticated lady with a high-pitched larynx that could strip paint, her enigmatic and independent approach to the fickle music industry, has produced a raft of hit singles (complete with kooky videos) and several top-selling albums.… Read More