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1. British people – British people, or Britons, are the citizens of the United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories, and Crown dependencies, and their descendants. British nationality law governs modern British citizenship and nationality, which can be acquired, for instance, although early assertions of being British date from the Late Middle Ages, the creation of the united Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707 triggered a sense of British national identity. The notion of Britishness was forged during the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and the First French Empire, and developed further during the Victorian era, because of longstanding ethno-sectarian divisions, British identity in Northern Ireland is controversial, but it is held with strong conviction by unionists. Modern Britons are descended mainly from the ethnic groups that settled in the British Isles in and before the 11th century, Prehistoric, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norse. The British are a diverse, multi-national and multicultural society, with regional accents, expressions. Although none of his own writings remain, writers during the time of the Roman Empire made much reference to them, the group included Ireland, which was referred to as Ierne inhabited by the different race of Hiberni, and Britain as insula Albionum, island of the Albions. The term Pritani may have reached Pytheas from the Gauls, who used it as their term for the inhabitants of the islands. Greek and Roman writers, in the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD, name the inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland as the Priteni, the origin of the Latin word Britanni. It has been suggested that name derives from a Gaulish description translated as people of the forms. By 50 BC Greek geographers were using equivalents of Prettanikē as a name for the British Isles. However, the term Britannia persisted as the Latin name for the island, during the Middle Ages, and particularly in the Tudor period, the term British was used to refer to the Welsh people and Cornish people. At that time, it was the held belief that these were the remaining descendants of the ancient Britons. This notion was supported by such as the Historia Regum Britanniae. Wales and Cornwall, and north, i. e. Cumbria, Strathclyde and this legendary Celtic history of Great Britain is known as the Matter of Britain. The indigenous people of the British Isles have a combination of Celtic, Norse, Anglo-Saxon, oppenheimer continues that the majority of the people of the British Isles share genetic commonalities with the Basques, ranging from highs of 90% in Wales to lows of 66% in East Anglia. Oppenheimers opinion is that. by far the majority of male gene types in the British Isles derive from Iberia, ranging from a low of 59% in Fakenham, Norfolk to highs of 96% in Llangefni, north Wales. The English had been unified under a single state in 937 by King Athelstan of Wessex after the Battle of Brunanburh. However, historian Simon Schama suggested that it was Edward I of England who was responsible for provoking the peoples of Britain into an awareness of their nationhood in the 13th centuryBritish people – Medieval tapestry showing King Arthur, a legendary ancient British ruler who had a leading role in the Matter of Britain, a national myth used as propaganda for the ancestral origins of the British Royal Family and their British subjects.
2. Musician – A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented. Anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music may also be referred to as a musician, Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musicians possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, in the Middle Ages, instrumental musicians performed with soft ensembles inside and loud instruments outdoors. Many European musicians of this time catered to the Roman Catholic Church, providing arrangements structured around Gregorian chant structure, vocal pieces were in Latin—the language of church texts of the time—and typically were Church-polyphonic or made up of several simultaneous melodies. Giovanni Palestrina Giovanni Gabrieli Thomas Tallis Claudio Monteverdi Leonardo da Vinci The Baroque period introduced heavy use of counterpoint, vocal and instrumental “color” became more important compared to the Renaissance style of music, and emphasized much of the volume, texture and pace of each piece. George Frideric Handel Johann Sebastian Bach Antonio Vivaldi Classical music was created by musicians who lived during a time of a middle class. Many middle-class inhabitants of France at the time lived under long-time absolute monarchies, because of this, much of the music was performed in environments that were more constrained compared to the flourishing times of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. This age included the initial transformations of the Industrial Revolution, a revolutionary energy was also at the core of Romanticism, which quite consciously set out to transform not only the theory and practice of poetry and art, but the common perception of the world. Some major Romantic Period precepts survive, and still affect modern culture, in 20th-century music, composers and musicians rejected the emotion-dominated Romantic period, and strove to represent the world the way they perceived it. Musicians wrote to be. objective, while objects existed on their own terms, while past eras concentrated on spirituality, this new period placed emphasis on physicality and things that were concrete. The advent of recording and mass media in the 20th century caused a boom of all kinds of music—popular music, rock music, electronic music, folk music. Singer Composer Music artist Tour Manager Media related to Musicians at Wikimedia CommonsMusician – Guy Pratt, a professional session musician, playing bass guitar.
3. Synthpop – Synth-pop is a subgenre of new wave music that first became prominent in the late 1970s and features the synthesizer as the dominant musical instrument. It was prefigured in the 1960s and early 1970s by the use of synthesizers in progressive rock, electronic, art rock, disco, and particularly the Krautrock of bands like Kraftwerk. It arose as a genre in Japan and the United Kingdom in the post-punk era as part of the new wave movement of the late-1970s to the mid-1980s. In Japan, Yellow Magic Orchestras success opened the way for bands such as P-Model, Plastics. The development of polyphonic synthesizers, the definition of MIDI. This, its adoption by the acts from the New Romantic movement, together with the rise of MTV. Synth-pop is sometimes deployed interchangeably with electropop, but electropop may also denote a variant of synth-pop that places emphasis on a harder. In the late 1980s duos such as Erasure and Pet Shop Boys adopted a style that was successful on the US dance-charts. Some artists and bands were criticised for gender bending, Synth-pop was defined by its primary use of synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers, sometimes using them to replace all other instruments. Borthwick and Moy have described the genre as diverse but, many synth-pop musicians had limited musical skills, relying on the technology to produce or reproduce the music. The result was often minimalist, with grooves that were woven together from simple repeated riffs often with no harmonic progression to speak of. Early synth-pop has been described as eerie, sterile, and vaguely menacing, using droning electronics with little change in inflection, common lyrical themes of synth-pop songs were isolation, urban anomie, and feelings of being emotionally cold and hollow. Synthesizers were increasingly used to imitate the conventional and clichéd sound of orchestras, thin, treble-dominant, synthesized melodies and simple drum programmes gave way to thick, and compressed production, and a more conventional drum sound. Lyrics were generally optimistic, dealing with more traditional subject matter for pop music such as romance, escapism. According to music writer Simon Reynolds, the hallmark of 1980s synth-pop was its emotional, at times operatic singers such as Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox. Because synthesizers removed the need for groups of musicians, these singers were often part of a duo where their partner played all the instrumentation. Later synth-pop saw a shift to a style influenced by other genres. Electronic musical synthesizers that could be used practically in a recording studio became available in the mid-1960s, the portable Minimoog, which allowed much easier use, particularly in live performance was widely adopted by progressive rock musicians such as Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman of YesSynthpop – The Prophet-5, one of the first polyphonic synthesizers. It was widely used in 1980s synthpop, along with the Roland Jupiter and Yamaha DX7.
4. New wave music – New wave is a genre of rock music popular from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with ties to 1970s punk rock. New wave moved away from smooth blues and rock and roll sounds to create pop music that incorporated electronic and experimental music, mod, initially new wave was similar to punk rock, before becoming a distinct genre. It subsequently engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth-pop, college rock, common characteristics of new wave music include the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as diversity. In the mid-1980s, differences between new wave and other genres began to blur. New wave has enjoyed resurgences since the 1990s, after a rising nostalgia for several new wave-influenced artists, subsequently, the genre influenced other genres. During the 2000s, a number of acts explored new wave and post-punk influences, such as the Strokes, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand and these acts were sometimes labeled new wave of new wave. The catch-all nature of new music has been a source of much confusion. The 1985 discography Whos New Wave in Music listed artists in over 130 separate categories, the New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock calls the term virtually meaningless, while AllMusic mentions stylistic diversity. New wave first emerged as a genre in the early 1970s, used by critics including Nick Kent and Dave Marsh to classify such New York-based groups as the Velvet Underground. It gained currency beginning in 1976 when it appeared in UK punk fanzines such as Sniffin Glue and newsagent music weeklies such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express. In November 1976 Caroline Coon used Malcolm McLarens term new wave to designate music by bands not exactly punk, the term was also used in that sense by music journalist Charles Shaar Murray in his comments about the Boomtown Rats. For a period of time in 1976 and 1977, the new wave. By the end of 1977, new wave had replaced punk as the definition for new music in the UK. As radio consultants in the United States had advised their clients that punk rock was a fad, like the filmmakers of the French new wave movement, its new artists were anti-corporate and experimental. At first, most U. S. writers exclusively used the new wave for British punk acts. Music historian Vernon Joynson claimed that new wave emerged in the UK in late 1976, in the U. S. the first new wavers were the not-so-punk acts associated with the New York club CBGB. CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, referring to the first show of the band Television at his club in March 1974, said, furthermore, many artists who would have originally been classified as punk were also termed new wave. A1977 Phonogram Records compilation album of the same name features US artists including the Dead Boys, Ramones, Talking Heads, New wave is much more closely tied to punk and came and went more quickly in the United Kingdom than in the United StatesNew wave music – Blondie, 1976. L–R: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri.
5. Marc Almond – Peter Mark Sinclair Marc Almond is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell and he has also had a diverse career as a solo artist. His collaborations include a duet with Gene Pitney on the 1989 UK number one single Somethings Gotten Hold of My Heart, Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Almond was born in Southport, Lancashire, the son of Sandra Mary Diesen and Peter John Sinclair Almond and he was brought up nearby at his grandparents house in Birkdale with his younger sister, Julia, and as a child suffered from bronchitis and asthma. When he was four, they left their grandparents house and moved to Starbeck, two years later they returned to Southport, and then moved to Horsforth, West Yorkshire. At the age of 11, Almond attended Aireborough Grammar School near Leeds and he found solace in music, listening to British radio pioneer John Peel. The first album he purchased was the soundtrack of the stage musical Hair and he later became a great fan of Marc Bolan and David Bowie and got a part-time job as a stable boy to fund his musical tastes. After his parents divorce in 1972, he moved with his back to Southport. He gained two O-Levels in Art and English and was accepted onto a General Art and Design course at Southport College, Almond applied to Leeds Polytechnic, where he was interviewed by Jeff Nuttall, also a performance artist, who accepted him on the strength of his performing skills. During his time at Art College, he did a series of theatre pieces, Zazou, Glamour in Squalor, Twilights and Lowlifes. He left Art College with a 2,1 honours degree and he later credited writer and artist Molly Parkin with discovering him. It was at Leeds Polytechnic that Almond met David Ball, a fellow student, as an adolescent, Almond listened to Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg. He listened at first to progressive music, blues, and rock, and bands such as Free, Jethro Tull, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Van der Graaf Generator, The Who, and The Doors. He bought the first ever issue of Sounds because it contained a poster of Jimmy Page. Almond became a fan of Bolan after hearing him on The John Peel Show, rex single Ride a White Swan. From then on, Almond followed everything Marc Bolan did and it was his obsession with Bolan that prompted Almond to adopt the Marc spelling of his name and he discovered the songs of Jacques Brel through Bowie as well as Alex Harvey and Dusty Springfield. Almond and Dave Ball formed the synthesizer-based duo Soft Cell and signed to Some Bizzare Label and their hits included Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Torch, What. Soul Inside, and the club hit Memorabilia, Soft Cells first release was an independent record entitled Mutant Moments via Red Rhino Records in 1980Marc Almond – Almond performing at the old Cadet Corps Riding Hall in St. Petersburg, October 2008.
6. Tom Bailey (musician) – Thomas Alexander Tom Bailey is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Doctor. and You Take Me Up and he was the only classic member of the band to have formal musical training. From 1994, Bailey was also a member of its incarnation, Babble. He currently works in various fields including scoring for film. He records and performs dub music under the name International Observer and his latest collaboration is the Bailey-Salgado Project, an audiovisual ensemble formed with José Francisco Salgado. Tom Bailey grew up in a associated with the medical profession. His father was the Medical Officer of Health for Chesterfield Borough Council, a whole school photograph from April 1969 shows him at age 13. Despite training as a classical pianist, Bailey initially worked as a teacher at Brook School. In his late teens and early twenties, he travelled the world, Bailey formed the Thompson Twins in 1977 with Pete Dodd, John Roog, and Jon Podgorski. Podgorski did not want to move to London, so Andrew Edge played drums with them for one year before Chris Bell joined. The group eventually ended up as a trio with Bailey on vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboards, his then girlfriend Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway. The Thompson Twins became fixtures on MTV during the 1980s as the videos for Hold Me Now, Lay Your Hands on Me, subsequent to the marriage of Bailey and Currie, Thompson Twins released their final album, Queer, in 1991. In 1994, Bailey and Currie formed the duo, Babble. Between 2001 and 2015, Tom Bailey released several albums under the name International Observer. Tom Bailey performed Thompson Twins songs live for the first time in 27 years on August 17,2014, at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames, also in 2014, Tom Bailey took part in the Retro Futura Tour in the USA. He was billed under the moniker Thompson Twins Tom Bailey, the 2014 Retro Futura Tour also featured Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis, and Katrina Leskanich of Katrina and the Waves. In 2016, Tom Bailey released a new single entitled Come So Far. Bailey also made a video for Come So FarTom Bailey (musician) – Bailey of The Thompson Twins – 19 January 1986 in San Bernardino, California
7. Richard Barbieri – Richard Barbieri is an English synthesizer player, keyboardist and composer. He was educated at Catford Boys School, Catford, South East London, Barbieri started his musical career with the group Japan in 1974. Within a year the band was signed to the Hansa/Ariola label and began work on a debut album, although initially perceived as a hyped band, Japan went on to record five studio albums culminating in the groundbreaking Tin Drum which stayed in the UK Albums Chart for a year. They were one of the most successful bands in Europe. The band split up in December 1982 at the height of their popularity after a tour that year. Barbieri has been cooperating with writer Anthony Reynolds on the latters forthcoming definitive biography Japan, from 1983 onwards, Barbieri has been a regular contributor of his unique soundscapes and synth textures to the albums of various other musicians. After the break-up of Japan, Barbieri continued his association with David Sylvian, during this time he worked alongside such other innovators as Holger Czukay, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Robert Fripp. In 1987 he started a musical association with another Japan colleague. This has produced six albums to date, initially under the name The Dolphin Brothers. In late 1989, the members of Japan reunited under the name Rain Tree Crow to make new recordings for Virgin, other contributors to the album included Bill Nelson. Rain Tree Crow charted in 1991 in the UK Top 25, the Rain Tree Crow collaboration was short-lived due to David Sylvians assumption of control over the project. The group parted company shortly after recording the album, for there was no supporting tour. However, the project was key to the reuniting of Jansen, Barbieri and this marked Barbieris first work with Steven Wilson, whom he would then go on to work with in Porcupine Tree. In 1993 Barbieri formed the Medium Productions label in 1993 with Jansen and their objective was to enable themselves to create music and collaborate with fellow musicians on projects without record company interference and restriction. They kicked off the label with the Jansen/Barbieri/Karn album Beginning to Melt, thirteen diverse albums were released during a ten-year period, Jansen and Barbieris collaboration with DJ Takemura on the album Changing Hands being one of the highlights. During this period Barbieri also made two collaborative albums, one with his wife Suzanne J. Barbieri under the name Indigo Falls. In late 1993 Barbieri joined the rock band Porcupine Tree. The band released eight albums to increasingly greater chart successRichard Barbieri – Barbieri with Porcupine Tree at the State Theater, Falls Church, VA, 12 October 2007.
8. Andy Bell (singer) – Andrew Ivan Andy Bell is the lead singer of the English synthpop duo Erasure. His solo career includes the albums Non-Stop, Electric Blue & iPop, andrew Ivan Bell grew up in the Dogsthorpe area in Peterborough. His family still resides in the city and surrounding areas such as Market Deeping, Bell was educated at the Kings School in the city. In 1985, while selling womens shoes and performing in a called the Void. Vince Clarke had been Bells hero, Bell was successful in his audition, the pair have sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Bell has also donated time and made recordings for charities, Bell also performed on the True Colours Tour 2008. Bell sang the role of Montresor in the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, released in 1991, Bells first solo album was announced in July 2005. He signed a solo recording contract with Sanctuary Records, and announced details of his debut album. The album featured fourteen tracks, including three duets, with Claudia Brücken of Propaganda and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, the first single, Crazy, released on 26 September 2005, included club remixes from his Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC and King Roc. Electric Blue was co-written and recorded throughout 2004 and 2005 with Manhattan Clique who have worked with Erasure, Moby, Bell released his second solo album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010. It was co-written and co-produced by Bell and Pascal Gabriel, who previously remixed It Doesnt Have to Be for Erasure and it also features a collaboration with Perry Farrell. Using the pseudonym Mimó, Bell released two Pascal Gabriel-produced singles on Mute Records, Running Out and Will You Be There, prior to his second solo album. The name, used as a tribute to good friend Tomeau Mimó”, was not used on any subsequent solo releases, both songs will appear on Non-Stop. Both of these singles have since been re-branded as Andy Bell, in June 2011, he appeared on the second season of ITV series Popstar to Operastar and finished in fifth place. In August 2016 he appeared on the Atlantis cruise line from Venice to Barcelona, Bell is openly gay, and had a longtime partner in Paul M. Hickey. Bell told Melody Maker in 1986, I dont want to go out of my way to talk about it, I wont portray a heterosexual in videos and were consciously doing lyrics that could apply to either sex. He told Barry Walters of Seventeen, I want to be known as a good performer, if youre doing music, you should use it for something and have substance. Being gay and open about it is my substance, on 17 December 2004, Bell publicly announced that he has been HIV-positive since 1998Andy Bell (singer) – Andy Bell of Erasure performing at Delamere Forest, UK on 1 July 2011
9. Pete Burns – Peter Jozzeppi Pete Burns was an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the pop band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and he later rose to further celebrity status in the British media following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother 4, in which he finished in fifth place. He appeared on television reality shows, including as a presenter. Burns had a singing voice and was known for his ever-changing, often androgynous appearance. Burns was born in Port Sunlight, Cheshire on 5 August 1959 and his mother, Evelina Maria Bettina Quittner von Hudec, was born in Heidelberg. As her father was Jewish, she moved to Vienna to escape the laws of the Nazis. There, she met an English soldier, Francis Burns, at a tea dance, Evelina Burns was 46 years old when she gave birth to Pete. Burns wrote of his childhood in his autobiography Freak Unique and he described his mothers alcoholism and her suicide attempts but maintained that she was absolutely the best mother in the world. Burns spoke German until he was five, which resulted in local children spending days outside his door shouting Heil Hitler, according to Burns, school was almost non-existent, and his mother frequently kept him away so he could spend the day with her. He dropped out of school at the age of 14 after being summoned to the office because he had arrived at school with no eyebrows, Harmony-red hair. At around this age he was raped by a man who took him for a drive, Burns later recalled that he wasnt upset by this and he stated that he already knew the man, who drove him to Raby Mere and threatened him with an air gun. While building his career, Burns worked at a Liverpool record shop, Probe Records, Burns was notorious for his maltreatment of customers, sometimes throwing their purchases at them because he disapproved of their selection. Burns first performed as a member of the short-lived Mystery Girls, Cope stated that Burnss performing style drew on that of the transgender punk performer Wayne County. In 1980, after replacing several members, Burns changed their name to Dead or Alive, after a minor hit in 1984 with a cover version of Thats the Way, the band had a number one hit in the UK in 1985 with You Spin Me Round. The song went on to become a hit all over the world, in December 2003, the BBC apologised to its viewers after Burns swore repeatedly on its pre-9pm watershed Liquid News show when asked about his views on the Michael Jackson trial. In January 2006, Burns appeared on Channel 4s Celebrity Big Brother 4, police subsequently confiscated the coat and tests were performed on it that revealed that it was not gorilla, but was made out of the fur of colobus monkeys. Burns appeared in the first episode of the series of the UK version of Celebrity Wife Swap. His partner Michael Simpson went to live with former page 3 model Leah Newman, while Burns lived with Newmans partner, Burns was featured in a documentary, with a medium, exploring his rough and harmful childhoodPete Burns – Burns performing in 2008.
10. Pete Byrne – Pete Byrne is a Los Angeles, United States based English recording artist, and lead singer for the pop/new wave duo Naked Eyes, during the earlier years of the 1980s. They are well known for their version of Always Something There to Remind Me. They achieved further hits also writing their own songs, including Promises Promises which also made it to the reaches of the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 record chart. Byrnes music partner Rob Fisher later became a part of Climie Fisher, alongside another singer, Fisher died in 1999, following surgery. Both friends were formerly a part of the short-lived group Neon, with Roland Orzabal, Byrne is also known for an electronica recording of The Rolling Stones track, Paint It Black. He also wrote I Am the Cute One for the Olsen twins video, Naked Eyes also performed on a US Summer Tour along with Belinda Carlisle, ABC and The Human League. Currently, Byrne is completing a new Naked Eyes studio album, list of bands from Bristol Pete Byrne – special video features Naked Eyes – The StoryPete Byrne – Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes in 2011.
11. Joanne Catherall – Joanne Catherall is one of the two female vocalists of the English synthpop band The Human League. At short notice she and Sulley were invited to join the bands European tour that was in crisis after the group had split. The pair then joined Oakey in forming a new and commercially successful line-up of The Human League, Catherall has remained in the band ever since, working constantly over the next 30 years. Today, she is a joint business partner in the band, in Sheffield in mid 1980, Catherall was a school friend of the slightly younger Susan Ann Sulley. Both girls were 17 years old and attended Sheffields Frecheville Comprehensive School, one Wednesday night in late October, Catherall and Sulley went out together to the futurist Crazy Daisy Nightclub in Sheffield city centre to dance and socialise. Philip Oakey, the singer of the alternative, but relatively unknown electronic band The Human League, was also out in Sheffield that night. The Human League had recently split acrimoniously over creative differences, leaving two of the original four members, Oakey and Adrian Wright, to continue. Crucially, The Human League was contracted to a European tour starting within a week. Already in debt to Virgin Records, Oakey had to recruit new members in a matter of days for the tour or be sued by the tours promoters, face bankruptcy. Oakey went into Sheffield that evening to recruit a female backing singer for the tour. Later that evening, by pure chance Oakey went to the Crazy Daisy, without preamble Oakey asked both girls to join the tour as dancers and incidental vocalists. Catherall and Sulley agreed to the immediately, despite having absolutely no singing or professional dancing experience. However, with the girls being 17/18 years old, the decision about their going on the tour lay with their respective parents. The parents of both the girls were unhappy with the idea and initially refused to give their consent, Catherall and Sulleys school also agreed to the absence as it was thought visiting Europe would be educational for the girls. The first European tour of The Human League got underway with the two young recruits assigned to dancing and incidental vocal duties, the girls at this stage were just guests in the group on a salary of £30 a week. Although the tour was a success the crowds were largely hostile to Catherall and Sulley, Catherall recalls dodging several beer cans thrown at her during the tour and was often heckled. On return to Sheffield in December 1980 both girls were made members of The Human League. After the tour, Catherall and Sulley returned to school full-time while Wright, the new Human League of Sulley, Oakey, Catherall and Wright started to gain ground in early 1981 with the release of the single Boys and GirlsJoanne Catherall – In concert with The Human League at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands in April 2011
12. Vince Clarke – Vince Clarke is an English synthpop musician and songwriter. Clarke has been the composer and musician of the band Erasure since 1985. Vincent John Martin was born in South Woodford, London and then he moved to Basildon and he initially studied the violin and then the piano, but he was inspired to make electronic music upon hearing Wirral synth band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Along with OMD, other influences included The Human League, Daniel Miller. In the late-1970s, Clarke and schoolmate Andy Fletcher formed a band called No Romance in China. In 1980, he teamed up with Robert Marlow and Martin Gore to form French Look, another band, named Composition of Sound, followed in 1980 with another addition of Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher. Clarke provided vocals until singer Dave Gahan joined the band, which was renamed Depeche Mode, at that time, he adopted the stage-name Vince Clarke, by which he is currently known. The band initially adopted a slick synthesized electropop sound, which produced the album Speak and Spell, Clarke left Depeche Mode shortly thereafter. There were many rumoured reasons pertaining to his departure and he commented on Depeche Modes later material as being a little dark for his taste, but good nonetheless. Clarke also stated that he did not enjoy the public aspects of success, such as touring and interviews, Clarke was replaced by musician Alan Wilder and Depeche Mode went on to achieve international stardom. Yazoo split in 1983, and Moyet went on to have a solo career. Yazoo reformed in 2008 for a series of dates to celebrate 25 years since the duos split. Meanwhile, he founded the label Reset Records with Eric Radcliffe and they also produced an album, which was shelved but was released much later in 1999 under the name The Peter Pan Effect. In 1985, another took place with Paul Quinn of Bourgie Bourgie. However, the project never took off, and Clarke moved on to other projects, in early 1985, Clarke put an ad in Melody Maker for a singer, and one applicant was Andy Bell, who was a fan of his earlier projects. Blue Savannah, Chorus, Love to Hate You, Take a Chance on Me, in 2006, Erasure produced a country-western style acoustic album consisting of mostly non-single cuts from their previous albums. This album, Union Street was preceded by the single Boy originally included on their 1997 Cowboy album. On 26 January 2007, in a message on the official Erasure websiteVince Clarke – Vince Clarke performing with Erasure on 1 July 2011
13. Chris Cross – Chris Cross is an English musician, best known as the bass guitarist in the new wave band Ultravox. Cross went to Belmont Secondary Modern School, William Forster Comprehensive and he began his music career playing in different bands, in Tottenham, North London, with his major early influences being Small Faces, Desmond Dekker, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. In 1973, he returned to London to go to Art College and began studying Art, tiger Lily spent a year constructing/arranging and rehearsing their songs written mostly by Leigh in Modrenos, a mannequin refurb workshop in Kings Cross, London. After playing gigs from 1974 to 1976, in the year the band chose to call themselves Ultravox. In 1979, after three commercially unsuccessful but influential albums – Ultravox, with Midge Ure added to Ultravox, the band continued working more on their unique synthesiser sounds during the recording of their successful Vienna album. By that time, he and Ure were close friends, together directing music videos such as Bananaramas Shy Boy, Cross took part in the Band Aid video and wrote the music to The Bloodied Sword. In November 2008 it was announced that Ultravox were to embark on the Return To Eden tour in April 2009, the 2012 album release Brilliant, included Chris Allen as co-writer with Billy Currie and Midge Ure on all tracks. The album was promoted with a UK theatre tour and a series of European dates, while the recording of Vienna album, he used a Yamaha bass, a Fender Precision bass, a Mini Moog synthesiser and Yamaha synthesiser Later he also used Status and Steinberger basses. On the Return to Eden tour in 2010, he used a Rickenbacker 4003 Cherryburst bassChris Cross – Cross in 2009
14. Billy Currie – William Lee Billy Currie is an English violist, violinist, pianist, keyboardist, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with new wave band Ultravox, in 1974, Currie left the art group Ritual Theatre to join the glam rock band Tiger Lily on viola and keyboard. In 1976, after several changes, the band ultimately became Ultravox. Ha. -Ha. -Ha. and Systems of Romance, before singer John Foxx left to pursue a career in March 1979. During Ultravoxs subsequent hiatus, Currie dedicated himself to different projects and he collaborated with Gary Numan who had admired the Systems Of Romance album and asked Currie to record some songs that were included on his first solo album, The Pleasure Principle. Currie toured with Numans band during 1979, during soundchecks for the tour Currie, with Gary Numan band musicians Chris Payne and Cedric Sharpley began to develop a song of their own called Toot City. Currie had also joined the studio-based band Visage, fronted by Steve Strange, Currie and Ure developed a solid working relationship. Visage drummer Rusty Egan encouraged Currie to ask Ure to join the defunct Ultravox as lead singer/guitarist, whilst composing material for a new Ultravox album and for the debut Visage album, Ure collaborated with Currie on the Toot City track which eventually became Fade to Grey. The single became a hit for Visage in early 1981. However, this was surpassed by Ultravoxs hit Vienna, released around the same time, both Ultravox and Visage became highly successful recording acts in the early 1980s. Ure decided to leave Visage to focus on Ultravox full-time in 1982, Currie remained with Visage for a while longer, but he too had left by 1984. From 1980–86, Ultravox released seven top 10 albums, including a live album, during the last days of the band, there were tensions between Currie and Ure. With an underwhelming response to their 1986 album U-Vox, the band effectively disintegrated, in 1988, Currie put out an instrumental solo album Transportation, released on the IRS NoSpeak record label. Steve Howe played guitar on some of the tracks, in 1992, Currie reformed Ultravox with a new line-up. With Tony Fennell on vocals, they recorded the album Revelation, at the outset of the subsequent tour, Fennell left to be replaced by Sam Blue. The tour took in the former USSR and Malta amongst other locations, many of the synthesisers for which Currie was famous, apart from the often-volatile OSCar and Minimoog, were abandoned for this tour, replaced with Korg Wavestations and T-series keyboards. A further Ultravox album featuring this line-up, Ingenuity, was released in 1994, in 2009 and 2010, the classic Ultravox line-up from the 1980s reformed for two successful tours – their first together in over twenty years. Curries original instrument whilst at college was the viola, and he frequently added solo violin or viola to the arrangements of songs he played onBilly Currie – Billy Currie
15. Thomas Dolby – Thomas Morgan Robertson, known by the stage name Thomas Dolby, is an English musician and producer. His hit singles include She Blinded Me with Science from 1982 and he has also worked in production and as a session musician, as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and as the Music Director for the TED Conference. He is a Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, Robertson was born in London, England, contrary to information in early 1980s press releases that reported his birthplace as Cairo, Egypt. His father, Martin Robertson, was a distinguished professor of classical Greek art and archaeology at the University of London, Oxford University. In his youth Thomas lived or worked in France, Italy and he attended Abingdon School in 1975–1976, completing his A Levels while there. One of his first jobs was a position at a fruit. The first electronic instruments started to become accessible in the mid-70s and he married actress Kathleen Beller in 1988, they have three children together. The Thomas Dolby stage name originated from a nickname that he picked up in the early 1970s and his friends nicknamed him Dolby, from the name of the audio noise-reduction process of Dolby Laboratories used for audio recording and playback. Robertson chose to adopt the stage name Thomas Dolby to avoid confusion with British singer Tom Robinson, after the release of She Blinded Me with Science, Dolby Laboratories expressed concern regarding the musicians stage name. Dolbys record label refused to make him change his name, after a lengthy legal battle, the court decided that Dolby Labs had no right to restrict the musician from using the name. It was agreed that the musician would not release any electronic equipment using the name,5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dolbys debut album, Wireless, peaked at No.13 on the Billboard album chart and it juxtaposed themes of radio technology, aircraft, and naval submarines with those of relationships and nostalgia. She Blinded Me with Science included spoken phrases from Magnus Pyke, a short sample was included in the Treehouse of Horror XIV episode of The Simpsons, where Professor Frink was winning an award at a science convention. It was also sampled at a speed by the group Mobb Deep in the 2006 song Got it Twisted. She Blinded Me with Science was also used as the song for the pilot episode of broadcast television sitcom The Big Bang Theory though it was not used for later episodes. Beginning in 1983, Dolby collaborated with a number of artists in an occasional studio-bound project called Dolbys Cube, the project had no set line-up, and was essentially a forum for Dolby to release material that was more dance-oriented. Dolbys Cube released a single in 1983, another in 1985, collaborators in Dolbys Cube at various junctures included Lene Lovich, George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic, Francois Kevorkian, and Lea Thompson. In 1984, Dolby released his second LP, The Flat Earth, the album also included a cover of the Dan Hicks song I Scare MyselfThomas Dolby – Dolby at TED conference in 2009
16. Andy Fletcher (musician) – Andrew John Leonard Fletcher, popularly known as Fletch, is an English keyboard player and founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In the late 1970s, Fletcher and schoolmate Vince Clarke formed the short-lived band No Romance in China, in 1980, Fletcher met Martin Gore at the Van Gogh Pub on Paycocke Road in Basildon. With Clarke, the trio, now all on synthesizer, formed another group called Composition of Sound, Clarke left the group in late 1981, shortly after the release of their debut album Speak & Spell. Their 1982 follow-up, A Broken Frame, was recorded as a trio, musician & producer Alan Wilder joined the band in late 1982 and the group continued as a quartet until Wilders departure in 1995. Since then, the trio of Gahan, Gore and Fletcher have remained active, most recently with the release of their 2017 album Spirit. Fletchers role within Depeche Mode has often been a topic of speculation, in early incarnations of the band, he played bass. As the band evolved after Vince Clarkes departure in 1981, Fletchers role changed as each of the members took to the areas that suited them. In a key scene in D. A. Pennebakers 1989 documentary film about the band, Fletcher clarifies these roles, Martins the songwriter, Alans the good musician, Daves the vocalist and he is the only member of the band who has not received a songwriting credit. Fletcher, however, always has and continues to play a role within the band. With the band having not always employed a manager, Fletcher has handled many of the bands business, legal. In recent years, this has included acting as the bands spokesperson and he is also said to be the member who is the tiebreaker and the one that brings the band together. In the studio and during shows, Fletcher does contribute a variety of supporting synthesizer parts, including bass parts, pads, strings and drone sounds. However, he is notably the only member of Depeche Mode who does not sing, although he can be seen singing in videos of Depeches past live performances, usually Fletchers vocals were either mixed very low or heard only through his own stage monitors. On the bands 2013/14 Delta Machine Tour, vocal mics were no longer present on his keyboard station, on studio recordings, however, Fletchers supporting vocals can be heard in some form or another on the majority of all Depeche Mode albums released since 1981. According to anecdotes from various members of Depeche Mode, an Andy Fletcher solo album entitled Toast Hawaii was recorded in Berlin during the Some Great Reward sessions in 1984, according to these anecdotes, all the songs on the album are cover songs on which Fletcher sings lead vocals. The album allegedly features Alan Wilder and/or Martin Gore on piano, the story then goes that Gore & Wilder presented the album to Mute Records Daniel Miller and pleaded for him to release it. In reality, this album is almost certainly an in-joke, although it is not entirely unlikely that during studio downtime from serious work. In 2002, Fletcher launched his own label, a Mute Records imprint called Toast HawaiiAndy Fletcher (musician) – Andy Fletcher
17. Fad Gadget – Francis John Frank Tovey, known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist. He was a proponent of new wave and early industrial music, fusing together a unique blend of pop structured songs mixed with mechanised experimentation. As Fad Gadget, his music was characterised by the use of synthesizers in conjunction with sounds of found objects, including drills, at school, Tovey tried to learn many different musical instruments. He realised he did not have the co-ordination to be able to play any of them really well, Tovey drifted away from the idea of playing music, and began getting involved in other art forms instead. He later studied visual arts and mime at Leeds Metropolitan University and he felt the need to give his mime act some sort of musical accompaniment so he went back to the idea of recording music. The initial musical pieces were formed of sound manipulation using tape recorders, Tovey began experimenting using an old Grundig tape recorder. He disconnected the erase head from the head and installed a simple switch between the two. This gave him control over what sounds could be erased or kept and he spent a lot of time building up sound collages using this method. After finishing full-time education Tovey began working at various day jobs, at the time he was living in London, in a small house. The only space where he could set up his studio was in a cupboard, the initial equipment he used consisted mainly of his Grundig tape recorder. At this time he was using no musical instrument at all, the first keyboard instrument he owned was a Crumar Compac electric piano. He also bought a Korg Minipops drum machine from an organ shop. He eventually decided to purchase a Korg synthesiser and he thought that due to his lack of musical ability he would be able to create some impressive sounds. Tovey signed as Fad Gadget to Daniel Millers Mute Records and he was the first artist to sign to Mute. Back to Nature was recorded as the second Mute Records release at RMS Studio in London, at the time RMS was an eight track studio. Tovey had no experience of recording within a studio environment. Most of the instruments on Back to Nature belonged to Tovey, although he used equipment belonging to Miller as well. Back to Nature was a success for Mute Records so a follow-up record was producedFad Gadget – Fad Gadget in 2001
18. Dave Gahan – David Dave Gahan is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the baritone lead singer of the electronic band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. He is also a solo artist, releasing albums in 2003 and 2007. Three of these songs were released as singles, including Suffer Well in 2005, Hole to Feed in 2009, in 2012 and 2015, he also contributed lyrics and sang lead vocals on the Soulsavers albums The Light the Dead See and Angels & Ghosts. Q magazine ranked Gahan no.73 on the list of the 100 Greatest Singers, Gahan was born as David Callcott into a working-class family, to parents Len Callcott of Malaysian descent and his wife Sylvia, Dave was only six months old when his father left the family. Sylvia and Len divorced two years later and his mother moved Dave and sister Sue to Basildon, Essex, after Sylvia met, the Gahan family continued to grow with the birth of two more half-brothers Peter and Phil. Dave and Sue were raised under the impression that their mothers second husband, in 1972, when Gahan was 10 years old, his stepfather died. Gahan recalled how he came one day and found this bloke at home. Of the incident, he has said, Ill never forget that day, when I came home from school, there was this stranger in my mums house. My mother introduced him to me as my real dad, I remember I said, that was impossible because my father was dead. How was I supposed to know who that man was, from that day on, Len often visited the house, until one year later he disappeared again. Since then he had no contact with us, by growing older, I thought about him more and more. The only thing my mother would say, was that he moved out to Jersey to open a hotel. Mum had kept it back from me til there was a need to tell me about my father, its a different generation. He enjoyed the thrill of stealing cars, driving them around, Gahan tells of the time, I was pretty wild. I loved the excitement of nicking a motor, screeching off, hiding behind the wall with your heart beating gives you a real kick – will they get you. In his final year at school, he applied for a job as an apprentice fitter with North Thames Gas. He was told by his officer to be honest with the interviewer. As a result, he did not get the job which and his punishment was weekend custody at a sub-Borstal attendance centre in Romford for one yearDave Gahan – Gahan performing at Royal Albert Hall in 2010.
19. Gillian Gilbert – Gillian Lesley Gilbert is an English musician, keyboardist, guitarist and singer, best known as a member of New Order and a founding member of The Other Two. Gilberts family moved from her birthplace Manchester to the market town of Macclesfield when she was young. In a 1987 New Order interview, Gilbert said that she disliked living in Cheshire as a teenager, so we asked them, and they said, Alright, but you have to buy one of our singles. So we did and got it home and played it on this horrible record player and we thought, My god, this sounds horrible. Gilbert would later begin dating Morris, ian Curtiss death in May 1980 left a three-member band that named itself New Order. She had already played with Joy Division a number of times, gilberts membership was suggested by band manager Rob Gretton. Gilberts first live performance with New Order occurred at The Squat in Manchester on 25 October 1980, as New Order members Sumner and Hook had already produced music outside New Order, Gilbert and Morris formed their own band, The Other Two. The Other Two released their first single Tasty Fish in 1991, Gilbert and Morris were engaged in 1993 and married the following year. Gilbert and Morris live in Rainow, outside Macclesfield, consequently, Gilbert stopped touring with New Order in 1998 so that she could care for her children. She reasoned that it would be easier for the band to replace her than her husband and she participated in the recording of 2001s Get Ready, after which she was replaced by Phil Cunningham in New Orders line-up. In 2007, Gilbert and Morris remixed two tracks for the Nine Inch Nails remixes album Year Zero Remixed, Gilbert rejoined New Order in 2011, after a 10-year hiatus. The band have been performing in concerts throughout the world since 2011 and they started recording a new album in 2014. The album, called Music Complete, was released in September 2015Gillian Gilbert – Gillian Gilbert on stage with New Order, fête de l'Humanité 2012.
20. Peter Godwin (singer) – Peter Godwin is an English new wave musician. He was a member of the band Metro, as well as a solo artist and his work includes Criminal World which was covered by David Bowie and 1982s Images of Heaven which was a cult favorite on new wave radio stations. The dance remix of his song Babys in the Mountains was a big hit and described as intricate. Godwins 1983 solo studio album, Correspondence was issued by Polydor Records and he wrote lyrics with a spiritual bent for Steve Winwoods 2008 album Nine Lives. com Peter Godwins channel on YouTube Peter Godwin on FacebookPeter Godwin (singer) – For the writer, see Peter Godwin (writer).
21. Martin Gore – Martin Lee Gore is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, remixer, and DJ. He is a member of Depeche Mode and has written the majority of their songs. His work now spans four decades. In addition to composing music and writing lyrics for the majority of Depeche Modes songs and he has been a backing singer on many others. In 1999, Gore received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for International Achievement, Martin Lee Gore was born in Dagenham, Essex in England. Gores biological father was an African-American G. I. stationed in Britain, Gore was raised by his stepfather and biological mother. He believed his stepfather was his father until age 13. When he was 13, he learned that his father was an African-American serviceman and, as an adult. Gore responds to the information and is quoted in Millers book saying, It brings up family traumas. He left Nicholas Comprehensive, Basildon in 1977 and took a job as a bank cashier. During evenings, weekends and any spare time, he was involved with the local band Norman. Gore has two younger half-sisters, Karen, born in 1967, and Jacqueline, born in 1968, in 1980, Gore met Andy Fletch Fletcher at the Van Gogh club. Fletcher recruited Gore into his band Composition of Sound along with Vince Clarke, soon the band drafted Dave Gahan to be the lead singer after hearing him sing Heroes by David Bowie. Clarke left Depeche Mode in late 1981, shortly after the release of their debut album Speak & Spell, Clarke wrote most of the album, with Gore contributing two tracks, Tora. Tora. and the instrumental Big Muff, any Second Now features Gores first lead vocals for the band. Gore sings lead vocals on several of the songs, notably ballads. When Clarke announced his departure from Depeche Mode in 1981, citing the pressures of fame and creative differences, Gore had been writing material since the age of 12. Songs Gore wrote for Depeche Modes second album, A Broken Frame differed musically and lyrically from Clarkes, Gores writing became gradually darker and more political on subsequent Depeche Mode albumsMartin Gore – Martin Gore in 2009
22. Glenn Gregory – Glenn Peter Gregory is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Gregorys music career more than 30 years. Glenn Peter Gregory was born on 16 May 1958, in Sheffield and his father was a steel worker. As a teenager, he wanted to be an actor, Gregory had known the founding members of The Human League for many years. He had been singing and playing guitar in bands with Ian Craig Marsh since 1973. In early 1981, he was contacted by Martyn Ware after the membership of the Human League split, and was asked to join Heaven 17. The band Heaven 17 included the trio of Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, the band released eight studio albums, and had many hits in the UK. However, by the late 1980s their popularity had declined, the band broke up in 1988, but reunited in 1996, and played their first ever live concert in 1997. Marsh left the band in 2007, but Ware and Gregory continued to perform as Heaven 17, in 1984, Gregory contributed to the Band Aid single, Do They Know Its Christmas. Singing the line No rain nor rivers flow and he has also established a career in soundtrack music, writing for radio, TV and film. He creates scores in a studio built at the bottom of his garden. In 1983, Gregory married singer Sarah Osborne of the Belgian pop group Allez Allez, Gregory then married his second wife Lindsay who works for a design company. The couple have a son named Louis Earl, called Louie, and a whippet dogGlenn Gregory – Gregory performing in June 2014
23. Tony Hadley – Anthony Patrick Tony Hadley is an English pop singer-songwriter, occasional stage actor and radio presenter who first rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of the new wave band Spandau Ballet. Hadley is recognisable for his image, as well as his powerful blue-eyed soul voice. He has also characterised as a top crooner by the BBC. Anthony Patrick Hadley was born the eldest of three children at Royal Free Hospital in the Hampstead area of Inner London and he has a sister, Lee, and a brother, Steve. His father, Patrick Hadley, worked as an engineer for the Daily Mail. Hadley attended Dame Alice Owen’s Grammar School in England, Spandau Ballet was formed in 1976 as The Cut, with Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble, Michael Ellison and Tony Hadley, all of whom were students at the same grammar school. As a member of Spandau Ballet, Hadley went on to international success in the 1980s, including hits such as True, Gold and Through the Barricades. Spandau Ballet disbanded in 1989 after their studio album, Heart Like a Sky, failed to live up to the critical and commercial success of their earlier albums, such as True. Heart Like a Sky was not released in the United States, in April 1999, Hadley, along with fellow band members Steve Norman and John Keeble, failed in their attempt to sue Gary Kemp, the bands principal songwriter, for a share of his royalties. However, in recent years Norman is again on good terms with Gary and his brother, Martin Kemp, in early 2009, newspaper reports claimed that Spandau Ballet was set to reform later that year. On 25 March 2009, it was confirmed that the band had reformed and were embarking on a tour of the UK, Spandau Ballet song True was sampled by an American Hip Hop Music Act P. M. Dawn in their song Set Adrift on Memory Bliss released in their first album Of The Heart, Of The Soul and Of The Cross, Hadley also featured a cameo in the music video. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss achieved immediate commercial success, the single hit #1 the week of November 30,1991 and holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the introduction of Nielsen SoundScan to the chart. The song also reached #3 in the United Kingdom, after Spandau Ballet disbanded, Hadley pursued a solo career, signing to EMI and recording his first album, The State of Play, in 1992. After leaving EMI, Hadley formed his own company, SlipStream Records. Shortly after that, in December 1996, Hadley embarked on an tour of Europe, along with Joe Cocker, Paul Michiels, Dani Klein and Guo Yue. The album also featured some of his own self-penned songs, such as She, in 1996, Hadley performed in a BBC Radio 2 live performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the title role opposite Roger Daltreys Judas. To plug the gap between albums, Hadley also released Obsession, a live album recorded in just one night in 2001 at the club Ronnie Scotts in BirminghamTony Hadley – Hadley performing in June 2014
24. Peter Hook – Peter Hook is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the bassist and co-founder of English rock bands Joy Division, Hook formed the band which was to become Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in 1976. Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band reformed as New Order, Hook has recorded one album with Revenge, two albums with Monaco and one album with Freebass, serving as bassist, keyboardist and lead vocalist. He is currently the singer and bassist for Peter Hook. He was born Peter Woodhead on 13 February 1956, in Broughton, Salford, England, to Irene Acton, when he was three years old, in 1959, his parents divorced. He and his brothers were brought up by his maternal grandmother Alicia Acton until 1962, like his band-mate Bernard Sumner, he took his stepfathers surname, although in contrast to his friend he kept it, even creating his nickname, Hooky, from it. Because of his stepfathers work, he spent part of his childhood in Jamaica before returning to Salford, in 1984, Hook recorded the single Telstar with the band Ad Infinitum, which was composed of him and members of the Stockholm Monsters. In the late 1980s, Hook also worked as a producer for such as Inspiral Carpets. In 2003 he contributed bass to a number of tracks on Hybrids album Morning Sci-Fi, Hook also co-owned the Suite Sixteen recording studio formerly Cargo Studios which Hook purchased with Chris Hewitt in 1984. Cargo and Suite Sixteen in Kenion Street, Rochdale were major studios in the history of punk, New Order have broken up more than once, and Hook has been involved with other projects. In 1995 he toured with the Durutti Column and he has recorded one album with the band Revenge and two with Monaco with David Potts, the latter of which scored a club and alternative radio hit What Do You Want From Me. in 1997. He then played and recorded an album, Its a Beautiful Life, with a new band project called Freebass with bass players Mani. He also contributed to Perry Farrells Satellite Party and his bass can be heard on Wish Upon a Dogstar and Kinky. Inspired by Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets, he started with the Return to New York nights in London, in November 2008 Hook performed a selection of Joy Division and New Order songs in Paris, Brussels, Oss and Krefeld with Section 25. Hook is featured on Dirty Thirty and Blunts & Robots, two tracks off of the Crystal Methods 2009 album Divided by Night, Hook recently compiled The Hacienda Acid House Classics following on from his original mix of The Hacienda Classics in 2006. In October 2009, Hook published his book on his time as co-owner of the Hacienda, Hook then opened a new club and live venue in Manchester, FAC251 – The Factory, in February 2010 singing lead vocals with his band, the Light. The club is situated in the old offices of Factory Records in Manchester city centre. On 18 May 2010, the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis death, in 2010, Hook also recorded and released two EPs on American indie record label 24 Hour Service Station as Man Ray with production partner and Freebass keyboardist Phil MurphyPeter Hook – Peter Hook playing with New Order in Manchester (November 2005).
25. Trevor Horn – Trevor Charles Horn, CBE is an English music record producer, songwriter, musician and singer. His influence on 1980s popular music was such that he has been called The Man Who Invented the Eighties, Horn has produced commercially successful songs and albums for numerous British and international artists. He won a Grammy Award for producing Kiss from a Rose by Seal, as a musician, he has had chart success with the bands The Buggles, Yes and Art of Noise. He also owns a significant stake in the recording company ZTT Records, Sarm Studios, the three are combined under the corporate umbrella of SPZ. In 2010 he received the British Academys Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, Trevor Horn was born in Durham and grew up in Houghton-le-Spring, England. His parents, John and Elizabeth, were from Hetton-le-Hole, which is near Sunderland and his father worked as an engineer, with technology related to milk production as his speciality. Trevor has two sisters, Janet and Marjorie, and a brother, TV producer Ken Horn, both sisters eventually emigrated to Canada. His first group, when he was 14, was called The Outer Limits, Horn moved with his family to Leicester, where Horn began working as a professional musician performing in the local ballrooms while building a home studio. He later became a director and record producer, starting out producing jingles. Horn began his career as a session musician in the late 1970s, including playing on the television show. Most notably, he played for disco star Tina Charles and her producer Biddu, another member of her backing band was keyboard player Geoffrey Downes. In 1978, Horn and Downes formed The Buggles, in which Horn played bass, guitar and percussion as well as providing vocals, just before The Buggles, however, Horn signed with Sonet Records and recorded two singles under the moniker of The Big A. One single, Caribbean Air Control, was released in the United Kingdom, a few months later, the song was remixed into a disco track under the name of Chromium with no vocals and a synthesised and percussion backbeat. This also failed to chart, but did well in the clubs, especially in the US. In 1979, an album was released entitled Star to Star. The song also appeared on the groups first album, The Age of Plastic, later that year, Horn and Downes were invited to join the rock group Yes. Horn became the lead vocalist, replacing Jon Anderson and he recorded one album with Yes, Drama, on which he also played bass on one track. At the beginning of 1981, after seven months, he left Yes to concentrate on production workTrevor Horn – Trevor Horn in concert with The Producers (now The Trevor Horn Band), 2007
26. Paul Humphreys – John Doran in The Quietus remarked, If, roughly speaking, McCluskey is the intellect and inquisitive nature in the group, then Humphreys is the heart. Humphreys provided synthesizer/keyboard work and vocals from the inception in 1978 until his 1989 departure, seven years before their dissolution. Despite this period of absence, his songwriting contribution features on all of the studio albums. Humphreys sang lead vocals on several OMD tracks, including the singles Electricity, Souvenir, Never Turn Away, Secret and Live and Die. He fronted spin-off band The Listening Pool from 1989 to 1996, Humphreys grew up on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England, during which time he developed an interest in German electronic music such as Kraftwerk, Neu. He was also influenced by the work of Brian Eno and early ambient styles of music, OMD became one of the leading bands in the synthpop movement, though they developed largely independently of others such as The Human League. OMD enjoyed considerable commercial success internationally during the 1980s, Humphreys was a more reserved individual than McCluskey, of their partnership, the latter said, We always had this joke that two Pauls wouldnt get anything done and two Andys would kill each other. Humphreys left OMD in 1989, but continued to pen songs for the band and he co-wrote the 1993 single Everyday, and was the main writer of two tracks from Universal, Very Close to Far Away and If Youre Still in Love with Me. Sugar Tax is the album in the OMD catalogue not to feature the songwriting contribution of Humphreys. In 2005 McCluskey and Humphreys reunited OMD for a gig on German TV and they decided to reform OMD which McCluskey had continued with from 1989 until winding up the band in 1996 disillusioned by the prevalence of Britpop. 2007 finally saw the return of OMD in their classic line-up on stage and they have toured extensively since having received an enthusiastic,2010 saw the release of Humphreys first album with OMD for 24 years, titled History of Modern. Next album English Electric featured a vocal from Humphreys on the track Stay With Me. Humphreys continued to write and record with Holmes and Cooper under the name The Listening Pool, however this project did not meet with any commercial success, though an album, Still Life, was released. The sound was less electronic than even later OMD and is in marked contrast to the later sound of Onetwo. In 1996 Humphreys began a collaboration with German musician Claudia Brücken. The pair lived together in London, recording and performing live under the name Onetwo until their personal and professional separation in March 2013, Humphreys main instruments are electronic keyboards. Due to the nature of the equipment available to Humphreys and McCluskey they resorted to invention and innovation. On the track Souvenir Humphreys used recordings of a tuning up to create the etherealPaul Humphreys – 30th Anniversary "Messages" Tour (Newcastle City Hall, 2008)
27. Howard Jones (musician) – John Howard Jones is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He had ten top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986, including six which reached the top ten, and his 1984 album Humans Lib went to number one, around the world, he had 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. He has been described by AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine as one of the figures of mid-80s synth pop. He also performed at Live Aid in 1985, Jones is the eldest of four boys. His brothers, Roy, Martin, and Paul, are all musicians in their own right. Born in Southampton to Welsh parents, Howard Jones spent his years in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, South Wales. Later in Stokenchurch, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, he attended the Royal Grammar School and he took piano lessons starting at age seven. The family moved to Canada when he was a teenager and his first band was Warrior, a progressive rock group. He returned to the UK and attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester while playing in various bands and he met Buddhist practitioner Bill Bryant, who wrote lyrics for some of Joness songs and was a major influence in this period. In 1983, he hired the Marquee Club in London and invited record labels to come, after a BBC Radio 1 session, Jones obtained support slots with China Crisis and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark before signing to Warner Music Group in mid-1983. He has cited influences such as OMD, Keith Emerson and Stevie Wonder and his first single, New Song, was released in September 1983. It reached the Top 30 in the US and the Top 5 in the UK and he subsequently had four more hits over the next twelve months and a UK Number 1 album, Humans Lib, which eventually went double platinum. Credited with jointly writing the lyrics for six songs on the album was the lyricist Bill Bryant, New Song, What Is Love, and Pearl in the Shell all did well in 1984. Humans Lib was certified gold and platinum in several countries, Jones had developed a loyal teen following. His parents ran his fan club, in the summer of 1984, he released Like to Get to Know You Well, which he said was dedicated to the original spirit of the Olympic Games. Although it was not an official Olympic anthem for the Games in Los Angeles that summer and it reached Number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. The sleeve featured the title in ten different languages while Jones sang the title line in French. The song also appeared in the film Better Off Dead and the video game Grand Theft Auto, Jones second LP was a remix albumHoward Jones (musician) – Howard Jones, 2008
28. Nik Kershaw – Nicholas David Nik Kershaw is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. His 62 weeks on the UK Singles Chart through 1984 and 1985 beat all other solo artists. Kershaw appeared at the dual-venue concert Live Aid in 1985 and has penned a number of hits for other artists, including a UK number-one single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes, The One. Elton John has described Kershaw as the best songwriter of a generation, nicholas David Kershaw was born on 1 March 1958, in Bristol, England, and grew up in Ipswich, Suffolk. His father was a flautist and his mother was an opera singer and he was educated at Northgate Grammar School for Boys where he played the guitar – he was self-taught on this instrument. He left school in the middle of his A-levels and got a job at an unemployment benefit office and he also sang in a number of underground Ipswich bands. However, when the last of these, Fusion, split up in 1982, he embarked on a solo career as a musician. Kershaw was unemployed for a year after leaving Fusion, but during this time he found manager Mickey Modern after placing an advertisement in the magazine Melody Maker, Modern secured a record deal for Kershaw at MCA. In September 1983, Kershaw released his first single I Wont Let the Sun Go Down on Me and it became a major hit in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The music video, featuring Kershaw as a chroma key-suited alien, received heavy rotation from MTV and he enjoyed three more Top 20 hits from his debut solo album Human Racing, including the title track and a successful re-issue of I Wont Let the Sun Go Down on Me. This track ultimately proved his biggest hit as a performer when it reached No.2 in the UK, Kershaws second album was The Riddle. The title-track, released in November 1984, proved to be his international hit single, reaching No.3 in the UK and Ireland. The album also spawned two more UK Top 10 hits, Wide Boy and Don Quixote, as it went multi-platinum, during this time, Kershaw toured extensively with his backing band the Krew, consisting of Keith Airey, Tim Moore, Mark Price and Dennis Smith. In July 1985, Kershaw was among the performers at Live Aid and he described the experience as absolutely terrifying. The concert turned out to be the peak of his career, as his stardom began to wane soon afterwards and he continued to record and release records and collaborated with others on a number of projects. Also in 1985, Elton John asked Kershaw to play guitar on Johns hit single, a cover of Wouldnt it be Good by the Danny Hutton Hitters appeared on the soundtrack of the 1986 teen romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink. Later that same year, Kershaws third solo album, Radio Musicola, was released to critical acclaim, the Works was released in 1989, also to little success. Two singles were released from the album, One Step Ahead, Kershaws prowess as a songwriter served him well in 1991, when his song The One and Only appeared on the soundtrack to the British film Buddys Song, and in the American movie Doc HollywoodNik Kershaw – Nik Kershaw performing at a concert in October 2013.
29. Simon Le Bon – Simon John Charles Le Bon is an English musician, best known as the lead singer, lyricist and musician of the band Duran Duran and its offshoot, Arcadia. Simon John Charles Le Bon was the son of John Le Bon and Ann-Marie of Huguenot descent. His mother encouraged his talent when he was six years old by entering him in a screen test for a Persil washing powder TV advert. He was a member of the church choir from a young age. Simon went to Pinner County Grammar School, the school that Elton John attended some years earlier. He also attended Nower Hill High School, the school his mother attended. He worked as a porter at Northwick Park Hospital Accident and Casualty. He appeared in a few commercials and also in several theatre productions including Tom Browns Schooldays in the West End of London. Duran Duran was founded by childhood friends John Taylor and Nick Rhodes along with singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy in 1978, the band went through a long succession of lineup changes after Duffys departure, but finally settled on a guitarist and drummer. The band had a pop sound flavoured with disco, funk and electronics, built on a solid rock rhythm section. Le Bons ex-girlfriend, Fiona Kemp, introduced him to the band in May 1980, after listening to the songs the band had already composed together, Le Bon spent some time fitting one of his poems to one of the instrumentals, and found they had a good match. The bands first album, Duran Duran, was released in 1981, three more albums followed in quick succession, Rio, Seven and the Ragged Tiger and the live album Arena. Each album release was accompanied by heavy media promotion and a concert tour. By mid-1984, the band were ready for a break, Duran Durans only other work that year was an appearance on the 1984 Band Aid charity single, Do They Know Its Christmas. Following the departures of Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor, Le Bon, Rhodes and John Taylor continued on as Duran Duran, recording and releasing Notorious and Big Thing. The group added guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and drummer Sterling Campbell and recorded the album Liberty, Duran Duran had a resurgence in popularity in 1993 with The Wedding Album, featuring the top-10 single Ordinary World. Several months into the worldwide concert tour supporting this album, Le Bon suffered a torn vocal cord. In 1995, Duran Duran released the covers album Thank You, and Le Bon had the chance to some of his favourite artistsSimon Le Bon – Simon Le Bon in 2004
30. Joe Leeway – Joseph Martin Leeway is the former multi-instrumentalist, and stylings guru, for the 1980s band, Thompson Twins. Leeway joined Thompson Twins in 1981 after being one of their roadies and he was born to an Irish mother and Nigerian father, but was fostered to an English family in Dartford, Kent, from the age of two. At college he took English and Drama, then he began teaching English and he joined a theatre group in Cardiff after failing to establish his own company. He spent a year with the Young Vic theatre before joining Thompson Twins as a roadie at Tom Baileys invitation, playing bongos and congas, he appeared on the Thompson Twins debut record album, A Product of. At that time in 1982, Thompson Twins underwent a change in line-up. Previously an ever-changing lineup of musicians that featured seven members at the time of Set, band leader Tom Bailey reduced the band to a trio by firing everybody except Alannah Currie and Leeway. Leeways main role in the new trio was to assist in writing the songs, contribute background vocals, Leeways background in theatre made him an obvious and well-suited choice for the latter, and the live shows of the band always met with success and critical acclaim. However, the split from the rest of the trio was amicable, after leaving the band, Leeway dabbled in solo work. He recorded a tape of original material, but ultimately an album never materialized. He appeared in the 1989 James Ivory film Slaves of New York as musician Johnny Jalouse, Leeways part in the film was originally a prominent supporting character, but this was changed when most of his scenes were cut. The actress that Leeway had filmed most of his scenes with was fired from the film, Leeway can still be seen in the film singing one of his original songs, Mother Dearest, in the night club scene. The experience with Slaves of New York seemed to stall Leeways career as an actor permanently, as of 2006, Leeway resides in Los Angeles, California, and works in the field of hypnotherapy. He is on the staff at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California, Joe Leeways page at Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Tarzana, California Joe Leeway at the Internet Movie DatabaseJoe Leeway – Joe Leeway, Bristol, February 1984
31. Annie Lennox – Ann Annie Lennox, OBE is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. With a total of eight Brit Awards, including Best British Female Artist six times and she has also been named the Brits Champion of Champions. Lennox embarked on a career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva. To date, she has released six studio albums and a compilation album. Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has collected four Grammy Awards. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award, the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Into the West, written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her tireless charity campaigns, on 4 June 2012 she performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Lennox performed the song Little Bird during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 August 2012, Lennox has been named The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No.22 on VH1s 100 Greatest Women in Music and she has earned the distinction of most successful female British artist in UK music history due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide, Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Summerfield Maternity hospital, Aberdeen, the daughter of Dorothy and Thomas Allison Lennox. In the 1970s, Lennox won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London and she lived on a student grant and worked at part-time jobs for extra money. Lennox was unhappy during her time at the Royal Academy and spent her time wondering what direction she could take. Lennoxs flute teachers final report stated, Ann has not always sure of where to direct her efforts. She is very, very able, however, two years later, Lennox reported to the Academy, I have had to work as a waitress, barmaid, and shop assistant to keep me when not in musical work. She also played and sang with a few bands, such as Windsong, during the period of her course, in 2006, the academy made her an honorary Fellow. Lennox also was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, in 1976, Lennox was flautist with a band called Dragons Playground, leaving before they appeared on TVs New FacesAnnie Lennox – Annie Lennox performing at the Rally for Human Rights during the International AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna as part of her SING Campaign.
32. Limahl – Christopher Hamill, better known by his stage name Limahl, is an English pop singer. Hamill was born in Pemberton, Wigan, Lancashire in North West England to Eric and he has one sister and two brothers. He attended Abraham Guest High School in Orrell, before enrolling at the Westcliff-on-Sea Palace Theatre Repertory Company. With aspirations to be an actor, Chris Hamill toured with the company in a production of Joseph, in 1980, he was given a small role in an episode of the ITV police series The Gentle Touch. In 1981, he appeared as an extra in the promotional video for Adam. He had a keen interest in music, forming a short-lived punk band called Vox Deus, next he joined and left a band called Crossword. Later he answered an advert in the press to join a band to be called Brooks with Mike Nolan. He adopted his name at the time he was recruited by the existing members of Kajagoogoo. The four members of Art Nouveau, the band who were yet to become Kajagoogoo, had placed an advertisement in the music magazine Melody Maker, asking for a front man who could sing and look good. Hamill attended the audition and subsequently joined the band which was then, after some deliberation, soon after he had joined, Limahl met Nick Rhodes, keyboardist of the group Duran Duran, while Limahl was working as a waiter at the Embassy Club in London. Rhodes agreed to co-produce the bands first single, Too Shy, Limahl later said, I met Nick Rhodes and it changed my life. Kajagoogoo signed a deal with EMI, due in part to Rhodes involvement with the band, and it went to number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and made the top 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The group had hits with Ooh to Be Ah and Hang on Now. Their first major UK tour was attended by 60,000 people, in mid-1983, soon after the end of the White Feathers concert tour, the band sacked him by telephone. Limahl was quoted in the press as saying that Ive been betrayed, and that I was sacked for making them a success. The band themselves stated that Limahl had become difficult to work with as they didnt share his vision for the bands future, soon after Limahls departure, bassist Nick Beggs commented that It was a business decision and not one we took lightly. He wanted the band to go in a different direction to the rest of us, eventually, we realised we were on a different planet to Limahl. Beggs also stated that the band harboured no ill-will towards Limahl, guitarist Steve Askew commented At first. we did everything possible to make Limahl feel like part of the furniture but, you know, his lifestyle is so different from oursLimahl – Limahl in England in 2007
33. Billy Mackenzie – William MacArthur Billy MacKenzie was a Scottish singer, with a distinctive high tenor voice, he was best known as a member of The Associates. MacKenzie was born and grew up in Dundee, as a youngster, he lived in Park Avenue in the Stobswell area and attended St Marys Forebank Primary School and St Michaels Secondary School. He led a lifestyle, decamping to New Zealand at the age of 16. Here he married Chloe Dummar, the sister-in-law of his Aunt Veronica and he left her after three months of marriage and returned to Dundee, and the two never had contact again. Chloe Dummar filed for divorce in 1980, and MacKenzie did not contest the filing, chloes brother, Melvin Dummar, claimed to be the one sixteenth beneficiary of the estate of Howard Hughes, until the case was thrown out in 1978. MacKenzie returned to Scotland where he met Alan Rankine and in 1976 formed the Ascorbic Ones and they changed the name to Mental Torture and finally Associates in 1979. Rankine left Associates in 1982, but MacKenzie continued to work under the name for years until he began releasing material under his own name in the 1990s. Mackenzie also collaborated with other artists during his career. In 1987, he wrote lyrics for two tracks on Yellos album One Second, Moon on Ice, which he himself, and The Rhythm Divine. A version sung by MacKenzie was released on the tape and CD versions of Associates Popera compilation), MacKenzie also collaborated with B. E. F. for their two albums Music of Quality and Distinction Volume I & Volume II. On 22 January 1997, depression and the death of his mother are believed to have contributed to Mackenzies suicide and he overdosed on a combination of paracetamol and prescription medication in the garden shed of his fathers house in Auchterhouse. He was the subject of a biography by Tom Doyle, The Glamour Chase, siouxsie Sioux wrote the song Say, revealing in the lyrics that they were going to meet just before his death. The song was released as a single by The Creatures in 1999, for her Medúlla album, Björk considered singing a beyond the grave duet with Mackenzie using recordings given to her by his father, but eventually decided against it. Between 9–27 June 2009, a play entitled Balgay Hill about the story of Mackenzies life was showing at Dundee Repertory Theatre, in Mackenzies home town. It tells the story of his life through the eyes of four characters. The novel Spying on Strange Men by Carole Morin, contains the section, ″I checked my face in the mirror. One day at Billy′s house his dad brought in a cake and Billy said and that image kept replaying in my mind, another memory of something I didnt witness, as James came out of the bathroom. Mackenzie’s death affected me in a way that Ian Curtiss didn’t, Mackenzie should have outgrown his gloom and become an eccentric old manBilly Mackenzie – Billy Mackenzie in concert, University of Dundee Student Union, Dundee. 1985
34. Lauren Mayberry – Lauren Eve Mayberry is a Scottish singer, songwriter, writer and journalist. She is best known as the frontwoman of the Scottish electro synthpop band Chvrches, in Chvrches, Mayberry co-writes and co-produces the songs with Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, and sings as the lead vocalist. She also plays drums and keyboards, Mayberry has played the piano since she was a child and drums since she was a teenager. Mayberry attended Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan, after completing a four-year undergraduate law degree at the University of Strathclyde, she earned a Masters in Journalism in 2010. This led her into a career in journalism and production running. From age 15 until 22, she played drums in various bands, prior to Chvrches, Mayberry was involved in two local bands, Boyfriend/Girlfriend and Blue Sky Archives. In Blue Sky Archives, she was a vocalist and played the drums, as a member of Blue Sky Archives, Mayberry also covered the Rage Against the Machine song Killing in the Name which was released as a single. In September 2011, Iain Cook of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours produced Blue Sky Archives Triple A-Side EP, Cook started a new project with his friend Martin Doherty and asked Mayberry to sing on a couple of demos. They wrote together for seven or eight months in a basement studio in Glasgow, Cook, Mayberry and Doherty decided to form a new band after the sessions proved to be successful. The band chose the name Chvrches, using a Roman v to distinguish themselves from actual churches on internet searches, in 2013, the band signed to Glassnote Records after releasing the tracks, Lies and The Mother We Share in 2012. Their debut EP, Recover, was released in 2013, the band released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, on 20 September 2013. She has also collaborated with Death Cab For Cutie, Bleachers, Mayberry is a vocal feminist and is the founder of TYCI, a feminist collective in Glasgow. Her ongoing work with the organisation includes written contributions to the magazine and blog. The group also hold events, raising money for charities like Glasgow Womens Aid. In September 2013, Mayberry wrote an article for The Guardian in response to misogynist messages she received online and she wrote, What I do not accept. Is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from a bit sexist and that it is something that just happens. Is the casual sexual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over, objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to just deal with. She discussed the issue again on Channel 4 News, following aggressive responses to the video for Leave a TraceLauren Mayberry – Lauren Mayberry performing with Chvrches at Coachella in 2014
35. Andy McCluskey – George Andrew Andy McCluskey is an English musician, songwriter and record producer who is best known as the singer, bass guitarist and co-founder of synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Within OMD, McCluskey is noted for his voice, manic onstage dancing, multi-instrumentation. McCluskey also founded girl group Atomic Kitten, for whom he served as a principal songwriter, a pioneer of electronic music in the United Kingdom, McCluskey is an Ivor Novello Award-nominated songwriter whose work has topped charts in the UK and internationally. McCluskey met Paul Humphreys at Great Meols Primary School, in Elwyn Road, and played him in several bands, including Hitlerz Underpantz, VCL XI. McCluskey then attended Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby, McCluskey briefly joined Dalek I Love You as their lead singer, but left because he wanted to sing his own songs. McCluskey teamed up with Humphreys again to form OMD in 1978, Humphreys and the rest of the band split with McCluskey in 1989, with McCluskey retaining the OMD name, he disbanded the group in 1996. McCluskey developed a popular and distinctive onstage dance routine, dubbed by the BBCs Stuart Maconie as the Trainee Teacher Dance. Rock group ZZ Top, who shared a studio with OMD on a 1980 edition of BBC2 show The Old Grey Whistle Test, Maconie wrote that the jerky, leg-snapping dance became the dance-floor routine of choice for teaching students in the early-to-mid 1980s. Rolling Stone observed the infectious energy of frontman Andy McCluskey. McCluskey himself said, I find that it becomes part of the show and its got to a point where I am now in a shamanistic shaking ritual. In live shows, McCluskey often plays guitar and occasionally, keyboard instruments. He is right-handed, but originally learned to play guitar on a left-handed model. As a result, he plays with the strings upside down, McCluskey and Humphreys reformed OMD for a performance on German TV in June 2005, with the promise of more gigs to follow. 2007 saw the first tour of the reformed OMD, including Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes, the album itself was remastered and re-released to coincide. A compilation of their singles and videos, Messages, Greatest Hits, was released to coincide with the tour, on 20 September 2010 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released their 11th studio album History of Modern, their first in 14 years. In 1998, McCluskey founded the UK pop group Atomic Kitten and their song Whole Again, co-written by McCluskey, was his first UK No.1, and he and his fellow songwriters were nominated for the Ivor Novello Award for excellence in songwriting. McCluskey was also a writer of the Atomic Kitten hits Right Now, See Ya and he parted ways with the group during the recording of their second album, Feels So Good. McCluskey subsequently formed the White Noise records and publishing label where he worked with Liverpool girl group and he also bought a recording studio, the Motor Museum, in LiverpoolAndy McCluskey – 30th Anniversary "Messages" Tour (Newcastle City Hall, 2008)
36. Stephen Morris (musician) – Stephen Paul David Morris is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer who is best known for his work with the rock band New Order and, previously, Joy Division. He also wrote and performed in The Other Two, a band consisting of Morris and his wife, Morris also participated in the New Order spin-off band Bad Lieutenant. He is known for his precise drumming that seamlessly weaves with New Orders, stylus Magazine ranked Morris No.5 on their list of 50 Greatest Rock Drummers of All Time. Stephen Paul David Morris was born on 28 October 1957, in Macclesfield, Cheshire and he attended the Kings School, Macclesfield, as did Ian Curtis who was also in Joy Division. After Joy Division tried three other drummers, they eventually recruited Morris, who responded to an ad posted in a local music shop. Morris is noted for his skills as a drummer, which he credits to krautrock influences. During Joy Division recording sessions with Martin Hannett, Morris was asked to record his parts one drum at a time so that Hannett could have control over the production. He also took an early interest in drum machines, combining them with traditional drumming on many Joy Division, although he is primarily a percussionist, Morris also plays keyboards and synthesizer. Early on, Morris was a contender to become New Orders lead vocalist and he also contributed musically to as-yet-unreleased demos by Quando Quango. New Order were recording Brotherhood while Echo and the Bunnymen recorded their eponymous fifth album, during a hiatus from New Order, Morris and Gilbert formed the side project The Other Two, together they have released two albums as well as various remixes and soundtrack work. In 2007, Morris and Gilbert remixed two tracks for the Nine Inch Nails remix album Year Zero Remixed, in June 2009, during New Orders second break-up, band members Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham, along with Jake Evans, formed a new band called Bad Lieutenant. Morris recorded drums on songs with the band, and joined their line-up for live gigs. Bad Lieutenant released their debut album Never Cry Another Tear in 2009 and they began work on a second album, but are presently on hiatus. New Order reformed with a new line-up in the summer of 2011, in 1979, Morris was questioned about the Yorkshire Ripper case. Joy Divisions touring schedule happened to be similar to Peter Sutcliffes movements which led to the polices suspicion, following gigs in Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester, both Morris and bass player Peter Hook were questioned. Morris married fellow New Order member Gillian Gilbert in 1994, the couple live in the village and civil parish Rainow, in Cheshire and have two daughters, Tilly and Grace. Morris is a fan of science fiction, particularly the TV series Doctor Who and he has a full-sized Dalek replica in his rehearsal room, which Sumner has called the sixth member of New Order. As a hobby, Morris owns several military vehiclesStephen Morris (musician) – Stephen Morris performing with New Order at Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand on 27 February 2012
37. Alison Moyet – Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice. She came to prominence as half of the duo Yazoo, but has mainly worked as a solo artist. Her UK album sales have reached a certified 23 million, with over a million singles sold, All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart and her most recent album The Minutes was released in the UK on 6 May 2013. Moyets upcoming ninth studio album Other will be released 16 June 2017, Moyet was born in the Essex town of Billericay to a French father and English mother. She grew up in the town of Basildon, where she attended Markhams Chase Junior School. After leaving school at 16, she worked as a shop assistant and she also worked for the cosmetic company Yardley. At the age of 21, Moyets mainstream pop career began in 1982 with the formation of the synthpop duo Yazoo with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke. In the United States, the band operated under the name Yaz, Yazoo had several hits, including Only You, Dont Go, Situation and Nobodys Diary, and recorded two albums, Upstairs at Erics and You and Me Both. In 1983, Clarke decided to disband Yazoo, while Clarke went on to form The Assembly and then Erasure, Moyet signed to CBS, and began her solo career. In 1984, Moyet released her solo album Alf. Alf was produced by the producing and songwriting team of Jolley & Swain. The album was co-written by the duo and Moyet, with the exception of Invisible, the record was a hit in Britain, reaching No.1 in the album chart. Alf spawned three hit singles, Love Resurrection, Invisible and All Cried Out. In the US, Invisible was a Top 40 hit, in some European territories, a fourth single, For You Only, was also released. Moyet also released a single not featured on Alf, a cover of the standard That Ole Devil Called Love, Moyet had another big UK hit the following year with Is This Love. Followed in 1987 by her second LP, Raindancing, Raindancing spawned further hit singles, including a cover of Floy Joys Weak in the Presence of Beauty and Ordinary Girl. In 1987, she scored another hit with Love LettersAlison Moyet – Moyet performing in Hanover, 2011
38. Gary Numan – Gary Anthony James Webb, professionally known as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, London, he first entered the industry as the lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979. Most widely known for his chart-topping hits Are Friends Electric, and Cars, Numan achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but maintains a loyal cult following. His signature sound consists of heavy synthesizer hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, Numan is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous android persona. Born in Hammersmith, London, Numan was the son of a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. He was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Surrey, Ashford County Grammar School, then Slough Grammar School in Berkshire and he joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly held jobs including forklift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul and he played in various bands, including Mean Street and The Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was Valerian, probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and he later picked the surname Numan from an advert in the Yellow Pages for a plumber whose surname was Neumann. Numan rose to prominence at the end of the 1970s as front man, writer, after recording an albums worth of punk-influenced demo tapes, he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and quickly released two singles, Thats Too Bad and Bombers, neither of which charted. A self-titled, new wave-oriented debut album later that year sold out its limited run and introduced Numans fascination with dystopian science fiction. Tubeway Armys third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced Down in the Park, also failed to chart and it was featured with other contemporary hits on the soundtrack for the movie Times Square, and a live version of the song can be seen in the movie Urgh. Following exposure in a advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle Dont be a Dummy. The single took seven weeks before finally reaching No.1 at the end of June, the parent album Replicas simultaneously reached No.1. A few months later Numan found success in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with Cars, which peaked at No.1 in the UK in 1979, No.1 in Canada and No.9 in the US in 1980. Cars and the 1979 album The Pleasure Principle were both released under Numans own stage name, the album reached number one in the UK, and a sell-out tour followed, the concert video it spawned is often cited as the first full-length commercial music video release. The Pleasure Principle was an album with no guitars, instead, Numan used synthesizers fed through guitar effects pedals to achieve a distorted, phasedGary Numan – Numan performing at Ben and Jerry's Double Scoop Sundae festival on 23 July 2011
39. Philip Oakey – Philip Phil Oakey is an English singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the singer, songwriter. Aside from the Human League, he has had a solo music career and collaborated with numerous other artists. Oakey was one of the most visually distinctive music artists of the early 1980s. S. and UK, Oakey has been lead singer of The Human League for over 30 years, with whom he has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. He continues recording and performing internationally, Oakey was born on 2 October 1955 in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Oakey is of Indian, Irish and Malaysian descent and he settled in Sheffield when he was fourteen. He was educated at King Edward VII School in Sheffield and he left school at 18 without finishing his exams and worked in a number of casual jobs, in a university bookshop, and from 1975 as a porter at Thornbury Annex Hospital in Sheffield. He was married briefly to his girlfriend, whom he met at school, oakey’s entry into music in 1977 was entirely accidental. He had bought a saxophone but had given up trying to learn how to play it, in Sheffield in 1977, a school friend of Oakeys, Martyn Ware, along with Ian Craig Marsh and Adi Newton had formed a band called The Future. They were part of a genre of music that used analogue synthesizers instead of traditional instruments. Although they had recorded a number of tapes, they remained unsigned. Newton left the band after they were turned down by record companies, Ware decided that The Future needed a dedicated lead singer to replace Newton. His first choice, Glenn Gregory, was unavailable, so Ware suggested his old school friend Philip Oakey to Marsh. Although Oakey had absolutely no experience, he was well known in the Sheffield social scene, principally for his eclectic dress sense. The lack of experience didn’t bother Ware who thought that Oakey already looked like a pop star, Ware went to visit Oakey to ask him to join The Future, finding him away from home, he left a note on Oakeys front door asking him to join. Oakey accepted and joined the band in mid-1977, in late 1977, The Future changed its name to The Human League – after an element of a science fiction board game. The new band played their first live gig at Psalter Lane Arts College in June 1978, the early Human League had a reputation for being arty and had very little commercial success, releasing two singles, Being Boiled and Empire State Human, with lyrics written by Oakey. They would eventually release two albums, Reproduction and Travelogue, both recorded at the bands Monumental Pictures studio, Reproduction failed to chart, but after an impromptu appearance on Top of the Pops in May 1980, Travelogue entered the UK Album Chart and peaked at No.16Philip Oakey – Oakey performing with The Human League in 2014
40. Nick Rhodes – Nick Rhodes is an English musician, best known as a founding member and keyboardist of the new wave band Duran Duran. He has also released albums with Arcadia in 1985, as well as The Devils in 2002 with Stephen Duffy the original singer of Duran Duran. In March 2013, he released the TV Mania side project with ex-Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, nicholas James Bates was the only child of well-off parents, the owners of a Birmingham toy shop. Bates attended Woodrush High School in Hollywood, Birmingham and he and John Taylor formed a band called RAF. Bates left school in 1978 at the age of sixteen, and founded Duran Duran with schoolfriends Stephen Duffy, John Taylor, and Simon Colley. He cited a dislike for being called Master Bates and chose the name Rhodes after the brand of electronic keyboard, as the band coalesced into its final line-up in 1979-80, Duran Duran started playing at a local Birmingham club called The Rum Runner. The club owners became the managers, and Rhodes began working at the club as a disc jockey. The band achieved success, and Rhodes was a driving force throughout. An unschooled musician, he experimented with the sounds his analogue synthesisers were capable of and he also popularised the Crumar Performer on the early records. Rhodes was also quick to recognise the potential of the music video, barely twenty when the band hit major stardom, he cultivated an androgynous and sometimes flamboyant image, wore heavy makeup, and changed his hair colour at whim. By the late 1990s, Rhodes had begun writing lyrics for Duran Duran and his digitally altered voice is heard on the title track to the 1997 album Medazzaland. In 2001, the five members of Duran Duran reunited to record new music. Rhodes studied production techniques while in the studio with Duran Duran, eventually helping to mix several tracks on the Rio album, in early 1983, he discovered the band Kajagoogoo and co-produced their debut single Too Shy which became a UK no.1. In 2002, Rhodes co-produced and played synthesizers in nine tracks of the album Welcome to the Monkey House by The Dandy Warhols. In 2004 he produced British-based pop group Riviera F for their debut EP International Lover, with his bandmates Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor, Rhodes formed the side project Arcadia while Duran Duran was on hiatus in 1985. The band had a moody, keyboard-heavy sound, far more atmospheric than Duran Duran, the band scored a major hit with Election Day and the bands only album, So Red the Rose, went platinum in the US but was less successful in their native UK. The band never toured and was dissolved when Duran Duran regrouped in 1986, in 1999, Rhodes reunited with Duran Durans original vocalist, Stephen Duffy, to create new music based on some of the earliest Duran music the two had written together. The result was the album Dark Circles, released under the name The Devils, also in 1999, Rhodes had a small guest appearance as a Canadian bomber pilot in South Park, Bigger, Longer & Uncut. In 2006 Rhodes and John Taylor collaborated on the compilation album Only After Dark, in 2011 Rhodes along with Andrew Wyatt and Mark Ronson remixed Depeche Modes Personal Jesus for the British electronic bands remix compilation Remixes 2, 81-11Nick Rhodes – Nick Rhodes in 2012
41. Mike Score – Michael Gordon Mike Score is the keyboardist, guitarist, and lead singer for the new wave band, A Flock of Seagulls. He released an album on 1 March 2014, entitled Zeebratta. Born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, Score had previously been a hairdresser, by 1982, he grew out his hair making it longer in the back and combed it to the side. He was in the band A Flock of Seagulls until 1986, but when he decided to reform the band again in 1989 and he performed and toured with A Flock of Seagulls with different members. In 1999, Score recorded a song for the compilation album Trackspotting V and it was the eighth track on the album, and he is credited as Scorey. In 2003, the members of A Flock of Seagulls were reunited by VH1s Bands Reunited. They played their hit I Ran at a performance in London. In an interview before the performance, it was revealed that his seagull or wings hairstyle was created when Score was trying to style his hair like that of David Bowies character, Ziggy Stardust. AFOS bassist Frank Maudsley was trying to use the mirror at the same time, the reunion of the band apparently resolved tension between himself and his brother, Ali Score, the bands ex-drummer, which had been present since the bands break-up. On 4 February 2013 Score indicated, via his YouTube account and it was released as a single on 18 February 2013, on Right Track Records. The tracks genre is ambient electronica, Score planned to release a solo album soon after, but in July 2013, the van used by Score and his musicians was stolen from a Comfort Inn in Downey, California. The van contained Scores equipment, clothing, and the hard drives containing the albums tracks, the next day, the van was found with nothing inside. The hard drives containing the files have since been recovered. In mid-January 2014 Score released his single entitled Somebody Like You. On 1 March 2014 Score released Zeebratta, his first studio album, as of December 2007, Score lives in Brevard County, Florida on the Indian River. He ran a restaurant called The Legends Café in Cocoa Beach, a Flock of Seagulls Listen The Story of a Young Heart Dream Come True The Light at the End of the World Zeebratta All I Wanna Do Somebody Like You Mike Score at the Internet Movie DatabaseMike Score – Mike Score
42. Jimmy Somerville – James William Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter. He sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards and he is known in particular for his falsetto singing voice. In 1983, Somerville co-founded the synthpop group Bronski Beat, which proceeded to have hits in the British charts. Their biggest hit was Smalltown Boy which reached No.3 in the UK charts, in the music video Somerville played the songs titular character who leaves his hostile hometown for the friendlier city. This was a reflection of Somervilles own experience when he came to London in about 1980, Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985 and formed The Communards with classically trained pianist Richard Coles. He also sang backing vocals on the Fine Young Cannibals version of Suspicious Minds, the Communards split in 1988 and Somerville began a solo career the following year. A duet with June Miles-Kingston, which reached number 14 in the UK Singles chart and he also sang on the second Band Aid project at the end of 1989. In November 1990, Somervilles greatest hits album The Singles Collection 1984–1990 was released and reached number 4 on the UK Album Chart and it included a cover of the Bee Gees hit song To Love Somebody, which also reached the UK Top 10. In 1991 Somerville provided backing vocals to a track called Why Arent You in Love With Me. from the album Ripe by Communards offshoot band Banderas, the Banderas duo, Caroline Buckley and Sally Herbert, had previously been part of Somervilles backing band. After this, he disappeared from the limelight for several years, a new single, Dark Sky, was released in 1997 and peaked at No.66 in the UK. His third album, entitled Manage The Damage, was released in 1999 via Gut Records, a companion remix album, Root Beer, came out in 2000. His dance-orientated fourth solo album, Home Again, was released in 2004, may 2009 saw the release of Somervilles Suddenly Last Summer album, which contained acoustic interpretations of other peoples songs. The album was only available as a digital download but in May 2010 was made available in a limited edition CD/DVD in the UK. In late 2010, Somerville released a dance EP called Bright Thing, 2010s EP Bright Thing was the first of a series of three, with Somerville releasing Momentum in 2011 and Solent in 2012, with long term collaborator John Winfield. September 2014 saw the release of new single Back to Me followed by Travesty, the emphasis on the recording of the new album has been on achieving the musical authenticity of original disco which Somerville grew up listening to. He stated Ive finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought I couldJimmy Somerville – Somerville at Let's Rock Bristol 2015.
43. David A. Stewart – David Allan Dave Stewart is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful professional partnership with Annie Lennox. He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named Dave Stewart and he won Best British Producer at the 1986,1987 and 1990 Brit Awards. Stewart was born in Sunderland, England, in 1952 and he attended Bede Grammar School for Boys, whilst still in his teens, he secured a record deal as part of folk-rock band Longdancer. Despite being signed to Elton Johns record label, The Rocket Record Company, after leaving Wearside Stewart then spent several years living in squats in London. In late 1976, he was introduced to Annie Lennox by Paul Jacobs, soon, Stewart and Lennox became romantically involved. By 1977, the pair had teamed up with Sunderland musician Peet Coombes, the band then developed into The Tourists who enjoyed modest success, including a hit in 1979 with a cover of the Dusty Springfield hit I Only Want to Be with You. The Tourists split up in 1980, as did Stewart and Lennox and they formed a new musical project named Eurythmics. After a string of hit singles and albums, the duo split in 1990, Lennox and Stewart worked together again in 2005, recording two new tracks for the greatest hits package Ultimate Collection, released to coincide with Eurythmics 25th anniversary. When Eurythmics dissolved in 1990, Stewart moved to France and immediately released an album with his new band The Spiritual Cowboys, the song Party Town was featured in the 1990 film Flatliners. A second album followed in 1991, both albums were Gold in France, where Stewart concentrated his efforts. In 1992, Stewart collaborated with singer Terry Hall on the project Vegas, the duo released one self-titled album but this was commercially unsuccessful, though one of the singles from the album made the UK Top 40. In 1993, Stewart appeared in an Apple Inc. advertisement for the Power Macintosh in which he riffed on the word power and he also had a small cameo as a computer hacker in the 1995 film Hackers. In 1994, Stewart released an album, Greetings from the Gutter. The album was not a success, though Stewart scored a minor UK hit with the single Heart Of Stone which reached number 36. He then released another album, Sly-Fi, first on the internet, in 1997, Stewart released an album Come Alive with the actress and singer Rhona Mitra. In 1999, he produced an album, Female Icon. In November 2002, Stewart worked with former South African president Nelson Mandela and he then began organising the 46664 campaign and series of concerts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In 2007, Stewart announced on his MySpace page that he would be playing live concerts showcasing his entire career, according to the announcement, he was to be accompanied by various guest musicians as well as a 30 piece orchestraDavid A. Stewart – Stewart live performing with Stevie Nicks in 2011
44. Steve Strange – Steven John Harrington, better known by his stage name Steve Strange, was a Welsh pop singer. From the late 1970s he was a nightclub host and promoter, Harrington was born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, Wales. His grandfather moved with his family to Aldershot, Hampshire, where his father was serving in the British Army as a paratrooper. The family moved back to Wales and lived in Rhyl on the north coast and they then divorced and he moved with his mother back to Newbridge in South Wales where he attended Newbridge Grammar School. It merged with a school to form Newbridge Comprehensive School a year after he arrived there. After attending a Sex Pistols concert at the Castle Cinema in Caerphilly in 1976, additional members included future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, future Psychedelic Furs drummer Vince Ely, future Clash drummer Topper Headon and the Kid. They recorded a song called Free Hindley, after several gigs, the band split up around early 1978. Later in 1978, Harrington briefly joined the punk/new wave band The Photons as vocalist, the band were managed by punk impresario Andy Czezowski. Intended as a project, they signed to the small label Radar Records. Later that year, Visage signed a new deal with the major label Polydor and released their second single. The single became a top 10 hit in the UK and several other European countries, reaching one in Germany. As the public face of the band, Strange shot to stardom in Britain, Visage enjoyed a string of hit singles and two hit albums before later commercial disappointments led to their break-up in 1985. After the dissolution of Visage, Strange formed the short-lived band Strange Cruise with Wendy Wu, the group signed with EMI Records and released two singles and an album in 1986, though failed to gain any chart success. In the late 1970s, prior to their success with Visage, Strange and Visage partner Rusty Egan began to make a name for themselves as a nightclub host and DJ respectively. In 1978, they began organising Bowie nights on Tuesdays at Billys nightclub in Soho, adhering to Stranges strict door policy of admitting only the weird and wonderful, the club took off and became an essential location in the rise of what would become the New Romantic movement. Their next club venture, The Playground in 1984, was less successful, later in the 1980s, Strange went to Ibiza, Spain, and became an integral part of the budding trance club movement and hosting parties for celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone. In the early 1990s he was the host at the Double Bass club in Ibiza, in 2002, Strange took part in the Here and Now Tour, which featured a revival of various 80s pop acts. In 2004, he formed a new version of Visage, dubbed Visage Mk IISteve Strange – Strange at the Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, Merseyside, in 2014
45. Susan Ann Sulley – Susan Ann Sulley, formerly known as Susanne Sulley and Susan Ann Gayle, is a British singer and one of the two female vocalists of the synthpop group The Human League. The pair were invited to join the new line-up, initially as dancers and they soon were asked to provide full vocals by Oakey as an experiment. The girls distinctive vocals became a signature of the new Human League, changing the bands style, its appeal to the mainstream public. Recruited into The Human League at age 17, she is a joint business partner in the band which is recording and performing to this day. The Human League has dominated Sulleys life, she has been a singer all her life and has never had any other full-time job. Joanne and I werent ambitious, we didnt want to be in a pop group and we were just two girls at school who wanted to go to university. Sulley was born in Sheffield, UK on 22 March 1963 and she was raised and spent all her early years in the Gleadless suburb of the city. For her final education she attended the citys Frecheville Comprehensive School from the late 1970s until mid 1981 and her best friend from the age of 13 was fellow lifelong Sheffield resident and Frecheville student Joanne Catherall. By early 1981 she was calling herself Susanne Sulley, an amalgamation of her two first names, a nickname by which she had been casually known at school. The story of how Sulley and Joanne Catherall came to join The Human League remains firmly embedded in pop legend, although verified by all involved, it was questioned at the time in some quarters as a modern Cinderella story or a deliberate publicity stunt. October 1980 saw the departure of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware from the original line-up of the Human League at very short notice. It was decided that Philip Oakey would retain the title of The Human League, Oakey also would be responsible for honouring the bands commitments to Virgin Records. One of these included an imminent European tour, and the promoters threatened to sue Oakey if it was not completed as scheduled. With a hostile music press writing off The Human League, Oakey hastily set about finding replacement group members for the tour that was due to start in less than a week. With time rapidly running out before the tour, Oakey needed a backing vocalist to replace the high vocals originally provided by Martyn Ware. Visiting Sheffield city centre on a Wednesday night, Oakey spotted two teenaged girls dancing at the Crazy Daisy Nightclub. With what he considered unique dance moves, immaculate make-up, Catherall and Sulley accepted the offer, but then had to convince their parents. Fears were laid to rest when Oakey visited the parents to assure them that, in Oakeys words, it wasnt a heinous plan to take the girls abroadSusan Ann Sulley – Susan Ann Sulley
46. Bernard Sumner – Bernard Edward Sumner, also briefly known as Bernard Albrecht, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is a member of both Joy Division and New Order, and is widely credited with the latter bands move towards electronica. Sumner is widely credited in advancing UK dance music and the popularisation, in the early 1990s he recorded with Johnny Marr as Electronic. Sumner was a member of Joy Division, a Manchester band formed in 1976. The band is considered one of the most influential bands of the era. In May 1980, the singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Sumner and remaining band members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris started a new band named New Order, though Hook, Morris and Gilbert also contributed vocals on some early tracks, Sumner emerged as the bands permanent singer and lyricist, alongside playing guitar and keyboards. Following a series of splits and reformations, the band have released ten studio albums, in 1989, Sumner joined up with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to form Electronic. The Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant collaborated on two tracks on their eponymous album, providing vocals. Sumner was their singer, guitarist, keyboardist and lyricist, Bad Lieutenant included fellow New Order member Phil Cunningham and Jake Evans of Rambo & Leroy. Stephen Morris of New Order and Blur bass player Alex James also performed on the debut album. Sumner provided vocals, guitar and lyrics, on 2 July 2009, Sumner confirmed that the single Sink or Swim would be released on 28 September 2009 and would be the first off their album Never Cry Another Tear. The single was hosted for free on the bands prior to its physical release, it was followed by a digital bundle release with remixes of the song by Mark Reeder, James Bright. As a result of the 2011 reformation of New Order, Bad Lieutenant are now on hiatus, in 1983, Sumner co-produced, with Donald Johnson, the single The Great Divide/Love in a Strange Place by the band Foreign Press. Foreign Press had had a history with Sumner through both Joy Division and New Order. In 1990, he worked with former Factory Records label sharers A Certain Ratio remixing their song Wont Stop Loving You and he has also recorded tracks with fellow Mancunians 808 State and Sub Sub. He has also lent vocals and guitar to a track on German trance outfit Blank & Jones 2008 release, Sumner also appeared on the Primal Scream track Shoot Speed Kill Light from their 2000 album XTRMNTR. Sumner was educated at Salford Grammar School, from 1976 to 1979, Sumner was employed at the animation studio Cosgrove Hall Films as an artist on Jamie and the Magic TorchBernard Sumner – Sumner performing with New Order at the Fête de l'Humanité near Paris in 2012
47. John Taylor (bass guitarist) – Nigel John Taylor is an English musician and actor, who is best known as the bass guitarist and co-founder of the new wave band Duran Duran. Duran Duran were one of the most popular bands in the world during the 1980s due to their music videos that played in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV. Taylor played with Duran Duran from its founding in 1978 until 1997 and he recorded a dozen solo releases through his company Trust The Process over the next four years, had a lead role in the movie Sugar Town, and made appearances in a half dozen other film projects. He rejoined Duran Duran for a reunion of the five members of the group in 2001 and has remained with the group since. Taylor was also a member of two supergroups, The Power Station and Neurotic Outsiders, John Taylor grew up in Hollywood, a suburb of Birmingham, England. In his early teen years, he discovered music, choosing Roxy Music as his favourite band and his first band was called Shock Treatment. In 1978, Taylor and school friend Nick Rhodes formed Duran Duran with Stephen Duffy while attending the School of Foundation Studies & Experimental Workshop Birmingham Polytechnic and he stopped using the name Nigel, and has been known throughout his professional career as John Taylor. Duran Duran released their first album in 1981, and went on to success in the early 1980s. Duran Durans early music tended to prominently feature Taylors melodic bass lines, following the model of funk, contrary to popular belief, Taylor does not play bass on the Band Aid charity single Do They Know Its Christmas. The bassline on that tracks was played on an OSCar synthesiser, as Duran Duran became famous in the early 1980s, Taylors individual celebrity grew. His picture was a staple of teen magazines, and he won numerous popularity polls, including appearances on People Magazines annual list of Sexiest People. He lived a lavish lifestyle with homes in London and Paris, and owned several cars and he dated fashion models, such as Bond girl Janine Andrews and Face of the 80s Renee Simonsen. In 1985, after recording the theme to the Bond movie A View to a Kill. With the guidance of producer Bernard Edwards, they released one album, The Power Station, which produced the hit singles Some Like It Hot and the T. Rex cover song Bang a Gong. That year, Taylor also launched his first solo effort, recording the single I Do What I Do. for the soundtrack to the movie 9½ Weeks and he also wrote some instrumental music for the movies score with collaborator Jonathan Elias. Taylor recorded an amount of unreleased solo material on the side. On 24 December 1991, Taylor married 19-year-old Amanda De Cadenet and he moved from England to Los Angeles, California to help further his wifes acting career, as well as to escape constant attention from the British tabloids. Taylors marriage declined even as Duran Durans star rose with the success of 1993s Duran Duran, in late 1994, Taylor sought treatment for his substance abuse, and has remained sober sinceJohn Taylor (bass guitarist) – John Taylor performing in 2008 with Duran Duran
48. Roger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer) – Roger Andrew Taylor is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the new wave band Duran Duran from their inception until 1985, and again from 2001 onwards. Duran Duran have sold over 70 million records worldwide, Roger Andrew Taylor was born into a modest family and was brought up in the Shard End area of Birmingham up until the age of 11, and then a small suburban house in Castle Bromwich. His father worked in the car industry and he began drumming at around the age of 12, teaching himself by playing along with his favourite records. His first ambition was to be a goalkeeper for English football club Aston Villa and he would eventually play at Villa Park but as Duran Durans drummer for their 1983 charity concert there. Taylor has cited drummers Paul Thompson of Roxy Music, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, before joining Duran Duran, he performed with several school and local club bands. After the band split in 1979, he joined Duran Duran, Roger became known as the quiet one & has said that he has always preferred to speak through his drums. Taylor became a star with the other members of Duran Duran as they rose to fame in the early 1980s. Taylor played drums on the bands first three albums and the live album Arena. In 1985, the band recorded the theme to the James Bond film A View to a Kill, which became their second US No.1 hit and the only Bond theme in history to do so. However, the schedule of recording and touring, coupled with the pressures of fame. His final performance with the original line-up of Duran Duran was in July 1985 at the Live Aid benefit concert in Philadelphia, Taylor and the band had each picked up two Grammy awards during this period. Prior to leaving the band, he worked with Duran Duran bandmates Simon Le Bon, the album featured Sting, David Gilmour, Herbie Hancock and Grace Jones. Taylor also contributed percussion to the other Duran Duran splinter group Power Stations song Some Like It Hot from their self-titled album and he then purchased a remote farm estate in the hills of Gloucestershire to live a quiet life away from the music world. The Sun newspaper tracked him down and devoted a page to his departure dubbing him the hermit of pop. Initially his hiatus was expected to be for a year, in 1997, Taylor regained his appetite for the music industry. He briefly formed the electro/dance band Freebass, which produced a single, Love Is Like Oxygen, the record reached the top ten of the Music Week UK Dance Chart. Taylor also produced electro house tracks with Freebass member Jake Roberts under the name Funkface, lost This Feeling and Shine were released on Taylors own label Rt Music. In 2001, Taylor rejoined Duran Duran, as all five of the Rio era members reunited to record new material and this culminated in five sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, playing Madison Square Garden again, and signing with Epic Records in New YorkRoger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer) – Roger Taylor
49. Neil Tennant – Neil Francis Tennant is an English musician, singer, songwriter and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, which he formed with Chris Lowe in 1981. He also was a journalist for Smash Hits, and was assistant editor for the magazine for a period in the mid-1980s. Neil Francis Tennant was born in North Shields, a port near Newcastle upon Tyne to William W. Tennant, a sales representative. He has a sister, Susan, and two younger brothers, Simon and Philip. The family moved to a house in Greenfield Road, Brunton Park. As a child, Tennant attended St. Cuthberts Grammar School, Tennants songs This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave and Its a Sin refer to his early life in Catholic school and the strict upbringing there. While at school, Tennant played guitar and cello, at age sixteen, he played in a folk music group called Dust, whose most popular song was called Can You Hear the Dawn Break. They were heavily influenced by The Incredible String Band, during his teenage years, he was a member of the youth theatre at the Peoples Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1975, having completed a degree in history at North London Polytechnic and he was responsible for anglicising the dialogue of Marvels catalogue to suit British readers, and for indicating where women needed to be redrawn for the British editions. He also wrote occasional features for the comics, including interviews with pop stars Marc Bolan, in 1977, he moved to Macdonald Educational Publishing where he edited The Dairy Book Of Home Management and various illustrated books about cookery, playing the guitar, and other home interests. Then he moved to ITV Books where he edited TV tie-in books, the following year he became Assistant Editor. He also edited the 1982,1983 and 1984 editions of The Smash Hits Yearbook, at Smash Hits, an opportunity arose for him to go to New York to interview The Police. While there, Tennant arranged to meet Bobby Orlando, a producer whom both he and Lowe admired, Tennant mentioned that he was writing songs in his spare time and Orlando agreed to record some tracks with him and Lowe at a later date. Orlando subsequently produced the Pet Shop Boys first single, West End Girls, alongside his work with Chris Lowe as Pet Shop Boys, Tennant has worked on several side projects including, In 2014, Tennant provided vocal on Were You There by Diamond Version. In 2008, Tennants vocals featured in The Killers Christmas song Joseph, Better You Than Me alongside Brandon Flowers, in 2007, Tennant co-produced Rufus Wainwrights album Release the Stars. In June 2006, Tennant provided backing vocals on Throw by DJ Fresh, in 2005, Tennant provided lyrics and sang on the track Tranquilizer by DJ Tom Stephan. Under numerous guises and aliases, Stephan had previously remixed Pet Shop Boys tracks such as Paninaro 95, Minimal, New York City boy, in 1998, along with Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, Tennant sang backing vocals on the Robbie Williams single No Regrets. In April 1996, Tennants vocals were featured on two recordings by the British group Suede that were released as b-sides to their single FilmstarNeil Tennant – Neil Tennant singing in a Pet Shop Boys concert in Boston, 2006
50. Midge Ure – James Midge Ure, OBE is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a reversal of Jim. Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, in 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single Do They Know Its Christmas. Which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK, the song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof, Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children. In 1985 Ures solo debut album The Gift, which reached two in the UK Albums Chart, included the UK number one single If I Was. Ure has had four other UK top-30 solo hit singles, No Regrets, That Certain Smile, born to a working-class family in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Ure attended Cambuslang Primary School and Rutherglen Academy in Glasgow until he was 15 years old. For the first 10 years of his life he lived in a tenement flat on the outskirts of Glasgow with his brother, sister. After leaving school Ure attended Motherwell Technical College and then began to work as an engineer, training at the National Engineering Laboratory and he started playing music in a Glasgow band called Stumble. The bands line-up included lead guitarist Alan Wright, Fraser Spiers on harmonica, Kenny Ireland on bass, Ure joined Salvation as a guitarist in 1972. The band had formed in Glasgow in June 1970 by the brothers Kevin. Jim McGinlay decided to turn Ures name backwards to Mij to avoid any confusion caused by two members of the band having the same first name, Ure has since presented himself in the music scene as Midge Ure. The band performed covers as house band in the Glasgow discothèque Clouds, the band also comprised Billy McIsaac on keyboards and Kenny Hyslop on drums. In April 1974 Kevin McGinlay left to pursue a solo career, in November 1974 the band changed its name to Slik, with Bay City Rollers writers Bill Martin and Phil Coulter providing songs. In 1975 Ure turned down an offer to be the singer of the Sex Pistols. Slik achieved a UK number one single in February 1976 with Forever and Ever, in early 1977 Jim McGinlay decided to quit the band, being replaced by Russell Webb. Slik terminated their contract with Martin and Coulter, believing that their image was hindering their chances of success during the rising punk rock scene. They changed their name to PVC2 and adopted a more punkish style, Ures only release with the band under this name was the single Put You in the PictureMidge Ure – Ure in 2004