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1. Chrissy Amphlett – Christine Joy Chrissy Amphlett was an Australian singer, songwriter and actress who was the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls. Amphlett grew up in Geelong in Victoria, Australia, as a singer and dancer and she left home as a teenager and travelled to England, France, and Spain. She was detained for three months in Spain, for singing on the streets, Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band separated in 1996, but resumed contact when they were inducted in 2006 into the ARIA Hall of Fame, eventually announcing a new album and tour. Amphlett died in 2013 of breast cancer and complications from multiple sclerosis and her contribution to the arts and legacy have been honoured by having a Melbourne central city laneway named Amphlett Lane in her honour, complete with a commemorative plaque and two artworks. Amphlett met Mark McEntee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980, after several years performing in Sydney, they recorded several songs for the film Monkey Grip, in which Amphlett also acted. Divinyls consisted of an ever-changing line-up formed around Amphlett and McEntee, Divinyls did not release another album for six years, breaking up around the time of Underworlds release in Australia. Amphlett lived in New York City with her husband, concentrating on a career and writing her autobiography, Pleasure and Pain. Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band broke up, but resumed contact when they were inducted in the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame and eventually announced a new tour and album. They recorded and released a single, Dont Wanna Do This, and toured Australia, in 1971, she performed with One Ton Gypsy. Amphlett performed Divinyls and other songs with a 30 piece orchestra for the Australian Rock Symphony in January 2010, in 2011, she released the single Summer Song under the name The Tulips, a band consisting of Amphlett, Charley Drayton and Kraig Jarret Johnson. It was used in the soundtrack for the film The Music Never Stopped, in 1976, Amphlett played the role of Linda Lips in the R-rated musical Let My People Come. Amphlett made her debut in Monkey Grip in a supporting role as Angela. In 1988, she starred opposite Russell Crowe in the first Australian production of Willy Russells stage musical Blood Brothers, Amphlett played Judy Garland in the original touring production of The Boy from Oz, with Todd McKenney playing the role of Peter Allen. When the highly successful show transferred to Broadway in the year 2000, Garland was played by American performer Isabel Keating, on its return to Australia as an arena spectacular, Amphlett resumed playing the role. Amphlett grew up in Geelong and attended Belmont High School and she was a cousin of Australian singer Little Pattie. Amphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee were romantically involved from 1982 to 1993 and they met in 1980, and began a relationship two years later when McEntee split up with his wife. Their relationship was volatile, being marred by drug and alcohol use. However the bands manager, Vince Lovegrove, later stated that the nature of their relationship was the magic of DivinylsChrissy Amphlett – Chrissy Amphlett
2. Angelyne – Angelyne is an American singer, actress and model. She came to prominence in circa 1984 after a number of mononymous billboards promoting herself started appearing all over Los Angeles. She immediately caught the attention of the media and through her flamboyant and feather-brained persona. The success resulted in her receiving a number of offers for roles, interviews. The main trademark of her celebrity persona is a pink Corvette and her billboards have been featured in many movies and television series, including the opening credits of Moonlighting and spoofed in shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama and BoJack Horseman. Initially starting out as an actress, Angelyne first appeared as an extra in the films Phantom of the Paradise and she later landed a part in the 1977 comedy Can I Do It. Before she joined her then-boyfriends punk rock band Baby Blue, together they performed in many local clubs around Los Angeles. In 1982, she released her debut album and her first posters began appearing as a part of the promotion. After launching her massive self-promoting billboard campaign in February 1984, she working on her second album. Driven to Fantasy was released in 1986, Angelyne appeared in small parts in films such as Earth Girls Are Easy, Dangerous Love and Homer and Eddie. Angelynes actual biographical and personal information is unknown or doubtful due to her refusal to answer questions or giving contradictory information and she repeatedly claimed that she was born in Idaho and that her parents died when she was young, but neither one of the statements was confirmed. Her birth name and age also remain unconfirmed, in 2003, she was a candidate in the California governor recall election, finishing 28th in a field of 135 candidates. Her slogan during the campaign was Weve had Gray, weve had Brown, now its time for some blond and she began painting in 1998 and has had several art shows in Los Angeles. Angelyne started out in the early 1970s as an actress, when she landed extra work in various films and her first appearance was in a porno where a fully clothed closeup of her smoking a hookah was used. She didnt realize her scene would end up in that type of movie, in 1974, she appeared in Brian De Palmas movie Phantom of the Paradise, standing in an audition line behind Jessica Harper. She performed in films, including The Wild Party, The Frisco Kid. The same year, she joined her then-boyfriends band Baby Blue and they performed in local clubs in L. A. and once opened along with Rubber City Rebels for The Screamers show at the Whisky a Go Go. The punk rock club The Masque served as a place for the bandAngelyne – Angelyne
3. Honey Bane – Honey Bane is an English singer and actress, possibly best known for her 1981 UK Top 40 single Turn Me On Turn Me Off. Honey Bane began her career at the age of 14 in 1978 when she formed the punk rock band the Fatal Microbes. The band released a split 12 record with anarcho-punk band Poison Girls the same year, the first single, Violence Grows garnered some press attention and was given positive reviews by the British music paper Sounds. Charles Youth Treatment Centre in Essex, lending lead vocals and backed by the band under the name Donna and the Kebabs, Crass released the EP You Can Be You in 1979. It was the release on Crass newly found label, Crass Records. The following year, Bane released her solo single, Guilty. The recording was released on a bootleg album, Killing Joke - Live At The Venue LP. In 1980, she met Sham 69 vocalist Jimmy Pursey who began to manage her musical career and that year she was signed to EMI/Zonophone records for a five-year recording contract. In 1981, Bane began collaborating with her manager, Jimmy Pursey. The collaboration resulted in a new single, Turn Me On Turn Me Off which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No,37, and Bane subsequently appeared performing the single on Top of the Pops. Turn Me On Turn Me Off marked a departure of Bane from punk rock to a new wave sound. Bane would be teamed up with Alan Shacklock, Steve Levine and Nick Tauber, to work on several singles, released between 1981 and 1983. Only one more appeared in the UK Singles Chart and her career floundered. In 1982, she appeared in the play Demonstration of Affection by Chris Ward opposite Richard Jobson of The Skids at Londons Arts Theatre, in 1983, she gained a prominent role in the Mai Zetterling directed British film Scrubbers. Bane played the role of Molly and the centered on the lives of young women incarcerated in a British girls borstal. The film also featured actors Kathy Burke, Pam St. Clement, Robbie Coltrane, Bane spent the remainder of the 1980s as a pin-up model for erotic magazines. During the 1990s, she fronted the band Dogs Tooth Violet, in 2006, she released the single, Down Thing / Got Me All Wrong. In 2015, Bane released her first full studio album Acceptance of Existence and she released it independently via her website, along with an Anthology CD titled, Its a Baneful LifeHoney Bane – Honey Bane
4. Dale Bozzio – Dale Frances Bozzio is an American rock and pop vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the 80s new wave band Missing Persons, while with Zappa, she performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joes Garage and Thing-Fish. In her solo career, Bozzio has released four albums and one EP so far, Bozzio co-founded Missing Persons in 1980 with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio. In addition to being the lead vocalist, she also contributed lyrics. Missing Persons released one EP and six albums, including Spring Session M, after Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Bozzio was signed to Princes Paisley Park label which released her first solo album, Riot in English. The albums first single, Simon Simon, successfully charted, Bozzio subsequently reformed Missing Persons and continues to perform the bands repertoire at venues across the United States. She has also participated periodically in reunions of the band and has continued her work as a solo artist. In 2014, Bozzio was signed to Cleopatra Records and released a new album titled Missing in Action. During the summer of 2014, she signed with GRA Records for a new album to be produced by Stephane Deriau-Reine, Bozzio was born Dale Frances Consalvi in Medford, Massachusetts. From the age of 16, she studied drama at Emerson College and she was named Boston Playboy Club Bunny of the Year in 1975. In 1976, Bozzio traveled to Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles at the request of Hugh Hefner, the opportunity provided for both a continuing relationship with Playboy and for living arrangements in Los Angeles, from which she could pursue an acting career. But Bozzio rejected Hefners offer, and thus, she failed to secure living arrangements, however, shortly thereafter, she chanced upon musician and composer Frank Zappa, whom she had met previously at one of his concerts in Boston. That encounter led to her employment with Zappa, Zappa hired Bozzio to voice the part of Mary in his rock opera Joes Garage which was under development at the time. In that role she sang about issues such as the Roman Catholic Church, sexuality, and the culture of rock bands. Bozzios voice can also be heard in the 1979 film Baby Snakes and in the single I Dont Wanna Get Drafted, I Dont Wanna Get Drafted was also included on the album The Lost Episodes. In 1984, Bozzio was cast in Zappas musical, Thing-Fish, in voicing the part of Rhonda, she played opposite her real-life husband at the time, Terry Bozzio, who voiced the character Harry, Rhondas husband. In Thing-Fish, Bozzio articulated some of the topics such as feminism, female sexuality, young urban professionals. Bozzio, along with Zappa touring guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio who had one of Zappas drummersDale Bozzio – Bozzio performing with Warren Cuccurullo in 2009
5. Belinda Carlisle – Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Gos, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. Originally beginning her career in 1977 as a member of the Los Angeles punk band the Germs, the Go-Gos would go on to sell 8 million albums in just three years. Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, was a New York Times Best Seller, on August 11,2011, as a member of the Go-Gos, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carlisle was born in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, to Harold Carlisle, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and his wife, Joanne. She was named after her mothers film, Johnny Belinda. The first of seven siblings with three brothers and three sisters, Carlisle was five years old when her father abandoned their family and her mother would later remarry to Walt Kurczeski, with whom Carlisle had a tumultuous relationship. The family moved frequently during her childhood, from Simi Valley to Reseda, at age ten, Carlisle began to express interest in music, and recalled The Beach Boys, Cat Stevens, The Stylistics, and The Animals as being early musical influences. During her teenage years, Carlisle became rebellious, By the time I hit fourteen, Id gone really wild, I ran away from home, smoked pot, dropped acid. After high school, Carlisle worked at a House of Fabrics store and she took night classes attending beauty college, but dropped out within the first year. At the age of nineteen, she left her parents home to pursue a career in music, Carlisles first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk rock band the Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Around this time Carlisle did some back-up singing for Black Randy, soon after leaving the Germs, she co-founded the Go-Gos, with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olavarria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olavarria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine,1 album, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits We Got the Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed. The Go-Gos recorded two studio albums on I. R. S. Records, including 1982s Vacation, which went gold, Head over Heels, from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to No.11. In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn, the Go-Gos disbanded in 1985 and Carlisle embarked on a solo career. Carlisles first solo album Belinda was released in 1986, also on I. R. S and this album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit Mad About You peaked at No.3 in the US, topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted in the top 10 in Australia. Mad About You was followed by the Motown-influenced single I Feel the Magic written by Charlotte Caffey, all three songs were included on her debut albumBelinda Carlisle – Belinda Carlisle performing in 2010
6. 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
7. Anne Clark (poet) – Anne Charlotte Clark is an English poet songwriter and electronic musician. Her first album, The Sitting Room, was released in 1982 and her poetry work with experimental musicians occupies a region bounded roughly by electronic, dance and possibly avant-garde genres, with varying hard as well as romantic and orchestral styles. Clark is mainly a spoken word artist, Many of her lyrics deal critically with the imperfections of humanity, everyday life, and politics. Especially in her works she has created a gloomy, melancholy kind of atmosphere bordering on weltschmerz. She has been considered as one of the pioneers in the music genre, as well as being highly idolised over the board of synth-pop and new-wave music. She has a net worth of £4. 8m as of 2015 Anne Clark was born the daughter of a Roman Catholic Irish mother, Cecilia. She has one brother, John and mentions in her spoken biography Notes Taken Traces Left that her mother also had another son who died shortly after being born, from this biography there are also mentions of her two nephews. Clark recollects her childhood in her biography as being troubled. At the age of 16, she left school and she took various jobs, one of which was as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. Clark then got a job at the record store, Bonaparte Records. Punk rock was finding its way into Londons music scene and perfectly matched Anne Clarks emotions, Clark soon became involved with the Warehouse Theatre, an independently financed stage for bands, that was always low on cash. Although the theatres owners initially objected to the strange, pierced punk scene characters and their leather outfits, Anne Clark managed to fill the theatre with artists like Paul Weller, Linton Kwesi Johnson, French & Saunders, The Durutti Column, Ben Watt, and many others. She experimented with music and lyrics herself and first appeared on stage in Richard Stranges Cabaret Futura with Depeche Mode, Clark worked with Paul Weller to help set up Riot Stories. He had put up an article about helping young writers that had no chances of being signed up to major records, Clark said that at first the relationship was troubled due to him not replying to her letters. She announced After a pretty heated letter calling out his rudeness, Clark subsequently goes on to talk about how the relationship ended up being a strong one, which still exists today. In 1982, Anne Clark published her first album, The Sitting Room, with songs written by herself, the songs created by this team, such as Sleeper in Metropolis, “Our Darkness, and Wallies, have since been considered milestones of the 1980s and 1990s. Clarks song Our Darkness is sampled in Benny Benassis 2003 hit Love is Gonna Save Us, the song was also the main feature in the 2016/17 Womens Versace catwalk. Our Darkness has been considered as one of the 20 best industrial, factmag describe it as An influential proto-house recordAnne Clark (poet) – Anne Clark live in concert (Castle Party festival) in Poland 2008
8. Josie Cotton – Josie Cotton is an American singer and songwriter, best known for Johnny Are You Queer. and He Could Be the One from 1982. Johnny Are You Queer. was used on the soundtracks to Jackass Number Two and he Could Be the One was used in Valley Girl. Born Kathleen Josey in Dallas, Texas, Cotton sang with Dallas area bands before moving to Los Angeles and she met Larson Paine in Hollywood and the two began dating. Larson and his brother, Bobby, gave her Johnny, Are You Queer, previously performed by The Go-Gos, to record as a demo. After the first label to sign her folded, Bomp, Records released the song as a single. The performance of the single attracted the attention of Elektra Records, the Convertible Music LP has music reminiscent of the 1960s girl group tradition. Cotton made an appearance in the 1983 film Valley Girl, singing Johnny and he Could Be the One and School Is In during the films prom scene. In 1984, Elektra issued Cottons follow-up album, From the Hip, in 1986, Cotton appeared in a minor role as the character Silver Ring in the John McTiernan horror film Nomads opposite Adam Ant and Pierce Brosnan. Johnny, Are You Queer. was later used in Jackass, the punk band Screeching Weasel covered the song on their 1994 album, How To Make Enemies And Irritate People. Cotton recorded Frightened by Nightingales in 1993, the collection of songs by the songwriter/violinist/self promoter Bill Rhea was released on the French label Silences. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Cotton co-founded B-Girl Records, an album of her own music, The Influence of Fear on Salesmen, was planned for release in 2002 on B-Girl but failed to materialize under that title. Cotton released Movie Disaster Music in 2006, followed by Invasion of the B-Girls, composed of B-movie theme song covers, also produced in part by Bill Rhea, building on the critical success of those disks, Cotton released Pussycat Babylon in late 2010. In 2009, Johnny Are You Queer ranked at No.81 on VH1s Top 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80s list. 38 Billboard Club Play Singles He Could Be the One No.34 Billboard Mainstream Rock, a Date With John Waters See The New Hong Kong Remixes No.12 Billboard Dance/Club Play 2011 Valley Girl Nomads Jackass Number Two Glee Official website Josie Cotton at AllMusicJosie Cotton – Josie Cotton performing in June 2007
9. Alannah Currie – Alannah Joy Currie is a musician and artist, best known as a former member of the UK pop group Thompson Twins. Born in New Zealand and trained as a journalist, Currie emigrated to the UK in 1977, Currie squatted in various places in South West London, ending up in Lillieshall Road, Clapham Old Town. In 1979, with her neighbour, Trace Newton-Ingham, she co-founded the dread-punk-improvising group. The Unfuckables performed one gig at an Anti-Psychiatry Conference in early 1980, held in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. In 1981, Currie joined Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway, and others to form part of the Thompson Twins, the Thompson Twins became a trio in 1982 and signed two major record contracts with Arista Records before signing with Warner Bros. Currie was a lyricist, percussionist, visual stylist and singer in the band and co-wrote and recorded 6 albums which included gold and platinum records, hold Me Now, and You Take Me Up. In 1984 the band participated in the first international satellite installation by Nam June Paik, Good Morning and her songwriting credits also include I Want That Man, an international hit for Deborah Harry in 1989. By 1992, Currie and her husband, fellow Thompson Twins band member Tom Bailey, had grown tired of being expected to chart success with new Thompson Twins material. By 1994 Babble had released their first album, Currie later returned to New Zealand working primarily as a glass artist and environmental activist. She was founder of the womens anti-genetic engineering movement Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food, in 2004 she designed a series of protest billboards that caused controversy in New Zealand but won several international art / science awards. In 2004 she returned to London where she now works under the name Miss Pokeno and continues to make protest art and she is also a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance, who make militant feminist art, and the Armchair Destructivists. Alannah was married to band member Tom Bailey from 1991 to 2003. They have two children, Jackson and Indie, in 2011, Alannah married Jimmy Cauty. Thompson Twins The Guardian interview Investigate. com Songwriting credits @ Allmusic. com Miss PokenoAlannah Currie – Alannah Currie, Bristol, February 1984
10. Sara Dallin – Sara Elizabeth Dallin is an English musician mostly noted for her membership of the group Bananarama, which she co-founded with her childhood friend Keren Woodward. Dallin was born in Bristol, England and she attended St Georges School for Girls in Bristol with Woodward and studied journalism at the London College of Fashion before she and Woodward founded Bananarama with Siobhan Fahey from Dublin. Dallin and Woodward continue to tour and record as Bananarama and she was engaged to former Bananarama dancer Bassey Walker with whom she had a daughter, Alice, in 1991, but they later separated. Sara Dallin at the Internet Movie DatabaseSara Dallin – Sara Dallin of Bananarama live in Audley End, Essex, UK, 28 July 2007.
11. Carol Decker – Carol Ann Decker is an English musician. She is best known as the singer and front woman for the band TPau, although Deckers music is mainly associated with the group, she also released a solo single in 1995, One Heart, in support of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League centenary. Deckers personal record label is named GnatFish, Decker was born in Huyton, Merseyside and educated in Wellington, Shropshire, along with other members of the band. In addition to her achievements, Decker has also acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the film, Nine Dead Gay Guys. TV appearances include Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, Decker took part in the prime time BBC One show Just the Two of Us which began on 2 January 2007. Decker appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucass charity single Im Gonna Be for Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day 2007 and she released a single, Just Dream, in download-only format in September 2007. TPau member Ronnie Rogers was her boyfriend at the time, Decker began dating restaurateur Richard Coates in 1996. They have two children, Scarlett and Dylan and married in 2006 and that same year, Decker became a joint tenant of the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row near Henley, which Coates had established. TPau official website Gnatfish Records Carol Decker at the Internet Movie DatabaseCarol Decker – Carol Decker in 2010
12. Justinne Gamache – Justinne Jussi Gamache, also known by her pseudonym Liz Enthusiasm, is the lead singer of indie synthpop band Freezepop. Gamache also works in design, including the design for the Freezepop website. She has created music videos for Freezepop using then-Macromedias Flash program. Gamache writes the majority of her lyrics in English, but has written songs in Japanese. In 2004, Gamache and her best friend and fellow musician, Gordon Merrick, released an album titled Best Friends Forever containing six covers. Gamache and Merrick continued their collaboration on their 2006 Manchester on My Mind EP, Gamache holds two degrees from Boston University School for the Arts. Gamaches personal web site Lizs songs with Gordon Merrick Freezepop websiteJustinne Gamache – Liz performs at the Penny Arcade Expo in September 2009 in Seattle
13. 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.
14. Vivien Goldman – Vivien Goldman is a British journalist, writer and musician. She was born in London, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and she studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick. She began her career as a PR officer for Island Records, Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the Dirty Washing EP in 1981, with produced by John Lydon. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlmans iconic 99 Records imprint on 3 June 1981, in August 1981, two of the tracks from the EP, Launderette and Private Armies, were issued as a 7 single in the UK. Later the song Launderette was included on Gomma Records Anti NY compilation, in that year she also contributed vocals to the New Age Steppers self-titled debut. Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae and she was a member of The Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde. Goldman is listed in writing credits along with the band Massive Attack on the song Sly, Goldman was Bob Marleys first UK publicist, and Kid Creoles biographer. Goldman is also an accomplished documentarian and adjunct professor of punk and she is also an adjunct professor of musical cultures and industry at Rutgers Universitys School of Communication and Information. In January 2007 BBC America began a regular Ask the Punk Professor feature on their website with Goldman answering questions, Goldman appears as an interviewee in the up-coming documentary about British reggae group, Steel PulseVivien Goldman – Vivien Goldman
15. Clare Grogan – Claire Patricia Grogan, known professionally as Clare Grogan or sometimes as C. P. Grogan, is a Scottish actress and singer. Born in Glasgow, Grogan and her two sisters all attended the Notre Dame Convent School, aged 17 while dancing at the Glasgow College of Technology, she was a bystander when a fight broke out between several patrons. A broken bottle was hurled in her direction as she was fleeing, Grogan states that her parents still find it hard to read about the incident. She began filming Gregorys Girl just three months after the incident, originally a member of Scottish Youth Theatre, she was originally obliged to appear as C. P. Grogan because there was already a member of Equity named Claire Grogan and she would later drop the i from her first name. While working as a waitress at the Spaghetti Factory restaurant in Glasgow and this led to her breakthrough acting role in 1981s Gregorys Girl as Susan. Because of her wound, there were objections from the producers. When filmed in close up, makeup artists covered Grogans scar with morticians wax, in 1984, she played Charlotte in Forsyths Comfort and Joy. In 1985, she was the receptionist in the BBC Television version of Blott on the Landscape and she had a recurring role playing Dave Listers would-be love-interest, Kristine Kochanski, in series 1,2 and 6 of the TV show Red Dwarf. In series 7, she was replaced by Chloë Annett, Grogan has also appeared in Father Ted as a feminist rock singer and in EastEnders as Ian Beales love interest, Ros Thorne. She appeared in the 1998 comedy Jilting Joe, played control-freak office manager Sandra Reeves in the 2006 film The Penalty King and she also appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucas charity single Im Gonna Be, recorded for Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day 2007. She also played Dannys mother in the 2006 Scottish sit-com, Legit, Grogan appeared in the TV series Skins as Shelley, the mother of Mini McGuinness. She played the part of Rita in an adaptation of Educating Rita at Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1987. Grogan developed her career as the lead singer of Altered Images, originally a five-piece band that included Johnny McElhone. It became a band with the departure of two members and the addition of Stephen Lironi, who played both guitar and drums. The band had a string of hits in the early 1980s, including Happy Birthday, Dont Talk to Me About Love, I Could Be Happy, the group split up after the release of their third album, Bite. Grogan later attempted a career, but after her single Love Bomb failed to gain chart success in 1987. Grogan formed Universal Love School in 1989 with Lironi, performing a series of gigs around the UK, however, it was short-lived and produced no hit singlesClare Grogan – Clare Grogan in 2009
16. Nina Hagen – Catharina Nina Hagen is a German singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her vocals and is often referred to as the Godmother of Punk due to her prominence during the punk and new wave movements in the late 1970s. Born in the former East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, Hagen began her career as an actress when she appeared in several German films alongside her mother Eva-Maria Hagen, around that same time, she joined the band Automobil and released the single Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen. After her stepfather Wolf Biermanns East German citizenship was withdrawn from him in 1976, shortly afterwards, she was offered a record deal from CBS Records and formed Nina Hagen Band. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 to a critical acclaim and was a success selling over 250,000 copies. The band released one more album Unbehagen before their break-up in 1979, in 1982, Hagen signed a new contract with CBS and released her debut solo album NunSexMonkRock, which became her first record to chart in the United States. She followed it two more albums, Fearless and Nina Hagen in Ekstasy, before her contract with CBS expired and was not renewed. In 1989, she was offered a deal from Mercury Records. She released three albums on the label, Nina Hagen, Street, and Revolution Ballroom, however, none of the albums achieved notable commercial success. Hagen made her comeback with the release of her album Return of the Mother. Besides her musical career, Hagen is also a voice-over actress and she wrote three autobiographies, Ich bin ein Berliner, Nina Hagen, Thats Why the Lady Is a Punk, and Bekenntnisse. She is also noted for her human and animal rights activism, Nina Hagen was born in the former East Berlin, East Germany, the daughter of Hans Hagen, a scriptwriter, and Eva-Maria Hagen, an actress and singer. Her paternal grandfather died in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and her parents divorced when she was two years old, and growing up, she saw her father infrequently. At age four, she began to study ballet, and was considered a prodigy by the time she was nine. When Hagen was 11, her mother married Wolf Biermann, an anti-establishment singer-songwriter, Biermanns political views later influenced young Hagen. Hagen left school at age sixteen and went to Poland, where she began her career and she later returned to Germany and joined the cover band, Fritzens Dampferband, together with Achim Mentzel and others. She added songs by Janis Joplin and Tina Turner to the set lists during shows. From 1972 to 1973, Hagen enrolled in the performance program at The Central Studio for Light Music in East BerlinNina Hagen – Nina Hagen at the premiere of The Seventh Dwarf (2014)
17. Debbie Harry – Deborah Ann Debbie Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s and she is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States owing to her work on Rapture. She has also had success as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s and her acting career spans over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances. Deborah Harry was born in Miami, Florida, and then adopted at three months of age by Richard Smith and Catherine Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne and she attended Hawthorne High School, where she graduated in 1963. She graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, with an Associate of Arts degree in 1965, before starting her singing career, she moved to New York City in the late 1960s and worked as a secretary at BBC Radios office there for one year. Later, she was a waitress at Maxs Kansas City, a dancer in a Union City, New Jersey discothèque. In the late 1960s, Harry began her career as a backing singer for the folk rock group the Wind in the Willows. The group also recorded an album, it was never released. In 1974, Harry joined the Stilettoes with Elda Gentile and Amanda Jones and her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein, joined the band shortly after. After leaving the Stilettoes, Harry and Stein formed Angel and the Snake with Tish Bellomo, shortly thereafter, Harry and Stein formed Blondie, naming it after the term of address men often called Harry when she bleached her hair blonde. Members of Blondie quickly became regulars at Maxs Kansas City and CBGB in New York City, after a debut album in 1976, commercial success followed in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, first in Australia and Europe and then in the United States. In 1989 and 2010 interviews, Harry claimed that during the early 1970s she had lured into a car driven by serial killer Ted Bundy while in New York City. Snopes. com noted that Ann Rule, an author of a book on Bundy, while leading Blondie, Harry and Stein became partners in life as well as musically. In the mid 1980s, she took a few years off to care for Stein while he suffered with pemphigus, Stein and Harry broke up in the 1980s but continued to work together. In a 2014 Daily Mail interview, Harry confirmed rumors that she has had relationships with women. She had made remarks in previous interviews. With her distinctive features and two-tone bleached-blonde hair, Harry quickly became a punk icon. Her look was popularized by the bands early presence in the music video revolution of the eraDebbie Harry – Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in October 1977
18. Chrissie Hynde – Christine Ellen Chrissie Hynde is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders. Inspired by hippie counter-culture, Hynde worked in London with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their clothing store, in 1978, she formed her own band, The Pretenders, with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers. As singer, songwriter and guitarist, she has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history and she has also released a number of songs with other musicians including Frank Sinatra and UB40. Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, Hynde was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of a part-time secretary and a Yellow Pages manager. She graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, but stated that I was never too interested in high school, I mean, I never went to a dance, I never went out on a date, I never went steady. It became pretty awful for me, except, of course, I could go see bands, and that was the kick. I used to go to Cleveland just to see any band, so I was in love a lot of the time, but mostly with guys in bands that I had never met. For me, knowing that Brian Jones was out there, and later that Iggy Pop was out there, I had, uh, bigger things in mind, like girls. Hynde became interested in hippie counterculture, Eastern mysticism, and vegetarianism, while attending Kent State Universitys Art School for three years, she joined a band called Sat. Mat. which included Mark Mothersbaugh, later of Devo, Hynde was also caught up in the Kent State shootings on May 4,1970 in which the boyfriend of one of her friends was amongst the four victims. Hynde also developed an interest in the UK music magazine NME, with her art background, Hynde landed a job in an architectural firm but left after eight months. It was then that she met rock journalist Nick Kent and landed a position at NME, writing what she described as half-baked philosophical drivel. However, this not to last and Hynde later found herself working at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwoods then-little-known clothing store. At one point she tried to convince Johnny Rotten and then Sid Vicious to marry her, just in order for her to get a work permit. Hyndes version of this episode has it that Rotten offered to go to an office with me and do the unmentionable but when he subsequently pulled out. Upon arrival at the office the following morning, they found it closed for an extended holiday and were unable to attend the following day due to Vicious making a court appearance. Hynde then attempted to start a band in France before her return to Cleveland in 1975, Hynde went back to France in 1976 to try to form a band, but it did not work out. She left Kent for Michael Fradji Memmi, bass player of The Frenchies, for one show at the Olympia Theatre when their singer had left, she took the lead singer dutiesChrissie Hynde – Chrissie Hynde in April 2013
19. Lia Ices – Lia Ices is a singer-songwriter from Westport, Connecticut, currently living in Northern California. Her mother is a photographer and book binder, and Ices says that her father has been a source of inspiration throughout her life. Kessels brother, Eliot, is also a musician, and a collaborator in her music, in 2008, her first full-length album, Necima, was released in September of that year, produced by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The music webzine Pitchfork wrote of the album, When Ices and Vernhes find a creative symbiosis, usually on the shorter, pop-leaning tracks. Critics compared her favorably to that of Kate Bush, and more contemporary artists like Feist and Bat For Lashes, as well as Tori Amos. In early 2011, Ices released her album, Grown Unknown, which was again mixed at the Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn. She spent six months in Vermont writing most of the album, the albums second track, Daphne, features a duet with Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. Critics found her voice more relaxed than on her debut album, wish You Were Here Released, April 3,2012 Format, Digital Download,7 Single Official website Jagjaguwar Records Lia Ices Blog Lia Ices on FacebookLia Ices – Lia Ices
20. Grace Jones – Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, at age 13 she moved with her siblings to their parents home in Syracuse, New York. Jones began her career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo. She worked with such as Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer. In 1977 Jones secured a deal with Island Records, initially becoming a star of New York Citys Studio 54-centered disco scene. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing, and Slave to the Rhythm and she scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with Pull Up to the Bumper, Ive Seen That Face Before, Private Life, and Slave to the Rhythm. In 1982, she released the video collection A One Man Show. Jones appeared in some films in the US during the 1970s. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and she appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, in 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all-time, Grace Jones was born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica, the daughter of Marjorie and Robert W. Jones, who was a local politician and Apostolic clergyman. The couple already had two children, and would go on to have four more, while they were in the US, they left their children with Marjories mother and her new husband, Peart. Jones knew him as Mas P and later noted that she hated him, as a strict disciplinarian he regularly beat the children in his care. She was raised into the familys Pentecostal faith, having to part in prayer meetings. She initially attended the Pentecostal All Saints School, before being sent to a public school. As a child, shy Jones had only one schoolfriend and was teased by classmates for her skinny frame, but she excelled at sports and found solace in the nature of Jamaica. Marjorie and Robert eventually brought their children – including the 13 year old Grace – to live them in the US. It was in the city that her father had established his own ministry, Jones continued her schooling and after she graduated, enrolled at Onondaga Community College majoring in SpanishGrace Jones – Jones in performance, 2011
21. Apollonia Kotero – Apollonia Kotero is an American actress, singer, former model and talent manager. She is best known for co-starring in Princes 1984 film Purple Rain, Kotero was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, the eldest of six children. Her father, Victor, was a restaurant manager, and her mother, always an outgoing child, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to become a model. Kotero worked as an actress, singer and model, in 1982, she appeared in the music videos for The Other Woman by Ray Parker Jr. and Shakin by Eddie Money. She appeared in the 1984 TV movie The Mystic Warrior as the Native American woman Wicahpi, when Denise Vanity Matthews, then-leader of the girl group Vanity 6, resigned from its membership before Princes 1984 film Purple Rain was made, Kotero landed the films female lead role. Vanity 6, which was renamed Apollonia 6 for the film, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett, Apollonia 6 embarked on a worldwide tour to promote their hit single, Sex Shooter. Kotero had originally recorded a version of the song Manic Monday for the 1984 album Apollonia 6, written and composed by Prince, the song would later become a worldwide hit single for girl group The Bangles. She performed several songs, including Red Light Romeo, written. In 1988, Warner Bros. Records released Koteros eponymously titled first solo album, Apollonia and she went on to appear in such films as Ministry of Vengeance, Back To Back, Black Magic Woman, and two Italian productions, La Donna di una Sera and Cattive Ragazze. She returned to television on shows as Sliders and Air America. During this period an exercise video entitled Go For It was also released, Kotero could also be seen on E. s Celebrity Homes and MTV Cribs, with friend Carmen Electra, The Test and Rendezview. Kotero Entertainment also began managing young talent such as television and film star Sascha Andres and young pop singer Nikki Barreras, also known as Nikki B. In 2009, Kotero recorded with Greg Dullis The Twilight Singers on a cover of When Doves Cry for Spin magazines 25th anniversary tribute to the Purple Rain album, entitled Purplish Rain. The Take Me with U duet reached No.7 in the United Kingdom, Apollonia Kotero at the Internet Movie DatabaseApollonia Kotero – Kotero at L.A. Fashion Week, Culver City, California, in March 2008
22. Martha Ladly – Martha Jane Ladly is a Canadian academic, designer and musician. She is Professor of Design, at OCAD University, Ladly has also had a long career as a musician and achieved international fame as part of Canadian new wave band Martha & the Muffins. She then had a career in the mid-1980s and then worked in design. A student at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, upon accepting the offer, she became one of two vocalists and keyboard players named Martha in the band. The other Martha was Martha Johnson, who sang lead on the majority of the songs, including their biggest hit. Ladly played with the band from 1978–80, and sang vocals on the groups seventh single, Was Ezo. Ladly left the band in August 1980 to take up an art scholarship and she subsequently relocated to the United Kingdom. During her time in England, while pursuing her twin interests in music and visual art, orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark credits Ladly for suggesting the titles of their 1981 hit album Architecture & Morality, and their 1984 hit single Tesla Girls. In 1982, Ladly provided backing vocals for Roxy Music and joined cult Scottish post-punk act The Associates appearing with them on Top of the Pops and she left The Associates in 1986 and subsequently worked with Robert Palmers band. Ladly established a solo career in the early 1980s, releasing two singles. She concurrently worked in visual arts and design with designer Peter Saville and her painting Factus 8 was used by Saville for the sleeve of New Orders EP1981 - Factus 8 -1982. Between 1992 and 2001 she worked with Peter Gabriel as the manager of Real World Design,1981 - Finlandia 1983 - Light Years From Love In 2012 Ladly was appointed as Associate Dean, Graduate studies, at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is a professor of design where her specialty is interactive communication. She is a mentor with the Canadian Film Centres Interactive Project Lab, ITST Mobile Nation Conference Grant 2007, Canadian Design Research Network, Co-Principal Investigator. The Charmed Life Of Martha Ladly Martha Ladly LinkedIn pageMartha Ladly – Martha Ladly 2011
23. Ladyhawke (musician) – Phillipa Margaret Pip Brown, better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She took her name from Richard Donners 1985 film Ladyhawke. Brown was part of the Wellington-based band Two Lane Blacktop, before moving to Australia where, in 2004, in 2007 she moved to London, and she relocated to Los Angeles around 2013. Browns debut solo album, Ladyhawke, was released on 22 September 2008 through Modular Recordings and it spawned five singles of which My Delirium was the most successful. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, Ladyhawke won Breakthrough Artist in both album and single categories, browns second solo album, Anxiety, was released in May 2012, and her third solo album, Wild Things, was released on 3 June 2016. Phillipa Margaret Brown was born on 13 July 1979 in Masterton and she came from a musical family, with her mother being a singer–guitarist and her stepfather, a jazz drummer. During her childhood, various illnesses and allergies kept her in, at age ten she contracted erysipeloid, a disease that is common in seagulls but had not been seen in humans in New Zealand for twenty years. Her allergies to antibiotics and antihistamines greatly complicated treatment efforts and almost put her into a coma, Brown has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. She believes that the amount of her childhood she spent absorbed in music, be it listening to the radio or to her mothers Beatles. While attending Chanel College, she played in several grunge bands, after high school, Brown moved from Masterton to Wellington. In 2001 in Wellington, Brown formed the band Two Lane Blacktop with some friends and she described the group as being like Iggy and The Stooges meets The Clash. She cites her experience playing the notorious New York City club CBGB with Two Lane Blacktop as being a defining moment, Brown then made the impulsive decision to take her flight to Australia anyway, and she relocated to Melbourne. Brown liked Littlemores music and, in 2004, decided to join, Brown and Littlemore played together for two years, with Brown relocating to Sydney to be closer to the band, as well as other people she enjoyed playing and writing music with. Teenagers song Pony is featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Teenager issued their debut album, Thirteen, as well as the related singles Pony and Bound and Gagged, in 2006. Mess + Noises Craig Mathieson described the album as a pop record, albeit a particularly exotic species that equally suggests creative guile and hints of self-indulgence. Pony is the closest the album comes to cheap genre holidaying, approximating rock attitude when the organic, Brown and Littlemore co-wrote Alone Again and West for Teenager. I was like, Its just like, you know, I had a Myspace page, calling myself Ladyhawke with a couple of rough demos up there. Nick was like, Thats cool, you should follow that upLadyhawke (musician) – Ladyhawke performing at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 25 May 2009
24. Cyndi Lauper – Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years and her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors. This album included the one hit of the same name and Change of Heart. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboards most successful album of the year. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, the musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards Lauper has established herself as a pop culture icon selling over 50 million records and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New Yorks Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards. An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards. Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for Girls Just Want To Have Fun and this music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest ever music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museums Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, VH1 has ranked Lauper No.58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Lauper has been celebrated for her work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend US President Barack Obamas second-term inaugural, Lauper was born at Boulevard Hospital in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to a Catholic family. Her father, Fred, was of German and Swiss descent and her mother, Catrine, is Italian American. Laupers siblings are younger brother Fred, and older sister, Ellen, Laupers parents divorced when she was five. Her mother remarried and divorced again, Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and, as a child, listened to such artists as The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Billie HolidayCyndi Lauper – Lauper performing in 2000
25. Amanda Lear – Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model. Lear grew up in the south of France and in Switzerland and she began her professional career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and went on to model for Paco Rabanne and Ossie Clark among others. Around that time she met the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and would remain his closest friend, Lear first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Musics album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Lears first four albums earned her popularity, charting in the Top 10 on European charts. Her biggest hits included Blood and Honey, Tomorrow, Queen of Chinatown, Follow Me, Enigma, in the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many popular TV shows. Amandas 1980s musical output saw her experimenting with different genres and trying to revive her career by re-recording earlier hits to various levels of success, 1980s also saw her release two books, an autobiography My Life with Dalí and a novel LImmortelle. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, movies and painting, despite frequent album releases, she failed to achieve success on charts with her music. However, her career remained successful, with Lear hosting numerous prime time TV shows, occasionally making guest appearances in French. She has also performed acting and dubbing roles in independent as well as major film productions, in the late 2000s Lear would reinvent herself as a theatrical actress, performing in long-running stage plays in France. To date, she has sold over 25 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide, Lear is also a widely recognized gay icon. Lears origins are unclear, with the singer herself providing different information about her background, contested facts include her birth date and place, her birth gender, names and nationalities of her parents, and the location of her upbringing. Most sources claim 18 November 1939 to be her date, including GEMA. During a 2010 interview with a French newspaper Libération, Lear presented her identity card to a journalist and this date seems to be age fabrication, as public records show that she began university in September 1964, and that she married in December 1965. She was a child to her parents who later divorced. Most sources, including Lears 1965 wedding certificate, confirm that her father was a French army officer and her mother appears to have had a Russo-Asiatic background. In a 1976 interview with Carmen Thomas for a German television show, Lear confirmed that her father was British and mother was Russian, however, she would later claim her mother had a French background. In her book, April Ashleys Odyssey, she recalls Lear performing drag acts under the stage name Peki dOsloAmanda Lear – Amanda Lear in France, 2011.
26. 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.
27. Katrina Leskanich – Leskanich was born in Topeka, Kansas. She is of Irish, German and Czech ancestry and her father was a colonel in the United States Air Force, and Katrina and her five siblings moved frequently as children. The bands earliest incarnation was as The Waves, a group played in and around Cambridge, England, from 1975 to 1977 and featured guitarist Kimberley Rew. This incarnation of the Waves never issued any recordings, and broke up when Rew left to join the Soft Boys, a more direct ancestor of Katrina and the Waves was the band Mamas Cookin, a pop cover band hailing from Feltwell, England. This band, founded in 1978, featured American Katrina Leskanich on vocals and keyboards, by late 1980, Alex Cooper had joined the band on drums, with Bob Jakins on bass. Mamas Cookin proceeded to gig steadily in England over the two years, specialising in covers of songs by American acts such as Heart, Foreigner, Linda Ronstadt. When The Soft Boys broke up in 1981, Rew contacted his old Wave-mate Cooper to see about renewing their musical partnership. Cooper convinced Rew to join Mamas Cookin, and the group was quickly renamed The Waves after the band Rew. The Waves were initially fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Rew, who brought a wealth of material to the band. Leskanich, meanwhile, originally sang lead vocals on the cover tunes in the bands repertoire. However, over the first year of the Waves existence, Rew began to write material for Leskanich to sing, the Waves made their initial recorded appearances on a 1982 single, both tracks were included on the 1982 Rew solo album called The Bible of Bop. The Waves then issued their debut EP Shock Horror later in 1982, around this time, bassist Jakins left the band. He was not replaced, as de la Cruz took over on bass and the band was rechristened Katrina, in early 1983, the fledgling band recorded—at their own expense—an LP of their original material designed to be sold at gigs. Rew wrote all the songs on this LP, while Leskanich sang eight of the ten tracks. The LP was shopped around to labels, but only Attic Records in Canada responded with an offer. Consequently, although they were based in England, Katrina and The Waves first album Walking on Sunshine was released only in Canada, the album garnered enough critical attention and radio play to merit a Canadian tour. In 1984, the released a follow-up album in Canada. Rew was still the primary songwriter, but de la Cruz was also responsible for a few songs, also in 1984, their song Going Down to Liverpool was covered by the The Bangles, which added to their profileKatrina Leskanich – Katrina Leskanich performing in 1986 at a concert
28. Lene Lovich – Lene Lovich is an American singer, songwriter and musician of Serbian and English descent based in England. She first gained attention in 1979 with the release of her hit single Lucky Number, born in Detroit, Michigan, Lovich moved to England at the age of 13, where she met guitarist and songwriter Les Chappell, who later became her long-time music collaborator and life partner. She developed an interest in art and theater, enrolling at the Central School of Art, in 1975, she joined the band the Diversions and shortly afterwards wrote the lyrics to Cerrones single Supernature. The song was released as a single and appeared on her studio album Stateless. She released two albums, Flex and No Mans Land, on Stiff Records. In 1989, she released the album March, before her 15-year hiatus. She focused more on her family but came back in 2005 with the release of her album Shadows, in 2013, she established her own publishing label, Flex Music, and released a re-mastered version of all her previous albums in a limited edition box set. Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit, Michigan, to an English mother, after her father had health problems, her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England. Lovich was 13 years old at the time and she met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell when they were teenagers, and he became her longtime collaborator and life partner. In autumn 1968, they went to London to attend art school and it was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark, though at first she did it to keep her hair out of the clay when studying sculpture. Over the following decade, Lovich attended several art schools, busked around the London Underground and she also travelled to Spain, where she visited Salvador Dalí in his home. She recorded screams for horror films, wrote lyrics for French disco star Cerrone, in 1975, Lovich joined The Diversions, a funk group that put out five singles and an album on Polydor Records, without success. In 1976 Lovich released a 7 3-track maxi-single in the UK under her own name, aimed at the Christmas market, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/The Christmas Song /Happy Christmas. In 1977, Lovich, along with recording engineer Alain Wisniak, provided lyrics for Supernature, the song, with its surreal lyrics describing a world in which nature has risen to fight against desecration and destruction by humanity, is indicative of Lovichs interest in animal rights issues. Robinson immediately proposed to release it as a single on Stiff, for which Lovich and Chappell had to write and they came up with Lucky Number, which was then released as an A-side and became a Top 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Lovichs musical style combined her own quirky inventions with contemporary punk rock and she then recorded the albums Flex and No-Mans-Land for Stiff over the next few years, as well as an EP titled New Toy, the title cut penned by touring band member Thomas Dolby. She also recorded vocals for Picnic Boy by The Residents as Sandy Sandwich, Lovich co-wrote with Chappell and Chris Judge Smith and performed Mata Hari, a play/musical at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, October/November 1982. During this time she was having disputes with Stiff, the success of the show and pressure from Epic, her US label, persuaded Stiff to release and promote No Mans LandLene Lovich – Lovich, University of Bradford, February 1979
29. Annabella Lwin – Annabella Lwin is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow. Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, in 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at a dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part-time. Following her successful audition for the singer position in McLarens new group. The group would go on to success with the songs Go Wild in the Country. Early on in the band, controversy surrounded Lwin as she had posed nude for the cover of See Jungle, Go Ape Crazy, the groups first full-length album. She formed a new band, Naked Experience, and collaborated across the Atlantic with seasoned musicians and songwriters such as Billy Steinberg and Ellen Shipley. The official song release, Carsex, made the Top 10 in the UK Dance Chart, another single from the album, War Boys, produced by John Robie, spent six weeks on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, peaking at #28. Lwin reunited with the bass player from Bow Wow Wow in 1997. The original guitarist of Bow Wow Wow, Matthew Ashman, had died of complications from diabetes in 1995, Lwins songwriting also brought her into partnerships with producers such as Guy Chambers and Michael Lattanzi. In 2005, Lwin was a featured vocalist, with Camp Freddy members Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison, Lwin co-wrote and co-produced a solo song with record producer Carey Beare, which was donated exclusively to the Hands and Hearts Organization for Tsunami Relief in spring 2006. She continues to sing and perform Bow Wow Wow and new songs as well as participating in animal charity related concerts, official website Annabella Lwin at the Internet Movie Database Annabella Lwins channel on YouTubeAnnabella Lwin – Annabella Lwin performing with Bow Wow Wow in Kant-Kino, Berlin in 1982.
30. Kirsty MacColl – Kirsty Anna MacColl was an English singer and songwriter. She also sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, at the age of 41, MacColl died after being hit by a powerboat in Mexico. Kirsty MacColl was the daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and dancer Jean Newlove, at the time of her birth, her father had been in a relationship with folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Peggy Seeger since 1956, and already had a son with her. She came to notice when Chiswick Records released an EP by local rock band the Drug Addix with MacColl on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy Doubt. Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her and her debut solo single They Dont Know, released in 1979, peaked at number two on the Music Week airplay chart. However, a strike prevented copies of the single getting into record stores. MacColl recorded a single, You Caught Me Out, but felt she lacked Stiffs full backing. The single was pulled, and only a few white label promo copies of the single are known to exist, MacColl moved to Polydor Records in 1981. She had a UK number 14 hit with Theres a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears Hes Elvis, in 1983, Polydor dropped her just as she had completed recording the songs for a planned second album which used more synthesizers and had new wave-styled tracks. She returned to Stiff, where pop singles such as Terry and Hes On the Beach were unsuccessful and this included two extra verses specially written for her by Bragg. Also around this time, MacColl wrote and performed the theme song London Girls for Channel 4s short-lived sitcom Dream Stuffing, in the United States, MacColl was probably most recognisable as the writer of They Dont Know. Tracey Ullmans version reached #2 in the UK in 1983 and #8 in the United States in early 1984, MacColl also sang back-up on the track, providing the Baay-byy because it was too high a pitch for Ullman. It was played over the credits of Ullmans HBO show Tracey Takes On. in 1996. When Stiff went bankrupt in 1986, MacColl was left unable to record in her own right and she appeared in the videos Welcome to the Cheap Seats for The Wonder Stuff and Flowers for Talking Heads. MacColl also set the track sequencing for U2s acclaimed breakthrough album The Joshua Tree, MacColl re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching Number 2 with The Pogues on Fairytale of New York, a duet with Shane MacGowan. This led to her accompanying The Pogues on their British and European tour in 1988, in March 1989, MacColl sang backing vocals on the Happy Mondays Hallelujah EP. After the contract issue was resolved, MacColl returned to recording as a solo artist, the album was widely praised by critics, and featured collaborations with David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. Although Kite contained many original compositions, MacColls biggest chart success from the album was the cover of The Kinks song Days, a bonus track on the CD version of Kite was a cover of the Smiths song You Just Havent Earned It Yet, BabyKirsty MacColl – Kirsty MacColl memorial bench in Soho Square