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10,000 Maniacs are an american alternative rock band formed in 1981. They continue to perform and release music. In 2016 they celebrated their 35th anniversary. there were nine albums issued between 1933 and 2015. The band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew (keyboards), Steven Gustafson (bass), Chet Cardinale (drums), Robert Buck (guitar and Newhouse's ex-husband) and Teri Newhouse (vocalist and Buck's ex-wife). Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, who was 17 at the time, to do some vocals. John Lombardo, who was in a band called The Mills (along with brother guitarist/vocalists Mark Liuzzo and Paul Liuzzo and drummer Mike Young) and used to play occasionally with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Merchant became the main singer. Various drummers came and left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs! They performed with the new name for the first time on Labor Day, September 7, 1981, with a line-up of Merchant, Lombardo, Buck, Drew, Gustafson, and Tim Edborg on drums. Edborg left and Bob "Bob O Matic" Wachter was on drums for most of the 1981 gigs. Tired of playing cover songs — their first notable American hit was a cover of the Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" — they started to write their own music, usually with Merchant handling the lyrics and Lombardo the music. In March 1982, with Jim Foti on drums, the band recorded an EP album called Human Conflict Number Five. More gigs followed in 1982. During this time they lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a short while at the encouragement of friends who said that many gigs were available there. Discouraged by the actual lack of gigs and by having to sell plasma and rake leaves to buy food, the band moved back to Jamestown in November 1982 to regroup. At the beginning of 1983, Jerry Augustyniak joined as their permanent drummer. Between March and July they recorded songs for a second release, Secrets of the I Ching, their debut full-length album, on their own label Christian Burial Music. The record was well received by critics and caught the attention of Peel in London. One song, "My Mother the War", turned out to be a minor hit in the United Kingdom and entered the indie chart. The band toured extensively during 1983 and 1984 and played gigs in the UK. Peter Leak, an Englishman living in New York City, became interested in the band, made contact and was made their manager. With the help of Leak and Elektra Records A & R man Howard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs signed to Elektra in November 1984. In the spring of 1985 they recorded their second full-length album, The Wishing Chair, in London at Livingston Studios with Joe Boyd as producer. Though the album was not a blockbuster hit its status as their major label debut did win it some notice and it received significant critical acclaim. Co-founder Lombardo left during a rehearsal on July 14, 1986. The remaining five members started recording a new album in Los Angeles with Peter Asher as the producer. In My Tribe, a more pop-rock oriented record, was released on July 7, 1987, hit the charts where it stayed for 77 weeks, peaking at No. 37 and established a large US audience for the group and was also well received in the UK. The next album,
1989's Blind Man's Zoo hit No. 13 and went gold, further increasing the group's following. In May 1989, the NME reported that 10,000 Maniacs had won the songwriter category prize at the New York Music Awards. In 1990, with the help of Lombardo, they remastered their first two records Human Conflict Number Five and Secrets of the I Ching and released them as a compilation called Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983.
Lombardo and Mary Ramsey, who had formed a folk act called John & Mary, opened gigs for the Maniacs on the Hope Chest Tour in 1990. In 1991, during the recordings of a new album, Merchant revealed to the other members that she would be leaving for a solo career in two years' time. The new album, Our Time in Eden, was released on September 29, 1992. In 1993 they performed at the MTV Inaugural Ball for Bill Clinton in January and on MTV Unplugged on April 21. Merchant announced her departure on MTV on August 5, 1993, saying she "didn't want art by committee anymore." The MTV Unplugged album was released on October 26, 1993. "The last 10,000 Maniacs gig was the first time I'd got drunk in nearly two years," Merchant later recalled. "I laughed a lot and threw lots of flowers out of the hotel window." their one and only peel session was taped on 23/06/1985.
Extreme Noise Terror (often abbreviated to ENT) are a British grindcore band originally formed in Ipswich in 1985. They're widely considered one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, and particularly the forefathers of the crustgrind subgenre. Notable for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore punk, Extreme Noise Terror started as a crust punk band and helped characterise the early, archetypal grindcore sound with fiercely political lyrics, grinding guitars, extremely fast tempo and often very short songs. here's the first of four session for our hero, put down on 10/11/1987.
Formed in 1980, Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) were fronted by Holly Johnson (vocals), with Paul Rutherford (vocals), Peter Gill (drums, percussion), Mark O'Toole (bass guitar), and Brian Nash (guitar). The group's 1983 debut single "Relax" was banned by the BBC in 1984 while at number six in the charts and subsequently topped the UK Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks, going on to enjoy prolonged chart success throughout that year and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling UK single of all time. After the follow-up success of "Two Tribes" and "The Power of Love" they became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles; the first being fellow Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers. This record remained unbeaten until the Spice Girls achieved a six-single streak in 1996–97.
The nucleus of the group emerged from the late 1970s Liverpool punk scene. Lead singer Johnson had played bass with Big in Japan and had also released two solo singles. Local musicians Peter Gill (drums), Jed O'Toole (bass), and O'Toole's cousin Brian Nash (guitar) initially joined Johnson,calling themselves the Sons of Egypt. This line-up secured a number of small local gigs before disbanding. The group was reprised when Johnson joined Mark O'Toole (bass) and Peter "Ped" Gill to form FGTH. During a particularly fluid period of personnel changes, Jed O'Toole joined on guitar, and a female vocalist, Sonia Mazumder, was also a band member for the first Frankie gig at the Leeds nightclub "The Warehouse", supporting Hambi & The Dance. Paul Rutherford – a member of the headline act who had also sung in seminal Liverpool punk band The Spitfire Boys – apparently got so caught up in Frankie's performance that he effectively replaced Mazumder that very night. The new all-male musical line-up subsequently toured locally with a leather-clad female duo known as "The Leatherpets" and managed to fund promotional videos and demos, despite being eventually turned down by both Arista Records and Phonogram Inc. Around this time Jed O'Toole left the group, to be replaced by the returning Brian Nash. In February 1983, the group were invited to record a video for "Relax" by the Channel 4 show The Tube at the Liverpool State Ballroom. The broadcast, convinced Trevor Horn to sign the group for his new label, ZTT Records, in May 1983. In 1986, after massive success, Their second album, Liverpool, was generally panned by the music press and chart returns declined rapidly with the follow-up singles "Warriors of the Wasteland" (No. 19) and "Watching the Wildlife" (No. 28). The group meanwhile threatened to implode of its own accord, in the course of a tour promoting the new album. Johnson kept himself markedly separate from the rest of the band when offstage at this period, tensions becoming exacerbated during a backstage altercation between Johnson and O'Toole at Wembley Arena in January 1987, reflecting the generally collapsing relationship between lead singer and the rest of the band. Things were so bad that fellow Liverpudlian singer Pete Wylie was approached to replace Johnson but declined the offer. FGTH completed the tour, but Johnson ultimately left the group thereafter, citing musical estrangement. here's the first of their two peel sessions, immortalised on 24/11/1982.
McCarthy were a British indie pop band formed in Barking, Greater London, England in 1984 by schoolmates Malcolm Eden (voice and guitar) and Tim Gane (lead guitar) with John Williamson (bass guitar) and Gary Baker (drums). Lætitia Sadier later joined on vocals for their final studio album.
They mixed a sweetly melodic style, dominated by Gane's 12-string guitar playing, with Eden's overtly political lyrics, often satirical in tone, which reflected the band's far-Left leanings. Eden, Gane and Williamson met at Barking Abbey Comprehensive School. Gane was originally a drummer, but was initially taught to play guitar by Eden, who also taught Williamson the basics of bass. Eden and Gane were fans of punk groups such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Buzzcocks and they covered their songs in small gigs as teenagers. Baker joined in 1984 and with the new line-up deciding on the name McCarthy (a tongue-in-cheek reference to American politician Joe McCarthy), they released a self-financed first single, "In Purgatory" in 1985. They were signed by the Pink Label, releasing two further singles. The band had a track included on the NME C86 album ("Celestial City"). Their debut album I Am a Wallet was released in 1987. The album was virtually ignored by UK radio programmers except for Peel. Because of Eden's Marxist political views the band were, to their dismay, often lumped in with other left-wing acts like Billy Bragg and The Redskins. I Am a Wallet has since been described by Nicky Wire as "the most perfect record, a Communist manifesto with tunes", and was rated by James Dean Bradfield as his top British album of all time. Two further singles appeared in early 1988 and were followed by a second album, The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth, which was considerably less well received. A year later they released a third album Banking, Violence and the Inner Life Today, with Lætitia Sadier (Gane's partner at the time) on vocals. The album suggested a new willingness to experiment musically and was seen by critics as something of a return to form but it in fact proved to be their swansong and they split soon afterwards. Eden felt there was no need to continue with the band, believing that their creativity peaked with that LP. The band's final gig was at the London School of Economics in 1990. Gane and Sadier went on to form Stereolab while Eden formed the short-lived
Herzfeld. Baker went on to a career in radiography, before going on to work for The Guardian. Williamson went on to work for music publisher BMG and Domino Records. this is the first of three sessions for Peel, put down on 07/10/1986.
Sex Clark Five (abbreviated SC5) were an underground indie rock band formed in the early 1980s in Huntsville, Alabama. Calling their inventive, sawed-off power pop songs "strum and drum" (a pun on Sturm und Drang), SC5 released several albums that featured the jangly Rickenbacker guitar sound characteristic of Southern college rock bands of the time, including R.E.M. Guitarists James Butler and Rick Storey and drummer Trick McKaha were all friends from Huntsville High School. After stints in Kinks cover and pseudo punk bands, the three recruited bassist Joy Johnson. Primary singer/songwriter Butler built quirky, catchy melodic hooks around lyrics that often included offbeat European historical references, and wrapped them around rapidly strummed guitars and rave up surf guitar riffs. Politically charged tunes such as "Liberate Tibet" and "Sarajevo" were called prophetic by some critics. In spite of their political content, SC5's songs were often filled with the kind of wry, outlandish humor exemplified by the band's name (a play on The Dave Clark Five). SC5 would count both Goethe and the Marx Brothers as musical influences. The
band were also notorious for erratic live shows. Drummer Trick McKaha would sometimes wear a bag over his head. Sex Clark Five came to the attention of Peel when he was given a copy of their debut EP, "Neita Grew Up Last Night." After playing the disc on his show repeatedly, Peel asked the band to send more. SC5 recorded their first full-length album, Strum and Drum!, in 1986 in Butler's family basement. Noted for its twenty brief tracks (several of which barely exceeded one minute in length), the album was a critical success and an underground favorite of 1987, hailed as "a near-classic first step." It received extensive college radio airplay and earned them a small but devoted following. Some contemporary indie bands have acknowledged it as a pop milestone. other releases followed incorporating essentially the same formula but to less critical acclaim. During the 1990s they continued to record but found only small labels with few resources to promote them. They released an EP, Hit Parade, under the name Martin Luther Kinks with Rick Storey serving as singer/songwriter. More than one major label expressed interest but the band was unable to follow up due to chronic disorganization. enjoy the fourth of their four peel sessions: the recording date is unknown but the session was broadcast on 11/06/2002.
The Vibrators were founded by Ian 'Knox' Carnochan, bassist Pat Collier, guitarist John Ellis, and drummer John 'Eddie' Edwards. They first came to public notice at the 100 Club when they backed Chris Spedding in 1976. On Spedding's recommendation, Mickie Most signed them to his label RAK Records. Most produced their first single, "We Vibrate". The band also backed Spedding on his single, "Pogo Dancing". They were one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London's Roxy Club. In March 1977 they supported Iggy Pop on his British tour. Later that year they backed ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter. The band signed to Epic Records in early 1977. Their debut album, Pure Mania was co-produced with Robin Mayhew, the sound engineer for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust live shows, and reached the Top 50 of the UK Albums Chart. The album is well regarded and, 17 years after its release was praised as one of the 50 best punk albums of all time. Their follow-up, V2, narrowly missed the UK Top 30. The only single to be taken from that album, "Automatic Lover", was the only Vibrators’ single to reach the UK Top 40 where it reached No. 35. It earned the band a TV appearance on prime-time UK TV show Top of the Pops. The final single on Epic, the frankly incredible "Judy Says (Knock You In The Head)", was released in June 1978. Years later it was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk singles of all time.
During the 1980s John Ellis recorded with Peter Gabriel, as well as recording and touring frequently with Peter Hammill, then subsequently The Stranglers, eventually joining the latter full-time in the 1990s. Pat Collier went on to work closely with The Soft Boys, producing their seminal
album, Underwater Moonlight, and Robyn Hitchcock, producing and mixing some of his solo albums (to which Knox also sometimes contributed). Phil Ram went on to form Able Ram and brought out two singles, although without any chart success. Phil later
combined a career in gardening alongside music. Despite numerous line-up changes, The Vibrators are still touring to this date as a three-piece, Eddie being the only original member. mr obscure is proud to present the second of their three sessions for our hero, preserved forever on 13/06/1977.
The Woodentops are a British rock band that enjoyed critical acclaim and moderate popularity in the mid-1980s.They formed in 1983 in South London with an initial line-up of Rolo McGinty (vocals, guitar, formerly of The Wild Swans and The Jazz Butcher), Simon Mawby (guitar), Alice Thompson
(keyboards), Frank DeFreitas (bass guitar), and Paul Hookham (drums). After a debut single, "Plenty" on Food Records in 1984, which received a glowing review from Morrissey in Melody Maker, they signed to Rough Trade Records, releasing a series of singles in 1985 and their debut album, Giant, in 1986. Generally well received by critics, the album's sound was characterised by acoustic guitars but also featured accordion, marimba, strings, and trumpet sounds. The album reached No. 35 on the UK Albums Chart. A single from the album, "Good Thing", reached No. 7 on the UK Indie Chart. The band then became more experimental and frenetic when playing live, using more electronic sounds. This first became apparent as documented on the live album Live Hypno Beat (1987), which was recorded in Los Angeles in 1986. The band also started to become more 'raw' and unpredictable live, becoming one of the most exciting independent groups from the UK, while gaining an early hit on the burgeoning club scene in Ibiza with '"Why". Vocalist and guitarist Rolo McGinty, who also wrote all Woodentops' songs, resurfaced with the DJ band Pluto in the 1990s, the Dogs Deluxe electronica project and also provided vocals for Gary Lucas's, Gods and Monsters. Guitarist Simon Mawby was briefly a member of The House of Love in the early 1990s. here's the third of three sessions they taped for peel, recorded on 30/03/1986.
The list of band names below is purely for illustrative purposes - I don't pretend to have sessions by all these people - but I do have a frightening amount of them.