Archive for September, 2007

The Cars Biography

September 28, 2007

The Cars was an American rock band that became popular in the 80’s. The band was composed of guitarist and vocalist Ric Ocasek, bassist and vocalist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. They formed in Boston, Massachusetts and began playing live performances around New England in 1976. The band were already in the thick of things just as the popularity of guitar oriented rock mixed with synth-oriented pop music was continuing to grow in the l…

Posted in New Wave | Comments Off on The Cars Biography

System of a Down Biography

September 28, 2007

System of a Down, or SOAD, is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California sometime in 1995. The band is composed of members of Armenian descent. Serj Tankian took on lead vocal duties along with stints on keyboards and guitar. Accompanying Tankian on the band include Daron Malakian on lead guitars and vocals, Shavo Odadjian on bass and backing vocals along with John Dolmayan on drums. The band had its start when Tankian and Malakian decided to form a new band in 1995 after t…

Posted in Heavy Metal | Comments Off on System of a Down Biography

The Pretenders Biography

September 28, 2007

The Pretenders is an Anglo-American rock band that was founded by its main songwriter and vocalist Chrissie Hynde. Hynde, who originally hailed from Akron, Ohio but relocated in the UK in 1973, formed the band in 1978 in Hereford, England. Bassist Pete Farndon was the first to join the band and was followed by guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and drummer Martin Chambers. The band was signed to Real Records in 1978 based on their demo song “The Phone Call”. In 1979, the band did a single, “Stop You…

Posted in Punk Rock | Comments Off on The Pretenders Biography

Blur Biography

September 28, 2007

Blur is an English rock band that hailed from Colchester, England. The band is composed of keyboardist and vocalist Damon Albarn, guitarist and vocalist Graham Coxton, drummer Dave Rowntree, and bassist Alex James. The band had its origins as Seymour, a band formed by Albarn, Coxon and Rowntree when they were classmates at London’s Goldsmiths College.Seymour became popular in the underground scene as an art rock band with their live shows. In 1989, they added bassist Alex James and then sent a d…

Posted in Alternative/Indie-Rock | Comments Off on Blur Biography

Genesis Biography

September 28, 2007

Genesis is an English rock band that was formed by founding members Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks sometime in 1967. The original band members were part of other school bands with Anthony Phillips on guitar, Tony Banks on keyboards, Peter Gabriel on vocals, Mike Rutherford on bass and Chris Stewart on drums. The band was discovered and by a record producer and was able to make their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation which was released under Decca Records. The sound of the band then was influ…

Posted in Alternative/Indie-Rock | Comments Off on Genesis Biography

Uriah Heep Biography

September 27, 2007

Uriah Heep is an English rock band that was formed by record producer Gerry Bron in December of 1969. The members were composed of musicians from the band Spice that was formed by guitarist Mick Box and vocalist David Byron along with bassist Paul Newton and drummer Alex Napier. Keyboardist Ken Hensley was later added on to complete the band renamed as Uriah Heep, a character from a popular Charles Dickens novel titled “David Copperfield”. The debut album of the band, Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble (sel…

Posted in Hard Rock | Comments Off on Uriah Heep Biography

Weezer Biography

September 27, 2007

Weezer is an American rock band that hailed from Los Angeles, California. The band formed on February 14, 1992 and was originally composed of vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp, and guitarist Jason Cropper. After just five weeks from getting the band together, they saw themselves opening for Dogstar (known for its celebrity member, Keanu Reeves) on Hollywood Boulevard. After that, the band continued playing at clubs and other small venues in the area….

Posted in Alternative/Indie-Rock | Comments Off on Weezer Biography

Zwan Biography

September 27, 2007

Zwan was an American alternative rock super group that was composed of members from the bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle, Slint and Chavez. It was formed by former Pumpkin member Billy Corgan in 2001 after the group disbanded. Corgan joined forces with drummer jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Matt Sweeney. They also recruited bassist David Pajo to complete the band. Another member, Paz Lenchantin was recruited in 2002 to play bass and Pajo was relegated to doing guitar duties for the…

Posted in Alternative/Indie-Rock | Comments Off on Zwan Biography

Oasis Biography

September 27, 2007

Oasis is an English rock band that was formed by the brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. The band was formed in Manchester sometime in 1991. After about a year of doing live shows, Oasis, now composed of Noel Gallagher on guitar and vocals, Liam Gallagher on guitars and vocals, Paul Arthurs on rhythm guitar, Paul McGuigan on bass and Tony McCarroll on drums, got their first break when they were spotted by the co-owner of the label Creation Records at a performance in 1992. He was so impressed with…

Posted in Alternative/Indie-Rock | Comments Off on Oasis Biography

The Offspring Biography

September 27, 2007

Offspring is an American rock band that hailed from Orange County in California. It was formed in 1984 by guitarist and vocalist Bryan Holland and bassist Greg K. The duo also added James Lilja on drums and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman as lead guitarist who was then working as a school janitor at that time. The band took the name The Offspring in 1985. After releasing a single as well as a change in lineup where Lilja was replaced by Ron Welty on drums, the band was able to sign with a small time l…

Posted in Punk Rock | Comments Off on The Offspring Biography