Archive for October, 2007

The Cure Biography

October 25, 2007

The Cure is an English rock band that became popular during the 80’s and the 90’s. The band was formed in January of 1976 in Sussex by Robert Smith, along with bassist Michael Dempsey, guitarist Porl Thompson and drummer Lol Tolhurst. The band was then composed of high school students. The band, initially known as The Easy Cure, won a talent competition in 1977 and was able to sign with the German label Hansa Records. Although the band recorded some tracks for the label, none of them were releas…

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Stryper Biography

October 25, 2007

Stryper is an American Christian metal band that hailed from Orange County, California. The band is considered to be the pioneers of popularizing the Christian rock scene during the 80’s. The band was formed by brothers Michael and Robert Sweet in 1982. The brothers were inspired by bands such as Van Halen but did not agree with the message that they were trying to convey. The band was initially known as Roxx Regime and was composed of Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Robert Sweet on drums, O…

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The Cranberries Biography

October 25, 2007

The Cranberries was an Irish alternative rock band that formed in Limerick sometime in 1990. The band was formed by brothers Noel (guitar) and Mike (bass) Hogan along with Fergal Lawler on drums. The original name for the band was The Cranberry Saw Us. Their original vocalist was Niall Quinn who was shortly replaced by Dolores O’Riordan. O’Riordan responded to an audition set up by the band for a new vocalist. The band was impressed with O’Riordan’s lyrical abilities when they let her write up t…

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Collective Soul Biography

October 25, 2007

Collective Soul is an American post grunge rock band that originated from Stockbridge, Georgia. It was formed by Ed Roland who was already working in the music industry doing production and engineering work. At the same time, Ed was also recording and sending out demos to record labels. In 1993, his song “Shine” became an underground hit at a college radio station on Orlando. The hit single from the independent release of the album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid led Ed Roland to brin…

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ZZ Top Biography

October 19, 2007

ZZ Top is an American blues rock band composed of vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The band formed in Houston, Texas sometime in 1969. They trio first came from different Texas based bands. The trio joined forces in 1969 when Gibbons invited Beard to become a part of his blues rock trio. Beard referred Hill as bassist for the band and ZZ Top was born. The band played their first show in February of 1970. They continually went on tours…

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Grateful Dead Biography

October 19, 2007

Grateful Dead was an American rock band that hailed in San Francisco, California. The band, formed in 1965, was popular for its unique musical style that fused together rock, bluegrass, blues, country, jazz and folk elements into their song among the many other influences and styles. The band was also popular for their long musical improvisations during their live performances. The band originated from a band known as the Warlocks that played live shows at Kepler’s Books. The band discovered tha…

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Blondie Biography

October 19, 2007

Blondie is an American rock band that became popular in the 70’s and was considered as one of the pioneers of the punk rock and New Wave music scenes. The band initially enjoyed most of their success overseas, especially in the UK and in Australia. It was not until 1978 that the band was able to reach that level of success in the US. Overall the band was able to sell over 40 million records. It was in 1975 that guitarist Chris Stein and vocalist Debbie Harry formed the band Blondie after parting…

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Yellowcard Biography

October 18, 2007

¬†Yellowcard is an American alternative rock band that formed in 1997. They hailed from Jacksonville, Florida and never really had a solid line up until 2000. The band is composed of lead singer and guitarist Ryan Key, vocalist and violinist Seam Mackin, guitarist Ben Harper, bassist Warren Cooke and drummer Longineu Parsons. The band released their first two albums, Midget Tossing in 1997 and Where We Stand, without much success. It was during the release of their third album in 2001, One for th…

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Black Flag Biography

October 18, 2007

Black Flag was an American hardcore punk rock band that formed in California in 1976. Initially called as Panic, the band was formed by Greg Ginn, the bands primary songwriter and guitarist. Through the years the band existed, Ginn was the only continuous member of the band through a number of line up changes. Panic went on to go through a series of line up changes partly due to Ginn’s intense work ethic that he wants the other band members to follow. This led to other members leaving not being …

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Dire Straits Biography

October 18, 2007

Dire Straits was a popular British rock band that was formed by famed guitarist Mark Knopfler in 1977. Together with his brother David on guitar, John Illsley on bass and Pick withers on drums, Mark Knopfler was able to establish a band that worked within the conventions of classic rock at a time when punk rock reigned supreme. The band was able to record and release their self titled debut album in 1978. The success of their album all over Europe (except in the UK where it did poorly), it caugh…

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