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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1979 – 1983)

Altered Images formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1979, with founding members Clare Grogan (vocals), Gerard “Caesar” McInulty (guitar), Johnny McElhone (bass), Tony McDaid (guitar), and Michael “Tich” Anderson (drums). In 1980 Clare appeared in Bill Forsyth’s film Gregory’s Girl which helped to bring attention to the band, and after sending a demo to Siouxsie & The Banshees they secured an opening slot for their 1980 tour. This association soon resulted in the choice of Banshees bassist Steven Severin to produce AI’s first recorded work.

Following the 1980 tour and with the support of John Peel, Britain’s most influential DJ, the band signed with Epic. The first two singles, Dead Pop Stars and A Day’s Wait, saw the band beginning to develop their own sound. Epic wanted the band to add one more element to the mix: chart success. With this in mind they brought in producer Martin Rushent, who had an established track record of crafting left-of-centre hits with the Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, and Generation X. The addition of Rushent, along with second guitarist Jim McKinven, resulted in the single Happy Birthday, which managed to channel AI’s sound in a more commercial direction without losing their distinctive sound. The remainder of the album, also titled HAPPY BIRTHDAY, was produced by Severin, but it was Rushent who had charted the course for the remainder of the band’s career.


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  • KingFahtah

    I could make a joke about "feeling like an eight year old girl", but it would be creepy

    24 Feb 11:56am Reply
  • CDPETE01

    My point entirely...however my former girlfriend saw that as it was

    14 Feb 11:23pm Reply
  • spacemangraig

    also, I would hardly call that a midlife crisis, CDPETE01

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    finally here's a band that makes me feel like an eight year old girl

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    still trying to come to terms with how having a crush on Clare Grogan in 1981 translates in 2013 to having a midlife crisis and fancying 20 somethings,just a personal note that keeps me up at night.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    They should have been big like Oasis.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tom-Tom44

    another lost look, see those eyes, think that it might

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    I can still remember when I first heard Dead Pop Stars on the John Peel show, it blew me away and it still does 32 years later. God! I feel old!

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    @olivegreen85: Agreed

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Lobotomy77

    Pinky Blue is such a great album.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PaintAVulgarMan

    Claires voice in "Don't Talk To Me About Love" is

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I still love Claire Grogan...ever since I saw her in Bill Forsyth’s film Gregory’s Girl

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    Don't talk to me abowt luuuv.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • showroom-dummy

    it was happy birthday in sixteen candles. love themm.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Scars, The Cure, Altered Images. Glasgow City Halls. Happy times.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • sopor6

    I knew about this band when I watched sixteens candles back in 85 or so!! In the class room were the guy has his earphones on I believe it was playing happy birthday or I could be happy!! Still after 25 years or so its amazing to hear that song!! :)

    31 Jul 2010 Reply
  • gotrawmilk

    they need more plays! this band is underrated.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Zondagavond

    Bought Dead Pop Stars 7" today, with a lot of hiss, but still amazing!

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • vargas_girl

    @CDPETE01: definitely overlooked by most americans...never heard of them till I lastfm recommended them to me and I have a vast collection of 80's tunes.

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • RMG1

    I've been meaning to check out this band for ages, ever since i found out that Claire aka Christine Kochanski from Red Dwarf had a band. Now that i have i like what i hear so far.

    23 May 2010 Reply
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