Suburban Lawns began in Long Beach, California in 1978, started as "The Fabulons" or "Art Attack" (two were CalArts students). Their big hit was called "Gidget Goes To Hell" released in 1979 on their own indpendent Suburban Industrial Records. "Janitor" was another hit.
The Jim Carroll Band was a New Wave/punk rock group formed by poet and writer Jim Carroll, in 1978, after encouragement from Patti Smith. The band was formerly called Amsterdam, based San Francisco, California. The musicians were: Steve Linsley (bass), Wayne Woods (drums), Brian Linsley and Terrell Winn (guitars).
Inspired by the Beatles, the four-piece Translator featured the talents of two singer/songwriters, Steve Barton (guitar) and Bob Darlington (guitar), and a sound that spanned Merseybeat to psychedelia. Larry Dekker on bass and Dave Scheff on drums completed the lineup, which remained constant during the band's seven-year stay.
Romeo Void was a New Wave band in San Francisco, California from 1979 to 1985. They are best known for the songs "Never Say Never" (1982) and "A Girl in Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)" (1984), which were minor hits, with the latter becoming a Top 40 pop single. Their popularity was primarily in alternative and college radio, and as a dynamic performing act. They recorded for 415/Columbia Records. The original band members met at the San Francisco Art Institute.
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).
Modern English is a rock band best remembered for their iconic 1982 song "I Melt With You", a top 10 hit has appeared in various commercials and movies over the years with a popular music video that became an MTV staple.
The Boomtown Rats is a rock group led by Bob Geldof (full name: Robert Fredrick Zenon Geldof, born October 5th 1951). Playing punk and New Wave influenced music, their initial incarnation lasted from 1976 to 1986), but the band recently reformed.
The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat (and the British Beat in Australia and New Zealand) in order to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' band of the same name, was a popular Two Tone ska and pop music group. Formed in the English city of Birmingham in 1978, The Beat disbanded in 1983, but has reformed in the early 2000s with some of the original line-up.
The Soft Boys were a post-punk/neo-psychedelic band which formed in 1976 in Cambridge, England. The band's best known lineup consisted of Robyn Hitchcock (vocals, guitar), Kimberley Rew (guitar), Matthew Seligman (bass) and Morris Windsor (drums). Seligman replaced original bassist Andy Metcalfe in 1979, and two guitarists (Rob Lamb and Alan Davies) briefly preceded Rew.
The Flamin' Groovies were an American rock and roll band of the 60s and 70s, known for their influential melodic garage rock music. They began in San Francisco, California in 1965, founded by Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney. The band's early recordings reveal a debt to the Lovin' Spoonful and other soulful rock groups.