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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel


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London, United Kingdom (1972 – 1977, 1998 – present)

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel is an English rock band that began in the early 1970s. Their music covers a range of styles from pop to progressive rock, and while they were contemporary with the glam rock period, their music is not truly classifiable as such. Indeed, many feel that Harley and the band might have been more successful if they had begun their careers earlier, and had not been eclipsed by the glam rock bandwagon. Their track “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)”, a UK Number One single, remains the band’s biggest selling hit.

Steve Harley (born Steven Nice on 27 February 27 in south London) began his musical career as a soloist in the legendary Beckenham Arts Lab founded by David Bowie. Here, he was busking (with John Crocker) and performing his own songs, some of which were later recorded by him and the band. The original Cockney Rebel was formed when Steve hooked up with his former folk partner, John Crocker (fiddle / mandolin / guitar) in 1972. They auditioned drummer Stuart Elliott, bassist Paul Jeffreys, and keyboardist Milton Reame-James. They were signed to EMI after playing just five gigs, one of the band’s first gigs being at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London, on 23 July 1972 supporting The Jeff Beck Group . Their first single “Sebastian”, a soaring rock epic, was an immediate success in Europe, though failed to score in the UK singles chart. Their first album, The Human Menagerie, was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and is still felt by many fans to be their best.


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  • RollingStone-85

    "I Believe Love's A Prima Donna" - Underrated

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DaJuWi

    so underrated ... :/

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • roldki

    my goodness, almost everything that isn't 'Make Me Smile' is ridiculously underrated.

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • maanne

    Sebastian!!!!! Ball

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • OLdSKuul62

    When I was a teenager The only classification was Rock, Blues, Pop, Country, Funk, classiscal ,soul and R & B . You had to find your music from that small amount of tags. Always found stuff that didn't belong in any of those tags . And always found stuff under the wrong tag . So I am grateful for more tags ...Sometimes ... But the people doing the tagging really ought to know what the F@#K they are doing . Unfortunately since LFM has decided that Personal tag and loved track radios are no longer necessary ,People have started becoming very creative ,and trying to get their personal tags to become global .

    10 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ssadodesperado

    All labels and tags are just wicked attempts of the flawed rationale to desperately stuff something that exceeds the limits of its understanding into the familiar coordinate system. Gosh, I could not even conceive this would be SO FUCKING OUTSTANDING!!!!!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Beowulf1970

    Really wonder about the tagging system sometimes "Their music covers a range of styles from pop to progressive rock, and while they were contemporary with the glam rock period, their music is not truly classifiable as such" then look at the tags. Tagged as GLAM ROCK?! lol still doesn't detract from the fact they're a great band, with a great sound. Who needs labels and tags anyway .. good music is good music regardless of what it's labelled as :)

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • robrues

    Come Up & See Me, Make Me Smile!!!

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • strajnic

    Music for/from the best years of our lives (3)

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Chipstick55

    Just reviewed The Psychomodo over at - please take a look and let me know what you think!

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • JLoS

    Music for/from the best years of our lives

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • bobrund

    In Pursuit Of Illusion

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Naathiw

    My Dad Recommended Me This Band :D Too Good

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • johnnyp2355

    Brings back quite a few memories

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
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  • canguretto

    this song is a kiss of tenderness before flames

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • razor_axa


    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • sebekk

    Somebody called me Sebastian ^^

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • avroj

    ----I'm losing patience----I'm tired of this trial----you're making me cry, Lord----and you're MAKING ME SMILE! (That's from The Quality Of Mercy - 2005)

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
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