10 Artists/Bands From Bristol – UK’s ‘Top City’ For Musicians!
According to a survey conducted by PRS For Music, Bristol has produced more musicians by size of population than any other town in Britain. So, Classic Rock thought this should be put to the test. Could we come up with 10 artists and bands from the area. It’s a challenge, we can tell you. But, we’re up for a bit of Avon calling…Beki Bondage – the feisty animal rights loving who’s fronted Vice Squad for over 30 years. A punk pin-up.
Wayne Hussey – the main man in The Mission, who previously walked on the dark side with Sisters Of Mercy.
Onslaught – One of the UK’s finest thrashers, who once boated the famed all dwarf rhythm section of Jim Hinder (bass) and Steve Grice (drums).
Jaguar – ah, NWOBHM wannabes, who are big in Lars Ulrich’s mind…and nowhere else, really.
Robert Wyatt – the percussionist and musician who started out with The Wilde Flowers, before helping to form the influential Soft Machine.
Bill Bailey – the celebrated comedian and musician, who’s a bit of a metalhead on the quiet. Actually, it’s not a secret.
East Of Eden – Remember 1971′s Jig-A-Jig hit single? This lot were very much a psychedelic/folk/prog ensemble. One member, Dave Arbus, even played on The Who’s Baba O’Riley!
The Pop Group – The antithesis of their name, these art school types were almost jazz-punk, such was the density of the music. Only around for about three years from 1978.
Stackridge – The folky progressives with a quirky sense of humour. Most famous for playing first and last at the inaugural Glastonbury Festival in 1970.
The Wurzels – We must be struggling to include the scrumpy & western lot. Still, they did have The Combine Harvester, which was a tribute of sorts to Melanie’s Brand New Key.
Phew, got there in the end. But if we’ve omitted some legends, then put them in the Add Comment section below.
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