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ARTISTS & ALBUMS

Featured in the programme

We've researched the best content from inside and outside the BBC on significant artists and albums featured in the programme.

Featured Albums

Television, Marquee Moon/Adventure

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"Lumped in with the punk explosion of 77, Television were no three-chord heroes. What set them and their New York contemporaries apart was diversity and stronger links to the past..."
Album review

Velvet Underground and Nico

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"Brian Eno once stated that, despite hardly anyone buying this album on its release, everyone that did buy it seemed to have formed a band..."
Album review

Blondie, Greatest Hits

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"You know the score, from the tumbling naivety of "Denis", to the widescreen bluster of "Atomic" or "Union City Blue", they couldn't put a stiletto wrong..."
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Featured Artists

New York Dolls

New York Dolls

1970s American band who influenced a host of rock, pop and metal groups, including KISS, Blondie, The Ramones, XTC, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses and Morrissey...
Artist Profile

The Ramones

The Ramones

"They were the original punk rock band," according to CBGB's owner Hilly Kristal in Rolling Stone magazine. "...the consistency and meaning of their name is greater than anybody in the punk rock field..."
Radio 1's Most Punk Profile

Blondie

Blondie

New York's most chart-friendly new wave band. Their crossover appeal continues to this day.
Artist Profile

Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground

Seminal New York art rock band in the 1960s and early 1970s, closely associated with Andy Warhol, who produced their legendary debut The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Artist Profile

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

American band formed by David Byrne in 1974. Throughout their career they covered a broad range of musical genres, from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop.
Artist Profile

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Poet, musician and political activist often termed 'The High Priestess of Punk'...
Artist Profile

DJ Kool Herc

Kool Herc

One of the key figures in the development of early Hip Hop, Herc is credited as being the first DJ to cut between records on the break.
Artist Profile

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

One of Hip Hop's 'founding fathers', Grand Master Flash laid down the core techniques of turntablism – and went on make some of the genre’s most influential and memorable early recordings...
Artist Profile



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