List of bands from Merseyside

This is a list of notable music groups or people from the former English county of Merseyside for individuals see List of people from Merseyside.


*Anathema: formerly Death/Doom Metal.
*Atomic Kitten: Girl band, formed in 1999 by OMD's Andy McCluskey.
*Apollo 440: Modern day dance act who have had hits with "Ain't talkin 'bout dub" and "Stop the rock".
*Amsterdam: Lead by singer/songwriter Ian Prowse. Elvis Costello, John Peel and Christy Moore favourites.Wrote the classic 'Does this train stop on Merseyside? Have two albums out "The Journey" (2005) and "Arm in Arm" (2008)


*The Bandits: 2000s band top 40 hits with "Two Step Rock" and "Take It and Run". Leading lights in what came to be know as 'cosmic scouse'. Ran the Bandwagon Club which saw early gigs for the Coral and The Zutons.
*The Beatles.
*Benny Profane: Indie-pop band (1985-90). They released two albums, various singles and EPs, and recorded 3 John Peel sessions.
*Big in Japan: Budgie, Ian Broudie, Bill Drummond, David Balfe, Jayne Casey, Holly Johnson.
*Billy Fury: 1960s rock musician. One of the most successful British singers of the 60s.
*Billy J. Kramer: 1960s singer.
*Cilla Black: Cavern cloakroom attendant turned borderline National treasure, via a successful music career.
*Black: 80s band best known for their worldwide hit "Wonderful Life".
*The Boo Radleys: English Brit-pop (indie-rock) group during 1980s and 1990s.
*The Black Velvets: Classic Rock band.
*Badfinger: who wrote the Nilsson classic "Without You".
*BB Mak: A multi million selling boyband in the 1990s.
*Bluebook: Formed 2006 4 Piece Alternative Band. "The thinking man's band".

*Carcass: 1990s death metal band
*Cast: 1990s pop group
*China Crisis: 1980s electro-pop band
*Clinic: 2000s indie-rock band
*The Coral: 2000s indie group inspired by 60s psychedelia. From Hoylake.
*Melanie Chisholm: singer
*The Christians: a soul-influenced Sophisti-pop band, who scored several UK and international chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
*The Crescent: 2000s indie band influenced by the La's
*Crucial Three: Ian McCulloch, Julian Cope and Pete Wylie.
*The Cryin' Shames: a mid-1960s pop group


*Dead or Alive: New Wave pop band of the 1980s, most famous for the ever-popular "You spin me round".
*The Dead 60s: Current punk/ska/reggae band.
*Deaf School: (Jan74–Apr78) Feat Steve Allen (voc) (aka Enrico Cadillac) (later Original Mirrors, Tremblers, Perils of Plastic), Clive Langer (aka Cliff Hanger) (later Big in Japan, Clive Langer & The Boxes), Bette Bright (voc) (later of Illuminations), Max Ripple, Tim Whittaker (drms) (later Lori & The Chameleons, Pink Military, Gale Force), Ian Richie (sax) (later Jane Aire & The Belvederes), Steve Lyndsey (bass) Paul Pilnick (gtr) played with Deaf School (Nov75-Jun76)
* Ded Byrds


*Echo & the Bunnymen: 1980s post-punk band, most credited for their cult hit "The Killing Moon"
*Ellery Bop
*Elvis Costello: Extremely successful singer of the 80s and 90s...


*The Farm: Pop band, famous for the track All Together Now.
*Flock of Seagulls: 1980s 'alternative' pop band. Biggest Hit in the U.K. - 'Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)', No. 10 in 1982. Biggest hit in the U.S. - 'I Ran (So Far Away)'
*The Fourmost: '60s Merseybeat band. Top 10 hits include 'Hello Little Girl' and 'A Little Loving'.
*Frankie Goes to Hollywood: 1980s 'alternative' pop band who had No. 1 hits with their first three singles: 'Relax', 'Two Tribes' and 'The Power of Love'.


*Gerry & the Pacemakers: 1960s beat group.
*Gomez: Mercury Prize winners from Southport.
*George Melly: Jazz musician
*goFASTER>>: An indie pop band.


*Half Man Half Biscuit: 1980s pop band. From Birkenhead.
*Hot Club de Paris: Indie band.


* Icicle Works: 80s power pop stalwarts, led by Ian McNabb. Reformed in 2006 for a 25th anniversary tour.
*It's Immaterial


* Ken Dodd: Five weeks at number one with "Tears" in 1965.


*The La's: late 1980s to early 1990s pop group.
*Lightning Seeds: Pop band, whose Ian Broudie wrote the Three Lions music for Euro96.
*The Little Flames: 60s-inspired indie band.
* [Lloyd Collection] : band of 1985 formed by Mike Lloyd (keys) (ex Neuklon), Mark Birchall (drms) (ex Rafique, later La's), Donna Lowe (voc) (ex Neuklon), Colin McCann (ex Neuklon), Tony Brown, Steve Walsh. Rel 7" Maggie's Farm (Mayday Jan86) as a benefit for L’pool Council Support Fund & sleeve was designed by Sex Pistols’ artist Jamie Ried. In late '85 they played as a duo with just Lloyd & Birchall.
*The Lotus Eaters: early - mid 1980s pop group. Emerged with another album in 2001 called silentspace.
*Liverpool Express


*The Merseybeats
*Michael Holliday: Popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s, sang in a similar style to Bing Crosby.


* [Neuklon] : Liverpool band (1979-86), orig feat; James Johnson, Anthony Marshall, Mike Lloyd (keys) (later of Lloyd Collection). Played debut gig at Eric's supp OMD with 2 screaming female singers & untuned instruments. Line up changed frequently with up to 60 different people & by 1984-85 feat; Lloyd, Lee Mavers (voc) (later La's), Colin McCann, Donna Lowe (voc) (latter 2 joined Lloyd Collection). Were known as Venus Beat Mushrooms in 1982. Had track The Phoenix on ‘Jobs For The Boys’ comp LP (Jan85).


*Ooberman: Indie-pop band (late 1990s - present)
*Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: (aka OMD) Electronic music band.


*Candie Payne: 1960s influenced, sister of Howie, Lead singer with The Stands and Sean who's the drummer with The Zutons.
*The Pale Fountains: Bacharach and Love-influenced early 80s pop group, led by Mick Head. Later metamorphosed into Shack
*Peter Beckett: Lead singer with American band Player who's biggest hit was "Baby Come Back" which is a worldwide hit to this day.
*Pele: Ian Prowse lead 90s Celtic pop outfit. Released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G and had number 1 hit "Megalomania in South Africa". Ian now leads Amsterdam.
*Jerry and the Pacemakers) Merseybeat, famous for "You'll never walk alone"


*The Rascals: 2000s indie group consisting of Miles Kane who collaborated with Arctic Monkeys leading man, Alex Turner to create: 'The Last Shadow Puppets'
*The Real People: Proto-Britpop band from the early 90s.
*The Real Thing: Band who sung the 1970s classic "You To Me Were Everything".
*Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

*The Scaffold. 60s group featuring Mike McGear, Roger McGough and John Gorman. Had a Number 1 with "Lily the Pink", and other hits with "Thank You Very Much", "Do You Remember?", and "Gin Gan Goolie" in the 60's and "Liverpool Lou" in the 70s.
*The Searchers: 60s Merseybeat group. No. 1 Hits include "Sweets For My Sweet", "Needles And Pins" and "Don't Throw Your Love Away".
*Shack: Cult band led by Mick Head, formerly of The Pale Fountains. Highly influential on Britpop bands such as Oasis. Noel Gallagher repaid the debt by signing them to his record label.
*Space: 1990s indie-rock band best known for "Female of the Species" and their 6 other Top 20 hit singles.
*The Stands: 2000s rock'n'roll band led by songwriter Howie Payne. Split in 2006.
*Rory Storm and the Hurricanes: Merseybeat group.
*The Swinging Blue Jeans: 60s Merseybeat group. Top 3 Hits include "Hippy Hippy Shake" and "You're No Good".


*The Teardrop Explodes: Julian Cope led an ever changing line-up mixing pop, new wave and psychedelia with surprising commercial success. Split in 1982 after a mere two albums.
*Tied Up: Liverpool 2000s hard rock band led by singer Owen Ward


* Undertakers: '60s Merseybeat group.


* Venus Beat Mushrooms – Liverpool band name used by Neuklon for most of 1982.


*Wah!: Pete Wylie vehicle, variously known as Wah! Heat and The Mighty Wah!
* Walkie Talkies
*The Wild Swans: Post-punk band.
*Kathryn Williams: Singer-songwriter. Her second album, "Little Black Numbers" (2000), was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
*The Wombats: Pop punk/Powerpop 3 piece consisting of Matthew Murphy, Tord Overland Knudsen and Daniel Haggis from the famed Paul McCartney LIPA academy


*Yachts - Eric's era band featuring future members of the Christians and It's Immaterial.


*The Zutons: 2000s indie group inspired by 60s psychedelia.
*Zombina and the Skeletones: 2000s pop punk band

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