10 obscure but brilliant 80s bands who should’ve been huge

 10 obscure but brilliant 80s bands who should’ve been huge


Curious times, the ’80s. On the one hand, rock hadn’t been bigger, with the MTV-fuelled success of – among others – Bruce Springsteen and Guns N’ Roses. On the other, countless new bands – having been signed by major labels – found their path to the top barred thanks to a combination of a risk-averse Radio 1 (John Peel excepted), a sniffy music press and a starvation-level lack of TV exposure (who can forget Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s ill-fated performance on The Tube in 1986?).

Here, then – with apologies to APB, The Blue Aeroplanes, Cardiacs, Flesh For Lulu, The Higsons and hundreds more – are ten great ’80s bands who fell through the cracks, all united in the fact that not one chalked up a single UK Top 75 hit.

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