Support acts have now been announced for this year’s Isle of Wight Festival:
SUEDE…FALL OUT BOY…KATY B…TOM ODELL
ELLA EYRE…THE PRETTY RECKLESS
ANNA CALVI…STARSAILOR…BOY GEORGE
THE STRUTS…ALISON MOYET…AMBER RUN
INSPIRAL CARPETS…THE DOORS ALIVE
Alan gives a profile on a selected few:
Born George O’Dowd, Boy George was an early ‘New Romantic’ and first surfaced musically as part of Bow Wow Wow.
Fame and musical success was to come as the cross dressing frontman of early 1980s quartet Culture Club.
Four years of hits followed before the group folded, largely due to George’s relationship with drummer Jon Moss ending acrimoniously.
He publicly renounced drugs, after being involved with them, and became a born-again Christian.
From 1987 he was a solo artiste giving himself the moniker ‘Jesus Loves You’ at one stage. After the Number 1 single ‘Everything I Own’ George’s solo career went downhill.
Diversifying into a club D.J. and newspaper columnist his solo career became less important to him.
At the end of 1981 King of the Keyboards Vince Clarke left Electrosynth outfit Depeche Mode to from Yazoo in 1982 with fellow Basildon resident Alison ‘Alf’ Moyet.
Three Top Three singles and album placings at number one and number two gave the pairing recognition at the Brit Awards.
Yazoo was named British Newcomer in 1983 and Alison Moyet took three gongs in the British Female category. These came in 1982, 1985 and 1988 as a solo performer.
In 1983 Yazoo split amicably when Vince Clarke teamed up with Andy Bell to form Erasure. As a soloist Alison scored six Top Ten singles and chalked up two number one albums with another peaking at Number 2.
Suede formed in the late 1980s when vocalist Brett Anderson was joined by guitarist Bernard Butler. Eight Top Ten singles and three Number 1 albums were the result.
In its early incarnation Anderson’s girl friend Justine Frischmann played guitar. She was soon to depart. forming Elastica in the process.
Evidently Morrissey’s hit ‘Suedehead’ was the catalyst for the group’s name. Chart success first came to them in May1992 and they were to amass eight Top Ten singles.
Their debut, eponymous album hi t Number 1-as did two others- securing them the 1993 Mercury Music Prize. ‘Animal Nitrate’ an early hit single, is probably their best known song.
Formed in the late 1980s Manchester band Inspiral Carpets rivalled James, Happy Mondays and Stone Roses.
When seeking a replacement vocalist they rejected the unknown Noel Gallagher who joined their road crew instead!
Despite boasting three Top Ten hit albums their single releases failed to progress any higher than Number 12.