List of bands and artists from Merseyside
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This is a list of notable bands and artists from Merseyside, North West England. For at least fifty years, the area has had a thriving pop and rock music scene, particularly since The Beatles popularised Merseybeat.
- The 747s: 2006 indie group.
- APAtT (a.P.A.t.T.): 2000s progressive pop/experimental rock band
- A Flock of Seagulls: 1980s new wave/synthpop band
- Alexis Blue: 2000s indie pop group
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- Alterkicks: 2000s indie rock band led by singer/songwriter Martin Stilwell
- Amsterdam: Led by singer/songwriter Ian Prowse
- Anathema: Formerly a death/doom metal band and currently alternative rock
- Apollo 440: 1990s dance act which had hits with "Ain't Talkin 'bout Dub" and "Stop the Rock"
- Astronaut: 1990s alternative band
- Atomic Kitten: Girl group formed in 1997 by OMD's Andy McCluskey
- The Bandits: 2000s blues rock band
- BB Mak: 1998–2003 pop/rock band, biggest hit "Back Here" was No. 1 on the US Billboard AC chart for 7 weeks; sold 3 million albums worldwide
- The Beatles: 1960s rock band
- Benny Profane: 1985–1990 indie pop band
- Big in Japan: 1970s punk band that launched the careers of Budgie, Ian Broudie, Bill Drummond, David Balfe, Jayne Casey and Holly Johnson
- The Big Three: Mersybeat band managed by Brian Epstein
- Cilla Black: 1960s singer discovered by Brian Epstein, later to become a successful television presenter
- Black: 1980s singer-songwriter best known for the hit "Wonderful Life"
- The Boo Radleys: 1980s/90s Britpop/indie rock band, biggest hit "Wake Up Boo!"
- Carcass: 1990s death metal band and forebears of melodic death metal
- Cast: 1990s Britpop group
- China Crisis: 1980s new wave band
- Christopher Starkey and The Sweats: Founders of Terrible Odour Music (record label). Signed bands such as Stink Floyd and top female solo artist St!nk
- The Christians: 1980s/90s soul-influenced sophisti-pop band
- Clinic: 2000s acid punk band
- The Coral: 2000s indie group inspired by old-fashioned country, 1960s-style psychedelia and folk
- Elvis Costello: 1970s post-punk/new wave singer/songwriter/composer, has since successfully transitioned into other genres
- The Crescent: 2000s indie band influenced by the La's
- Crucial Three: 1980s "supergroup in reverse" which launched the careers of Ian McCulloch, Julian Cope and Pete Wylie
- The Cryin' Shames: 1960s pop group
- Chain of Command: Early 1980s electronic trio, briefly known as Discipline
- Dalek I Love You: 1970s synthpop precursor to Teardrop Explodes, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark & Big in Japan
- Dead or Alive: 1980s synth/dance-pop band
- The Dead 60s: Current punk/ska/reggae band
- The Dennisons: 1960s Merseybeat outfit. Had two singles in the UK Singles Chart in 1963 and 1964
- Dirty Blue Hook: Mid to late 1990s heavy metal band from Maghull, Merseyside
- Echo & the Bunnymen: 1980s post-punk band, one of the most successful and long-lived of the era
- Ellery Bop: 1980s indie band
- Electrafixion: Echo & the Bunnymen side-project
- Electronica: 1980s synthpop electro revival
- Engine: 1979–1997 boogie-rock trio
- The Escorts: 1962–1967 band whose members later joined The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Hollies
- Evoss: Aalternative rock band
- The Farm: Indie dance band, famous for the track "All Together Now"
- Faron's Flamingos: Merseybeat band whose members later graced The Peddlers and The Mojos
- Rebecca Ferguson: X Factor finalist whose debut album went platinum in its first two weeks of release. Went on to sign an international deal with EMI to take her music worldwide
- The Fourmost: 1960s Merseybeat band, managed by Brian Epstein and recorded songs written by Lennon–McCartney
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood: 1980s dance-pop band
- Gerry & the Pacemakers: 1960s beat group, most notable for their version of "You'll Never Walk Alone", which became an anthem for Liverpool F.C.
- Gomez: Indie rock band active since the late 1990s, Mercury Prize winners
- Half Man Half Biscuit: 1980s post-punk surrealist pop band from Tranmere, Birkenhead
- The Hexmen: Liverpool four piece post-punk, old school R&B band active since 1980s, played with an aggressive indie edge. Founder is George Hexmen
- The Hideaways: 1960s Merseybeat band in which Ozzie Yue began his career.
- The Hillsiders: Due to their great popularity, the Hillsiders were invited on to the Grand Ole Opry in 1967, when it was held at the Ryman Auditorium. The Hillsiders are the first and maybe the only British band to be invited to play on the stage of the Ryman, where Hank Williams had stood before. The Hillsiders have recorded fifteen albums over the course of their career and have won numerous major country music awards
- Hot Club de Paris: 2000s indie rock band
- Icicle Works: 1980s power pop/new wave stalwarts, led by Ian McNabb. Reformed in 2006 for a 25th anniversary tour
- It's Immaterial
- Holly Johnson: Former lead singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, had solo hits in the late 1980s
- Joker: Late 1970s band featuring Ozzie Yue on guitar
- Kling Klang: Experimental rock band using lots of monophonic synthesizers, drums and guitars
- Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas: Performed as 'Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas' and billed as a Merseybeat band when under Brian Epstein's management in the 1960s
- The La's: Late 1980s to early 1990s pop/rock band
- Lightning Seeds: Indie/pop band, whose frontman Ian Broudie wrote the "Three Lions" music for Euro '96
- The Little Flames: 1960s-inspired indie band
- The Liverbirds
- The Lotus Eaters: Early–mid 1980s pop/new wave band. Emerged with another album in 2001 called Silentspace
- Liverpool Express
- The Listening Pool: Former members of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
- Marseille: 1970s heavy metal band from Liverpool, featuring television celebrity Neil Buchanan
- Marsha Ambrosius: Singer-songwriter, former member of the soul/R&B duo Floetry, she released her first solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings in 2011. Her debut album topped the Billboard's R&B chart. Has been nominated for Grammy Awards
- The Maybes?: Band active since 2001
- George Melly: Jazz musician, writer and expert on surrealist art.
- The Merseybeats
- Miles Kane: Musician originally from the Wirral, best known as the co-frontman of The Last Shadow Puppets and former frontman of The Rascals. Formerly the vocalist and lead guitarist for The Rascals, but announced the band's break-up in August 2009. Currently pursuing a solo career, and continues to be part of his side-project, The Last Shadow Puppets. His debut solo album, Colour of the Trap, was released in May 2011
- Ministry of Love: Early to mid 1980s band. Recorded a 4 track EP with Moonlight Records called Burning and Looting.
- Modern Eon: Post-punk band active 1978–1981
- Mojo Pin: Band active since 2010
- The Mojos
- Nutz: 1970s heavy rock band who released four albums and supported Black Sabbath and Budgie on tour.
- Ooberman: Indie pop band (late 1990s–2007)
- Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: (aka OMD) Globally successful new wave/electronic band from Wirral
- The Open: 5-piece indie band (2003–2006)
- Our Kid: 1970s boy band whose hit "You Just Might See Me Cry" went Top 5 in the UK chart
- The Pale Fountains: Bacharach and Love-influenced early 1980s pop group, led by Mick Head. Later metamorphosed into Shack
- Pele: 1990s Celtic pop outfit led by Ian Prowse. Released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G and had a number 1 hit, "Megalomania" in South Africa. Prowse now leads Amsterdam
- Philadelphia Express: Soul band of the mid-1970s. Appeared on New Faces
- Henry Priestman: Songwriter for The Christians and member of Yachts and It's Immaterial. Now has a solo career
- Psycamesh: Post modern industrialist rock band
Pathfinders.Mersey rock group,(1960 to 1966) 'morphed' into Motown style.Two records released.Disbanded 1966.Billy May,(Lead guitar/vocal),had a successful solo career as 'Billy May' up to 2012.
- The Rascals: 2000s band from Hoylake (The Wirral)
- The Real People: Proto-Britpop band from the early 1990s
- The Real Thing: Soul band who sang the 1970s classic "You To Me Are Everything"
- Red Flag: Liverpool-born and US-raised synthpop duo
- The Reynolds Girls: 1980s vocal duo signed to PWL
- The Room: Critically acclaimed (by John Peel and others) band from Liverpool, signed to Virgin 10, released three albums and several singles, one produced by Tom Verlaine, between 1980 and 1985
- River City People: a folk rock quartet formed in Liverpool in 1986 by vocalist Siobhan Maher, guitarist Tim Speed, his drummer brother Paul Speed and bassist Dave Snell
- Rooney: Released three albums from 1998 to 2000 and recorded a Radio 1 John Peel session in 1999
- Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
- The Runaways: UK band of the mid-1960s, better known as Bill Kenwright and the Runaways
- The Scaffold: 1960s 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 1960s and "Liverpool Lou" in the 1970s
- The Seal Cub Clubbing Club: Current post-punk band often compared to the likes of The Fall and Radiohead
- The Searchers: 1960s 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. Influential on Britpop bands such as Oasis Noel Gallagher repaid the debt by signing them to his record label
- Short Sharp Shock: Crossover hardcore/thrash band from Wirral
- Skinny: 1995 to 1998 indie pop band later known as Monochrome
- Smaller: Mid-1990s indie band featuring Digsy of Oasis fame
- Sonia: Pop singer from the PWL stable. Born in Skem but mostly associated with Liverpool
- Space: 1990s indie-rock band best known for "Female of the Species" and their 6 other Top 20 hit singles
- The Stands: 2000s rock & roll band led by songwriter Howie Payne. Split in 2006
- Rory Storm and the Hurricanes: Merseybeat group
- Supercharge: 1970s funk/rock band, led by Albie Donnelly and featuring Ozzie Yue
- The Swinging Blue Jeans: 1960s 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 two albums
- The Tempest: 1980s acoustic-pop band, signed to Magnet Records and produced by Glenn Tilbrook. Members included Ian Finney and ex-Prefab Sprout member Steve Dolder
- The Troubadours: Liverpool indie band, known for the single "Gimme Love"
- The Undertakers: 1960s Merseybeat group, launchpad for the careers of Jackie Lomax (bass guitar), Chris Huston (lead guitar), Geoff Nugent (rhythm guitar), Brian Jones (tenor saxophone, member of the Glitter band) and Brian (Bugs) Pemberton (drums). Today's members are Brian Jones, Geoff Nugent, Bill Good and Jimmy O'Brien (formerly New Image and Rockin Horse). Lomax rejoins the band when he is home in Liverpool
- Valentine Bros
- Wah!: Pete Wylie vehicle, variously known as Wah! Heat and The Mighty Wah!
- Wave Machines: Indie band (2007–present)
- The Wild Swans: Post-punk/new wave band
- The Wombats: Pop punk/power pop three piece consisting of Matthew Murphy, Tord Overland Knudsen and Daniel Haggis from the Paul McCartney's LIPA
- Yue Who: Consists of members Ozzie Yue, Ian Bamford, Keith 'Nutz' Mulholland and Pete Tulloch
- The Zutons: 2000s indie group inspired by 1960s psychedelia
- Zombina and the Skeletones: 2000s pop punk band
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