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Billy Idol vinyl, 1987. (Craig Allen photo)
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Meet Billy Idol [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad, November 30th, 1955, in Stanmore, Miiddlesex, England. Where did Billy's stage name come from? He says it was inspired by a schoolteacher calling him "idle."

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Its time to get FUNKY! My vintage 45. (Craig Allen photo)
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Meet Lipps, Inc. [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

Lipps Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band formed in Minneapolis in the late 1970's. This band's biggest hit also happens to be one of "Jersey's Favorite Hits!"

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"Simply Irresistible" Radio-Only Vinyl Promo Single, 1988 (Craig Allen photo)
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Meet Robert Palmer [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

Robert Allen Palmer was born in England on January 19, 1949. He was a singer-songwriter/musician, known for a diverse mix of musical styles on his albums, as he combined soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and with the "Power Station."

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Meet REO Speedwagon [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

The band formed in Illinois in the mid 1960's...ultimately naming themselves after an early 1900's firetruck! And, they're playing TONIGHT in New Jersey!

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J. Geils Band "Best Of" 1985 (Craig Allen photo)
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Meet J. Geils Band [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

While the J. Geils Band formed in the 1960's, they didn't hit their "commercial" stride til the 1970's...and had their biggest success in the 1980's!

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The Romantics biggest album, 1983. (amazon.com)
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Meet the Romantics [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

 

This Detroit-based new wave band formed on February 14, 1977...Valentine's Day...hence the name Romantics!

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"Men Without Hats" in 2013! (facebook/official site photo)
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Meet Men Without Hats [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

"Men Without Hats" is a Canadian New Wave band from Montreal. Their music is notable for  the distinctive baritone voice of lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, and their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

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"Signing Off" album cover, 198 . (amazon.com photo)
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Meet UB40 [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

UB40 are a reggae/pop band formed in Birmingham, England in 1978. The band has had more than 50 singles hit the charts in England, and has had several international hits. But what may be most interesting is where the band got its name...

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The Pretenders...NOW. (facebook/official site photo)
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Meet the Pretenders [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

The Pretenders are an English and American rock band formed in Hereford England, in the spring of 1978. The original band lineup included founder and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). 

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One of many Billy Ocean compilations! (amazon.com photo)
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Meet Billy Ocean [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

Billy Ocean was a huge, international recording star in the mid to late-1980's...but he was on the music scene in England long before!

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