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Altered Images were a popular band who formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980. For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... Motto: , traditionally rendered in Scots as Wha daur meddle wi me?[1] and in English as No one provokes me with impunity. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

Ex-school friends with an equal interest in the UK post punk scene, Clare Grogan (vocals), Michael 'Tich' Anderson (drums), Tony McDaid (guitar) and Johnny McElhone (bass guitar), sent a demo tape to Siouxsie and the Banshees which soon gave themselves a support slot on their Kaleidoscope tour of 1980. Grogan had previously been seen in the cult film Gregory's Girl. Post-punk was a musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... Clare Grogan as Kristine Kochanski in Red Dwarf Clare Grogan (born March 17, 1962, Glasgow) is a Scottish actress and singer. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Johnny McElhone is a Scottish guitarist and songwriter, who was born John Francis McElhone, on 21 April 1963, in Glasgow. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... A demo version or demo of a song is one recorded for reference rather than for release. ... Siouxsie and the Banshees are a British gothic rock band. ... Gregorys Girl is a 1981 movie written and directed by Bill Forsyth. ...

After being championed by legendary DJ John Peel, they quickly garnered enough attention to be offered a deal with Epic Records but mainstream success was not immediate; their first two singles ("Dead Pop Stars", "A Day's Wait") missed the top 40. "Dead Pop Stars" was particularly controversial at the time, sung at the viewpoint of a "has-been" icon with much irony, perhaps badly timed in its release as John Lennon had died shortly before, even though it was recorded prior to his death. It was absent from their studio album releases. Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...

With additional guitarist Jim McKinven, they recorded their debut LP, Happy Birthday (1981) seeing them continue their link with Siouxsie and the Banshees, as the band's bassist Steve Severin produced several tracks on it besides the title track, which became their third single and biggest hit. "Happy Birthday" saw them be catapulted to fame with Grogan standing centre, quirky voice and bubbly character sending the band to number 2 in the singles chart in the summer of that year, establishing the band as one of the biggest New Wave acts around. This was confirmed when they were voted "Best New Group" at the NME awards. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Steven Severin (born September 25, 1955), sometimes written Steve Severin, is a bassist and founding member of Siouxsie & The Banshees. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ...

After a successful headlining tour they released Pinky Blue (1982) showing them following a more pop route than before, providing two more top 20 hits, "I Could Be Happy" and "See Those Eyes". The album also went top 20, but many critics who supported them previously began to turn sour. Meanwhile, after McKinven and Anderson left to be replaced by multi-instrumentalist Steve Lironi they began to work with pop producer Mike Chapman, providing them with another hit, "Don't Talk To Me About Love". 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Brothers Chaps are Mike Chapman and Matt Chapman (b. ...

This continued collaboration (and one with Tony Visconti) was seen with Bite (1983), a severe departure from their former dream punk not far removed from Siouxsie to a far more conventional, studio based sound. Grogan pictured on the album's cover sleeve wearing a sophisticated, movie star-like dress eluded many fans, and after the album's brief commercial spell, forced her and her band out of the spotlight and to their disbanding, post-tour with David Wilde on drums and Jim Prime on keyboards. Tony Visconti in the 1970s Tony Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is a record producer, and often an instrumentalist or singer, who has had a long and illustrious career working with some of the best known popular music artists from the late 1960s onwards, notably T. Rex, David Bowie... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A movie star is a celebrity who is well known for his or her starring, or leading, roles in motion pictures. ...

After Altered Images Grogan had an attempt at a solo career, signing to London Records with one single and an unreleased album in 1987. On television she was significantly more successful however, starring as Kristine Kochanski in the cult BBC sitcom Red Dwarf, and much later, in EastEnders and Father Ted, and has done a lot of presenting work for VH1. With Steve Lironi she formed Universal Love School although no recordings were ever finalised, and again she left the music scene. London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clare Grogan as Kristine Kochanski in Series I Kristine Z. Kochanski is the navigation officer of the title ship of the television show Red Dwarf. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Red Dwarf is a British science fiction sitcom that ran for eight series, from 1988 to 1999. ... EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast on BBC1 on 19 February 1985[2] and continuing today. ... Father Ted is a popular 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the fictional extremely remote Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... VH1 (spelled VH-1 (Video Hits One) until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ...

Johnny McElhone changed hands from guitarist to bassist, first for Hipsway and then for the hugely popular Scottish band Texas. Hipsway were a Scottish pop/rock band whose style has been described as white soul/ funk. The band were formed in Glasgow in 1984 by ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass, and featuring Grahame Skinner (vocals), Pim Jones (guitar) and Harry Travers (drums). ... Motto: , traditionally rendered in Scots as Wha daur meddle wi me?[1] and in English as No one provokes me with impunity. ... Sharleen Spiteri on the album cover for Red Book Texas is a pop music band from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ...

Altered Images reformed in 2002 for the Here and Now UK tour, showcasing a revival of popular bands of their era alongside the likes of The Human League, ABC, and T'Pau, and again for some separate shows in 2004. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Human League are an English synthpop band formed in 1977, who, after several changes in line up, achieved great popularity in the 1980s and a limited comeback in the mid-1990s. ... ABC is an English New Wave band that charted eleven Top 40 singles between 1981 and 1990. ... TPau could refer to one of the following TPau, a fictional character and the space ship named after her in the Star Trek universe TPau, a British musicial group from the late-1980s and named after the Star Trek character This is a disambiguation page — a... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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  • Happy Birthday (1981) #26 UK
  • Pinky Blue (1982) #12 UK
  • Bite (1983) #12 UK
  • Collected Images (1984)
  • The Best of Altered Images (1992)
  • Reflected Images (1996)
  • I Could Be Happy - The Best of Altered Images (1997) (U.S. release)
  • Collected Reflected Perfected Images

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  • "Dead Pop Stars" (1981) #67 UK
  • "A Day's Wait" (1981)
  • "Happy Birthday" (1981) #2 UK
  • "I Could Be Happy" (1981) #7 UK
  • "See Those Eyes" (1982) #11 UK
  • "Pinky Blue" (1982) #35 UK
  • "Don't Talk To Me About Love" (1983) #7 UK
  • "Bring Me Closer" (1983) #29 UK
  • "Love To Stay" (1983) #46 UK
  • "Change of Heart" (1983) #83 UK

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Altered Images - definition of Altered Images in Encyclopedia (785 words)
Altered Images is a band formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1979, with founding members Clare Grogan (vocals), Johnny McElhone (guitar), Tony McDaid (bass), and Michael Anderson (drums).
Changes in image were made as well, as the cover of Bite made clear - the fl and white photo of Clare looking very sophisticated in a fl evening gown was a radical switch from her previous portrayals, as well as a break with the previous tradition of featuring the entire band on album covers.
In an interview with NME Clare noted that the image makeover was intentional, but would not be a new uniform: "We decided we'd have to do something pretty drastic to make people realise that I wasn't going to parade about in ra-ra skirts for the rest of the century.
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