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Scottish fresh wavers Altered Pictures shaped in early 1979, comprising vocalist Clare Grogan, guitarist Tony McDaid, drummer Tich Anderson, and bassist Johnny McElhone. The teens cut a demonstration and delivered it to Siouxsie as well as the Banshees, who have been impressed enough to really have the music group open to them for several times to get their Kaleidoscope record. Two amazing BBC Peel Classes helped the music group land a agreement with Epic. The Banshees’ Steve Severin required them under his wing, generating their 1st two singles. Though both didn’t prosper, “Lifeless Pop Celebrities” obtained controversy because of its release soon after the assassination of John Lennon. (The track was recorded ahead of his loss of life.) Both singles had been striking for his or her dark post-punk leanings, which oddly went well with Grogan’s younger, chirpy tone of voice. (Observe Cranes for another exemplory case of this juxtaposition.) Severin continuing to greatly help the music group with their 1st full-length, however the label earned Martin Rushent, who help the music group craft even more radio-friendly material. Content Birthday certainly crossed over, however the siphoning aside from the band’s dark advantage and only bubbly pop dropped them several fans aswell. Not surprisingly, NME voted them Greatest New Band of 1981. Pinky Blue adopted a year later on, charting higher than Content Birthday. The unavoidable press backlash didn’t deny the music group of any industrial reduction. Anderson and second guitarist Jim McKinven (who got joined following the second one) still left the group and had been changed by Steve Lironi. Following the lineup modification, the music group struck up an allegiance with manufacturer Mike Chapman, who led them by way of a move into relatively artificial dance pop. The singles weren’t faring well for the graphs, but their third record (Bite) were able to prosper, albeit briefly. Following a few lineup changes along with a tour, the music group split up. Grogan, who got starred in Costs Forsyth’s Gregory’s Young lady (1980) ahead of her band’s achievement, focused on performing in British Television shows, most notably Crimson Dwarf and East Enders. She essentially still left music once and for all after documenting an unreleased single record in 1987 and developing the short-lived General Love College with partner Lironi. Grogan also popped up infrequently being a visitor vocalist, including an appearance for the 6ths’ Hyacinths and Thistles. Lironi also became a mentioned producer and program hands for Hanson and Dark Grape. McElhone became a member of Hipsway and in addition spent many years in Texas.

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Full Name Altered Images
Awards NME Award for Best New Artist
Music Songs Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy, Don't Talk to Me About Love, See Those Eyes, Dead Pop Stars, Bring Me Closer, Love to Stay, Song Sung Blue, Another Lost Look, Real Toys, Think That It Might, Beckoning Strings, Change of Heart, See You Later, Love & Kisses, Little Brown Head, Pinky Blue, Funny Funny Me, Little Town Flirt, Goodnight and I Wish, A Days Wait, Jump Jump, Thinking About You, So We Go Whispering, Stand So Quiet, Faithless, How About That Then, Now That You're Here, Jeepster, Insects, Last Goodbye, Legionaire
Albums Pinky Blue, Bite, Happy Birthday, Destiny: The Hits, Collected Images, The Best of Altered Images, Reflected Images, I Could Be Happy: The Best of Altered Images, Happy Birthday: The Best Of, Greatest Original Hits, The Collection, The CD Greeting Card Collection


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home Nations Series 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Misfits 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The House Bunny 2008 performer: "Happy Birthday"
Peep Show 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Skins 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 9 episodes, 1981 - 1996 writer - 2 episodes, 1981 - 1996
Sixteen Candles 1984 performer: "Happy Birthday" / writer: "Happy Birthday"
Party Party 1983 performer: "Little Town Flirt"

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Top of the Pops 1981-1982 TV Series Themselves
Musikladen 1981 TV Series Themselves

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Top of the Pops 1981-1996 TV Series Themselves

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