The Residents Commercial LP has guest vocals
by Lene Lovich (Picnic Boy) and Andy Partridge
of XTC( Margaret Freeman).
Andy also plays the harmonica on the original
7" version of Thomas Dolby's Urges.
Thomas Dolby has written a large percentage
of default ringtones in cellphones.
CT were named after the song "The Cocteau Twins" by fellow Scotsmen 'Johnny and the Self-Abusers' (who later renamed themselves Simple Minds; the song "The Cocteau Twins" was also re-penned as "No Cure")
The band's name was changed to Simple Minds, which was taken from a line in the David Bowie song "Jean Genie": "...so simple-minded, he can't drive his module
Johnny Marr (The Smiths) is/was a professor of music at Salford University in Manchester, England.Matt Johnson wanted Johnny Marr to be in the original line-up of The The in the early '80s, but it didn't work out that way, obviously. They would eventually work together on 1989's Mind Bomb and 1992's Dusk
Peter Murphy modeled in a famous Maxell cassette ad in the early '80s, which showed the profile a man sitting in a chair, being 'blown away' by the sound coming from his stereo (UK version only, the U.S. ad used a different model)
Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol were first approached to sing "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by songwriter Keith Forsey. Both declined, and Simple Minds initially declined to record the song, but A&M convinced them to change their minds. Jim Kerr always thought the lyrics were too pedestrian and trite for the Minds, and the band refused to allow the song onto their upcoming studio album (Once Upon A Time).
Altered Images took their name from the graphic design company that created Buzzcocks record sleeves
Duran Duran: name of the villian in Barbarella
Heaven 17: name of a band in Clockwork Orange
Spandau Ballet: site of a prison in Berlin/the ballte was the hanging of the excuted
Joy Division was named after a division of females held as sex slaves for the German troops who fough in Russia
their original name was Warshaw
Warm Leatherette by the Normal was based on JG Ballard's novel Crash
Robert Smith was a member of the Banshees while he was leading the Cure during the early 80's
the Cult were known as the Death Cult and were known as the Southern Death Cult
U2 opened for themselves three times on the Joshua Tree tour, under the psuedonym The Dalton Brothers, a fake country band. The band would come out on stage wearing wigs, cowboy hats, and boots to disguise themselves (though the fans figured them out pretty much right away)
The original name of Blondie was Angel & the Sankes, just after Debbie & Chris Stein left the Stillettos.
The Thompson Twins are named after Tintin characters.