Marilyn Manson, Shock Rockers, and the most controversial rock band on the planet are taking on the world. They are anti heroes and their cult status has been enhanced by the press. They are the acclaimed Kings of Goth, which has its roots in the Shock Rock peddled by bands such as Alice Cooper and Kiss.
When Nirvana's Kurt Cobain inadvertently took his own life he left behind an army of shock rock fans. Nirvana and Cobain were the ones to put classic trash rock firmly on the map and sow the seeds for other young pretenders to follow. They were the mentors of Seattle sub-pop - and no one can say what direction their music would have taken, had Kurt lived on. Cobain says, "I started Nirvana because I had nothing else to do. I don't like sports so a band seemed to be a last resort for something to do socially.
When the going gets tough Ireland's Westlife gets going. It's hard to believe that Westlife stormed the charts and achieved success in such a short period of time and within a few years of their forming they had seven number 1's, Best New Band, Record of The Year and a biography under their belts
Radiohead have been called the Beatles true heirs, a group advancing in such leaps and bounds that their contemporaries are trailing in their wake. For a reputation and status like that you would expect a group to be something out of the ordinary.
Liam Gallaher is a man of controversy, arguments, rivalry and sensationalism. "Fans want to see their stars shining," says Liam, "We play the game and give the fans what they want and Oasis is a real rock n' roll band". When brother Noel gave up his roadie job with Inspiral Carpets and joined the band, it was the turning point for Oasis - although Liam would never allow you to say that - and the greatest music industry sensation since the Beatles were born.
Sepultura have always upheld their Brazilian roots. Band members Max Cavalera ( vocals / guitar), Andreas Kisser (guitar), Paolo Jr. (bass) and Igor Caverla (drums) feature in this exclusive audiobiog and share how traditional tribal music features in their writing and performances as they rose from the poverty of San Paola to become Brazil's first international music success story.
Alternative rock band Suede kick started the Britpop movement and reinvigorated the Britisth music scene. They are considered as some to be one of the most important and influential British rock bands of the nineties. Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes (who replaced Bernard Butler), Mat Osman, Neil Codling and Brett Anderson were hailed as the best new band in Britian and won numerous awards.
Mansun, from Chester, UK, comprised of guitarist Paul Draper, bassist Stove King, guitarist and vocalist Dominic Chad and drummer Andy Rathbone. The band were originally called Grey Lantern but then changed their name to Mansun. The band were noted for changing ther fashion styles as quickly as they changed their musical styles. Mansun were always shrouded in controversy and the music press painted them as a band of rock n' roll excess, leaving a trail of smashed up hotel rooms in their wake.
Peter Andre's Celebrity success was inevitable from the very first time he performed on BBC's "Top of the Pops". What Peter did next always succeeded. Peter, originally from England, moved to Australia when he was ten years onld and then relocated to the UK to acquire his celebrity status.
The Prodigy's claim to be the best live band in the world could well be valid. Coming form Essex in the UK they court controversy, are terrifyingly loud, and kick up more of a fuss than the likes of Nirvana did.