Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, and musician, noted for his collaborations with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on the legendary album "SMiLE." As a child Parks acted in the 1956 movie The Swan, which starred Grace Kelly. He also worked steadily on television as a child actor between 1953 and 1958, including a role as Ezio Pinza's son on the NBC television show Bonino, as well as a recurring role as Little Tommy Manacotti (the kid from upstairs) on Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners.
Vocalist Nick Van Eede founded the group along with Canadian guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael in 1985, and made demos that led to a recording contract, before bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beadle joined in 1986. Their first album, Broadcast, released in 1986, was the first U.S. number one album for Richard Branson's Virgin Records. It included "(I Just) Died in Your Arms", their most popular single, which reached number one in the U.S.
Mondo Rock were an 80s institution in popular Australian rock, a big draw on the live circuit who charted numerous hits. The band was formed in late 1976 by frontman Ross Wilson and went through various line-up changes to start with. They reform from time to time to play (including in April 2007). The most famous line-up consisted of prolific songwriters Ross Wilson (ex Daddy Cool) and guitarist Eric McCusker (who luckily pestered Wilson to let him join, doing three auditions, after the initial outing of Mondo Rock had lost momentum) as well as Paul Christie on bass (ex-Kevin Borich Express...
Crowded House (or The Crowdies to fans) is a New Zealand rock group formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. The band were originally active from 1986 to 1996 before deciding to split up. In 2007, the band reunited to record and tour again. Neil Finn and Paul Hester decided to form a new band during the Split Enz farewell tour 'Enz with a Bang'.
Bacharach studied music at McGill University and the Mannes School of Music. In the 1950s and the early 1960s he was the pianist, arranger and bandleader for Marlene Dietrich with whom he toured. He teamed with lyricist Hal David and others to write many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s. Bacharach's music has been sung by a number of popular singers including The Beatles,The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross and The Drifters. He met Dionne Warwick, with whom he would form a famed collaboration.
David A. Stewart is most renown as a member of the succesfull 80's pop duo Eurythmics, together with Annie Lennox. The duo split in the early 1990s and reunited for one album, Peace, and subsequent tour in 1999, as well as for two bonus tracks for the greatest hits compilation Ultimate Collection in 2005.
Even before the Eurythmics split, Stewart worked as a producer and writer with other artists; this work yielded the hit singles Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Lily Was Here by Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.
Matt & Kim are an indie/power pop duo from Brooklyn, New York consisting of Matt Johnson (vocals, keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums, vocals). Formed in 2004 and currently signed to the Fader Label, they released their self-titled debut album in October 2006 and their second album, Grand, was released in January 2009. Their do-it-yourself attitude towards music, dance style rhythms and energetic performances have gained them a substantial international following and a formidable online presence through social networking and media sites like YouTube and MySpace.
Strange Talk is an indie synth-pop Melbourne band that formed in February 2010. The band has been writing an EP over 2010 and plans an official release later in the year. The band's sound has been heavily compared to Phoenix, but also Passion Pit and Cut Copy.