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Be Bop Deluxe

Be Bop Deluxe was a '70s British rock group led by guitarist Bill Nelson (born on December 18, 1948, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England) who veered between glam rock, pop, and heavy metal, with lots of demonstrations of Nelson's guitar prowess. After recording with Gentle Revolution and on his own, Nelson put together the first lineup of Be Bop Deluxe in 1972: Ian Parkin (guitar), Robert Bryan (bass), and Nicholas Chatterton-Dew (drums). But after the release of the first album, Axe Victim, Nelson sacked the band. The second album, Futurama, featured Nelson with a rhythm section of bassist Charles Tumahai and drummer Simon Fox. Keyboard player Andrew Clark joined for the third album, Sunburst Finish, which contained the U.K. chart single "Ships in the Night." Be Bop Deluxe released a fourth album, Modern Music; a concert recording, Live! In the Air Age, that became their only U.K. Top Ten hit; and a fifth studio album, Drastic Plastic, before Nelson folded the enterprise, briefly tried another group, Red Noise, and went solo again in 1979. Since then he has recorded prolifically, if experimentally, and handled occasional production jobs. ~ William Ruhlmann
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C'mon Pandora, For such an incredibly important band you could write a real profile.
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milosdad
Wendy, you can go to your profile and see all of your thumbs up and thumbs down. Click the x next to the thumbs down and you should get it back. Also, you can add the song in the section where you input variety to your station.
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I'm surprised Bill does not put the band back together and tour! C'mon man!
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Dig that Axe Victim album! What an album cover! Bill Nelson should remake it with better modern sound quality. No album like it ever. Other guitar player was great, too! That's a real guitar Bill had made for him. Scary
good. Cover not like the music inside.
What an artist. True genius.
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On my phone I accidentally clicked on the thumbs down icon on my fave Be Bop Deluxe song - didn't even get a chance to see the name of the song. Now I can't see how to reverse the thumbs down. Tech support says I'm supposed to click on an X ...?
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bpw197682 - Not on the same page!
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Shine (live) nice guitar playing.,... . . I was away from my desk and I actually thought of Satriani.... . . ( f o r and from me that is something)
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milosdad
Only other band that may come close to skill and creativity is Television.
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Nugent does suck and is a f**kin idiot as well.
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Bill Nelson influenced many of us .. Saw them every time they came west and the first time opening for Slade and Badfinger .!! Funny ..!!! Then when they opened for Ted Nugent ! God he sucked even then .. Bill Graham gave em 45 minutes and people begged for more but they only got one quick encore .. Then when they headlined Tom Petty opened for them on his first album tour ...Could not be placed because Bill was so far ahead .. Listen to RedNoise and you will understand why every time an album
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Similar artists..Buf f a l o Springfield are you nuts! need to revise your algorythms.. . . . . . . . .
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Jus say N2O to BeBop Deluxe. Great nitrous music.
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Bill Nelson was one of the most underated guitarists of that era. He was dubbed Wing Fingers in the early to mid seventies (take a futher listen and you will easily hear why). An incredible talent filled with genius!
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Jet Silver and the Dolls of Venus - classic tune! Love the guitar solo at the end......
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modern music by far there best < terminal street>
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Guy does remind me of Robin Trower.Still Bill's a credit to himself.
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Excellent guitar work on No Train to Heaven, One of my favorites!
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plavigna10
They were pretty big with us NYC progheads around 77-78, Live In The Air Age and Drastic Plastic.
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One of the greats!!!!!! ! !
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I have been a big fan of BeBop Deluxe since college. This was one of my favorite bands and I still listen to groups that fly under the radar.
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milosdad
Somewhere, in my closet of junk I've had since I was a teen, I have a cassette I found in te backstage area of a Be Bop gig. The tape contains, either band members or crew members, trying to seduce an intoxicated groupie. Kind of irrelevant to this but it was funny and I treasure it b/c it captures a moment that no one else remembers.
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Bolin was something.
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... in the spirit of Tommy Bolin.
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spencerlasls
Sometimes I think it's better for a band not to achieve too much success too soon...it makes them push themselves musically to new heights. In this case it paid off in spades. Be Bop Deluxe is one of the greatest under appreciated bands of their era.
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One of my favorite songs bu Be Bop Deluxe is "Modern Music."
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I've been listening to this group since the 1970's (Uh, I guess that sort of gives my age away), and I still haven't ran into a lot of people who have heard, let alone listen to them.
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this band was considered UNDERGROUND back in the 70's. i found them to be quite artistic. still listening.th a n k you,be bop deluxe.
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Sunburst Finish, the song Crying to the sky, tears your heart out.
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Groups in the 70,s just had more imagination than any group that came out of the 80,s 90,s or anything in the past 10 yrs - except for maybe porcupine tree a really good prog rock band of the last 20 yrs- rock bands in the 70s always took chances that no band in the last 30 years have gone near - just different instrumentat i o n and all sorts of things - i think it all about money now - bebop delux was a good band I know my brother had sun burst finish there were some good moments on that record.
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still listening
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milosdad
Hard for me to pinpoint why I liked these guys so much but I did. Just very pleasant writing and music. If you listen to some of today's indie bands you can hear very similar elements. Just smart music. Lucky enough to have seen the a couple of times in the 70's.
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This song was not originally released on Modern Music. It was released on the Best of and the Rest of Be Bop Deluxe. This was vinyl with ~1/2 the tracks previous recordings and ~1/2 new songs.
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Live! In The Air Age
If you haven't heard it in it's entirety I would suggest doing so. Far superior renditions of the studio versions.
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bill nelson is god
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My buddy turned me onto this band in 74 in high school with Axe Victim it was new wave then
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unforsaken talent that i found in the 70's.whoda thought they'd still exist?thank you,be bop deluxe.
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One of the most fun concerts I have ever enjoied. Saw live on three tours to Arizona at the Celeberty Theatre, in the round...
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number one fav

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