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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1978–present)

The older generation of British heavy metal was sounding tired when out of Yorkshire came Peter ‘Biff’ Byford (vocals), Paul Quinn and Graham Oliver (both guitar), Steve Dawson (bass) and Pete Gill (drums). They released six albums in four years, including 1980’s Wheels Of Steel – the title track of which gave them their first of four UK Top 20 hits – and 1981’s Denim And Leather. Their honest, hard-rocking style brought new life to a weary genre and, despite many personnel changes behind Byford, still does.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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