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80's Music Artists

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Slaughter

Genre:Classic RockPrice:Under $25,000Demo:25-35,35-50

Slaughter

Slaughter was formed in the late 1980’s in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Dana Strum and Mark Slaughter teamed up and added Tim Kelly and Blas Elias to their band. Slaughter’s debut album, Stick It To Ya (1990), was an instant success, spawning the hit singles "Fly to the Angels,” "Up All Night,” and "Spend My Life.” The band arrived on the scene like a firestorm, and for the next decade released hit after hit album, receiving constant play on MTV and ...

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Slayer

Genre:Classic RockPrice:Under $100,000Demo:18-25,35-50

Slayer

The thrash metal band Slayer was founded by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King in California in 1981. Slayer’s earliest beginnings were at local clubs around the southern California area, until they were discovered by a record company executive. After signing with the burgeoning label Metal Blade Records, Slayer began work on its debut album, Show No Mercy, which was released in 1983. The album brought Slayer an underground following, selling more than 20,000 copies. Slayer’s sophomo...

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Slick Rick

Genre:Old School Hip HopPrice:Under $15,000Demo:35-50

Slick Rick

Slick Rick foreshadowed and epitomized the pimpster attitude of many rappers during the late '80s and early '90s, with gold chains, his trademark eye-patch, and recordings that were no less misogynistic -- "Treat Her Like a Prostitute," for example, became an underground hit in 1988, though it was justly criticized for its view of women. His 1989 album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, was a certified-platinum classic, but before he could record a follow-up, Slick Rick...

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Smithereens

Genre:Rock MusicDemo:25-35,35-50

Smithereens

The American rock band known as the Smithereens was established in the early 1980’s in New Jersey. Founded by members Dennis Diken, Mike Mesaros, Jim Babjak, and Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens first rose to popularity after the song “Blood and Roses” was included in the movie Dangerously Close (1986) and then later on the television series Miami Vice.   The Smithereens released their major label debut, Beauty and Sadness, in 1983. The album set th...

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SOS Band

Genre:Classic R&BPrice:Under $25,000Demo:35-50,50 +

SOS Band

The S.O.S. Band was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977, when they made their debut performance in a local nightclub. Musicians Jason Bryant, Billy Ellis, Willie “Sonny” Killebrew, Bruno Speight, John Alexander Simpson, James Earl Jones III, and Mary Davis caught the attention of Tabu Records and released their self-titled debut album. The single “Take Your Time (Do it Right)” immediately shot to the top of the charts and stayed there for five weeks in 1980. The album ...

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Spike Lee

Genre:Celebrity SpeakersPrice:Under $200,000Demo:18-25,25-35,35-50,50 +

Spike Lee

While African-American filmmakers have been a staple of the cinematic landscape since the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux during the '20s, none have had the same cultural or artistic impact as Spike Lee. As a writer, director, actor, producer, author, and entrepreneur, Lee has revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African-American voices to be heard. His movies -- a series of ...

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Spinal Tap

Genre:Classic RockPrice:Under $200,000Demo:25-35,35-50

Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap is a 1980’s band unlike any other, for one key reason: it doesn’t exist. Born from the satirical film This is Spinal Tap, the band Spinal Tap has taken on a life of its own, in part a unique compliment to the witty insight of its creators. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer embodied the fictitious members of Spinal Tap in the 1984 film, a film which successfully parodied such iconic bands as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. This is Spinal Tap chronicled ...

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Spinderella

Genre:Hip Hop & RapPrice:Under $15,000Demo:25-35,35-50

Spinderella

The DJ and rapper known as Spinderella was born Deidra Muriel Roper in 1971. Spinderella rose to fame as the DJ for the 1980’s group Salt-n-Pepa, but in recent years she has also become well-known as a radio personality and as a DJ for other artists.   Roper teamed up with Salt-n-Pepa when they were already a duo on the rise in 1986. The group’s original DJ was about to leave Salt-n-Pepa and so they were looking for a replacement. Roper adopted the mo...

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Spyro Gyra

Genre:Jazz & BluesPrice:Under $15,000Demo:25-35,35-50

Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra was created in the mid 1970’s, when musicians and former band mates Jeremy Wall and Jay Beckenstein reunited after college. The two men began experimenting with R&B covers, mostly instrumental, and eventually they teamed up with Tom Walsh and Jim Kurzdorfer to form Spyro Gyra, in Buffalo, New York, which at the time had a growing jazz scene. Spyro Gyra began performing around town, eventually reaching into cities outside of the area, and the band eventually added addit...

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Squeeze

Genre:Adult ContemporaryPrice:Under $50,000Demo:25-35,35-50

Squeeze

Squeeze came together in 1974, when Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford (both vocals, guitar) joined up Paul Gunn and Jools Holland (drums and keyboards.) Squeeze initially existed by a number of different names, including Skyco and Captain Trundlow’s Sky Company, but Squeeze is the name that stuck, a semi-tribute to the album of the same name by the Velvet Underground. Shortly after beginning, Paul Gunn left the band and was replaced by Gilson Lavis, and Harry Kakoulli came on board to...

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Stanley Clarke

Genre:Jazz & BluesPrice:Under $15,000Demo:35-50,50 +

Stanley Clarke

Exploding into the jazz world in 1971, Stanley was a lanky teenager from the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as: Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, and a budding young pianist composer named Chick Corea. All of these musicians recognized immediately the ferocious dexterity and complete musicality the young Clarke possessed on the acoustic bass. N...

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Starship

Genre:Classic RockPrice:Under $15,000Demo:35-50,50 +

Starship

Starship began with the remaining musicians from Jefferson Starship (which began as Jefferson Airplane), after internal disagreements among band members resulted in an agreement which allowed the band to move forward as simply “Starship,” without its founding member. Starship consisted of Grace Slick, Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico, David Freiberg, Pete Sears, and Donny Baldwin.  Freiberg left Starship shortly after its inception, and the band launched its first album and s...

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