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List of Famous Bands from Essex

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List of Essex bands, listed by their level of fame. This Essex musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Essex bands are included, as well as many Essex musicians of underground status. This list of Essex musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Essex bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Examples of bands on this list include Blur and Dave Gahan.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Essex?" or "What is a list of Essex bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (73 items)
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Blur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: 13, Parklife, Blur, Modern Life Is Rubbish, The Great Escape, + more

Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Their ...more

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Dave Gahan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Hourglass, Hourglass Remixes, Paper Monsters, Bottle Living/Hold On, Dirty Sticky Floors, + more

Dave Gahan (; born David Callcott; 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. Q magazine ranked ...more

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Demon Days, Gorillaz, Plastic Beach, Clint Eastwood, The Fall, + more

Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band primarily consists of four animated members: Stuart "2-D" Pot, Murdoc ...more

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Alison Moyet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: England

Albums: Raindancing, The Turn, Essex, Voice, The Minutes, + more

Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet ( MOY-ay; born 18 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her powerful bluesy contralto voice. She came to prominence as half of ...more

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Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore, Rock On, Street Rats, Humble Pie, Town and Country, + more

Humble Pie is an English rock band formed by Steve Marriott in Essex during 1969. They are known as one of the late 1960s' first supergroups and found success on both sides of the Atlantic with ...more

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Damon Albarn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Synthpop; Nationality: England

Albums: Mali Music, Dr Dee, iTunes Live from SoHo, Democrazy, Ravenous, + more

Damon Albarn (; born 23 March 1968) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Blur and as the co-founder, lead vocalist, ...more

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David Byron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Rock music, Heavy metal & Pop rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Take No Prisoners, On the Rocks, Lost and Found, Baby Faced Killer, Man of Yesterday: The Anthology, + more

David Garrick (29 January 1947 – 28 February 1985), better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter, best known in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist with the ...more
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Plan B is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, ill Manors, Time 4 Plan B, Remixes, It's Time 4 Plan B, + more

Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew (born 22 October 1983), better known by his stage name Plan B, is an English hip hop recording artist, actor, film director and producer. He first emerged as a rapper ...more

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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: The Fat of the Land, More Music for the Jilted Generation, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, Invaders Must Die, + more

The Prodigy are an English electronic dance music band from Braintree, Essex, formed in 1990 by keyboardist and songwriter Liam Howlett. The line-up of the band has included MC and vocalist ...more

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Crass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Merry Crassmas, Acts of Love: Fifty Songs to My Other Self, The Feeding of the 5000, Stations of the Crass, Christ: The Album, + more

Crass were an English punk rock band formed in 1977 which promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the ...more

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Paul Allender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Doom metal, Symphonic black metal & Gothic metal; Nationality: England
Paul Allender (born 17 November 1970) is a lead guitarist best known for his work with the British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. He was a longtime member with stints in the band from ...more
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Andy C is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Oldschool jungle and Drum and bass; Nationality: England

Albums: Nightlife 6, FabricLive.18, Nightlife, Drum & Bass Arena: Andy C, Nightlife 3, + more

Andrew John Clarke (born 7 April 1976) is an English DJ and record producer. He is the co-founder of RAM Records, a pioneering force in the drum and bass genre. In 2011, Andy C won the Best DJ ...more

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Graham Coxon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Folk rock, Britpop & Alternative rock; Nationality: Germany

Albums: Love Travels at Illegal Speeds, Happiness in Magazines, The Kiss of Morning, The Sky Is Too High, The Golden D, + more

Graham Leslie Coxon (born 12 March 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and painter who came to prominence as a founding member of the rock band Blur. As the group's lead guitarist ...more

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#520 of 541 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #343 of 638 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

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Ceephax Acid Crew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Acid techno, Acid house & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Ceerial Port, United Acid Emirates, Exidy Tours, The Crisp Chronicles, Cro Magnox, + more

Ceephax Acid Crew (real name Andy Jenkinson) is a British acid techno and drum and bass electronic musician. Jenkinson is also known simply by the pseudonym Ceephax, which is a reference to the ...more
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The Tremeloes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
The Tremeloes

Albums: Good Day Sunshine: Singles A's & B's, Good Times: The Ultimate Collection, Suddenly You Love Me: The Complete 1968 Sessions (disc 1), Here Come The Tremeloes: The Complete 1967 Sessions, The Definitive Collection (disc 1), + more

The Tremeloes are an English beat group founded in 1958 in Dagenham, Essex, and still active as of 2006. They were part of the British Invasion, where they grew to prominence.

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Nitzer Ebb is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Showtime, Belief, Ebbhead, Big Hit, That Total Age, + more

Nitzer Ebb are a British EBM group formed in 1982 by Essex school friends Vaughan "Bon" Harris, Douglas McCarthy, and David Gooday.
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Karl Hinds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Karl Hinds

Albums: Hindsight

Karl Hinds, also known as R.A.W, is a British rapper and producer, and founder of the record label Assassin Records.
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The Horrors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Primary Colours, Skying, Strange House, Higher, The Horrors, + more

The Horrors are an English rock band formed in Southend-on-Sea in 2005, consisting of lead vocalist Faris Badwan, guitarist Joshua Hayward, keyboardist and synthesizer player Tom Cowan (also ...more

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Switches is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex

Albums: Heart Tuned to D.E.A.D., Lay Down the Law, Drama Queen

Switches were an English indie rock band, consisting of members Matt Bishop, Ollie Thomas, Thom Kirkpatrick and Steve Godfrey.
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Joy De Vivre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Anarcho-punk and Experimental music; Nationality: United Kingdom
Joy De Vivre was one of several singers in the anarcho-punk band Crass. She was one of the two lead singers on the Crass album Penis Envy in 1981. She studied at Colchester Arts School, where ...more
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Sonja Kristina Linwood ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Psychedelic folk and Progressive rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Sonja Kristina, Songs From the Acid Folk, Harmonics of Love

Sonja Kristina (born Sonja Christina Shaw, 14 April 1949, in Brentwood, Essex) is an English songwriter, musician and actress, best known for starring in the seminal 1960s musical, Hair, and for ...more

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Darren Emerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: House music, Trance music & Progressive house music; Nationality: England

Albums: Global Underground 015: Darren Emerson in Uruguay, Global Underground 020: Darren Emerson in Singapore, Gracelands, Cream Separates 01, Global Underground 036: Darren Emerson in Bogotá, + more

Darren Paul Emerson (born 30 April 1971) is an English musician, DJ and producer best known as a former member of the British electronic music group Underworld.

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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Pop music, Emo & Folktronica; Nationality: England

Albums: Dave House / Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, Searching for the Hows and Whys, Amazing Grace, The Mannequin, + more

Samuel Lloyd "Sam" Duckworth (born 30 January 1986) is an English musician who performs as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. He is sometimes referred to as Get Cape, Cape, GCWCF and Slam ...more

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Harry Judd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Pop punk, Pop music & Pop rock; Nationality: England
Harry Mark Christopher Judd (born 23 December 1985) is an English musician, dancer and author. He is a member of the band Mcfly, and for the band, he plays the drums. Harry won the 2011 series ...more
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Bon Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Essex
Genre: Electronic body music, Industrial rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: England
Bon Harris (born Vaughan David Harris; 12 August 1965 in Chelmsford, Essex, England) is an English composer, producer, singer and song writer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a founding member ...more