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 Rockin'Artist Bios I
 Artist Prime Years 
INXS1983 - 1987 
INXS started with the Farris Brothers in '79. School friends, bassist Gary Beers, guitarist/sax player Kirk Pengilly and vocalist Michael Hutchence soon joined.
ISIS2000 - 2009 
ISIS guitarist/vocalist, Aaron Turner, once described his group's sound as avant-garde, drone-oriented Rock.
Iceage2011 -  
Iceage recorded their debut album in four days.
Iced Earth1995 -  
The Tampa based group started as Purgatory but changed their name to Iced Earth, inspired by a friend of guitarist Jon Schaffer who died in a motorcycle accident.
Icicle Works1984 - 1987 
Icicle Works are best known for Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly), a song that charted on the U.S. Top 40.
Billy Idol1984 - 1986 
After slaving for years in Generation X, Billy Idol figured it was easy to be a pop star.
Ignite1994 -  
Ignite actively supported, and donated proceeds to Earth First, Doctors Without Borders, Sea Shepherd, and Pacific Wildlife.
Ima Robot 
Ima Robot is about as retro as they come.
Imagine Dragons2010 -  
Imagine Dragon's full-length debut, Night Visions, peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Imperial Teen1996 -  
Based in San.Francisco, Imperial Teen began while Faith No More was winding down.
In Flames1996 -  
In Flames seventh studio album increased the Swedish Metal band's profile selling 100,000 copies in the U.S.
In This Moment2007 -  
In This Moment's Maria Brink was named the Hottest Chick in Metal at the '10 Revolver Golden God Awards.
Incubus1998 -  
Incubus has a bit broader scope than most of their Nu Metal contemporaries.
Institute2005 - 2005 
With wife Gwen Stefani out pumping her solo career, Gavin Rossdale (vocals/guitar) launched Institute with Chris Traynor (guitar), Cache Tolman (bass guitar) and Charlie Walker (drums).
Interpol2002 -  
Interpol scored a Matador Records contract and released their self-titled debut EP in '02.
Intronaut2006 -  
Intronaut's fifth studio effort featured the track Fast Worms.
Iron Butterfly1967 - 1970 
Navy towns are always great places for Rock bands. While you get O.J.T. playing in clubs for sailors the only real requirement is to play loud
Iron Maiden1981 - 1990 
Iron Maiden took its name from a particularly nasty medieval torture device and started as a reaction to the U.K.'s rising late '70s Punk scene.
Chris Isaak1985 -  
Chris Isaak's somewhat retro approach didn't find a mass audience until the arrival of the ballad Wicked Game.
 Rockin'Artist Bios J
 Artist Prime Years 
J. Geils Band1977 - 1981 
The J. Geils Band was one of those groups people generally came across on their way to see somebody else.
J.P., Chrissie and the Fairground Boys2010 -  
It's not surprising that JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys debut, Fidelity, focuses on personal relationships.
JEFF The Brotherhood2009 -  
It wasn't until Heavy Days, their fifth album, that JEFF The Brotherhood garnered any significant attention.
Wanda Jackson1958 - 1962 
Wanda Jackson was one of early Rock n' Roll's liveliest performers. She had an undeniable zest that not only set her apart from other female singers, but from just about every other vocalist of the era.
Joe Jackson1979 - 1981 
Joe Jackson's first pop hit, arriving in '79, Is She Really Going Out With Him, could have been written and recorded by Elvis Costello and that may have been the problem.
Mick Jagger1969 - 1973 
There are three distinct periods in Mick Jagger's career.
Tommy James & The Shondells1965 - 1969 
Tommy James & The Shondells issued Crimson And Clover in '68.
James Gang1969 - 1971 
The James Gang came up with two searing classics, Funk #49 and Walk Away.
Jim James2013 -  
Jim James, singer/guitarist/songwriter for My Morning Jacket, issued his solo debut, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, in 2013.
Jan & Dean 1963 - 1965 
Jan & Dean were all about fun.
Jane's Addiction1987 - 1991 
Jane's Addiction, in its original incarnation (the late 80s - early '90s), was one of those bands that built a huge cult following but never reached the masses.
Japandroids (JPNDRDS)2009 -  
Call it lo/fi or Garage Rock, Japandroids sound like a guitarist and drummer messing around in the basement waiting for the bass player to arrive.
Jefferson Airplane1967 - 1970 
Jefferson Airplane were THE San Francisco group.
Jefferson Starship 
Jefferson Airplane was fantastic. The first mutation, Jefferson Starship was a major step down but at least Marty Balin returned every so often with a song or a vocal to help things along
Jesus & Mary Chain 
Consisting of Scottish brothers William Reid (vocals/guitars) and Jim Reid (vocals/guitars) along with Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish (drums), Jesus & Mary Chain moved to London in '84 where they signed with Creation Records.
Jesus Jones 
Headed by guitarist/vocalist Mike Edwards, Jesus Jones had a short string of hits.
Jethro Tull1971 - 1977 
Aqualung was Jethro Tull's crowning achievement.
Jets Overhead2006 -  
Bridges earned Jets Overhead their first Juno nomination (the Canadian Grammy equivalent) for New Group of the Year.
Joan Jett1980 - 1983 
Between 1980-83, Joan Jett, fronting the Blackhearts, Rocked with the best of them.
Jet2003 -  
With a touch of AC/DC, a dose of the Ramones and a shot of classic Stones, Jet is closest to the early Pretenders.
The Jezabels2009 -  
The Jezebels first full-length album landed on college radio's Top 10.
Jimmy Eat World1996 -  
Jimmy Eat World originally formed as a Metallica tribute band (all Metallica, all the time)-and why not?
Jo Jo Gunne1972 - 1974 
Following Spirit's Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonious album Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes formed Jo Jo Gunne with Mark's brother Matt, a guitarist, and Curly Smith on drums.
Joanna Gruesome2015 -  
Joanna Gruesome's sophomore album was an economical 22 minutes, containing 10 noise-pop songs.
Billy Joel 1978 - 1984 
William Martin Joel made a name for himself as a pop balladeer - an American Elton John.
The Joggers2003 - 2005 
Trying to survive the Portland music scene, The Joggers came together with the idea of pursuing a quirky acoustic/electric Rock sound.
Elton John1970 - 1975 
Elton John is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter with a well-developed flair for the extravagant.
Janis Joplin1967 - 1970 
Hailing from Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin had a lot of hurt and resentment.
Sass Jordan1988 -  
Sass Jordan's debut album won a Juno Award.
Journey1978 - 1986 
Ex-Santana guitar whiz Neal Schon teamed up with another Santana alum, keyboardist Greg Rollie, to launch Journey.
Joy Division1978 - 1980 
Neither Punk nor Wave, Joy Division couldn't be pigeon-holed.
Joy Formidable2011 -  
Bands named Sidecar Kisses and Tricky Nixon came and went before North Wales childhood friends Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd dialed in Joy Formidable.
Jubilee2008 -  
Jubilee is a collection of journeymen L.A. musicians.
Judas Priest1977 - 1982 
Beginning in '73 Judas Priest featured the twin guitar attack of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing along with Rob Halford's screamin' vocals.