Music / Be-Bop Deluxe

The best-known lineup. Left to right: Bill Nelson (vocals and guitar), Charles Tumahai (bass), Andy Clark (keyboards), Simon Fox (drums).

Be-Bop Deluxe was a British Progressive Rock/Glam Rock band active from 1973 to 1978. Led by Guitar God Bill Nelson, the band basically split up when he decided not to do it anymore.

Their sound can be described (for the most part) as dreamy, measured, precise and melodic while alternating between mellow and aggressive.

After disbanding Be-Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson went on to form the short lived Red Noise before embarking on a solo career. He also became a producer, co-producing the first album for A Flock of Seagulls and Warrior by Gary Numan.


  • (1974) Axe Victim
  • (1975) Futurama
  • (1976) Sunburst Finish
  • (1976) Modern Music
  • (1977) Live in the Air Age - Live album (the title is sort of a clue).
  • (1978) Drastic Plastic


  • British Accents: As with David Bowie, Nelson's accent is very evident in his singing voice.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first album (Axe Victim) is a more straightforward glam rock album as opposed to their later prog efforts. The fact that the line-up except for Nelson was completely different may have something to do with it.
  • Fading into the Next Song: On Futurama, "Between the Worlds" fades into "Swan Song".
  • Idiosyncratic Cover Art: One CD edition of the above albums when lined up spelled B E * B O P on the top of the spines and D E L U X E at the bottom.