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The 1980s brought with them the second decade of the Media Five Booking Agency. Since the time when Don Hunt, Tony Morrow & David Sestak envisioned the booking agency in the 1970s; the agency's aims and goals had progressed from booking and promoting bands in the local region. Media Five was now representing a handful of the east coast acts that turned into national hits. These hit bands included. the Grammy Nominated band, Fuel; and the largely successful band Live, which was originally named Public Affection. Media Five also began representing a large amount of local acts including; Sharks, Hooters, Tommy Conwell, Magnum, Fury, Johnny O and the Classic Dogs of Love, and many more.

Below is a good selection of the bands Media Five booked broken down by decade. If you were in a band booked by Media Five in this decade and not listed below, please contact us at archive@mediafiveent.com.

Aura
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Bad Daddy Strutt
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Bam Bamm
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This party cover band is a favorite among Flintsones fans. The band's name originates from the offspring on the popular TV show.
Bamboo
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Banbury Cross
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Barnaby Plum
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Barnaby Plum debuted at the Hearth in Bartonsville PA. At the time, they were a contemporary rock band. Later on, their sound changed to contain more elements of Classic Rock...
Bedroxx
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Big Brother
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Bricklin
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Clue
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Daddy Licks
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Daddy Licks was one of the most popular bands in the Lehigh Valley during the 70s and 80s. Their high energy shows and musical talent were unmatched!
Dakota
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Diamonds
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The Diamonds were most notable because of band memeber Tom Keifer. After leaving the Diamonds, Keifer went on to play in the popular band Cinderella.
Direct Drive
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Duke
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Electric City
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Entre Nous
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Europa
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Family of Strangers
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Fit to be Tied
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French Wizard
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Fury
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Propelled from the industrial Northeast to the tropical climate of South Florida, FURY is a highenergy version of the working-class ethnic prevelant in the blue collar areas of Pennsylvania and New York. FURY's current success can be attributed to a steady maintenance of their musical and visual energy levels; As a result, FURY is the most exciting and sought after act in South Florida today.
Gandalf
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Gandalf was a rock band from the Lehigh Valley that traveled extensively in the 1980's. Gandalf was the most travelled group in the Lehigh Valley, playing in 5 countries and over 1,000 cities.
Gigolo
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Goldilocks
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Hooters
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The Hooters made their debut in 1980, bursting onto the the Philadelphia music scene and wowing audiences with their mix of reggae and rock & roll sound. They soon made a name for themselves along the East Coast and released their first album, "Amore" in 1983, selling over 100,000 copies.
Idle Threats
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Defying a trend toward keyboard oriented groups, Idle Threats successfully carved their own power rock turf with a no compromise sound featuring screaming lead guitars, ground shaking rhythm section, four lead vocal capability and a singer on fire (once literally) with a range between 2nd tenor and ozone layer.
John DeBella
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Johnny O and the Classic Dogs of Love
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Johnny O and the Classic Dogs of Love were one of the tightest musical acts to take the stage since the mid-'60s, during the glory days of Motown and Memphis soul. The band was able to get crowds out of their seats and dancing with little effort, thus earning them their spot as one of Philadelphia's greatest Soul and Motown cover bands.
Kilo
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Magnum
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Magnum is a rock group from Allentown, PA that was founded in 1978 by Steve Weiss and Lonnie Warner. This band is currently active and available for reunion concerts.
Mammoth Wail
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Mook And The Fuzzy Bunny
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Phebe & Brian
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Pretty Poison
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Pretty Poison is a dance pop music group from Philadelphia. The band formed in 1981 and reached their peak after releasing their hit song, "Catch Me (I'm Falling)."
Richard Bush & The Candles
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Richie Molinaro & Silk
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Rick Sullivan As Prince
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Robert Hazard
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Robert Hazard is most famous for his hit song "Escalator of Life," which he performed with this band Robert Hazard and the Heroes. He is also known for composing and recording the song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," which was later covered by Cyndi Lauper and turned into a best-selling hit.
Rogue
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Roughhouse
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Roughhouse was a glam rock band that started in 1988. It was born out of the popular glam rock band Teeze.
Round Trip
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Senate
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Simon Apple
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The band was formed in late 1987 in the Reading, Pennsylvania area (outside of Philadelphia) as a cover band playing music of Genesis, Rush, Electric Light Orchestra, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Billy Joel, Elton John, Marillion, Level 42, Earth Wind & Fire, Bruce Hornsby, Toto, etc. The original line-up included Jeff Miller (keyboards), Buzz Saylor (drums), Mark Ludwig (guitar), Kurt Manderbach (bass), Brad Weisman (vocals). The band also incorporated a 3-piece horn section on select gigs (Dave Miller - sax, Harry Stevenson - trumpet, Lou Zanine - trombone). The band later went through a few personnel changes that included Alisa Anderson (vocals), Warren Daugherty (bass) replacing Weisman & Manderbach. At the time, the horn section was dropped, but Dave Miller remained on sax as a feature on many Pink Floyd and Supertramp songs.
Size Too!
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Slander
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Snapper
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Snicker
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Steph
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Still Motion
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Suspect
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Teeze
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Teeze is a rock/glam/metal/hairband of the 1980s from Lansdale PA. The band was originally named Teeze, but later the members changed the band's name to Roughhouse.
The Front
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Allentown based The Front, was hailed as the pop alternative rockers of their day. Their covers were hgighly original and drew audiences wherever they played.
The Morris Brothers Band
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The Ocean Blue
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The Ocean Blue is an American indie pop band that combines melodic guitars and synthesizers. The band's sound may be best described as jangly guitar-based modern rock. Influences include such bands as The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, Echo & the Bunnymen and New Order. The Ocean Blue's earliest shows always consisted of a healthy dose of covers by these bands. To this day, The Smiths and New Order covers still punctuate concert encores.
The Sharks
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The Sharks received their big break after winning MTV's Basement Tape Competition in 1986, which was recorded to be the largest margin win by any band throughout the duration of the series. Their success with MTV brought them fame and lead to their recording contract with Elektra Records.
The Skam
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The Skam was a Philadelphia based band that played disciplined, passionate, original music. Their devotion to music allowed them to build a large local following and to receive many positive reviews in newspapers from the Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and other areas.
Tommy Conwell And The Young Rumblers
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Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers became popular in 1986 after releasing their album, Walkin' On the Water. The band was known for its raw, high-energy live performances which included many classic blues and rock standards. Their success reached national fame after releasing their second album Rumble in 1988, which held the band's #1 US mainstream rock hit "I'm Not Your Man."
Tower Suite
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Triplum
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TT Quick
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Heavy metal band TT Quick started on the highly competitive New Jersey bar band cover music circuit. The band was soon signed by Megaforce Records, along with Metallica, Anthrax and Overkill and several others.
Tyce
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Zen For Primates
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Strange, different, but oddly attractive, Zen For Primates is part classical music ensemble, part Brecht/Weill and part cover band. Headed by the sardonic and depressed lead singer T. Roth, Zen for Primates is an eclectic and crazy mix of virtuoso musicians, sharp wry humor, with a swirl of classical, jazz, folk songs, and bits of rock and roll madness.
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