The Liverpool-born post-punk elder statesman Pete Wylie
was the leader of the long-running Wah!
and all of its variants (Wah! Heat
, the Mighty Wah!
, Shambeko Say Wah!
, etc.). Despite remaining a busy artist with an extensive discography throughout the '80s, most outside of the U.K. only know him as the least famous of the Crucial Three
, a short-lived band he was in with Julian Cope
and Ian McCullough
. After disbanding the Mighty Wah
in the mid-'80s, he signed to Virgin and released 1987's "solo" Sinful
, which was credited to him by his actual name. A near-fatal accident in 1991 almost caused Wylie
his life, just after he had reappeared as Pete Wylie and Wah! The Mongrel
continued with Wah!
-related material through the 2000s, releasing new material sporadically.