Anti-Nowhere League

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock oi street punk british punk seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leading lights in the early 80s UK punk scene, along with contemporaries G.B.H. and the Exploited, this quartet from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, flaunted their talents in biker leather, chains, and hardcore obscenity. Led by Animal (Nick Karmer; vocals) and Magoo (guitar), their catalogue of sexual outrage veered from the satirical to the genuinely offensive, with a string of four-letter words, rabid misogyny and the glorification of bestiality. Their most memorable moment was a thrashy rerun of Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets Of London’, which replaced the song’s folksy sentiments with the barbed, snarling rhetoric of the gutter. Thousands of copies of the single were seized and destroyed by the police as the b-side, ‘So What’, was deemed obscene. This action, however, could not prevent the band reaching number 1 in the UK Independent singles charts, a feat accomplished a further three times in 1982 with ‘I Hate People’,...

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