Sham 69

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": punk oi punk rock street punk british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Official Homepage Wikipedia


Formed in London, England, in 1975, this five-piece skinhead/punk-influenced band originally comprised Jimmy Pursey (vocals), Albie ‘Slider’ Maskell (bass), Neil Harris (lead guitar), Johnny Goodfornothing (rhythm guitar) and Billy Bostik (drums). Pursey was a fierce, working-class idealist, an avenging angel of the unemployed, who ironically sacked most of the above line-up within a year owing to their lack of commitment. A streamlined aggregation featuring Dave Parsons (guitar), Dave Treganna (bass) and Mark ‘DoodleCain (drums) helped Pursey reach the UK charts with a series of hits in 1978-79 including ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’, ‘If The Kids Are United’, ‘Hurry Up Harry’ and ‘Hersham Boys’. Although Pursey championed proletarian solidarity, his rabble-rousing all too often brought violence and disruption from a small right-wing faction causing wary promoters to shun the band.

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