|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||punk oi punk rock street punk british|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||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.