In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy Holder) which landed them a deal with RCA.
They released three singles for the label but made no real headway until Link Records released their debut album In Search Of The Crack in 1989.
Even then, though, despite building a decent grassroots following, the band never reached a level that justified their talents. They had great, catchy songs, muscular but tuneful musicianship, and a great frontman in Steve Jones, whose delivery was often compared to the aforementioned Sir Nod of Holder.