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Crack, The

In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy...

Attila The Stockbroker

After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in French, this performance poet (born John Baine on 21 October 1957) really was...

Skrewdriver

Skrewdriver were formed in Blackpool in 1976 by Ian Stuart Donaldson after he saw The Sex Pistols in Manchester. The band later changed into a skinhead band and...

Last Resort, The

The Last Resort formed in 1980 after Roi Pearce had seen a band called The Rivals rehearsing. He met up with a guitarist called...

Cock Sparrer

Cock Sparrer began life in an East Ham school in the late 70s as a knockabout band for mates Colin McFaull, Micky Beaufoy, Steve...

GBH

In 1980, four Brummie drinking buddies got together and formed a band inspired by the mid-70's punk acts. Initially called Charged GBH, somehow this rowdy mob...

Oppressed, The

The Oppressed was an Oi! band formed in March 1981 in Cardiff by Russell Payne (guitar), his brother Ronnie (bass), Gary Tier (drums) and Martin Brennan...

Oi! Music

By the end of the 1970s, punk in Britain was splintering into several distinct strains, most of them quite "arty". Oi! music was an attempt to...

Business, The

The Business hailed from Lewisham in South London and along with Sham 69, Cockney Rejects, and Angelic Upstarts became one of the prime movers in the post-Pistols...

Exploited, The

You would be excused for thinking that a band who sing about kicking a Mod in the head to the tune of Jingle Bells, fronted...

4 Skins, The

The undisputed heroes of the early 80s skinhead scene, The 4 Skins were one of the mainstays of the second-wave of British punk commonly known as Oi! They endured...

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Colditz Story, The (1954)

One of seemingly dozens of PoW dramas made in the early to mid-1950s (The Wooden Horse, Stalag 17, Albert RN), this is set in the...

Fashion in the 1960s

Op Art, Pop Art, Miniskirts and Mod; Bobs, Boots, paisley and eye-liner four inches thick . . . "The Swinging Sixties" and "The Roaring Twenties" were the only decades...

Cash on Demand (1961)

Hammer made a range of films outside the horror genre and some of them are excellent, particularly this unusual thriller reteaming Peter Cushing and...

Brenner

1 9 5 9 (USA) 26 x episodes Brenner was based on a one-shot January 1959 production from Playhouse 90 entitled 'The Blue Men'. Roy Brenner (Edward Binns) is...

Exposed (1983)

Before Reservoir Dogs (1992) star Harvey Keitel became cool he appeared in this tepid thriller as a ruthless terrorist who crosses paths with jet-set New...

Hello Down There (1969)

Jim Backus, fresh from playing the millionaire tycoon on Gilligan’s Island, plays millionaire tycoon T.R. Hollister while Roddy McDowall, fresh from playing a Phil...

Run-DMC

Run-DMC are the single most important act in hip-hop history. The trio from Hollis, in New York's Queens district changed the sound and attitude...

Vashti Bunyan

Now universally acclaimed as a classic, Vashti Bunyan's LP Just Another Diamond Day (1971) went unheralded for the better part of three decades until, in...