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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 Holder) which landed them a deal with RCA. They released three singles...

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 a stockbroker, or on the way to becoming one, before he...

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 then became one of the first White Power bands, playing a...

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 Charlie Duggan and Graham Saxby was recruited on vocals. At a...

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 Burgess and 'Spider' Bruce. By 1976 they were gigging locally, sprinkling their...

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 of leather-clad former milkmen, jewellers, warehouse men and clerical officers secured...

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 (vocals). After several changes, it was the line-up with Roddy Moreno (vocals),...

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 keep punk a populist, street-level phenomenon, and most of it came...

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 British punk sub-genre known as Oi! The Oi! movement was marked by strenuously...

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 by a very menacing ex-squaddie Scotsman with a towering Mohican hairdo,...

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 major line-up changes, going through four lead singers including, at one...

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Thunderturds Are Go!

Early in the proceedings of the 2004 live-action Thunderbirds movie, a character scornfully calls the line-up of International Rescue "Thunderturds" - A description which unfortunately fits the movie perfectly. Admittedly this movie was on a hiding to nothing...

Sir George Martin, the ‘fifth Beatle’ dies, aged 90

9 March 2016 Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the "fifth Beatle", has died, aged 90.His family thanked "everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support" after his death at His family thanked "everyone for...

Stevie Wright, ex-Easybeats singer, dies aged 68

27 December 2015 Australian rock legend Stevie Wright has died at the age of 68. The ex-Easybeats frontman, who is widely regarding as Australia's first international pop star, died at 6 pm at Moruya Hospital on the...

The Mini Moke is back!

16 September 2020 The Mini Moke is returning to the UK market 56 years after it first hit the road. Moke International, the British company that owns the Moke trademark and is the sole global supplier of...

Farewell to Honor Blackman

22 August 1925 - 6 April 2020 Honor Blackman was born in Plaistow on 22 August 1925, one of four children. Her father, Frederick Blackman, was a civil service statistician. She attended North Ealing Primary School and...

‘It’s My Party’ singer Lesley Gore dies of cancer aged 68

16 February 2015 Singer-songwriter and actress Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the 1960s with It's My Party, has died of cancer. She was 68. Gore passed away at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, Lois...

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Wayne Robins, Newsday, 25 January 1976 IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff Darts. Ramones. Planets. Heartbreakers. Shirts. Television. Day Old Bread. Manster. They are...