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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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Flight Deck

Toys were much simpler in the old days. Forget Playstations, Robosapiens and Lego Mindstorms . . . In the early 70s, all kids wanted...

Tigers, The

The Tigers were a British ska band comprising singer/guitarist Tony Jacks, guitarist Ross McGeeney (Jacks' one-time partner in Starry-Eyed & Laughing), bassist Nic Potter (ex-Van Der...

Perry Mason

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 6 (USA) 271 x 60 minute episodes Trial lawyer and defence attorney Perry Mason and personal investigator Paul Drake...

Nikita Khrushchev

1 8 9 4 - 1 9 7 1 A coal miner's son from Kalinovka, Ukraine, Nikita Khrushchev became involved in trade union activities during...

LL Cool J

LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. The rap name apparently means "Ladies Love Cool James". He was only 16 when he released his...

Crezz, The

1 9 7 6 (UK) 12 x 60 minute episodes Set in fictitious Carlisle Crescent, a middle-class residential West London street, this series from Thames Television delivered...

Playbirds, The (1978)

This landmark film is like a feature-length version of The Sweeney with lashings of nudity and sex. The Playbirds was one of a series of films produced by...

Sugarland Express, The (1974)

This film cost $9 million and was supposed to have been shot in nine weeks. Director Steven Spielberg (on his first feature film) took...