1.30.2013

ANGELIC UPSTARTS
















"Bullingdon bastards"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!

















Angelic Upstarts are a british Oi! band formed in South Shields in 1977 during the punk rock explosion. The band espoused an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have been associated with the skinhead subculture. More than 3 decades after its release, their debut single, "The Murder Of Liddle Towers", was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time. The first albums were more crude and noisy, but mid 80s decade the band adopted an hyper-clean and well produced sound which reminded the synthpop bands like Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode or OMD. The musical base and structure was still Oi! music but not the sound, even they changed the classic drums for an electronic drums to recorded four albums. In 1991 the group come back to its roots and recorded albums until nowadays with a complete rockin sound.
  Discogs   ,   Lastfm   ,    Download   ,   Wikipedia   ,   Web   ,   Myspace   ,  Facebook  
 






























































"Sons of Spartacus"
Year:  2002
Label:  Knock Out
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock

Style:        Oi!






  Discogs   ,  Download


































































"bombed out"
Year:  1991
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!




  Discogs  ,  Download
























































"Blood on the terraces"
Year:  1987
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!


















When the ANGELIC UPSTARTS released their controversial "blood on the terraces" album in 1987, they had already passed their best years, and musically, this record is actually an impudence: smoothly produced, not a bit offensive rock with slight Oi! - and Punkeinflüssen. The look of the four Englishmen fits in that too: Except for bassist Ronnie Rocker, the guys look like ordinary prolls. So bad was the record, so great was the fuss about them, because two years after the Heysel Stadium in Brussels in one of, as far as I know, even British Hools ignited panic 39 people were trampled, they took pictures of it Cover, therefore the title. The English press puked, the government demanded censorship, and Link Records lost its sales deal. All this can be found in the booklet, which also has newspaper clippings, but the whole affair about the record is the most interesting part of this re-release, which was enriched by a few live tracks from a '88 concert in London.
   Discogs  ,   Download

































































"The power of the press"
Year:  1986
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!



















Angelic Upstarts are still a british Oi! band formed in South Shields in 1977 during the punk rock and new wave explosion. The band espoused an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have been associated with the skinhead subculture. More than 3 decades after its release, their debut single, "The Murder Of Liddle Towers", was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time. The first albums were more crude and noisy, but at late 80´s decade the band adopted an hyper-clean and well produced sound which reminded the synth-pop bands like Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode or OMD. The musical base, structure was still oi! music but not the sound, even they changed the classic drums for an electronic drums to recorded the last 3 albums. Despite this synth-pop influence I have to admit that "The power of the press" was / is a good album, with great chorus and intelligent lyrics. How to labeled this? melodic oi! ? or perhaps oi! / pop? anyway is quite well done. good.
  Discogs  ,  Lastfm   ,  Download  ,   Wikipedia   ,   Web   ,   Myspace   ,  Facebook 




































"last tango in Moscow"
Year:  1984
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








  Discogs  ,   Download










































"Reason why?"
Year:  1983
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock

Style:        Oi!





  Discogs  , Download 





















































"still from the heart"
Year:  1982
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        New Wave



















Medias, audience and followers perhaps critized the lo-fi quality sound, their low technical leval as musicians or their excessive dirty, raw and rude sound of the first two Angelic Upstarts. This is just a supposition, but the fact the band decided to record this third album "still from the heart" as just another new wave band. Using keyboards, piano, electronic drums, modulated voices and others sources to got a sound closer to new wave, synth pop or simply 80's pop music. The true is If you forget this is Angelic Upstarts, the album is not bad, but resulting as a complete faillure in all senses: commercial, medias critics and public and followers opinion. So, the band has never recorded something similar ever.
  Discogs  ,   Download
















































"2,000,000 voices"
Year:  1981
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock

Style:        Oi!









  Discogs  ,  Download

















































"we gotta get out of this place"
Year:  1980
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!






  Discogs   ,   Download























































"Live"
Year:  1999
Country:  Germany
City:  Hamburg
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!
















Recorded live 15 may 1999 at the Antifa Jugend Front Benefit show in Hamburg, Docks, Germany. Issued through record label "Mad Butcher" in 2001 and re-leased in 2017 by the same label on CD and LP format.
  Discogs   ,   Download