2.25.2017

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"Tell us the truth"
Year:  1978
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock



















SHAM 69 formed in Hersham, Surrey in 1976 (the 12 November issue of NME notes they are rehearsing at this time, although only Jimmy Pursey would remain from this early line-up 12 months later). SHAM 69 lacked the art school background of many british punk bands of the time, and brought in football chant back-up vocals and a sort of inarticulate political populism related to working class, english identity, etc. The band had a large skinhead following (left wing or right wing), which helped set the tone for the Oi! movement. They played in the famous "Rock Against Racism" concert but their live concerts were notoriously plagued by violence and the band ceased live performances after one of their gigs at Middlesex Polytechnic in 1978 was broken up by National Front skinheads fighting and rushing the stage. Late 1979 the band was dissolved after recorded four albums in just two years. But in 1988 Pursey and guitarist David Parsons reformed the band, joined by new personnel just for three years and recorded "Volunteer", an atempt to make mainstream hard-rock, which became a complete commercial failure. Although subsequently going through a number of lineup changes and stops, SHAM 69 remained more or less active and is still playing live shows until nowadays.
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"That's life"
Year:  1978
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock


















Some months later but still in 1978, Sham 69 recorded its second album which had similar succes and popularity as its predecessor. Strictly musical the band made a fistful of good songs in the same style as its debut, with the difference that they incorporated a lot of spoken words, jokes and parodies at the beggining and the end of the songs. That's Life is a concept album released in 1978 by English punk rock band, Sham 69. The album had two hit singles, "Hurry Up Harry" reaching chart position 10 in UK and "Angels With Dirty Faces", reaching 19 the same year. The album reached position 27, bettering the previous album Tell Us The Truth by 2 positions. In 1989 That's Life was re-released as a double-LP, That's Life as the other side, the other being their first album Tell Us The Truth.
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"Hersham boys"
Year:  1979
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        New Wave





















The name of "Sham 69" itself made reference to 1969, aka sixties, rude boys and mods. And this sixties influence is noticeably visible in this third album entitled "Hersham boys". Bands such: The Beatles (early), The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Creation, The Animals or The Troggs, could be a real source in the Sham 69 creativity and their music is full of keyboards, sounds and effects which can to remind mod music, psychedelic rock or simply pop. Some kind of mix which in some reviews and articles is described as "new wave"...
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"volunteer"
Year:  1988
Label:  Legacy
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock





















inpopular, underrated and forgot album recorded during in a small period of activity from 1987 to 1989. Jimmy Pursey plus three new members made this original Sham 69 album, which has nothing to do with punk music but with mainstream hard-rock in the vein of Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi or Def Leppard, to mention just a few ones. Simple rock'n'roll, sax, trumpets, keyboards and some kind of electronic sound production, was the formule to made this ten songs album. The true is If you forget this is Sham 69, the album is not bad at all but is nor punk neither new wave, but simply hard-rock.
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"information libre"
Year:  1991
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Psychedelic Rock





















Late 80's and early 90's music scene experimented a sort of revival of "flower power" era and paid attention to bands as: The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin and other psychedelic rock bands, and Sham 69 was not an exception. The true is, their use of saxophone and keyboards gives a lot to this album a very sophisticated feel which can to remind psychedelic rock, sixties pop music and A.O.R. music inspiration. Then the album was issued by own band under name of "Rotate Records" and passed very unnoticied by both, public and medias. There still is the mix of sociopolitical awareness and attempts to recapture past glory along with something as formulaic and empty as "Hurry Up Harry." Sham 69 was underrated early on, and this lack of attention may have stunted the band's growth.
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"soapy water and marmalade"
Year:  1995
Label:  A Plus Eye
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Pop Punk



















After a long periode of inactivity from 1979 to 1995, except the three years that the band recorded "volunteer", a quite unknown and commercially failure album, Sham 69 come back with this "Soapy water and mister marmalade", which fortunately return to their roots more punk rock and mod pop oriented. Yes, actually this is a mix of pop and punk, an hybrid very popular mid 90's decade, and in fact the result was very good. Good songs could be "Otis Redding", "Little bit of this" or a The Doors cover (extract from its predesesor album) "Break on through". Perhaps not an essential 90s album but not bad at all and a good way to listen to Sham 69 making soft melodies, clear voices and clean production. The album has been re-issued three times trought three record labels until nowadays. In France was issued with a different artwork, cover and back... truly urgly which you can see HERE .
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"the A files"
Year:  1997
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock




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"direct action: day 21"
Year:  2001
Label:  The Store of Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk




















This is not the first time Sham 69 sound closer to pop music, they already recorded their third album "The adventures of hersham boys" (1979) and also "soapy water and mister marmalade" (1995), which Jimmy Pursey and company writen and recorded punk rock songs with strong pop influences, melodies and optimistic lyrics. Sham 69 liked and still like 60's music such as: mod music, british invasion, psychedelic rock and classic pop, with bands like: The Who, Small Faces, Creation or The Kinks. In fact mods, hard-mods and skinheads are all of them the same branch in the evolution of sub-cultures related to young people, new generations, etc. This "Direct action" had not much succes in the moment of its issue, in 2001. But it seem with the pass of the years public and medias got more interest for this band and its discography. Despite this is a good album, it exist an only one issue and just on CD format.
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"Western culture"
Year:  2007
Label:  Bad Dog
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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"Who killed Joe public"
Year:  2010
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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"Their finest hour"
Year:  2013
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





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"it'll end in tears"
Year:  2015
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






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