Saturday, 1 July 2017

ANGELIC UPSTARTS


























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



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"2,000,000 voices"
Year:    1981
Country:    UK
City:    London
 
Label:    Universal Music
Format:    CD
Tracks:    16
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!




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









After their three first albums with a complete rockin sound, Angelic Upstarts entered in the field of electronic music with this "still from the heart". These ten songs keep still some kind of Oi! music, reggae and new wave, but the whole was made and recorded with electronic sounds: keyboards, electronic drums, modulated voices, guitars, bass, etc. It seem an attempt to suggestion the new wave and synth-pop public, but the most of Angelic Upstarts followers rejected this album as too much "melodic", "clean" and "pop", despite the lyrical themes continue being the same: social issues, politics, working class pride, etc.
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"Reason why?"
Year:    1983
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Mad Butcher
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!




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"The power of the press" 
Year:    1986
Country:    UK
City:    London
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.
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"blood on the terraces"
Year:    1987
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Link
Format:    CD
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!






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









"bombed out" was recorded and distributed in worst year of punk rock history: 1991. In USA it made a documentary film entitled "1991: the year punk broke" also on soundtrack format HERE, with no one punk band but alternative rock, indie rock, pop, etc. The line evolution started in 1976 was broken in the fatale 1991 and it was just in that year when Angelic Upstarts decided to put this album on the market. Obviously it was a complete and total faillure, but the true is the recording is not bad at all. Ten songs album and just thirty minutes of pure, simple and direct Oi! music with socialist and working class lyrics oriented. It seem with the pass of the year people and medias become this work in another good Angelic Upstarts album, despite initially nobody pay attention in it.
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"sons of Spartacus"
Year:    2002
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:   Mad Butcher
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!






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"bullingdon bastards"
Year:    2016
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Boss Tuneage
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    38 min.
Genre:   rock
Style:            Oi!









Angelic Upstarts formed in 1977 in South Shields, North-East England. A working class punk band with strong anti-fascist views and beliefs. Influenced by bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Angelic Upstarts are a meeting of working class ideology and musical aspiration. The Angelic Upstarts launched their punk crusade with the independently released single ‘The Murder of Liddle Towers’ and “Police Oppression” AA side single in 1978. The band paid for the recording and pressing of 500 singles which they released themselves and sold at gigs and local record shops. The single was then picked up by Small Wonder Records who released it nationally. It’s attack on police brutality earned them an early patron in Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey, who chased a similar constituency of disaffected working-class fans. The band then signed to Warner Brothers, Pursey producing the L.P. ‘Teenage Warning’ (1979). The band’s wholehearted delivery coupled with their denunciation of racism - a particularly admirable stance at a time when other ‘skinhead bands’, were flirting with right wing elements - made the album a classic. With the UK hit singles, ‘I’m An Upstart’ and ‘Teenage Warning’(both 1979), they focused on the plight of the working class. The band went on to release a number of successful albums and minor hit singles before splitting initially in 1983. "BULLINGDON BASTARDS" is the new album - their first full length in 13 years - featuring 12 cracking new songs which shows the band are as relevant today as they ever were.






























































































"Live - anthems against scum"
Year:    1999
Country:    Germany
City:    Hamburg
Label:    Mad Butcher
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    35 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!









Recorded live 15 / 05 / 1999 at the Antifa Jugend Front Benefit show in Hamburg/Docks, Germany. Issued by german record label "Mad Butcher" two years later and remastered in 2017 through the same labe. Avaible on CD and LP format. The quality sound is acceptable and the band played here their best songs from their long history since 1977.
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