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Gary Hodges
 
Hodges was the top frontman of the New Punk/Oi scene of 1979-81......sharp, smart and articulate, Hodges lyrics summed up the mood of the times.
 
Hard as the songs, Hodges was well known over West Ham and part of the Sham 69 following. He never let this get in the way of the band. From Paisley to Scarborough to Manchester, Hodges would drink with the audience, not giving it the big 'un like others, his view was  why would he need to do that....unlike some other New Punk/Oi bands, Hodges, like H, Hitchcock and Hoxton, had, and did, live the life the 4Skins sung about. They were hard men (Hodges keeping the Ladbrooke Grove at bay almost single-handedly at the Acklam Hall, Hoxton at the Electric Ballroom with the Rejects and at the Marquee for Johns Boys -The Jam, the outnumbered band against the red Harrington skins at Scarborough) but unlike the Rejects they had almost no trouble at any of their gigs across the country.
 
From his personal experiences, as in ACAB, to the brain washing of youth by the media, in Clockwork Skinhead, Hodges was on the ball. His departure from the band in 1981 meant that he was was sorely missed
 
A point to note, Hodges fashion sense was that of '69 (and 77/78)  not the tattooed, bald and boots one that followed on from this time. 
 
Hodges still goes to West Ham






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Hoxton Tom McCourt

A skinhead in late 1977 and 1978 (a follower and part-time roadie for Menace) Tom became a suedehead, probably the first in the Revival. He got involved in the Mod Revival in 1978/1979 (Maximum Speed, the Mod fanzine identified him as one of the Faces of the period, his face is all over Secret Affairs Glory Boys Album liner).

Although a Spurs supporter, he went to West Ham (he must have been a Hammer at heart) with his mates and, after playing with Barney and the Rubbles, and being part of the Cockney Rejects Road Crew (look on the back of the Cokney Rejects Greatest Hits Volume 1,same as H and Hodges), he joined the 4Skins, as a temporary member!!

Hoxton was known for his knowledge of classic sixties soul, ska and reggae...and First World War poets!  Hoxton became the lynchpin of the 4Skins, writing all of the music during its life and most of the lyrics after Hodges departure

Like Hodges, Hoxton was sharp, as demonstrated by his contributions to both the Punk and Oi Debates in Sounds.

In a repeat of the orginal skinhead evolution of the late 60's/ early 70's, Hoxton later became a Casual

 




























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