The hardest band to comment on. From Flares and Slippers through to Greatest Hits Volume 2, they
were one of the best punk/bootboy bands of the late 70s/80s....they knocked the Upstarts and Sham into a cocked hat. With
razor guitars (built on a wall of sound) and terrace chants, the band had hit after hit as their reputation for no-nonsense
punk grew. Their link to West Ham United crucified the band live and they evolved into a rock band and eventually broke
They recently reformed and played Canning Town in January 2004
The Last Resort
Always seen as the Last Resorts house band (the shop in Petticoat Lane, East London), they were
always much more than that. Arthur Kay and Roi Pearce articulated the views and opinions of a wide section of the skin community
at that time. The track that stands out for me is 'The King of the Jungle', one of the best tracks produced in the Oi scene.
Roi later became the final vocalist with the 4Skins and Arthur Kay continued playing in ska bands
South London herberts with a blistering debut. Harry May was class and the album Suburban Rebels
followed this up. Always seen to be associated with the 4Skins, their casual image
didn't detract from the punk message they preached.
The band is still going strong (via the usual Oi line-up changes that have affected all
of the bands!)
Not to be Forgotten.....
Angela Rippons Bum (Barker of course!), The Strike, Criminal Class, The Ejected, Peter
and the Test Tube Babies, East End Baddoes amongst others
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