Here I bring you another infamous pioneer Oi!/Skinhead band. Even though they don't have any recognition for being one of the first skinhead bands, they were formed in 1979 in Livingston, Scottland along with other bands such as 'Criminal Class', 'Skrewdriver', '4 Skins' and other great bands from the era. The band had a short career and did not released an LP and not even an EP. On Parole went through many changes in their line up and finally recorded their 5 tracks demo tape in 1982. In 1983 they made their first and last apperance in the famous compilation released by 'No Future Records'; "A Country Fit For Heroes Vol 2" and shortly after the band split up. Too bad they did not release anything, I thought they were great and had that slow Oi! tempo style, kind of like Criminal Class. Great fucking Oi! band.
Oi! Oi! I am back again and to be honest I don't know will it take me to make the next post. I've been so lazy lately, I put this blog to the side. For the one's that do know this great Oi! band, Asociale was born in 1990 in the city of Como, Italy. Since the 80's were gone, Asociale was trying to manage to keep Oi! still alive in the 90's. It was a hard job, they went through many members in the band but they still managed to be strong. The band first appeared in the compilation "Oi! Siamo Ancora Aqui" releasing the song "La Gente Reale Non Moure Mai" in 1991. As a mention before, the band went through a numerous member, front man Ivano (only original member left) dragged the band to release their first and only single 'Novum Comum' in 1992 containing the tracks 'Niente Politica Solo Oi!' and a tribute song to Hoxtom from the 4 Skins; 'Hoxtom Tom for President'. By 1995 Ivano left the band and Asociale was forced to call it a quit. The band has gotten together again sometime late 2009 and they have started gigging. I know for a fact that they have crossed the ocean to Mexico and New York in 2010. I'm not sure when, but Novum Comum was re released again adding 2 extra songs from other compilations the band was in. Asociale is expected to release a full discography CD late this year. In my opinion they were one of the best Oi! bands in Italy. Defiantly they are on the same level as Nabat, Rough, and other great Italian Oi! bands from the 80's. I hope you like it.
1. Niente politica solo oi! 2. HoxTom Tom for president 3. Ancora Guasti 4. La gente reale non muore mai
Even if you are not a French speaker, you must listen to this! Snix and Tolbiac's Toads ruled the skinhead/oi! scene in France and became legends. I have done a previous post of Snix first LP where you can find it here with some more info about the band. In the other hand Tolbiac's Toads made a huge name for them selfs in Paris. Formed in may of 1982, the band did not played any shows until the end of year. By june of the '83 they released their first EP titled 'Zera' containing only 4 tracks, soon after that the band went through some member changes. It didn't take long for Snix and the Tolbiac's to release a split together, since they always mantained a good relation between both of the band, in 1984 their split was released havin 2 songs per band. Nothing more than a classic that impacted France and became an instant hit as well. As the years kept going by the band participated of a few more compilations. The band came to an end after vocalist 'Bruno' decided to come out of the closet which cause many of their fans to be pissed off. Even skinhead crews that supported the Tolbiac's from a day to the other they switch sides. They constantly got threats and violence was always provoked at their gigs. Even though I find it a bit weird. Tolbiac's Toads were a very patriotic band, macho looking, tought skins, and a bit lean to the right side. I guess when Bruno decided to announce that he was gay it made a big impact. And so I say, I don't care how problematic both of this bands were and all the shit they went through, they have to be my favourite. This is more than a gem, and you MUST listen to it!
Tolbiac's Toads 1. Aime 2. Tape Dans Le Mille Snix 3. Fabrique En France 4. Judas Was A Skinhead
I'm starting to run out of rare bands but this time I bring ya another gem from Brazil. The land where the girls are beautiful and where football is more than just a sport, I bring you 'Contra Ataque'. Formed in the late 80's in the city of Porto Alegre, Contra Ataque became an icon for the Carecas (Brazilian Skinheads) as well with Carbonario, Virus 27, and Histeria Oi!. The band appeared in 2 Brazilian Oi! compilations, 'Oi! um Grito De Uniao vol 2 and 3' released by Rotten Records. Influenced by British Oi!, the band made a name all over Brazil, but the punks never had a chance to see them due to divisions in the scene between punks and skins. By the mid 90's the band split up and guitarrist Ze Loco formed a continuation of Contra Ataque under the name of 'Corrosao', but until now the band has not released any full lengths, only demos.
1. Briga de Rua 2. Desemprego 3. Juventude Operária 4. Corrosão 5. Saida do Jogo 6. Reação 7. União 8. Skinhead
This got to be one of the best Oi! bands that came out of France. Snix, a classic skinhead/Oi! band formed in October of 1982 inspired by Oi! bands such as the Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts, 4 Skins and other classic British bands, but what really made an impact in the band was the compilation Oi! the Album. Snix made their debut in the French compilation 'CHAOS En France Vol. 1' released by 'Chaos Production' in 1983. The band had a good affiliation with many of the skinhead bands in France, bands such as 'Brutal Combat', 'Warrior Kids', 'Brainwash' and others, but definitely they had a better relation with 'Tolbiac's Toeds' from Paris. Which caused both bands to release a split by Snix own record label in 1984. Not until 1985 the band signed to '77KK Records' and became part of another compilation, and that same year released their full length LP 'Coeur De Lion', which is considered to be a gem in French Oi!. The LP open many doors for the band not just in France but all over Europe. As the years kept going by, the band released one more full length and was invited to participate in many compilations. The band came to an end in the late 80's and sealed their name as one of the most rememberable bands in French Oi!. This is a great fucking album, I hope you like it.
1. Combats Et Chante 2. Fierté 3. Coeur De Lion 4. Skinhead 5. L'Energie Du Désespoir 6. Madou
Oi!'s most infamous and rarest band... 'Angela Rippon's Bum'. Formed in 1981 in the violent city of Tilbury, England, known for having the toughest skins in the 70's and 80's. Gangs such as the 'Tilbury Trojan Skins' supported the band and I'm pretty sure one of the members of ARB was in the gang. The played over 20 shows supporting bands like the Last Resort, The Business, and punk bands such as The Exploited. For not being a very well known band, Angela Rippon's had a massive skinhead following and were known for having violent shows. The band never released any full lengths or EPs, but they did participated in the infamous compilation 'Back On The Streets' released in 1982. The band split up in 1983 and never made a comeback. In 2000 'Guilty Records' collected all of their demos, live recordings and the songs that came out in the compilation and released a full length CD titled 'Nice Arse Shame About The Face', that same year an EP of the songs that were on the Back on the Streets compilations were released under the same name of the CD. Around 550 copies were pressed for the CD release of this legendary Oi! band from Tilbury. It's a MUST have!
1. Not Guilty 2. I Want Out 3. Skinheads 4. Fight for your Life 5. Normal Steel 6. Okey Cokey 7. Bank Holidays 8. Say Neahing 9. Dirty Old Man 10. We've Got It Sussed 11. On my Own 12. Poverty 13. Kill The Bill 14. Glue Sniffing Kids 15. 100 Fashions 16. Disco Destruction 17. Work Class Decay 18. Robot 19. Living in England 20. Not Guilty 21. Foreign Nightmare 22. The Sorer 23. Where Were You? 24. Nowhere World