Tuesday, 16 December 2014

SHAM 69























"tell us the truth"
Year:  1978
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock















SHAM 69 formed in Hersham, Surrey in 1976. SHAM 69 lacked the art school background of many british rock bands of the time, and brought in football chant back-up vocals and a sort of poor, stupid, inarticulate and simple political populism. Sadly their concerts were notoriously plagued by violence, and the band ceased live performances in 1978. Late 1979 the band was dissolved
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"that's life"
Year:  1978
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock









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"hersham boys"
Year:  1979
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        New Wave










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"the game"
Year:  1979
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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"volunteer"
Year:  1988
Label:  Legacy
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock















unpopular, understood, underrated and forgot album recorded during in a small period of activity from 1987 to 1989. Vocalist and egocentric, arrogant and mediocre Jimmy Pursey reformed the band, joined by new personnel for two years and to make "volunteer", a mainstream hard-rock album which became in a total comercial failure. Jimmy Pursey plus four new members made this mediocre album, which has nothing to do with punk music but with an attempt of "pseudo" mainstream hard-rock in the vein of Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi or Queen, 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 the album became in a horrible crap
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"information libre"
Year:  1991
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Psychedelic Rock
















unlucky album recorded in the fatale and catastrophic year of 1991, the year that "Punk Broke" and the scene became smaller than underground until perhaps 1995 when the wind blew again.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 and folk 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 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. The artwork, cover and back are inspired in left-wing affiches made during the strikes in may 1968 in Paris (France).
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"soapy water and marmalade"
Year:  1995
Label:  A Plus Eye
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Pop Punk
















After a long hiatus of inactivity from 1979 until 1987, Sham 69 are come back mid 90's with a disk more or less en vogue those years. We mean the succesful californian pop punk, popular during almost all 90's decade and which this Sham 69 album is quite or very similar. Is this a mistake or somehting negative? no at all. Nothing to do with their most agressive first two albums, but the band show us how also they know how to send the same message with a some kind of punk music softer, slower and more melodic. Then in 1995, the work passed completly unnoticed... nor bad opinions neither good ones... simply unnoticed. But it seem with the passe of the years it got more acceptance and was re-issued three times at the moment.
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"the A files"
Year:  1997
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  36
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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"direct action: day 21"
Year:  2002
Label:  The Store For Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















Everybody know the particular atraction of Sham 69 for the british pop, mod music and similar soft and melodic sounds which can to remind bands such as: The Who, Small Faces, Creation, The Troggs or The Kinks. Their third album already showed this influence, and pop music appeared again in 1995 with "soapy water and marmalade" and also in this work entitled "Direct action". In fact Sham 69 was never a band which recorded fast and agressive punk rock but rather the opposite, a mid-tempo, few distorted and classic rockin 1977 punk music. Their albums closer to pop or simply melodic, are in my opinion good samples how these guys know how to do it. Very good
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"western culture"
Year:  2007
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock


















This is one of the best, but the best Sham 69 album recorded ever. After dissapointment with "volunteer" (88) and"information libre" (91), perhaps they sounded too much mainstream and also the fact too many years without to record anything new except live albums, compilations, etc. The band decided finally to make an album of pure, simple and direct 1977 punk rock. Nothing more... why? these guys are superbe making this kind of music, they already have demonstrated with their two first albums, why not to do the same. Here we go with "Western culture". Twelve tracks with high quality with no exception and a kind of artwork, design and packaged like its music: simple and direct. One day I thought Sham 69 never will to do another 1977 style album, but fortunately I was wrong... at all. Congratulations for those guys from Hersham and highly recommended. Brilliant
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"Who killed Joe public"
Year:  2010
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















"Who Killed Joe Public" is the eleventh studio album by punk rock band SHAM 69 and the second one with vocalist: Tim V. During the making of the album Jimmy Pursey put up on his official site a message saying "Who Killed Sham 69?", an obvious play on words aimed at Parson. One year after the album's release Jimmy and Parson have since settled their differences and reformed the line-up from 1977 thus leaving and angering the leftover members. The leftover members formed their own band called 'IF...' and toured the UK with Tony Feedback (Angelic Upstarts) and Rick Buckler (The Jam) having two drummers live. After feeling hard done by the leftover members then decided to also tour under the name SHAM 69 after original member Neil Harris joined them. The album continues the stylistic line as its precedent and excellent "Western culture" but perhaps a little bit less inspired, less "good" in the whole sense. Anyway nothing to do with SHAM 69 90's decade albums, but here the band make a pure and simple punk rock with a classic rock sound. Well, in fact there are some exceptions but they are very well solved: "Hall Of fame" (which can to remind Madness soul music), "Then there were none" (rock'n'roll balad) and "The last gang in London" (reggae). Excellent
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"their finest hour"
Year:  2013
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock







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"It'ill end in tears"
Year:  2015
Format:  CD
Label:  none
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock


















Despite some bad reviews or escepital people when they listen to this album, "it'ill end in tears" become in another good Sham 69 album. The band continues with their soft, melodic and few distorted punk rock, in the vein of classic 1977 bands. Incorporating also some pop elements, acoustic guitars, clear voices, keyboards and even a piano song. Perhaps not their best album, but the band and their vocalist and frontman Tim V, show us how to do good music.
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