Sham 69 — If The Kids Are United
Continuing with the street punk oi! mood from last week, let me introduce you another british band called Sham 69.
Sham 69 were born in 1976 in the village of Hersham, Surrey, England. Their name comes from a partly faded graffitti that originally said Walton and Hersham ’69 which made reference to Walton & Hersham F.C. winning the Athenian League in 1969. Sham 69 gave a bit of fresh air to the, then, dying punk scene, their style would later be considered oi!, simple but direct lyrics, chants, and charismatic frontman Jimmy Pursey made Sham 69 grew a fanbase, which included contrary movements or political views that, unfortunately, often ended in serious fights during their shows, this ended up them being tagged as a violent band. And later, this lead in the break-up of the band in 1979.
I had a serious problem with what song to choose, I could have gone with Hurry Up Harry or maybe with the Hersham Boys, or Borstal Breakout, all of them freaking great songs, but I figured I’d choose this one, a unity anthem, one of their best and most well known songs. So good. And that’s about it.