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Cock Sparrer would break up again in 1984, demoralized by the totally misplaced opprobrium that had grown up around their last album. Before they went, however, Runnin' Riot in '84 exploded across the Oi! scene like napalm in an outhouse, a ferocious roar that only grew more complex as you listened. Edging away from the fast and furious edge that gave Shock Troops its flavor, Cock Sparrer remained fast, remained furious, but leavened those qualities with some genuinely powerful songwriting. Tracks like "Think Again," "The Sun Says" (a commentary on the editorial column in Britain's most-read gutter tabloid), and "They Mean Murder" all suggested that Cock Sparrer were by no means finished, even if their epitaphs were soon being written. Anybody working backwards through the band's ultimately resumed career will find a lot to thank this album for.


Formed: 1975 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the first Oi! bands, Cock Sparrer was playing loud, raw, Cockney working-class anthems as early as the first wave of British punk, although record company difficulties prevented them from issuing much material until the early '80s, when the Oi!movement was well underway. The group formed in London's East End in 1975, originally as a hard-edged pub rock combo in the vein of Dr. Feelgood. Four of the members -- vocalist Colin McFaull, guitarist Mick Beaufoy, bassist Steve Burgess, and drummer...
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