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Shock Troops

Cock Sparrer

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Album Review

Cock Sparrer's second album, but their first to actually see the light of day, was released in 1983, following their revitalization as progenitors of the Oi! movement. It's a brittle and, in places, brutal offering, although it's tragic that its best-known cut, "England Belongs to Me," was co-opted by the right wing, at a time when rock journalism was seriously beginning to examine the links between Oi! and the Fascist movement. Cock Sparrer were tarred and feathered accordingly, and the band's reputation still bears the unjust scars. But, away from that controversy, Shock Troops leaves you in no doubt as to where its allegiances lie, politically and musically — this is Oi! par excellence, with at least half its contents standing proud among the band's finest moments, while the Captain Oi reissue adds a string of equally crucial bonus tracks. Welcome back!

Customer Reviews

Really Good Album

It's a really good album, nothing more to say.

Great Album

What a brilliant album, I discovered this by total fluke as i heard Riot Squad on You Tube, so bought that song and then whole album BRILLIANT

Classic

What A Classic Album. Download England belongs to me, I've got Your number and Riot Squad

Biography

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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