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Album Review

Brit punk rockers Sham 69 always had a basic approach to the anthemic punk rock typical of American punk acts. However, their use of saxophone and keyboards gives much of their material a very sophisticated feel. This CD reissues their 1995 opus, presenting the group exhibiting a mature, developed rock sound built upon its past efforts. 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.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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

While most of the early British punk bands spoke of working-class concerns — primarily unemployment and the shrinking U.K. economy, which was leaving a generation with nothing to do and nowhere to go — many of the pioneering groups had working-class credentials that were suspect at best; the Sex Pistols' career was being molded by a haberdasher and would-be artist, while the Clash were led by the son of a diplomat. Sham 69, however, was different; proletarian and proud of it, Sham 69...
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