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Album Review

After two terrific albums with United Artists, the boys in 999 signed a deal with Polydor and released what is now considered as their finest full length LP, "The Biggest Prize In Sport". While still a 'punk' band, 999 were born during the pub scene and had more meat on their musical bones than most punks, and instead of turning away from their punk sound, they simply refined it. Upon first listening to this album, many folks were amazed to find out that 999 were a great rock n roll band, punk or no punk. The edges are still there, but they are more well-rounded this time out thanks to producer Vic Maile. The anthemic "Boys In The Gang" starts off the set in style (but 999 always knew how to kickstart an album). "Inside Out", with Guy Days' twisted guitar riff, picks up the pace. Although "Trouble" slows things down with it's reggae groove, it's such a great change of pace (Nick Cash's wail sounds similar to the Specials' Terry Hall on this track). "Fun Thing" has a great little hook and a powerful guitar solo that will grab you by the balls. "Hollywood", about their first trip to California, received solid airplay in the U.S., and has remained a 999 classic ever since. "Stop! Stop!" is a bouncy little bubblegum punk nugget. Practically every track a classic, Anagram's 1995 reissue adds three bonus trax, making this a must have for anyone interested in the punk and new wave scene of the late '70s and early '80s. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi

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The Biggest Prize is THIS!

By far, one of the best early punk bands and albums from this era... Right up there with the Sex Pistols and early Clash... For those skaters out there (you know who you are and you know who I am), this album defined a lot of contest runs in the old Hester Series! English Wipeout, Hollywood, Boiler... all rad tunes to get you stoked... Now that we're getting up there in years, Boys in the Gang is a great drinking song! HA! Enjoy - and get this on your iPod! -buck


great band. god bless 999.

Not to be overlooked!

999 to me is a band that can always put out songs that are catchy and once you play their albums, especially their singles album, their debut and this one, you won't want to skip over any tracks. Nick Cash's vocals go well with the band, and some of the highlights of this album are "Boys In The Gang," "Inside Out," "The Biggest Prize In Sport" and "English Wipeout" make this one a fun album to listen to and as well as a nice addition to your CD collection. 999 is one of those groups that are hard not to like, with songs that easily get stuck in your head and fun to sing along too. Worth it in everyway.


Formed: May, 1977

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the longest-lived groups of the punk era, 999 formed in London in December 1976. Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash, a onetime student at the Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Ian Dury and a former member of the pub rock units Kilburn and the High Roads, the band also included guitarist Guy Days, bassist Jon Watson, and drummer Pablo LaBrittain. After dispensing with a series of names -- including 48 Hours, the Fanatics, and the Dials -- 999 quickly established themselves as...
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