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Album Review

Although the Business had released their first single in the early '80s, Welcome to the Real World, their third proper studio album, didn't hit the shelves until 1989, long after the Oi! punk scene had its initial brush with success on the U.K. indie charts. Released at a time when industry support for real punk was at its lowest ebb, this is perhaps the Business' most consistent album to date. If you are looking for fist-pumping anthemic rock & roll with melody, wit, and guts, then this platter will fully satisfy. The Business are socially conscious punk rockers with a passionate mouthpiece named Micky Fitz. The songs, chiefly written by bassist Mark "Captain Oi!" Brennan and guitarists Steve Kent and Steve Whale, are snappy, catchy singalong pop-punk songs that may not be as manic as the band's earlier material but are equally effective. "Never Say Never," "Do a Runner," and "We'll Take 'Em On" may not say anything new and may appear on the surface to be contrived, but they are uplifting anthems that deliver a positive message. "Living in Daydreams," "Mouth an' Trousers," "Look at Him Now," and the title track wave the punk flag with simple hooks that will have the listener singing along within a chorus or two. Of the four bonus tracks on the Captain Oi! CD reissue, "Coventry" and "No Emotions" are catchy rockers, while "Tina Turner" is "Mouth an' Trousers" with different lyrics (and not very complementary to Turner) and "Welcome to the Real World" is the 12" single version. Not having sold as many records as the Clash, the Sex Pistols, et al., the Business are one of the most overlooked bands of the Oi! brigade. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The most solid Business Lp to date.

The Business are one of those bands that have always had classic songs that the singles, anthems...all the stuff they play live, but their lps are never amazing.

This however is a underrated record. Every song is a keeper and it was mature song writing from the core band. It features the four core member: Kent, Fitz, Brennan and Farbain with the addition of a second guitarist.

While you don't get classics like "Loud Proud and punk", "Saturday's Heroes" and "Death To Dance" on this record this is a great lp start to finish. Songs like: "Fear In Your Heart" and "Mouth n' Trousers" are phenomenial and songs like "Welcome to The Real World" and "Handball" are classic anthems that should be played at every Business gig instead of that awfully dumb "Drinking and Driving" song.

Captain Oi! doesn't press this lp or cd anymore and I have no idea why? Only the first two cds and Mark Brennan owns Captain Oi!

This is by far the best Business lp to date.

Note after The Business came to america in 1995 in support of the "Keep The Faith" lp, their style changed greatly, this being because they started to be influenced by: Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and other popular poppy punk bands from the USA who took notice to them.

Biography

Formed: October, 1979 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

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

The Business first emerged off the streets of South London in October 1979, leading a new wave of British punk that was hardly new wave at all. Instead, the Business, along with peers such as Angelic Upstarts, Blitz, and the 4-Skins, came out with a version of punk that was harder and more streetwise than ever, while still maintaining the anthemic qualities of the heavily influential Sham 69. Commonly referred to as Oi! or street-punk, these groups' most obvious brethren comprised the early American...
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