Wednesday, 11 October 2017

COCKNEY REJECTS


























"greatest hits vol. 1" 
Year:    1980 
Label:    Universal 
Format:    CD, LP 
Tracks:    14 
Time:    34 min. 
Genre:    rock 
Style:            Oi!









This is the debut album of Cockney Rejects. Inspired by the critically reviled working-class rock of Sham 69, the Cockney Rejects helped give voice to the street rock subgenre tagged "Oi!", partly thanks to the group's 1980 song "Oi! Oi! Oi!" The Rejects' sound was loud, brash, and crudely performed, with an irreverent sense of humor and an inclination toward mindless anarchy that made them appealing to frustrated lower-class youth and, unfortunately, the more extreme right-wing racist faction among the growing skinhead movement. The Rejects initial output was voluminous; their first two albums were both released in 1980 and jokingly titled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" and "Greatest Hits Vol. 2". In 1981 they recorded a false live concert entitled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Live & Loud", featuring false "live" versions of their best-known songs (actually recorded in a studio with a false audience), and "The power and the glory" still in 1981. The latter album found the group trying to broaden its approach, employing acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and a more melodic orientation closer to new wave or pop music. "The wild ones" (1982) and "Quiet storm" (1984) marked a shift toward heavy metal; unsure of their direction and the group disbanded late 1984. Cockney Rejects reunited in 1990 for the album "Lethal", a new attempt to suggest heavy metal public which became in a complete commercial failure. In 2002 was the turn of "out of the gutter", "unforgiven" in 2007 and "east end babylon" in 2012, these three albums positively acclaimed by followers, public and medias. ~ Steve Huey
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"greatest hits vol. II"
Year:    1980
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!








 

"greatest hits vol. 2" is the second official album of the band released still in 1980. Despite the title, it is not a compilation at all, but just the second studio album which contains sixteen new songs in the same style as their debut: simple, basic, short and direct Oi! music with lyrics related to: parodies, sense of humor, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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"the power and the glory"
Year:    1981
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!










This is the third studio album of the band, released in 1981 and it became softer, slower and more melodic and clean than their two predecessors. A little bit close to new wave or classic pop, but just a bit. There are even some kind of ballads such as: "It's over", "BYC" or "On the streets again", using instruments as acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and also some kind of electronic effects and sounds, but still keeping their usual lyrical themes: sense of humor, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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"back on the street" 
Year:    2000 
Label:    Victory 
Format:    CD 
Tracks:    16 
Time:    40 min. 
Genre:    roc
 Style:            Oi!
 











Actually this is a compilation or collection of sixteeen songs made from 1979 to 1990, recorded again in a new studio, with a new sound and Cockney Rejects musicians, who had a true better technical level than their beggining. The album was issued through three different labels and also different title: "back on the street" (Victory Records), "greatest hits vol.IV" (Rhythm Car Records) and "here they come again (Anagram Records). sixteen old songs which sound better, faster, great and powerful.
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"out of the gutter"
Year:    2002
Label:    CO
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!










after three attempts into the field of heavy metal and some periods of inactivity, Cockney Rejects fortunately come back to their roots. After two decades these "new" Cockney Rejects comes with this "out of the gutter" in 2002, their best work since 1981. Here the band finally come back to their roots of pure and simple Oi! music, with perhaps some touches of classic rock'n'roll, besides on guitars, riffs, vocals and chorus. Enough of low cost "heavy metal"... Cockney Rejects are come back!
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"unforgiven"
Year:    2007
Label:    G&R
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!







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"east end babylon"
Year:    2012
Label:    Cadiz
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!












Perhaps it is not exagerate to say that this album is one of best but the best of their entire musical career since their beggining in 1978. Elaborated and original songs, using keyboards, spoken words and chorus, with a very good technical level and excellent and clean sound production. It continues to be Oi! music, but more mature and well done. Lyrical themes are as always: sense of humor, parodies, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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