Tuesday, 24 April 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout


"Sham 69 is an English punk band that formed in Hersham in 1976. Although not as commercially successful as many of their contemporaries, albeit with a greater number of chart entries, Sham 69 has been a huge musical and lyrical influence on the "Oi!" and streetpunk genres. The band allegedly derived their name from a piece of graffiti that founder Jimmy Pursey saw on a wall. Sham 69 released their first single, "I Don't Wanna", on Step Forward Records in August 1977, (produced by John Cale) and its success in the independent charts prompted Polydor Records to sign the band. Their major label debut was 'Borstal Breakout' in January 1978, followed by UK Singles Chart success with 'Angels With Dirty Faces' and "If the Kids Are United" (number 9 in July 1978)"




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