September 4 street date. DELUXE VINYL EDITION. Against all odds, this is a remarkable return to form in 1983 by Angelic Upstarts with crystal-clear production and a brace of adroit songs, not least 'Woman In Disguise', a stinging attack on one Maggie Thatcher, and a foray into genuine electrified folk on 'Solidarity'. Elsewhere, Mensi tries his hand at poetry on a tale of unemployment entitled 'Geordies Wife', sings the praises of crime on 'The Burglar' and enlists the aid of a guest vocalist for the reggaefied title song. 180 GRAM RED VINYL - 500 ONLY LIMITED EDITION.
November 13th street date. Limited edition LP + poster. Limited edition of 500 copies on black wax from this classic punk rock release. Originally released in 1985 by DOJO RECORDS, ‘Bootlegs And Rarities’ collected an old live set filled with early-era Upstarts’ classics, along with some rare early outtakes. ‘Last night Another Soldier’, ‘Solidarity’, ‘Teenage Warning’... this is pure punk rock mayhem. Includes A3 size poster of the band.
February 5 street date. Angelic Upstarts formed in 1977 in South Shields, North-East England. A working class punk band with strong anti-fascist views and beliefs influenced by bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Angelic Upstarts are a meeting of working class ideology and musical aspiration. Mensi was always liable to provoke reaction, his lyrics making much of his working class roots, and lashing out at police and politicians. The band launched their punk crusade with the independently released single The Murder of Liddle Towers and Police Oppression AA side single in 1978. The single was then picked up by Small Wonder Records who released it nationally. Its attack on police brutality earned them an early patron in Sham 69s Jimmy Pursey, who chased a similar constituency of disaffected working-class fans. The band then signed to Warner Brothers, Pursey producing the L.P. Teenage Warning (1979). The bands wholehearted delivery coupled with their denunciation of racism - a particularly admirable stance at a time when other skinhead bands, were flirting with right wing elements - made the album a classic. With the UK hit singles, Im An Upstart and Teenage Warning(both 1979), they focused on the plight of the working class. The band went on to release a number of successful albums and minor hit singles before splitting initially in 1983. Fast forward to 2015 and the current Angelic Upstarts line up is Mensi - Vocals, Mr Gaz - Bass, Neil (Newts) Newton - Guitar and Jonnie Halling - Drums. "BULLINGDON BASTARDS" is the new album - their first full length in 13 years - featuring 12 cracking new songs which shows the band are as relevant today as they ever were!
June 3 street date. Non-returnable CD. "Power of the Press" is the 7th album by one of the most politically charged and thought-provoking groups to come out of the punk scene - Angelic Upstarts. The band espoused an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have often been associated with the skinhead subculture.
Excl. - From the ground breaking ‘The Murder Of Liddle Towers’ released in 1978, to the controversial ‘Brighton Bomb’ of 1985, this 23 track CD collates all of the Angelic Upstarts’ independent singles. The album also includes chart hits ‘Solidarity’, ‘Not Just A Name’, ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ and the anthem that is ‘Woman In Disguise’. Every single is now an expensive collector’s item. A politically and socially motivated punk band from South shields, the Angelic Upstarts were known for their brutal and uncompromising style but as Mensi proclaims about the tracks “Are one of faith, hope, anger, love and hatred, a great deal of variation, but they were also written and performed with a great deal of sincerity…” A must for any punk fan young or old.