Sham 69

Cockney Kids Are Innocent: The Best of Sham 69

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There are a whole lot of Sham 69 -- the original Oi! boys -- comps out there, but this single disc from Castle that compiles tracks from the band's original four albums is the clear winner. From the riotous "Hurry Up Harry," "Borstal Breakout," "Angels with Dirty Faces," "Ulster," and "If the Kids Are United" (three of which became Oi! anthems) down through their reading of "Mister You're a Better Man Than I" to the surreal punk of the Game album, this stuff is solid front to back. The band underwent a permutation of sorts, but didn't change that much because lead vocalist Jimmy Pursey has one of the most identifiable voices in the history of punk. The collection idea is a good one because after their debut, Sham were among the spottiest of album units.

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