Cockney Rejects

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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Though they didn’t get around to (allegedly) naming the genre of Oi! until their second album, working class football hooligans Cockney Rejects went a long way towards defining the sound. The raw street punk on the cheekily titled GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 dismisses English punk’s art-schooled class of ‘77 to embrace the everyday Brit thug who downs a pint while watching his favorite team (in the Cockney Rejects’ case, West Ham United). With a lineup including some accomplished amateur boxers, the Rejects poured that muscle into songs like hit singles “Bad Man” and “I’m Not a Fool.”

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