Cock Sparrer

The Best of Cock Sparrer [Recall]

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Total Recall does it again, compiling a true "best of the best" for an act that is marginal outside the punk community. Cock Sparrer were the righteous side of Oi!, the politically and socially progressive sound of working-class London along with the much shorter-lived Newtown Neurotics. These two discs pack a walloping 30 cuts that are as essential a bit of Cock Sparrer-bilia as one is likely to find. There are tracks from singles, EPs, one-off split discs, LP cuts, and (of course) CD and compilation entries as well. There are original versions of "Runnin' Riot," "Chip on My Shoulder," "We Love You," and "Sister Suzie," along with "Argy Bagy," "Riot Squad," "Run for Cover," "I Need a Witness," "Watch Your Back," and "Trouble on the Terraces" -- a neat answer back to the Cockney Rejects' "War on the Terraces." There is also an alternate version of "Chip on My Shoulder" that opens the second disc. This is a packed lot, this one.

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