The 4-Skins

The Wonderful World of the 4-Skins: The Best of the 4-Skins

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A rough image and the Southall riots killed this band in 1983 and 1984. Stuck in with half-wit no-talents like Exploited, Blitzkrieg, Special Duties, etc., or the better Cockney Rejects and Angelic Upstarts, the skinhead 4-Skins were constantly overlooked as one of the few 3rd Wave U.K. punk outfits (along with the U.K. Subs, Partisans, Blitz, AntiPasti, Straps, and a few others) that was any good, and occasionally out of sight -- the blistering, mighty "One Law for Them" 45, the lead-off track here, is incredible. Which is why it's so gratifying to see them so definitively remembered on this LP. Unlike the other retreads, the 4-Skins had riffs to go with the attitude, and weren't afraid to diversify (the ska of "Plastic Gangsters" or "Seems to Me") or stretch their own boundaries. A caring package from Link.

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