The 12 November issue of NME noted that Sham 69 was rehearsing in , although only Pursey would remain from this early line-up twelve months later. Andy Nightingale by Mark Cain. Albie Maskell remained for the group's first single in  before being replaced by Dave Tregunna. Sham 69 did not have the art school background of many English punk bands of the time, and brought in football chant backup vocals and an implicit political populism. The band attracted a large skinhead following left wing , right wing and non-political.
Their concerts were plagued by violence , and the band ceased live performances after a concert at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park was broken up by National Front -supporting white power skinheads fighting and rushing the stage. Sham 69 released their first single , " I Don't Wanna ", on Step Forward Records in August , produced by John Cale formerly of the Velvet Underground , and its success in the independent charts prompted Polydor Records to sign the band.
The group had further chart success with " Hurry Up Harry " No. Sham 69 would ultimately be one of the most successful UK punk rock bands, releasing five singles that cracked the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart. The band eventually started to move away from punk rock, to embrace a sound heavily influenced by classic British rock bands such as Mott the Hoople , the Who , the Rolling Stones and Faces.
This was demonstrated by their third album, The Adventures of the Hersham Boys. The original incarnation of Sham 69 broke up in , following the release of the band's fourth album, The Game. Pursey was enormously critical of the album, calling it "a pile of shit" in a Flipside interview, noting:. I called it The Game because that's how the music business had become to me. Like a little roulette wheel where everything we did had all of this political value to it, but it didn't make any difference because you spin the wheel and if it landed on the right number you were all right, the wrong number and you were not all right.
Pursey worked with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols for a short time under the name Sham Pistols before moving on to a solo recording career. He also became occupied with video production in London, making use of snippets of found video in an effort "to do something really anarchic.
The next studio album, Information Libre , has Patricia de Mayo on keyboards. In late , Sham 69 broke up, and Dave Parsons stated his wish to independently continue as 'Sham 69'. The band had become increasingly fed up with Jimmy's lack of interest in playing live and continually letting down both promoters and fans by pulling out of gigs at the last moment".
The band was named after the last Sham 69 album and also to avoid confusion with the fans over the name Sham Day 21 recorded an album titled am which was not released, although a single, "Having It Rock and Roll", was released in Rob Jefferson bass left Parsons' Sham 69 and was replaced by the former U.
Subs member Alan Campbell. In , Sham 69 was the first major punk band to tour China. All tracks are written by Jimmy Pursey and Dave Parsons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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