Thursday, April 30, 2009

VA - Strength Thru Oi! (1981)

Oi!, what a great album this is. Yet, it was another controversial album in the Oi! world. It was compiled by the Oi! journalist Garry Bushell, who also released 'Oi! The Album' the previous year. What made it so controversial was that the media for the first time had a look on what Oi! really was. Instead of listening to the lyrics of the bands, they concentrated more on the album cover. 'Nick Crane' the skin in the front cover was a Nazi (gay who later died of AIDS), it was a mistake of having him. Garry and his fellows who helped him put this LP they did not know he was part of the NS movement, till later after the released when they saw a few nazi tattoos on him. The media made a big deal of it, and accused Oi! of being fascist music. It's even more surprising that the media made such a big effort to go beyond an underground music to find out the life of Nick Crane. After the accusations of being a fascist album, it was banned from all records stores. 'Decca Records' and 'Sounds Magazine' (where Garry work) had to apologise for the mistake, even though it made no diference. Through the 80's and still today Oi! music was concidered fascist music and skins gained a bad reputation of being nazis. Even though, many skins joined the National Front in the 80's. Well, today I don't think what happen back then matters anymore, in fact, I don't think a lot of people are aware of what even happen. Strength Thru Oi! has to be one of the best Oi! compilations out there. Enjoy!

1. Garry Johnson - National Service
2. 4-Skins - 1984
3. The Strike - Gang Warfare
4. Infa Riot - Riot Riot
5. Garry Johnson - Dead End Yobs
6. Last Resort - Working Class Kids
7. Criminal Class - Blood On the Streets
8. Toy Dolls - She Goes To Fino's
9. Barney Rubble - Best Years Of Our Lives
10. Cock Sparrer - Taken For A Ride (We Think You Don't)
11. Infa Riot - We Outnumber You
12. Garry Johnson - New Face Of Rock 'N' Roll
13. Barney Rubble - Beans
14. The Splodge - We're Pathetique
15. 4-Skins - Sorry
16. Cock Sparrer - Running Riot
17. Last Resort - Johnny Barden
18. The Splodge - Isubaleene (Part 2)
19. Criminal Class - Running Away
20. The Strike - Skinhead
21. Toy Dolls - Deidre's A Slag
22. Shaven Heads - Harbour Mafia Mantra (An Acapella Delight)

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