Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BOOK - Skins (Re published 2008)

If you could re capture and go back in time to see what the skins looked like and the trouble a bunch of dirty white working class kid got into, then I recomend you get a copy of the book 'Skins' by the fabulous photographer 'Gavin Watson'. Borned in London in 1965, at the age of 13 Wason bought his first camara and became obsessed with photography. A boy with no talent and money been extremely tight, Gavin had to make sure every photo he took had to be worth it. Belong to the Wycombe Skins, he began to take photos of his friends and mostly his phonogenic brother who was 5 years younger than him. Wherever Watson went, his camara was with him. Catching every single little second of him and his friends getting in trouble and representing what the Skinheads in the early 80's were. In 1994 Gavin released the book 'Skins', concidered to be a documented book on the most misunderstood subcultures by the mainstream. Skins marked history, and culture as well. In 2008 the book was re-published with more pictures, and a little bit of more information about him. Containing 147 pages of just photography. That same year he released another photography book called 'Skins & Punks: Lost Archives 1978-1985'. A fantastic photo journal, this time the book was much bigger, better paper, and some pictures were in color as well black in white. Both books have a touch of class and it just makes ya wish you were a teenage boy in those days.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Squats - Noise Overdose (1981)

The Squats were probably one of the most controversial bands in Nijmegen has ever known. The kind of teenagers you better could not have living next door to you. It seemed that they ruined more or less everything that came along their way. Formed in 1979 Nijmegen, Holland, the members of the band were from the ages of 14 to 17. Nasty teenage kids that had a lot to say. By 1980 The Squats gain recognition nationwide and even hopped over the border to Belgium several times. That same year the band recorded a live show in Rotterdam and released their debut album "The First, The Best, The Last?" by their own label 'Nep En Bedrog Records'. The following year 'Noise Overdose' EP was released again on their own label, and 500 copies were pressed. Their gigs were notorious for violence, and by 1982 The Squats had fed up with violence and accusations of being a right wing bang, the band call it a quit. The band never reformed, even though their fans wanted to see them one more time. It never happen. 

1. Chaos in Nijmegen
2. Shut Yer Bleeding Heart
3. We Hate School
4. City Cowboys
5. Ravensbruck

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Vengeance - Demo (1986)

Don't have a lot of information about this band. But I do know they were from Norwich, England and formed in 1986. At first the band were half punk half skin and had an Oi! sound that attracted both tribes. The same year the band formed they released this demo. After guitarrist Tim and bass player Rach (woman) left the band, the band went towards a different change; new members and new ideals. The second generation of Vengeance became part of the far rightwing movement. I think they released one EP or maybe a full length and that was the end of the band, sometime around 1989. I like their first demo, and that's about it.

1. Vengeance
2. Against The Wall
3. British Army
4. Cries Of Oi!
5. Life Sentence
6. England's Glory
7. Borstal Breakout (Sham 69)

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