SHAM 69 – TELL US THE TRUTH

SHAM 69 – “Tell Us The Truth” LP (Polydor 2383491) February 1978 – A giggle in the night. And I thought punk was kaput, finito, a bubble in the Alka Seltzer – but maybe that’s because I’m a Londoner.

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SHAM 69 – IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED

SHAM 69 – “If The Kids Are United” / “Sunday Morning Nightmare” (Polydor 2059 050) July 1978 – Sham 69 “If The Kids Are United” – In which Jimmy dons his rose coloured spex and dishes out an appropriate lecture to his quarrelsome fans.

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SEARCHING FOR RECORDS IN CHESTER-LE-STREET

The Search goes on – On Thursday I decided to visit Sound & Vision in Chester-le-Street. Fast becoming one of my ‘go-to’ shops to hunt for records. There is always something to find and the other day was no exception.

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SHAM 69 – YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I

SHAM 69 – “You’re A Better Man Than I” / “Give A Dog A Bone” (Polydor POSP 82) October 1979 – SHAM 69 “You’re A Better Man Than I” – The follow-up single to the hit single “Hersham Boys” was a puzzling one. This is a straight ahead and faithful cover version of the number made famous in the mid sixties by The Yardbirds.

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SHAM 69 – BORSTAL BREAKOUT

SHAM 69 – “Borstal Breakout” / “Hey Little Rich Boy” (Polydor 2058 966) January 1978 – It wasn’t exactly Jailhouse Rock, but Sham 69’s major label debut, inspired by real-life absconders at nearby Feltham Borstal, was as close as Hersham, Surrey resident Jimmy Pursey was ever going to get.

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SHAM 69 – STOP YOUR GABBING

Jimmy Pursey talks to Smash Hits – “The more you believe in something,” Pursey says, “the more chance there is of you either going nuts or killing yourself. Because you think you can change something and the odds are you can’t. Not quickly, anyway. Half the time, the opposite happens.

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SEARCHING FOR RECORDS IN SUNDERLAND, NEWCASTLE & CHESTER-LE-STREET

Last Tuesday I got the bus to Sunderland. It was pissing down and I wasn’t exactly dressed for the weather so got wet and cold. Didn’t really enjoy the experience. First stop was HMV, inside the Bridges shopping centre. The usual over-priced albums on offer, racks full of DVD’s and computer games. One day I’ll go in there and actually buy something.

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SHAM 69 – HURRY UP, HARRY

Sham 69 ‘Hurry Up Harry’ – I’ve checked my archives and it’s just over ten years since I featured Sham 69 on my defunct site so here goes with another entry, this time a record released a few days after my 14th birthday in October, 1978

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