Angelic Upstarts are an English punk rock band formed in South Shields in 1977. Allmusic calls them "one of the period's most politically charged and thought-provoking groups". The band espoused an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have been associated with the skinhead subculture. The band released eight studio albums in their first decade. After a brief split they reformed in 1988, and a number of times subsequently, with new albums appearing in 1992, 2002, 2011, and 2016. More than two decades after its release, their debut single, "The Murder Of Liddle Towers", was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.
1 Lineups 2 Influence 3 Discography
3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Live albums 3.3 Compilation albums 3.4 Singles 3.5 DVDs
4 References 5 External links
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The band's original members were Thomas Mensforth (Mensi) on vocals,
Ray Cowie (Mond) on guitar, Steve Forsten on bass guitar, and Derek
"Decca" Wade on drums. Keith Bell was the manager until 1980, when he
was jailed for four and a half years for arson.
Other former members include Ronnie Rocker and bassists Ronnie Wooden,
Glyn Warren and Tony Feedback (now in
Long Tall Shorty and Kiria's
live band). Drummers have included Sticks Warrington (who later joined
Cockney Rejects), Paul Thompson (ex-Roxy Music), Chris White, Evo (who
has also played in The Blood,
Major Accident and Warfare.
Wade rejoined the band for a few years before leaving again. Brian
Hayes originally joined the band as second guitarist until Mond left,
leaving Hayes as the only guitarist. Mensi was the only original
member still in the band.
In August 2006, Mensi announced he was resigning, but requested that
the band continue with Chris Wright (of the band Crashed Out) on
vocals. The band's lineup became Wright on vocals, Dickie Hammond on
guitar, Neil "Newts" Newton on guitar, Gaz "Geordie" Stoker on bass
and Wade on drums. In the latter part of 2007, Mensi rejoined the band
and the lineup became Mensi on vocals, Gaz "Geordie" Stoker on bass,
Hammond on guitar, Newts on guitar and Brett Mulvaney (and later
Jonnie Halling) on drums.
The current lineup is now Mensi on vocals, Gaz "Geordie" Stoker on
bass, Neil "Newts" Newton on guitar and Andy Wilkinson on drums.
Angelic Upstarts are regarded as pioneers of the
Oi! punk subgenre.
In 2001, Various Artists cover album We Are the People was released in
tribute to the Upstarts, including tracks from bands such as
Leatherface, The Oppressed,
Red London and Red Alert. In 2009,
Angelic Upstarts Live (September 1981, Zonophone/EMI) - No. 27 UK Live in Yugoslavia (1985, Picasso) Live & Loud (1988, Link) Greatest Hits Live (1991, Link) Live in Lubeck 1989 (1994, Bay City) Live from the Justice League (2001, TKO) Anthems Against Scum (2001, Insurgence)
Angel Dust - The Collected Highs (1983, Anagram/Cherry Red)
Bootlegs & Rarities (1985, Dojo)
Lost & Found (1991, Link)
Alternative Chartbusters (1991, AOK)
Kids on the Streets (1993, Cleopatra)
The Independent Punk Singles Collection (1995, Cherry Red)
Rarities (1997, Captain Oi)
"The Murder of Liddle Towers"/"Police Oppression" (1978, Dead Records, re-released on Rough Trade/Small Wonder Records, Repress) "I'm an Upstart"/"Leave Me Alone" (1979, Warner Bros.) - No. 31 UK "Teenage Warning"/"The Young Ones" (1979, Warner Bros.) - UK No. 29 "Never 'ad Nothin'"/"Nowhere Left to Hide" (1979, Warner Bros.) - UK No. 52 "Out of Control"/"Shotgun Solution" (1980, Warner Bros. Records) - UK No. 58 "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"/"Unsung Heroes" (1980, Warner Bros. Records) - UK No. 65 "Last Night Another Soldier"/"I Wish" (1980, Zonophone/EMI) - UK No. 51 "England"/"Stick's Diary" (1981, Zonophone/EMI) "Kids on the Street"/"The Sun Never Shines" (1981, Zonophone/EMI) - UK No. 57 "I Understand"/"Never Come Back" (1981, Zonophone/EMI) "Different Strokes"/"Different Dub" (1981, Zonophone/EMI) "Never Say Die"/"We Defy You" (1982, Zonophone/EMI) "Woman in Disguise"/"Lust for Glory" (1982, Anagram/Cherry Red) (Also released on 12" single) "Solidarity"/"Five Flew Over..." (1983, Anagram/Cherry Red) (Also released on 12" single) "Not Just a Name"/"The Leech" (1983, Anagram/Cherry Red) (Also released on 12" single?) "Machinegun Kelly"/"There's a Drink in It" (1984, Picasso) "Brighton Bomb" E.P (1985, Sparta Florida/Gas Music Ltd) (12" Single) "Brighton Bomb" (1987, Chameleon) "England's Alive" E.P. (1988, Skunx) (12" Single) "Angelic Upstarts/The Prowlers" (2014, Insurgence)
Angelic Upstarts Live: Solidarity (2005)
^ a b http://officialangelicupstarts.com/about ^ Angelic Upstarts Biography. Allmusic. URL accessed 3 July 2006. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/148396-Angelic-Upstarts ^ Mojo (October 2001) - 100 Punk Scorchers , Issue 95, London; ^ Bradbury, Jennifer (2006-03-23). "Still crazy after all these years". ChronicleLive. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-01. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/punk-singles-collection-mw0000474679 ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/were-the-people-tribute-to-angelic-upstarts-mw0000971221 ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 585. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. ^ http://officialangelicupstarts.com/shop ^ http://www.insurgence.net/component/content/article/155
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