Cockney Rejects + Demob
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Death or Glory Presents-
35th Anniversary Tour 1979- 2014-
Cockney Rejects were formed in 1978 by brothers Jeff and Micky
Geggus, with their brother-in-law Chris Murrell on bass and Paul
Harvey on drums. Their first demo, "Flares n' Slippers", caught
the attention of Small Wonder Records owner Pete Stennett, who
introduced the band to Bob Sergeant. With Sergeant, they recorded
their single "I Wanna Be A Star", which sold out its first pressing.
Murrell and Harvey were then replaced by Vince Riordan on bass
and Andy Scott on drums, from fellow East End London band, The
Tickets. This became known as the Cockney Rejects' classic lineup
and its debut at the Bridge House in Canning Town in June 1979 is
considered a turning point for the band. In September of that same
year, the band signed with EMI and released their album Greatest
Hits, Vol. 1 in February 1980.
Their biggest hit single in the United Kingdom, 1980's "The Greatest
Cockney Rip-Off", was a parody of Sham 69's song "Hersham Boys".
Other Cockney Rejects songs were less commercial, partly because
they tended to be about hard-edged topics such as street fighting
or football hooliganism. Other singles to appear in the UK were "Bad
Man," "We Can Do Anything," and "We Are the Firm" — all from
The violence depicted in their lyrics was often mirrored at their
concerts, and the band members often fought to defend themselves
(often from supporters of opposing football teams) or to split up
conflicts between audience members. Jeff and Mick Geggus
(who are brothers) had both been amateur youth boxers, and had
fought at the national level. Bass player Vince Riordan's uncle was
Jack "The Hat" McVitie, a Cockney gangster who was murdered by
Cockney Rejects expressed contempt for all politicians in their
lyrics, and they rejected media claims that they had a British
Movement following, or that the band members supported the
views of the far right group. In their first Sounds interview,
they mockingly referred to the British Movement as the "German
Movement" and stated that many of their heroes were black
boxers.Jeff Turner's autobiography "Cockney Reject" describes
an incident in which the band members and their supporters had a
massive fight against British Movement members at one of Cockney
Rejects' early concerts.
The band released their most recent album, Unforgiven, on the G&R
London independent record label in May 2007.
EMI records are releasing a definitive Rejects retrospective on
August 29. Called Join the Rejects, the Zonophone years '79-'81,
it's a 3-disc collection of all their EMI recordings including all the
Peel sessions and rare demos from the day. Also included is a colour
booklet with a blow-by-blow account of the stories behind the music
by Micky Geggus.
The Rejects movie East End Babylon hit the cinemas across the
uk in Oct 2012, and was released on Dvd in March 2013, with an
album of the same name released at the same time. 2012 saw
the band headline the Redbull Bedroom Jam stage at Download
Festival at Donnington Park.In Nov 2013 they undertook a uk tour
which saw most shows sellout ! Now to celebrate the bands 35th
anniversary the band announce dates for winter 2014!
Film Trailer : http://www.youtube.com/
Formed shortly after the breakup of the Sex Pistols in 1978, the Gloucester, England-based quartet roared with a similar punk-minded intensity.
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