Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Oppressed - Joe Hawkins

While we are waiting for the new blog post to be ready (Almost, we promise) we figured we'd bring you a bit of skinhead history.

The Oppressed was a Welsh anti-fascist Oi! band that was formed in 1981 in Cardiff and split up in 2006. Most of the musicians in the band's various lineups were skinheads. Throughout the band's career, the members (especially vocalist Roddy Moreno) openly expressed opposition to racism and fascism, in their lyrics, interviews, on-stage comments and other actions. In 1989, Moreno visited New York City and met many members of Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP). On his return to the United Kingdom, he started promoting SHARP ideals to British skinheads.

Here they are doing Joe Hawkins. Enjoy!

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