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The Business

The Business first emerged off the streets of South London in October 1979, leading a new wave of British punk that was hardly new wave at all. Instead, the Business, along with peers such as Angelic Upstarts, Blitz, and the 4-Skins, came out with a version of punk that was harder and more streetwise than ever, while still maintaining the anthemic qualities of the heavily influential Sham 69. Commonly referred to as Oi! or street-punk, these groups' most obvious brethren comprised the early American hardcore scene. The Business had a particular knack for churning out anthems, as evidenced by their first single, "Harry May," and followed by such enduring concert staples as "Drinking and Driving" and "Smash the Discos," both included on the CD reissue of the classic Suburban Rebels album. The band was on and off again throughout the '80s, but returned for a strong extended stay in 1994 with Keep the Faith. As usual, the disc mixed tales of football and drinking with wry social commentary and working-class singalongs. The lineup of Micky Fitz (vocals), Steve Whale (guitar), Lol Proctor (bass), and Mickey Fairbairn (drums) released No Mercy for You in July 2001; Hardcore Hooligan followed two years later. ~ Matthew Kantor, Rovi
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Can't wait to see Mickey and boys in Detroit this May! I agree with Miss Ophirae about leaving out the moronic bonehead rants. The traditional skinhead movement is the only one that makes sense to me. Work hard, play hard on a Saturday night, holding your head up high and finding respect in yourself. Politics (left or right) has no room in my definition of a skin. I find just as much passion in OI! music, as I do in bands like Desmond Decker, and Toots and the Maytals:)
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@Tommy Ashton-Foste r ....
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It'd be nice to read a band's bio without bonehead commentary.
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F**k you all
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Hilarious to see these keyboard warrior boneheads pretend they are real skinheads. Fantasy land princesses.
Skinheads are a rough bunch but not racist one bit.
Being a Skinhead has absolutely nothing to do with race no matter how many people they beat up or who those people are. .
That's why there are Skinheads of all races all over the planet.
Skinheads outnumber nazi trash boneheads 5 to 1.
Working Class Pride
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Why is this a racial debate? Ok they may identify as the skinhead/pun k time, who aren't always racist, they even made a song called "it doesn't matter if your black or white"
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The only thing that makes a skinhead is surface level s**t like short hair and those clothes you all want to be seen in. Underneath all that is just another desperate kid looking for an identity and sense if power and worth. You're being manipulated. Wake up.
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mariah.vavra
They were still racially proud. Isn't sharps motto pride without prejudice? F**kin idiot original skins were known for paki bashing. Id call that racist black or not.
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fugi888
what the hell do you know.... some of the 1st skins wear black. learn some history before you open your mouth
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sthiel102
Skinheads are racially proud. F**k the sharp wannabes.
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Oi! Oi!
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Oi Oi Oi! F**k yes
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charlieisawe i r d d o g
Gresham Boot Boys!!!! Oi!!!!!
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Oi!
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punx and skins unite and win! XD
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Oi!!
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oi f-ing oi..........
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valtierra_na d i a
brewheads & bootboys. oi!
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Oi!Oi!Oi! The Business FOREVER!
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tschultz06
I love this sh#t!
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makes me want to walk around town in my big black boots and leather jacket
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Good boots and braces punk
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mICKEY fITZ IS AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE.......G R E A T GUYS...ALL OF THEM!
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cover art on hardcore hooligan drawn by Ed Cero from Mainstreet Saints
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bad a** oi! punk!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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F**k YEAH!!!! that sums up The Business.
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k13dreams
I'm becoming more and more of a fan of these guys the more stuff I hear. Embarassed to say I hadn't heard them until Pandora.
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good band
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iM bORed
i stink
i loVE mUSiCA g**y ha HA
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bromide01
Was the video of The Business reenacting the opening sequence from "Three's Company"? That's the only video I know of that was shot in San Diego.
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has anyone ever seen a music video from them. I remember shooting it with them in San Diego a long time ago
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The Business is the real deal!! Great OI Punk Band!!!Hate Panzy A** Wanabe punk music
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OI OI OI frae tha beginning Lads !!!
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I LOVE MICKEY FITZ!
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.....stick with the exploited ?
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oi!
f**k all of you wannabe punks, this gave birth to your stupid green day and discusting sum 41
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your scene sucks.
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engrish punk sucks.
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Umm...These guys are by no means lost in the shuffle. They are very well known in the punk oi! and skinhead scene
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Weak. Stick with Exploited.
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oi!
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I can't believe I never heard these guys guys before. Very Exploited sounding. awesome stuff! Nice to find a gem like this lost in the shuffle.
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bromide01
I remember there was a riot at one of their shows over the television tax. A bunch of skins pushed over a lorry. Then the bobbies came and everyone got into a bloody good row. Them were the days.
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addicted23
The more I listen to this band the more I love them.

Steal this Record is one of the greatest songs of all time.
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What a nice raw edge they have.

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