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C**k Sparrer

One of the first Oi! bands, C**k Sparrer was playing loud, raw, Cockney working-class anthems as early as the first wave of British punk, although record company difficulties prevented them from issuing much material until the early '80s, when the Oi!movement was well underway. The group formed in London's East End in 1975, originally as a hard-edged pub rock combo in the vein of Dr. Feelgood. Four of the members -- vocalist Colin McFaull, guitarist Mick Beaufoy, bassist Steve Burgess, and drummer Steve Bruce -- had been schoolmates since age 11, and had been playing together in cover bands three years prior. They were joined by rhythm guitarist Garrie Lammin (Burgess' cousin), and soon began playing the Bridgehouse Pub in Canning Town on a regular basis. The emergence of the Sex Pistols presented an opportunity to further toughen up their sound, which sparked a brief interest from Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren that didn't end up amounting to much. In 1977, C**k Sparrer signed with Decca Records (which had already landed another proto-Oi! band in Slaughter & the Dogs) and recorded their debut single, "Runnin' Riot," which was followed by a cover of the Rolling Stones' "We Love You." However, disagreements with Decca led to the sense that the band's simple, basic, street-level sound wasn't really understood; as a result, their self-titled debut was, for some reason, issued only in Spain. Lammin left the group to pursue an acting career not long after, and a frustrated C**k Sparrer went on an unofficial hiatus.

By the early '80s, bands like Sham 69, the Angelic Upstarts, and the Cockney Rejects had transformed the working-class punk sensibility into a Cockney-dominated subgenre dubbed Oi! As early progenitors of the scene, C**k Sparrer was in demand once again, especially after their song "Sunday Stripper" appeared on an Oi! compilation. They began gigging again and quickly landed a record deal, resulting in the 1982 hit single "England Belongs to Me," which struck a chord during the middle of the Falklands War. C**k Sparrer's official U.K. debut album, Shock Troops, was also released in 1982 and became a long-standing Oi! favorite. Guitarist Beaufoy left the band in 1983 and was replaced by the tandem of Chris Skepis (rhythm) and Shug O'Neill (lead). This lineup recorded the follow-up album, 1984's Runnin' Riot in '84, but Skepis and O'Neill both departed shortly thereafter. Beaufoy rejoined briefly for the Live & Loud album, released in 1987, but disagreements within the band and (again) with their record company precipitated another breakup.

In late 1992, C**k Sparrer was invited to play a reunion gig at the Astoria, near Charing Cross. The appearance of over 2,000 fans stunned the band into a full-fledged reunion, featuring the original quartet of McFaull, Beaufoy, Burgess, and Bruce, plus new rhythm guitarist Daryl Smith. In early 1994, C**k Sparrer released Guilty as Charged, their first album of all-new material in a decade. The odds-and-ends EP Run Away followed in 1995, featuring live and studio recordings; the proper follow-up to Guilty as Charged, Two Monkeys, was released in 1997, with rumors that it would be the band's last album featuring all new material. A spate of compilations and live recordings followed during the next few years, with the band continuing to tour extensively, hitting the U.S. in 2000. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of C**k Sparrer

Disc 1

1. Runnin' Riot

2. Chip On My Shoulder

3. We Love You

5. England Belongs To Me

6. Argy Bargy

7. Working

9. Watch Your Back

10. Riot Squad

11. Where Are They Now

12. The Sun Says

13. Run With The Blind

14. Price Too High To Pay

15. Is Anybody There?

16. Closedown

17. Think Again

18. Out On An Island

Disc 2

2. Again And Again

3. Taken For A Ride

4. Trouble On The Terraces

5. Watcha Gonna Do About It

6. I Need A Witness

8. What's It Like To Be Old

9. Teenage Heart

10. Run For Cover

12. Chip On My Shoulder (Live)

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Track List: Runnin' Riot In '84 / Live And Lound

1. Run With The Blind

2. Is Anybody There?

3. Price Too High To Pay

4. Think Again

5. Don't Say A Word

6. Sun Says

7. They Mean Murder

8. Closedown

9. Chip On My Shoulder (Live)

10. Runnin' Riot (Live)

12. Riot Squad (Live)

13. Watch Your Back (Live)

14. I Got Your Number (Live)

15. Take 'em All (Live)

17. Working (Live)

18. Argy Bargy (Live)

19. Where Are They Now? (Live)

24. England Belongs To Me (Live)

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Track List: Back Home

1. Riot Squad

2. Watch Your Back

3. Working

4. Teenage Heart

5. What's It Like To Be Old

6. Closedown

7. Get A Rope

8. Argy Bargy

9. Run Away Johnny

10. Tough Guys

11. Take 'em All

12. A.U.

13. Don't Blame Us

14. I Got Your Number

15. Because You're Young

16. Secret Army

17. Where Are They Now?

18. Runnin' Riot

19. Sunday Stripper

20. Chip On Your Shoulder

21. White Riot

22. England Belongs To Me

23. We're Coming Back

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Track List: Live And Loud!!

1. Riot Squad (Live)

2. Watch Your Back (Live)

3. I Got Your Number (Live)

4. Take 'em All (Live)

6. Working (Live)

7. Argy Bargy (Live)

8. Where Are They Now (Live)

13. England Belongs To Me (Live)

14. Chip On My Shoulder (Live)

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Track List: England Belongs To Me

1. Runnin' Riot

2. Trouble On The Terraces

3. We Love You

4. Chip On My Shoulder

5. Taken For A Ride

7. Watcha Gonna Do About It

8. Again And Again

9. What's It Like To Be Old

10. England Belongs To Me

11. Working

12. Riot Squad

13. Where Are They Now

14. Argy Bargy

15. The Sun Says

16. Price Too High To Pay

17. Run With The Blind

18. Closedown

20. Out On An Island

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Track List: Live: Runnin Riot Across The Usa

1. Riot Squad (Live)

2. Watch Your Back (Live)

3. Working (Live)

4. Teenage Heart (Live)

5. Argy Bargy (Live)

6. Run Away Johnny (Live)

7. Take 'em All (Live)

8. Au (Live)

9. I Got Your Number (Live)

10. Because You're Young (Live)

11. We Love You (Live)

12. Secret Army (Live)

13. Where Are They Now (Live)

14. Runnin' Riot (Live)

15. Sunday Stripper (Live)

16. Chip On Your Shoulder (Live)

17. England Belongs To Me (Live)

18. We're Coming Back (Live)

19. England Belongs To Me (Reprise) (Live)

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Track List: Shock Troops

1. Where Are They Now

2. Riot Squad

3. Working

4. Take 'em All

5. We're Coming Back

6. England Belongs To Me

7. Watch Your Back

8. I Got Your Number

9. Secret Army

10. Droogs Don't Run

11. Out On An Island

12. Argy Bargy

13. Colonel Bogey

14. I Need A Witness

16. What's It Like To Be Old

17. Teenage Heart

18. Run For Cover

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Track List: Rarities

1. Again And Again

2. We Love You

3. Trouble On The Terraces

4. Watcha Gonna Do About It

5. I Need A Witness

6. Runnin' Riot

7. Platinum Blonde

8. What's It Like To Be Old

9. Sister Susie

10. Teenage Heart

11. Chip On My Shoulder 1

12. Taken For A Ride

13. Chip On My Shoulder 2

14. What's It Like To Be Old

15. Teenage Heart

16. Run For Cover

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C**k, dick,penis,s h l o n g , c * * k , c * * k c**k COOOCCKKKK in your mouth!
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I'm from south Carolina, but I love this f**kin song!!! The world belongs to punx, no matter where the f**k you're from!!! Punx and skins unite!!!!
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If you don't censor the lyrics, why would you censor the word c**k, especially when it refers to the bird
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I love anti racist pro working class oi! bands like C**K Sparrer. ///
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atx1984atx
Texas
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atx1984atx
Damn, lots of morons here! First off, WTF is up with censoring COCKSPARROW? ? unbelievable ! Second. Yes, I'm sick of this anti white b.s. , or feel guilty you white scum, this coming from a tradskin who's half Mex. Its such an obvious attack on white males yet every other race can b**ch & complain & our shite govt. gives in.... EVERYTIME! Unbelievable ! So, who cares if ur a sharp or a bonehead!? I don't give a damn, the music is what we're all here for. Leave ur politics at the door. O¡ from
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djmunt
I'm in my mid 50's, left school in 1979. This stuff still makes me feel proud...even though I have been in the states for 27 years
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c**t sparrer
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S.kin
H.eads
A.gainst
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P.redudice


S.h.a.r.p's are like spiders...ev e r y o n e ' s hates them yet their beneficial to the eco system (society)

Their misunderstoo d because the word skinhead is a negatively charged word
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Haha, Pandora censors the band name (when it's about birds)!
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Great band!
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milosdad
Great punk music!
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F**k
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C**k
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If they were paki bashing....t h e y werent sharps.
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triumphchris 1 9 8 4
C**k sparrer is a male sparrow, its just spelled like someone is speaking with a cockney accent, a lot of tards speaking disinformati o n on here.
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The f**k is this s**t?
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mariah.vavra
Sharps were known for paki bashing. Id call that racist.
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Love ths band
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I have to admit that they're still a good band. My buddies went backpacking around Europe and they met them and got to hang out with them. They are going to call us when they come to the U.S. I'm stoked to meet them.
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F**K CENSORSHIP! List it as COCKSPARRER! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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batman3506
sparrer are one of the best bands ever.....tru e leaders in music and great great guys....all of em
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robert.saile r
This band blows. Why is this being mixed in with my station of good music? Sounds like bad karaoke.
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@bromide01 Relax. The work C.o.c.k. will not scar anyone. its a chicken and even if it was a reference to the male anatomy it wouldn't matter. I promise you the failing education system and the tons of psychotropic mind altering drugs that we subject our youth to is far more scaring than any word.....
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suave.rico47
fu.ck pandora and censoring co.ck sparrer
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bad a**
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oi
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f u .c k off! yes oi
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We're comin back to you!!
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The best British Punk band bar none. Generation X coming in 2nd.
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Great band.
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i love this band. clever stuff.
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F**K U GUYS THIS BAND IS F**KIN SICK!!!!!! BRINGS BACK SO MANY MEMORES
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what the c**k is that sh*t
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emilianogati c a
La P**la se copio de este tema, la p**la la llama que mala idea.
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derekgoat-on l i n e
band is awful
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watch this, they will censor a butt noise. f*rt.
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censoring their name is f**king stupid, pandora
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dutch rudder!
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ive been censored!
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c**k as in Rooster maybe...
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man, "penis wrestling" cracks me up.
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These guys are still one of the hardest-work i n g , most down-to-eart h punk rock outfits out there. I saw them both nights here in Chicago at Riot Fest '09. I happened to run into the band's manager and drummer at SubTerranian where the AggroLites were playing. I had a drink with them and thanked them for coming all the way across the pond to play. That's what punk rock is about - mutual respect of the fans for the work these bands do for minimal pay, and the respect of the bands for their fans
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Am I the only one who hears shades of Jack White's vocal style in this? Obviously, these guys came first. I think it's cool. I just watched "It Might Get Loud," by the way -- awesome, AWESOME movie. I suppose I have this opinion partially because I'm a huge Zeppelin fan, but I highly recommend the film.
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cool band
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joecoat
That's not to say the AB (Aryan Brotherhood) wasn't pumping up the last show in good old Chicago. Riot-Fest 09 was great, but a little heavy on the Bones. Couldn't make it to the Sunday show but Saturday with Street Dogs and NoFx was great. Long story short, they gave the same performance you would expect from CockSParrer, legendary. Unfortunatel y the gangs were a problem. CMS, C**k snot, 77th street, a few Reds even mixed in with SHARPS and punks. Brutal pits, great music.

Oi!
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oi is mostly music about being proud of being a skinhead and being proud of being a punk and unity and against racism like the SHARPS:Skin Heads Against Racial Prejiduce
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flynnbm4
Missing link band between metal and punk like Rose Tattoo. Oi was and is just pure rock n roll
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i agree! haha
runnin' riot!
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pc2play
oi music is not racist, as anyone with a brain knows that music can't be racist, it can have racist lyrics but thats about it.I'm a old skinhead that is against nazis and racism but why is it if a white band says anything about uplifting or empowering their race it is evil and racist but yet other races especially in the rap and hip hop world can forever rap or sing about the empowering of their race and its not only ok its deemed cool??Raven calling the crow black??
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