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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, Rovi
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c**t sparrer
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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
Haha, Pandora censors the band name (when it's about birds)!
Great band!
milosdad
Great punk music!
F**k
C**k
If they were paki bashing....t h e y werent sharps.
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.
The f**k is this s**t?
mariah.vavra
Sharps were known for paki bashing. Id call that racist.
Love ths band
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.
F**K CENSORSHIP! List it as COCKSPARRER! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
batman3506
sparrer are one of the best bands ever.....tru e leaders in music and great great guys....all of em
robert.saile r
This band blows. Why is this being mixed in with my station of good music? Sounds like bad karaoke.
@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.....
suave.rico47
fu.ck pandora and censoring co.ck sparrer
bad a**
f u .c k off! yes oi
We're comin back to you!!
The best British Punk band bar none. Generation X coming in 2nd.
Great band.
i love this band. clever stuff.
F**K U GUYS THIS BAND IS F**KIN SICK!!!!!! BRINGS BACK SO MANY MEMORES
what the c**k is that sh*t
emilianogati c a
La P**la se copio de este tema, la p**la la llama que mala idea.
derekgoat-on l i n e
band is awful
watch this, they will censor a butt noise. f*rt.
censoring their name is f**king stupid, pandora
dutch rudder!
ive been censored!
c**k as in Rooster maybe...
man, "penis wrestling" cracks me up.
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
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.
cool band
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!
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
flynnbm4
Missing link band between metal and punk like Rose Tattoo. Oi was and is just pure rock n roll
i agree! haha
runnin' riot!
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??
nickleanok
Funny that Pandora censors "C**k" in the name when it refers to Roosters/Chi c k e n s . Do thhey also censor b**ch, c**t, and dick too?
bromide sounds like a chemical they pulled off the shelf along time ago before they had 409
bromide01
Cock.
joecoat
Agreed, Penis Wrestling would suck as a band name.
These guys still f**king rock though!
OI! for the SHARPS!
bromide01
Thanks for the info! Exactly what is a C**k Sparrow? And if it has nothing to do with violence, then why is there "blood dripping" in the band's logo? Also, I'm glad their name isn't "penis wrestling" because that would be weird.
@Bromide01 how about actually listen to the music first and THEN make a judgment about it? If you listen to just one song of theirs you'll realize that there's nothing racist about it. Also you should do a little Google for "Traditional Skinhead" and read up on it. Skinheads aren't racist. Boneheads are. We may look similar but that's where the similarities end. You can also look up early reggae-ska-d a n c e h a l l and you'll notice a lot of skinhead references.. .
from garry lamin's mouth to my ears said c**k sparrer has nothing to do with c**k fighting but is actually "c**k sparrow" spelled phonetically in a cockney accent.

it doesn't really matter. their name could mean "penis wrestling" and it wouldn't change the fact this is the best street punk band EVER.
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