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Angelic Upstarts

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South Shields, Newcastle, United Kingdom (1977 – present)

Angelic Upstarts are an English band formed in South Shields in 1977. They are one of most prominent Oi! bands, and espouse a socialist and working class philosophy. Angelic Upstarts have been associated with anti-fascist subculture. More than two decades after its release, their debut single, “The Murder Of Liddle Towers”, was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

The original line up for the band was Mensi (vocals), Mond (guitar), Steve Forsten (bass) and Decca Wade (drums). The band have reformed and split a few times over the years and some of the ex members include bass players, Ronnie Wooden, Glyn Warren, Tony Feedback, Ronnie Rocker and Max Splodge who also had a stint playing drums. Other drummers have included Sticks (who later joined The Cockney Rejects), Paul Thompson (ex Roxy Music) and Chris White. Decca Wade rejoined the band for a few years before leaving again.

Brian Hayes originally joined the band as second guitarist until Mond left leaving Brian as the only guitarist. The line up for the band is as follows

Mensi, vocals
Gaz Stoker, bass
Dickie Hammond, guitar
Neil Newton, guitar
Brett Mulvaney, drums

The band are still playing throughout Europe.

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  • NeroAsTheLife

    GREAT BAND! their logo was probably the first one I drowe on my second hand leather jacket,as a 15 years old punk kid. After so may years I still love and respect Angelic Upstarts so much! One of the few Oi! bands out there who has always talked about important stuff,instead of just football,beer and useless violence. SOLIDARITY!

    1 Oct 1:13pm Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine.

    21 Apr 3:42pm Reply
  • wretched-one

    Great gig in Glasgow the other night....in fact fuckin brilliant!!

    1 Jan 3:04am Reply
  • wretched-one

    As much as I love the old stuff, "Safe Haven" (from sons of spartacus album) has got be one of the best Upstarts songs I've heard in years!!!

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • brownieboy

    They're awesome group, I listened to their stuff a few years ago and one of the stand out groups from the late 1970s and 1980s punk/oi music... just my opinion.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Hullabaloolaloo

    Im an upstart!

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Wolf379

    Best(3)

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Do melhor q ha!

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Rudie81

    Solidarity...... that's what we mess nowadays!!!!!!! United 'll win...!!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tolovaj

    Punk's not dead yet. Still very much alive and kickin':)

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • steve__

    13,14 It's a teenage warning 15,16 But nobody's listening 17,18 Who takes the blame 19,20 The twentieth century

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great set in Durham, old Mensi can still do it! lol

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KurtBell

    The Plan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_9T1SPJXRI

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • callmesnake

    good old style music. too hard to find this kind of sound today.

    26 May 2011 Reply
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    11 May 2011 Reply
  • DADA274

    OI OI OI!!!

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • LauraInBerlin

    UPSTARTS for Solidarity!

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • biancaKerplunk

    mto loko! \m/

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • VinnyCrever

    @ Old_Punka: Damn, is he still perfoming? I've heard he was off after the accident with the hoolies.. :(

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • horrorbob1

    Best(2)

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
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