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Criminal Class

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Criminal Class were oringally formed in 1979 by vocaist Craig St. Leon, drummer Mark Branski, bassist rick Bristow and guitarist Gary Meffen and there first gig was in December od the same year at The Zodiac pub in Conventry. Most of 1980 was spent playing gigs in and around the Coventry area quite often gigging with Crux. A Demotape was made during the summer at Woodbine Street Studios, Leanington Spa. The demo tape was sent to Garry bushell at ‘Sounds’ who seemed pretty keen on the band and invited them to appear at the first Oi! Convention at Southgate, North London, along with The 4 Skins and Infa Riot. However, The 4 Skins pulled out and in stepped The Angelic upstarts to headline the gig. It was around this time that guitarist and drummer were replaced with Bernard ‘Berry’ Cunningham and John ‘Septic’ Taylor respectively. Another Demo tape was also made at Woodbine Studios. They were also asked to appear on the second Oi! album, “Strength Thru Oi!”. Discography. Strength Thru Oi, Fighting the System, Blood On The Streets Oi Collection CD

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