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THE REDSKINS were a band of the 80s, notable for their Marxist politics, anti-racist / anti-Nazi stance and catchy, danceable songs. Their music combined from soul, rockabilly or punk. They formed in York in 1980, with Chris Dean (vocals/guitar), Martin Hewes(bass/backing vocals) and Nick King (drums). Chris Dean wrote for NME magazine under the name X. Moore. Dean and Hewes were members of the Socialist Workers Party. The band members wore skinhead clothing styles and they helped inspire the red-skin movement and bands such as:Red London, Banda Bassoti or Strawman.

The band released their first single, “Lev Bronstein”, on the CNT record label in 1982. They released one more single, “Lean On Me”, on CNT before signing to London Records. Nick King was replaced in 1985 by Paul Hookham. The band released one full album, “Neither Washington Nor Moscow”, before splitting up at the end of 1986.



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  • here_am_i

    this hoarseness in the torn voice is so stunning that, though i don't take an interest in commie bollocks, it recedes into background for me at times.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply

    @ashdinosaur - Anti-fascist skinheads have existed for years (in fact since the beginning of the skins subculture). Also, the term 'red' refers to a socialist, left wing political ideology.

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ashdinosaur

    Anti-racist and yet they called themselves "Redskins." I'll be over there with the Native Americans scowling in your general direction.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • metawirt

    Lean on me!

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mad_tea

    i want their stuff remastered as an anthology. NOW!

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Renegade_

    Love em! (///)

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • GrindCrusherrr

    This is boring and terrible pop music.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LokalPatriot1

    the one, the only, the Redskins :)

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • VinnyCrever

    2 Waagbistritz69: Well, I've always thought trotskyism is just a kinda marxist strand of syndicalism.. That's still hell of a difference from bolshevism, isn't it? ;) At least remember how had Leo ended up..

    2 Dec 2010 Reply

    Take no heroes!!!

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • _Bogdan_

    New album! The Reskins - Epilogue (2010)

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • morganastark

    Go Get Organized!

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Waagbistritz69

    durvi> one of their songs was named "Lev Bronstein," that's a civil name of Leon Trotsky and I see trotskyism as a strand of bolshevism/leninism..

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MattHowden

    I saw them as a teenager, when they were playing a GLC/Victoria Gardens(?) event. I remember the crowd parting and a phalanx of right-wing skinheads came through the crowd, got on stage and proceeded to fight with the band. My main memory however is that as the crowd parted, my sister stood still because she had the coats of at least ten people (who were moshing at the front) with her, so they had to march round her, as she wasn't going to move!

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • durvi

    Remember, they were marxists, not bolscheviks! That's hell of a difference

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Uku

    simply superb.

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • aibom

    I also think I have a better understanding now of the political climate that helped create the skinhead movement. And why so many Boneheads became Redskins and why certain socialists defected to Nationalism. Fascists, Socialists and Anarchists constantly walk a line of political extremes that political moderates don't. And it's easy to fall off of one wall to the other especially when one is constantly open minded and facing alienation.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • aibom

    That being said, I'm glad I released my Christian Leftism stance years ago. And became the Pagan I always wanted to be. That which I was always so in my heart. And opened my mind to Traditionalist, Tribalist, and Folk Pagan culture and Green Anarcho Heathenry and more AntiChristian viewpoints. Clearly I see the problems of Political Correctness plaguing the left. That being said, before I experimented with all this and opened my mind, I would have surely been more accepted within the Socialist Communities outside of, because now all I look like to them is a some kind of "fascist", racist Primmie, when I'm a Libertarian Left and that is clearly not the case. And I've grown a great appreciation for the Leftist Green Community here on who listens to Neofolk and Black Metal and it's afraid to offend people. I look back upon who I was years ago, and I see foolishness.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • aibom

    I find the whole association of leftism with anti-racism and rightism with racism and Nazism quite hilarious. And also the association of racists with Christianity. When I've seen quite a few Christian socialists, some of the most extreme anti-racists and anti-nazis. And I've seen more Nationalists anywhere else than in Germanic Heathenry. Not to mention it's becoming more and more common for the Nationalists to experiment with Leftist Politics, such as the BNP. With the idea that both internationalism and globalism work toward the end of destroying "white culture". Fascism has lost it's meaning amidst a bunch of Politically Correct politics now appropriated by the mainstream left. Fascist and Antifa mean so little anymore. I think that Socialists and Traditionalists alike need to shed themselves of these staunch misrepresentations of their labels.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • chuffer_44

    How many people has capitalism killed?

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
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