Biography

This name can refer to several different things:

1. The Young Ones is a British sitcom, first broadcast in 1982, which ran for two series on BBC2. Its anarchic, offbeat humor helped bring alternative comedy to television in the 1980s and made household names of its writers and performers. Soon afterward, it was shown on MTV, one of the first non-music television shows on the fledgling channel.

2. The Young Ones was a / group from London, England active in the late (preceding the above show). They are best known today both for the 1978 single “Rock n Roll Radio” released by Virgin as well as the fact that band keyboardist Wix Wickens went on to join Paul McCartney’s solo band.

3. The Young Ones is a band started in late summer 2004, with Marlon and Elmer, who’d take care of the vocals and guitar. Jasper joined to help out on the drums and Larn, another mate who was learning to play bass.

The band started to rehearse and it didn’t take long before they finished their first song, “Lions Of The Streets”. Later, “Faces Of The Enemy” was created and immediately, they could join the Dutch Oi! Compilation “Oi! Made in Holland”, brought out by Rebellion Records. After loads of great comments, it appeared like the first release was already a success for the boys.

The success continued when they saw what their first gig was like. Together with their friends from Close Combat and some other local punk & Oi! Bands, the show went wild. While The Young Ones were playing, the people gathered around in front, ready for some singing and moshing. Their appearance really showed what these boys were up to.

After a couple gigs, the band became more serious, and found their way to a studio to record a demo-cd, which contained 5 songs from their setlist. This demo cleared the way for some professional help, which they’d soon get from Alive & Kicking Records.

Alive & Kicking Records, a new Spanish label, was interested to release a 7-track mini-cd. The cd contained 6 of their own songs and a cover from all-time heroes, Te Cockney Rejects: We’reThe Firm. The band continued to receive great comments, the CD was selling fast and all around Europe, people started to compare them with the old classic bands like Cockney Rejects and the 4-Skins.

Christian from Lionheart Records came up with a deal for releasing a 7” containing 2 new songs and 1 song from the mini-cd. Normally, it would came out in different colors, but actually the 7” was already sold out even before it was released!

Their bass and friend Larn left the band because of different opinions, but very soon they found a new one called Mories. The astonishing success of the EP was in the mean time spotted by KB-records. They made a deal with Pascal to release their first full length and a 12” from the mini-cd would be released as well that year!

Jasper was replaced by Giel before the recordings of the first full length started. After the recordings of the full length cd they received a lot of great comments and people started to compare them to Hard Skin, The Business and again with the Cockney Rejects. 2006 was a great year for the boys and they were ready to do as many gigs as possible!

In February of 2007 the boys recorded 2 more songs, which would contribute to a split 7” with the boys from London, Bottlejob. The only comments about the tracks so far are from friends and labels and they are very positive about it. They even started to compare them a bit with Dropkick Murphy’s because of Elmer his vocals on the track “boozing boi Mickey”. The 7” split will be released on Randale Records somewhere soon. It’ll be limited to 1000 pieces including 100 gold ones! Yeah… gold ones!

Current publications

7 Track MCD/LP “No Bollocks, Just Oi!” CD on Alive and Kicking Records 2005 (SOLD OUT!) / Vinyl on KB Records 2006

3 Track 7” “This One’s 4 The Young Hearted” on Lionheart Records 2006 (SOLD OUT!)

12 Track CD/LP “Out With The Bois” CD/LP on KB Records 2006

Edited by promisedeyes on 27 May 2011, 19:42

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