4-SKINS: The Good, the Bad, and the 4-Skins: CD

A re-release of the 4-Skins’ first album, all digipacked nice and purty with five bonus tracks and an “album sized” poster. While most of the songs on this never quite captured the volatility of their tracks on the first Oi! compilation, this was actually a fairly strong debut from one of Britain’s most reviled skin bands. Panther may not have been the most convincing singer in the world, but he did a decent job when he put his mind to it, and the lyrics are as far removed as possible from the “WE ARE SKINS! LET’S GET DRUNK! LET’S FIGHT! OI OI OI!” bullshit that seems to permeate that crap passing itself off as “street punk” these days. Quite a few “hits” can be found here, including “Jack the Lad,” “Plastic Gangsters,” “Low Life,” and “Yesterday’s Heroes,” as well as live versions of “ACAB,” “Chaos” and others. If you’re a longhair, I highly recommend picking this up and playing it around a bunch of baldies just to confuse the shit outta ’em.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)