LAST RESORT, THE: A Way of Life—Skinhead Anthems: CD

Mar 17, 2008

A digipak version of the first album the Captain released on his label, which in turn was a reissue of the band’s self-released first album from 1982, and a doozy it remains. Unlike the brash, over-the-top punk/proto-hardcore hybrid contemporaries like the Cockney Rejects, The Business, and the 4-Skins (whom singer Roi also briefly fronted), The Last Resort’s music rarely ratchets up past a slow-burning seethe. The songs are primal and the lyrics ain’t exactly Dostoevsky and often reinforce rather than belie the skinhead stereotype, but the conviction in the delivery and the ever-present anger bubbling just under the surface adds a sense of real menace to things. Despite any shortcomings, this is an undisputed classic of the genre, and the fact that—as per usual—a number of outtakes, demos, and compilation cuts have been tacked on make this reissue all the better.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)

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