GUITAR GANGSTERS: Sex and Money: LP

I’ve liked this lot since I first heard them on one Link Records criminally underrated Underground Rockers compilation LPs. I haven’t heard any new stuff for years, but to be honest it’s still forged in the same mold as near on thirty years ago. The drum stool revolves but the mainstay of the two Ley brothers has remained a constant. This could almost be called “sugar oi,” a coin termed back in the dark ages for more melodic skinhead music. Falling somewhere between a pop-edged Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Eddie And The Hotrods, and a smattering of late-‘80s bands like the Mega City Four. With smart songwriting and hooks, this is a great LP even for a cynical fucker like me (could do without the Paul Simon cover though). –Tim Brooks (Wanda, mailorder.wandarecords.de)