Sham 69 were at the forefront of the picture, having formed in 1976.
Sham 69 are a punk rock band that came together in 1976 to make music.
“If The Kids Are United”, was their largest single of the year, reaching number 9 in July 1978. They earned the accolade of the only punk rock band to released five singles that had five singles make it to the Top 20 chart in the united kingdom. Their debut album “Tell Us The Truth” which was launched on February 18th 1978, charted in the united kingdom reaching number 25. Their following album s Life” which was released in 1978.
Sham 69 took a different direction moving gradually from punk rock, and releasing an album called “The Adventure of the Hersham Boys. Despite mixed reviews, it became their highest charting album to date, reaching number 8 in the united kingdom. Unfortunately, nearing the end of 1979, following the group’s fourth record, “ The Game”, the group disbanded for a decade.
Front man Jimmy Pursey, released an album entitled “Volunteer” it featured the singles “Rip And Tear” and “Outside the Warehouse”, and made a comeback with a brand new line up. Over the next ten years, the group would undergo a similar routine of touring the last record, going into the studio tour, release it and to write a new one. Across this time, it saw the band have their tune “If the Kids Are United” used in a McDonald’ s advertising campaign. It was also used at the Labour Party Conference during UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s arrival. “ Hurry Up England – The People’s Anthem ”, released on June 12 th 2006 gave the group their first top ten hit in 26 years.
In 2014, Pursey made it apparent on social media that he was reforming the 1977 lineup of the band.