Thursday, July 3, 2008

- Skrewdriver Session, October, 1977

I had many mixed feelings about sharing this session with you all. While the original Skrewdriver had a reputation for violence at their concerts, with none other than Bob Geldof being reportedly knocked unconscious by a friend of founder Ian Stuart Donaldson at one concert, they did not openly support any political party during their early years. The reformed Skrewdriver of the 80s did, however, eventually becoming openly supportive of far right wing groups, after a period of denying such claims. This session dates from their earliest days and not their neo-Nazi dickheads era, which is why I decided to make it available to you all.

Nazis are crap and don't you forget it.

Skrewdriver were formed in Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool in 1976 by Ian Stuart Donaldson (this fact is disputed), after seeing the Sex Pistols in Manchester. In 1978, Donaldson moved to Manchester, where he recruited guitarist Glenn Jones and drummer Martin Smith. This lineup toured extensively, but certain venues were reluctant to book the band because of their reputation as a violent skinhead band. Performing largely for a skinhead audience (which they shared with Sham 69 but, unlike the other band, failed to denounce), the first versions of the band released one album and two singles on the Chiswick label. This version of the band split up in January 1979 after a concert in Warrington, but Donaldson resurrected the name Skrewdriver in 1982 using new musicians and becoming far right morons. This session predates almost all of these events, being recorded in October of 1977. Peel was as big an influence as any in guiding the punk movement away from neo-nazism, with his regular, incessant mix of punk and reggae in his shows of the time leading the way for multiculturalism in his listeners and, therefore, followers of punk. Shame he couldn't save Donaldson from the path of foolishness.


Street Fight
The Only One


John Grinton (Drums)
Kevin Mckay (Bass)
Ron Hartley (Guitar)
Ian Stuart (Vocals)

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Crispas said...

The funniest thing about it is that Ian Suart's favorite song was Jon Bon Jovi "Blaze Of Glory"!!!

entrailicus said...

That really is hard to imagine, although 'Young Guns II' must have been a real influence!

Anonymous said...

you people make me sick!!if your white there's nothing wrong with showing it or singing about it!!!!!!!!!

entrailicus said...

As long as you do it anonymously, I suppose.

steviejoex said...

off topic but do you have any idea where i could get a copy of the frank chickens session from 1984 where they did yellow toast

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