SHAM 69 - 'Angels With Dirty Faces'/'The Cockney Kids Are Innocent' (Polydor 2059 023) April 1978
SHAM 69 were formed by leader Jimmy Pursey during 1976 in Hersham, South London. The name came from some graffiti sprayed on a local wall; It originally proclaimed "Hersham 69" but the "Her" had long since worn away.
Unlike some of the other art-school politco rockers, Pursey and Sham 69 were strictly working class and unfortunately got a skinhead and hooligan following that ultimately caused the demise of the group.
'Angels With Dirty Faces' was a anthemic punk tune that hit the Top 20 in England. The flip, 'The Cockney Kids Are Innocent' is a faster paced onslaught coming in at under two minutes and was a favourite of their live set.
SHAM 69 - The Cockney Kids Are Innocent
|SHAM 69 pictured with some cockney kids from the local council estate. These kids look like they've been thieving fags down the shops to me but presumably they're innocent.|