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by Redskins

This retrospective set collects early CNT Singles and demo material in a digipack of previously unreleased tracks, including material from the band when they were formerly known as 'No Swastikas'.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peasant Army (CNT Single)
3:08 $0.99
2. Lean On Me (CNT Single)
4:34 $0.99
3. Unionize (CNT Single)
4:43 $0.99
4. Lev Bronstein (CNT Single)
3:52 $0.99
5. Keep On Keeping On (Demo)
3:32 $0.99
6. It Can Be Done (Demo)
3:33 $0.99
7. A Plateful Of Hateful (Demo)
4:08 $0.99
8. Don't Talk To Me About Whether (Live)
4:10 $0.99
9. Strike (No Swastikas)
1:25 $0.99
10. Unamed (No Swastikas)
4:41 $0.99
11. Stickies (No Swastikas)
14:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Friday November 9th, 1984. I remember that day like it was yesterday as that was the first time I heard the Redskins. It was on the music tv show The Tube, I had heard that there was going to be a skinhead band on the show and must admit I was kind of expecting some 2 Tone sounding ska act. I set the video recorder like I did with a lot of music shows at the time and waited for the band. Then they appeared, they looked the part, harrington jacket, levi 501s, Dr Martin shoes but the singer had a kind of Tintin-style quiff. Anyway, after a slight dig at then Labour leader Neil Kinnock the band launched into 'Hold On'.
I wasn't really that impressed to be honest, the song was ok but very rockabilly sounding which I hadn't expected at all.

Still, I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and carried on watching. I'm just glad that I did as after the fisrt number they brought on a Durham miner (who I later found out was called Norman Strike). Norman gave a speech about the ongoing miners strike but you couldn't hear a word he was saying! Someone had cut the microphone off! This censorship backfired though as a big fuss was made in the press about the gagging of Norman Strike. After the speech the Redskins played their latest single 'Keep On Keepin' On' and I was blown away. The song was all about the miners strike and the worker's struggle. I'd always had left wing leanings since getting into the 2 Tone bands a few years before but here was a band that really struck a chord with me. The lyrics really hit home and that sound, I just loved the Soul-sounding brass on that song. I was won over. I kept on playing that song over and over on the video recorder that night. Next morning I was straight down town to pick up a copy of the single and find out all I could about the band. For the next two years the Redskins became a big part of my life. I even ended up joining the Middlesbrough branch of the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) which the Redskins were members of, at 14 years old I was by far the youngest member!

It's a great shame that a band that played a big part of my youth only released the one album before splitting up. But they did influence a lot of people as I found out when I put together the Redskins tribute album 'Reds Strike The Blues' back in 2005. A lot of the bands & artists on that tribute came from USA like Eric Blowtorch, The Yell Leaders, Maninblack, The Inciters, The Grooveblaster, The Old Bailey, etc when the Redskins never toured over there or released any records in that country. Also when putting out the tribute album I contacted Norman Strike and got him to re-record his speech he gave on The Tube so people could finally hear what he had to say.

Well done to Insurgence Records for putting out this compilation of Redskins rarities. On the disc you'll find the Redskins first two singles (both A and B sides) and I must say that the original single of 'Lean On Me' sounds far better than the album version, the Decca demos, a track from the unreleased Peel session and 3 tracks from the pre-Redskins band No Swastikas who are a band I've often heard mentioned but until now I'd never heard any recordings by them.

Take no heroes only inspiration,
Mark 'Bazza' Barrett



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