The Strike - The Oi! Collection PUNKCD004
The Strike are one of the original wave of Street Punk / OI! bands from the UK. They were formed in the Highlands of Scotland in 1979 and existed until 1983. The band went through 2 line ups with founding member Fergus as the vocalist in both. Fergus played bass as well as taking on vocal duties in the second line up. The first line up recorded the songs “Gang Warfare” and “Skinhead” for the “Strength thru Oi!” album released by Decca Records in May of 1981. The second line up, recorded the track “Victims” for the September 1982 release of the “Back on the Streets” EP which was the “unofficial grass roots side three” of the “Oi! Oi! That’s Yer lot” LP on Secret Records. During 1982 the band recorded demos with the intention of completing a debut LP. Unfortunately the LP was never released, but the demos managed to survive and the songs appeared on a string of Oi! compilation albums throughout the 1980’s.
In 2004 Captain Oi! released all of the bands recorded material on “The Oi! Collection”. The CD was never released in North America and has been out of print for almost 10 years. “The Oi! Collection” was recently released on a limited pressing of LP, but the LP omits the 3 bonus tracks found on this CD version. Violated Records have remastered all the material on “The Oi! Collection” with the help of Arik Victor. Violated Records will be releasing the CD in North America for the first time ever.
Founding member Fergus who now lives in Canada reformed The Strike in 2015. Fergus is on lead vocals and bass, Chris (ex Slander and Hammerboiz) on guitar and vocals and Pete (ex Trojans and Angelic Upstarts) on drums and vocals. This new lineup is planning lots of gigs for 2016, including recording new material and playing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, UK in August as well as the Mid West Live & Loud Festival this September in Minneapolis, Minnesota and St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Fest in Montreal.
The Strike’s “The Oi! Collection” is bound to please anyone into classic Street Punk or Oi! Stand out tracks like “Gang Warfare” and “Mania” feature their signature Oi! sound and are suggested for airplay.
1.Gang Warfare (Remastered)
2. Skinhead (Remastered)
3. Victims (Remastered)
4. Anthem For The 80’s (Remastered)
5. Alien (Remastered)
6. When The War Is Over (Remastered)
7. Agony Of The Nation (Remastered)
8. Action Man (Remastered)
9. Hungry Gun (Remastered)
10. Mania (Remastered)
11. Cry Of The Youth (Remastered)
12. Victims (Demo Version)( Remastered)
13. When The War Is Over (Demo Version) (Remastered)
14. Anthem For The 80's (Demo Version)(remastered)
For Fans of the: Angelic Upstarts, The Last Resort, The Oppressed, 4 Skins and The Business.