Angelic Upstarts

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Billie-Rose Boorer (daughter of Boz Boorer) wears an Angelic Upstarts t-shirt in the video for The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get.

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English punk rock/Oi! band formed in South Shields in 1977. The band have embraced anti-fascist and socialist causes.

The original line up consisted of: Mensi (Thomas Mensforth) (†) - vocals Mond Cowie (Ray Cowie) - guitar Steve Forsten - bass Derek Decca Wade - drums


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Angelic Upstarts are an English punk rock / Oi! band formed in South Shields in 1977. AllMusic calls them "one of the period's most politically charged and thought-provoking groups". The band espouse an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have been associated with the punk and skinhead subcultures. The band released eight studio albums in their first decade. After a brief split they reformed in 1988, and a number of times subsequently, with new albums appearing in 1992, 2002, 2011, and 2016. More than two decades after its release, their debut single, "The Murder of Liddle Towers", was included in Mojo magazine's list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

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