Another decade, another reunion and the ‘69’ in Sham’s name begins to look like the number of years they’ve been together.
Sham 69: Set List: The Anthology
Punk anthems re-recorded.
But their unique melding of The Ramones’ superchug, terrace chants and, if we’re honest, music hall (Hurry Up Harry is a lost Dan Leno singalong) changed punk forever, and if they’d been to Oxford, they’d be a seen as a national treasure. So let’s celebrate this latest – the inevitable re‐recorded set of Sham 69 classics like Borstal Breakout and If The Kids Are United with new songs like the splendidly‐named Asbo Sportsday – in the spirit it’s intended.
They are in fact excellent, spirited versions, with a spring in their pogo, and a visit to a contemporary Sham gig – even with elderly skinheads in the audience trying to remember what they were so angry about – might well be worth it.