Formed on a South Shields council estate in 1977, the Upstarts soon attracted notoriety due to their aggressive music and uncompromising attitude. Their debut single "The Murder Of Liddle Towers" was self-released in 1978 and then picked up by Rough Trade and went on to sell many thousands of copies. It told the story of a boxing coach who was killed while in police custody and is one of the most incendiary punk 45s ever released. Even today it sounds incredible, dripping with anger, and its less than polished production being perfect. The B-side "Police Oppression" was also a brilliant track and singer Thomas "Mensi" Mensforth still gets harrassed from the police who have never forgiven him for these tunes.
trACks: I STAND ACCUSED / NOTTINGHAM SLAG / JOE WHERE ARE YOU NOW / SOLDIER / EMPTY STREET / BRIGHTON BOMB / POWER OF THE PRESS / STAB IN THE BACK / HERE I COME / THIN RED LINE / I'D KILL HER FOR SIXPENCE / GREENFIELDS OF FRANCE.