On File - The Real Mc Oi! LP
Common People Records
After the miss step that was "Another Day In Paradise" this album is back on track with what the band does best. That is play Skinhead Oi!, in the classic English style. The bands sound is vibrant and primitive. The chants of Oi! in the intro for "Voice of The Streets" still gets me excited. the song thunders along to a pounding beat and fuzzy riffs while Hedgy does what he does best. That is tell tales of the back alleys from a first person perspective. As he goes through his own story of youthful skinhead rebellion I realize how the rest of us around the world can relate to it. Because it is similar for all of us. Oi! songs when written well can hit like hammers with the songs brutal honesty, even if the song is about drinking like the amazing "Let The lager Decide". The versus sting with honesty while the choruses bring it all together with a melancholy sing-a-long that will get the beer flowing. The album does not make a miss step with it's heavy drumming and robust bass lines powering the sonic engine. This heavy rhythm lets the guitars and vocals dance over the top with touches of melody and still keep the songs brickwall tough. If streetwise tales of skinhead life from songs about the gang, tired of working, being locked up, looking for vengeance, drinking and hanging with your crew, or just causing mayhem because we do not fit in. Then this is a band that you need to check out. Not a miss step on the album but a hand full of songs stand out above the rest. "Rather Do The Same", "Another Day In Paradise", "Left It All Behind", "Fight In The Dark", "Voice On The Street", and "Let The lager Decide" is about as good as it gets for classic Oi! inspired songs. I know their are bands that have a ultra clean sound and are really catchy but listen to this album and tell me that these are not well written honest songs. you can't because they are great songs and the raw boned sounds adds to the bands streetwise sound and attitude. In 2001 their was little in the way of true blue real Oi! and these boys from Scotland gave us one of the best Oi! albums from that time. This album still stands up all these years later. After 17 years, Common People Records reissue this Oi! classic, keeping the original artwork, but adding as bonustrack the track "1990's way", that was taken from VV.AA. "Punks, Skins & herberts Vol.4" (Helen of Oi!, 2001).