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    The Partisans - 1999 - Best Of The Partisans.zip
    25 files (44.45 MB)

    01 - Police Story.mp3
    02 - Killing Machine.mp3
    03 - Arms Race.mp3
    04 - No U Turns.mp3
    05 - 17 Years Of Hell.mp3
    06 - Bastards In Blue.mp3
    07 - Power And The Greed.mp3
    08 - Mindless Violence.mp3
    09 - Don't Blame Us.mp3
    10 - I Don't Give A Fuck.mp3
    11 - Partisans.mp3
    12 - Blind Ambition.mp3
    13 - Change.mp3
    14 - Come Clean.mp3
    15 - I Never Needed You.mp3
    16 - The Time Was Right.mp3
    17 - Anger And Fear (Your All Alone).mp3
    18 - Only 21.mp3
    19 - Run Go Grab.mp3
    20 - Eyes Shut.mp3

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    Best Of
    Release Date : 1999


    The Partisans Biography

    Punk Rock band formed in Bridgend, South Wales, UK

    The Partisans - 1981 Lineup

    This Welsh quartet were one of the best third wave bands (although they actually formed in 1978 or 1979, depending on your storyteller/source), issuing a handful of tightly played high-octane singles with better-than-average lyrics declaimed in a distinctive quasi-Cockney adolescent strop by Spike. They also sported some nimble bass-playing (matching the guitar precisely) from the "punk pinup" Louise. The high quality of their music (and musicianship) is all very surprising considered they all still at school when they formed.

    This was their original lineup:

    Phil Stanton - vocals
    Rob "Spike" Harrington - guitar, vocals
    Andy Lealand - guitar
    Mark 'Savage' Parsons - bass
    Mark 'Shark' Harris - drums

    This lineup lasted until 1979, when a few changes left it looking like this:

    Rob "Spike" Harrington - vocals
    Andy Lealand - guitar
    Louise Wright - bass
    Mark 'Shark' Harris - drums

    This lineup entered the 123 Studio in Cardiff, 1981 to record their first demo, copies of which were sent to the ubiquitous Garry Bushell, who championed them in Sounds and invited them to contribute to Carry On Oi!, and they came up trumps wit two of the best songs on it, the manic 'Arms Race' and the even more manic 'No U Turns'.

    The Partisans 1982

    The Partisans Police Story LabelTheir best known song was their first 7", Police Story, released in October 1981 by No Future. Kicking off with a parody of the Dixon of Dock Green theme tune, it surges into life with a hearty cry of “Dixon, you're gone forever!” and proceeds to rage in a righteous if slightly ramshackle, fashion for two minutes, getting increasingly agitated throughout, ending with a demented yell of "James is dead!!". 'Killing Machine' on the flip was good fun, too, but lyrics-wise was standard issue anti-army punk.

    It was a big indie hit, and so was the follow-up, a more measured but no less potent slice of teen angst called 17 Years Of Hell. The B-Sides were common or garden variety punk (did the world really need another song called 'Bastards In Blue'???), but the A-Side was mature and melodic.

    Both singles spent months in the Indies, and they gigged throughout the year, as headliners and as part of a No Future tour.

    The Partisans was recorded under contractual obligation, as the band had actually split up towards the end of 1982. Here is how the band described their demise in a Sound interview in September 1982:

    Andy: "Everyone just sort of got bored with the band".
    Shark: "I don't think we were really dedicated and, well, we had no jobs and no money and it's hard to stay in a band because you need a bit of money to keep it going".
    Louise: "And the gigs got boring too..."
    Andy: ":No they didn't they were great!"
    Louise: "Oohh, come off it"
    Rob: "It became difficult to gig because we couldn't afford the petrol to hey to the gigs. No Future didn't help at all"
    Andy: "Things started to get bad when all our equipment was nicked. That was the worst thing. Me and Rob spent loads in gear, we bought in on HP and it got stolen. We couldn't practice or anything and we were still paying for it, I hated it after that because every gig I had to worry about finding an amp. And then she got glassed by a skinhead in Birmingham. He was drunk and fell on top of her and his glass smashed her in the her face. So I hit him and he hit me back and it ended up in a riot. This kid's drum kit was smashed to bits and couple of guitars got broken. I got a little pissed off with all these kind of things so I left and moved up to London".
    Rob: "I didn't know anything at all about him leaving until he phoned me from Brixton. It was a bit of a shock".

    The LP it is predictable but very entertaining, with topics covering war, drugs, civil unrest, the army etc etc etc. The titles pretty much say it all ('Mindless Violence', 'I Don't Give A Fuck' and so on) but Spike's lyrics are quite sharp, the choruses are catchy and it doesn't let up for a minute. As Andy told Ian Glasper in Burning Britain: "It was all done and mixed within eight hours or something; we really had no idea what we were doing, and I don't think we cared that much".

    The Partisans - Bridgend Punk 1984

    After the LP's release the band moved to Bayswater in west London. Following a protracted silence they resurfaced in late 1983 with a new lineup:

    Rob - guitar, vocals
    Andy - guitar
    Dave Parsons (ex-Dig Dig Dig, later of Transvision Vamp and Bush) - bass
    Shark - drums

    ...and a new single, Blind Ambition. It was a much more melodic Partisans sound, but all three songs are great, the title tune about the tedious, parochial boredom of “normal” life. As Shark told Bev Elliott of Punk + Disorderly in October 1983: "We are trying to be different - we want our own sound, and to be original. We wanted to sound different from the middle of the road punk bands. We just wanted a change, and to obtain our own identity, away from the old No Future type image.

    'Blind Ambition' (the song) was shoved onto the end of the undisciplined The Time Was Right, released nearly two years after the debut LP and with the lineup reduced to a trio (Parsons was gone). Increased tunefulness and slower tempos placed them close in stylistic terms to the rockier sound of The Professionals or early Clash, and the debut's 'I Never Needed You' was given a makeover. Unfortunately, the songs weren't that great, the production was certainly iffy, and the live side was a waste of time.
    The group folded in 1984, whereupon Andy moved to Scandinavia, Spike became a hospital orderly and Shark went first to work on the oil rigs and then to the Far East. Rob and Lealand attempted a new group in 1989, Agent Orange (add that to the list of Agent Oranges already in existence), going so far as to record a couple of songs, 'Run Go Grab' and 'Eyes Shut', but nothing else came of this and the pair disappeared once more.

    In the late 90s they came back with a new lineup:

    Rob "Spike" Harrington - vocals
    Andy Lealand - guitar
    Magnus Neundorff - bass
    Mikael 'Gustaf' Gustavsson - drums

    This lineup recorded Idiot Nation,


    The Partisans are a punk band formed in early 1978, with an original line-up of Phil Stanton (vocals), Rob "Spike" Harrington (guitar and vocals), Andy Lealand (guitar), Mark "Shark" Harris (drums), and Mark "Savage" Parsons (bass guitar).
    Parsons and Stanton left in 1979, with Spike moving to lead vocals, and Lealand's girlfriend Louise Wright joining on bass.

    Influenced by the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones, the band started off covering punk rock hits and soon started to compose their own material. They were the second band signed to Chris Berry's No Future Records label, and their debut release, the double A-sided Police story/Killing machine was released on 28 September 1981. It reached #5 on the UK Indie Chart, on the back of a tour with label-mates Blitz, and with strong support from Sounds writer Garry Bushell. Following the success of this single, The Partisans were included on the third volume of Bushell's Oi! compilation series Carry On Oi!, which reached #60 on the UK Album Chart, and won the band gig slots with Blitz, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and The Ejected, as well as a 'No Future' night at London's Zig Zag Club with Red Alert, The Lombardos, and Peter and the Test Tube Babies.

    The band released its second single, 17 Years of Hell, on 27 May 1982, peaking at #2 on the Indie Charts. This was followed by their self-titled debut LP, released in February 1983. It hit #5 in the Indie Chart and #1 in the Punk Chart, amid considerable critical acclaim from the national press and the underground fanzine culture.

    After the departure of Louise Wright, the remaining members relocated to Bayswater in west London, with new bassist Dave Parsons to relaunch the band. Their next release was the three-track "Blind Ambition" EP on Cloak & Dagger Records, which peaked at #23 on the Indie Chart, and got played on Prime Time Radio 1. The LP, Time Was Right, followed in 1984, described as "The Professionals meets The Clash," and reaching #20 in the Indie Chart. The album featured live recordings from a gig at the Brixton Ace, at which The Partisans supported Anthrax, Lost Cherrees, Conflict and others.

    The band split up in 1984. Dave Parsons later found chart success with Transvision Vamp and, even later, became a worldwide success with Bush. Andy moved to Scandinavia. Andy and Rob recorded one more session in late 1989 for Link Records under the name Agent Orange including Andy's then partner Iggi.[1] In the late 1990s Lealand and Harrington reformed the band along with two of Lealand's Swedish friends, Magnus Neundorff and Mikael "Gustav" Gustavsson. The band signed to American label TKO who issued the "So Neat" single in 2001, followed by a new full-length LP/CD in 2004 "Idiot Nation" on Dr. Strange. Currently the band are writing and recording new material.

    Disclaimer: this biography was gathered automatically through an external music database and could be inaccurate. We don't control the information found here.

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