Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Partisans

Quick game of subculture Family Feud for you. "Name a punk band from Wales". The number one answer? THE PARTISANS.

The Partisans are an early textbook case of "kids taking things to the next level". Taking what bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Cock Sparrer were doing, The Partisans came out attacking with their sound. With hits like "Police Story", "17 Years Of Hell" the band was able to encapsulate a lot of the discontent and anger that would become staples of the early USHC scene. Their attacking sound brought a new element into the burgeoning oi scene that was taking over the UK. For The Partisans, it wasn't enough to just be good or astute, they needed to be violent. They needed you to know they were violent. This aspect has had a lasting impact on the oi subculture. To this day, violence is an inseparable component of the oi genre and The Partisans are owed a debt of thanks for their influence.


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