Archive | January, 2010

what we’re listening to today.

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The Business are an English Oi!/punk rock band formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London. Their album Suburban Rebels became influential in the Oi! movement. Their biggest hit song in recent times, “England 5 – Germany 1″, (based on the result of a World Cup Qualifying match in 2001), became a football anthem for England.
The band was formed in 1979 by school friends Steve Kent (guitar), Micky Fitz (vocals), Nick Cunningham (drums) and Martin Smith (bass).[1] They played their first gig in front of friends in February 1980, and after taking on Lol Pryor as manager, began performing more often. The band’s first release was the song “Out in the Cold” on the A Sudden Surge of Sound compilation album.[1] They played their first Oi! concert in 1981, supporting The 4-Skins, and they became closely associated with the Oi! scene from then on. While the Oi! movement was wrongly labelled as far right and racist (despite the fact that several Oi! bands played at Rock Against Racism concerts), The Business took a stance against political extremism with their Oi Against Racism and Political Extremism …But Still Against The System tour.