COCKNEY REJECTS

Non-Metal / NWoBHM / Hard Rock / Heavy Metal • United Kingdom
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Formed in 1978 by brothers Mick Geggus and Jeff "Stinky" Turner, Cockney Rejects were considered one of the leading lights of the Oi Punk scene (the genre takes it's name from the band's 1980 song "Oi Oi Oi").

The band members were fans of the West Ham football team, which saw them cover the song "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", West Ham's anthem. Their love of football and their gritty, violent working class lyrics earned the band an unwanted and unfortunate National Front following.

The band's first two studio albums "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" and "Greatest Hits Vol. 2" were solid punk albums. Live album "Greatest Hits Vol. 3" was actually recorded live in Abbey Road studio, with a mob of the band's friends and fans providing audience "noise" and a cover of Motorhead's Motorhead indicating the band's future direction.

Their third album, "Power And The Glory" saw the band veer into metal
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Greatest Hits Vol 1Greatest Hits Vol 1
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East End Babylon: Story of the Cockney RejectsEast End Babylon: Story of the Cockney Rejects
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The Very Best Of Cockney RejectsThe Very Best Of Cockney Rejects
Anagram Punk Uk 1999
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Greatest Hits Vol 2Greatest Hits Vol 2
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Captain Oi! 2006
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The Cadiz Recording Co. 2013
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East End BabylonEast End Babylon
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COCKNEY REJECTS Greatest Hits Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Non-Metal 1980
COCKNEY REJECTS Greatest Hits Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Non-Metal 1980
COCKNEY REJECTS The Power & The Glory album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Power & The Glory
NWoBHM 1981
COCKNEY REJECTS The Wild Ones album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Wild Ones
NWoBHM 1982
COCKNEY REJECTS Quiet Storm album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Quiet Storm
Heavy Metal 1984
COCKNEY REJECTS Lethal album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Lethal
Hard Rock 1990
COCKNEY REJECTS Greatest Hits Vol. 4 (Here They Come Again) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Vol. 4 (Here They Come Again)
Non-Metal 2000
COCKNEY REJECTS Out Of The Gutter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Of The Gutter
Hard Rock 2003
COCKNEY REJECTS Unforgiven album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unforgiven
Hard Rock 2007
COCKNEY REJECTS East End Babylon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
East End Babylon
Hard Rock 2012

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Favorite Tunes
Non-Metal 2001

COCKNEY REJECTS live albums

COCKNEY REJECTS Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (Live & Loud!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (Live & Loud!)
Non-Metal 1981
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Live and Loud!
Non-Metal 1987

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COCKNEY REJECTS Unheard Rejects album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unheard Rejects
Non-Metal 1985
COCKNEY REJECTS We Are the Firm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Are the Firm
Non-Metal 1986
COCKNEY REJECTS Oi! Oi! Oi! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Non-Metal 1997
COCKNEY REJECTS The Punk Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Punk Singles Collection
Non-Metal 1997
COCKNEY REJECTS The Greatest Cockney Ripoff album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Greatest Cockney Ripoff
Non-Metal 1999
COCKNEY REJECTS The Very Best of Cockney Rejects album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best of Cockney Rejects
Non-Metal 1999
COCKNEY REJECTS Join the Rejects: The Zonophone Years '79-'81 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Join the Rejects: The Zonophone Years '79-'81
Non-Metal 2011
COCKNEY REJECTS Hammer: The Classic Rock Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hammer: The Classic Rock Years
Heavy Metal 2013

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Flares 'N Slippers
Non-Metal 1979
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I'm Not A Fool
Non-Metal 1979
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Bad Man
Non-Metal 1980
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The Greatest Cockney Rip Off
Non-Metal 1980
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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Non-Metal 1980
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We Can Do Anything
Non-Metal 1980
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We Are The Firm
Non-Metal 1981
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Easy Life
Non-Metal 1981
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On the Streets Again
NWoBHM 1981
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Till the End of the Day
NWoBHM 1982
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Back to the Start
Heavy Metal 1984
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Goodbye Upton Park
Non-Metal 2016
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It's Gonna Kick Off!
Non-Metal 2016

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COCKNEY REJECTS The Power & The Glory

Album · 1981 · NWoBHM
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While the Cockney Rejects were a leading light of the oi! punk scene, they were followers when it came to metal. Apparently, the band had learned to play their instruments, and one of them had grown a mullet. It still didn’t make them a metal band, no matter how many solos they played. And when I say metal here, you need to put this in context of the time, rather than judging it by what metal is defined as now.

These guys didn’t quite get it. They learned their metal from third rate NWOBHM rejects, Led Zeppelin outtakes, and AC/DC’s lesser albums. In short, dull and boring. Let’s face it- the punks of old would have fucking hated this, and the metalheads would have fallen asleep. Placing this among its contemporaries, there is none of the chaotic energy of Motörhead, none of the skill of Iron Maiden, nor the grit of Saxon. Hell, even Def Leppard were heavier back then.

It’s not a total loss though. This is an attempt at crossover before bands like Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I. had discovered metal. The title track echoes back to the Cockney Rejects of old, with a shouted yobbo chorus, and a more than passable main riff. Mick Geggus had also been paying attention in Guitar Solos 101, because he had a pretty good grasp on them, even if they do turn up in odd places. He even had a crack at the acoustic classical guitar style track with “Lumon”.

A big problem though, is that the lyrics are still traditional oi punk fare, which didn’t mesh well with the more metal sound. “Because I’m In Love” would have been better suited to an older punk song or 70s LA glam style. “It’s Over” starts as a power ballad, before picking up a very pedestrian, very middle-of-the-road rock beat. “BYC” has a synthesiser running through it which even Chicago or ELO would have been ashamed of.

While ‘The Power And The Glory’ is a valiant attempt to bridge the gap between punk and metal, it isn’t all that good. The old punk aesthetic of keeping it simple was completely abandoned, much to the detriment of this once legendary band. The Cockney Rejects could easily have carried on churning out oi albums like The Toy Dolls or The Business, but instead tried something a bit different. This album falls down the crack between the genres, and is ultimately unsatisfying as either a metal or a punk album.

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