V/A - SHARPIES - 14 AGGRO AUSSIE ANTHEMS LP
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Repress on black vinyl. '14 AGGRO AUSSIE ANTHEMS FROM 1972-1979' -
Sharpies were the terror teen cast of a Richard Allen novel that never
was. Although largely synonymous with the early-to-mid 1970s, reports of
their violent clashes with rival gangs of Mods are documented as early
as 1966. Bored, working-class, suburban kids, their teenage rampage
began in Melbourne, Australia, but soon there were Sharpie gangs forming
in Sydney, Perth and beyond. For a while they were the untouchables,
ruling dances, discos and public transport with their fists. Sharpies
were fiercely territorial and divided into different chapters according
to location. They would often wage aggressive wars within their tightly
delineated sub-gangs, although Mods always remained their arch-enemy.
Sharpie boys and girls wore similar uniforms: a slim-fitting, ribbed and
collared cardigan called a Conny, T-shirts, tight jeans (Lee or Levis)
and big platform shoes. Hair was worn short or shaved with long wisps at
the back, influenced by the British ska, mod and skinhead subcultures.
Sharpie girls had their hair slightly longer and often with coloured
streaks - Bowie-red was their colour of choice. Boys often bleached
their hair. Tattoos were popular, although many were homemade and poorly
executed. Their diet was anthemic glam-rock, kung-fu movies and A
Clockwork Orange. As the 1970s drew to a close, and new styles like punk
and disco began to emerge, Sharpies started to fade. By 1979 they were
all-but gone. Today they are recognised as an important part of
Australian youth culture and social history. This compilation features
rare tracks and 'cult' anthems that were the soundtrack to the rise of
this Australian answer to the skinhead subculture: with the likes of the
Hush, Fat Daddy, Supernaut, Skyhooks, John Paul Young... it can't be
missing in any 'Killed By Death' type collection!
1. Marcus Hook Roll Band - Natural Man (1972)
2. Coloured Balls - Heavy Metal Kid (1974)
3. Stevie Wright - Hard Road (1974)
4. Fat Daddy - Roll Daddy Roll (1976)
5. Rabbit - I Like To Hear My Music (1976)
6. Jackie Christian & Target - The Last Time I Go To Baltimore (1974)
7. Skyhooks - Living In The 70s (1974)
1. Johnny Dick - The Warrior (1975)
2. Ted Mulry - You've Got It (1977)
3. John Paul Young - Yesterday's Hero (1975)
4. Hush - Mindrocker (1974)
5. La Femme - Chelsea Kids (1979)
6. Supernaut - The Kids Are Out Tonight (1977)
7. Taste - Boys Will Be Boys (1976)
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