Cockney Rejects

Hammer – The Classic Rock Years

Cockney Rejects release a 4CD boxset of their ‘rock’ albums, on 3 June entitled “Hammer ? The Classic Rock Years” on 3 une2013 through Cadiz Music. May also sees the release of their acclaimed film “East End Babylon” on DVD / Blu-ray.

Formed in the late Seventies, the band cornered their patch with their brand of terrace singalong classics and a white hot live set. To many, therefore, they’re all about Oi and Punk. However, after their early classic work in that genre, they recorded three albums which showed that they have a right to be respected in the hard rock and metal world. These albums got great reviews, but not sales to match, but for sheer quality they deserve to be seen as classics. “Hammer” is the sound of a band connecting with what they love, and going their own way, full throttle.

For Guitarist Mick Geggus, singer Jeff Turner, bassist Vince Riordan and drummer Keith Warrington always did their own thing? This side of their career started in 1982 with ‘The Wild Ones’, which was produced by Pete Way [UFO]. the next album, 1984’s ‘Quiet Storm’, the band shortened their name to The Rejects, replaced Riordan with Ian Campbell and aimed for a stripped down, blues-rock sound. The third studio album featured on “Hammer” is 1990’s ‘Lethal’. By this time Riordan was back in the line-up, the band had become Cockney Rejects again, and Mick Geggus produced the album himself. The fourth CD in the “Hammer? The Classic Rock Years” boxset collects a slew of demos and recordings that the band laid down from 1980 up until the present. One key track is ‘Keep Clear’, which came from a project called Get Involved [which became a nightmare!] that Steve Marriott was involved with. “It’s got me duetting with him, which was great,” sighs Jeff Turner. “I am really glad it’s finally going to be heard.”

As Mick Geggus says, “This compendium is something that I am happy to see the light of day. Long before Punk, Jeff and myself cut our teeth listening to early Queen, Zep, Nazareth, Purple and the rest of the greats. When I first heard the Pistols, the Clash and the Stranglers I made no distinction, and simply looked at them as great rock bands, and still do. When Vince joined, he too was a massive rock fan, and I remember rehearsing for the early tours; along with ‘Bad Man’ and ‘Join the Rejects’ there were always our versions of ‘Dance the Night Away’ by Van Halen and ‘Toys in the Attic’ by Aerosmith, plus many more classic rockers belting out from our shabby little rehearsal studio in Bow. After “The Power and the Glory” we decided that’s the way we were gonna go. That was us, still is – no halfway house, fuck it, in with both feet. And you know what? We loved it, still do. As much as I am fiercely proud of our punk pedigree, I am also fiercely proud of our rock heritage. We were privileged to work and play with the cream of British rock, who never once looked down their collective noses at us hooligans, but instead understood that we were as willing, ready, and able to rock as they were. And for that I am both grateful, and as proud as fuck. I hope that you get as much enjoyment listening to these albums as we had making them.”

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