Formed in South Shields, England in 1977, the Angelic Upstarts was one of the period's most politically-charged and thought-provoking groups. While technically a punk unit, their music quickly evolved beyond the movement's limited scope.The band was led by vocalist Mensi, whose impoverished childhood became a frequent lyrical touchstone; along with a highly-fluid line-up which initially comprised guitarist Mond, bassist Ronnie Wooden and drummer Sticks.
The group debuted with the 1979 single Murder of Liddle Towers, a scabrous attack on police brutality. The record caught the attention of Sham 69's Jimmy Pursey, who produced their debut album "Teenage Warning", which, like its 1980 follow-up "We Gotta Get Outta This Place", roundly ridiculed the oppressive policies of Margaret Thatcher.
1. NEVER AD NOTHIN 2. TEENAGE WARNING 3. IM AN UPSTART 4. SOLIDARITY 5. TWO MILLION VOICES 6. KIDS ON THE STREET 7. LAST NIGHT ANOTHER SOLDIER 8. WOMAN IN DISGUISE 9. POLICE OPPRESSION 10. I UNDERSTAND 11. LEAVE ME ALONE 12. THE MURDER OF LIDDLE TOWERS 13. WHITE RIOT