ith the membership of Jefferson Turner (vocals), Mick Geggus (guitar/vocals), Vince Riordan (bass/vocals) and Keith Warrington (drums), Cockney Rejects singed to 'Small Wonder' with a one-off single in 1979 titled Flare 'N' Slippers but the serious comic relief came with their debut 1980 album Greatest Hits Vol 1. The album begged the question "what hits?" since it featured all new tracks and only two previous minor charters, I'm Not A Fool and Bad Man. It made 22 in the UK but the album, and live work, never got a foothold in the US, especially their live shows since the US government never issued them a work permit.
Taking on the musical style of Sham 69, the Cockney Rejects also attracted the less desirable of the right wing population including Neo-Nazi Skinheads thus making them pivotal in the punk rock "oi" movement, even going so far as to name that movement in one of their many football (soccer) anthems on the follow-up album. That follow-up was Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1980) and with it the track Oi, Oi, Oi, naming the punk rock movement, not to mention their I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, a song that would become the West Ham United anthem, a football team that included Cockney Rejects, along with Iron Maiden as their supporters.
Their 1981 efforts of Greatest Hits Vol. 3 charted at UK 27 featuring a cover of Motorhead's Motorhead, but Power And The Glory (1981) failed to chart. The 'Rejects rejected their punk rock buddies and went all heavy metal on The Wild Ones (1982) to similar attention, likewise for 1984's Quiet Storm (1984). The joke was over and they split shortly after. Their attempted reformation in 1990 with Lethal went nowhere.
The band has reformed on average twice a decade with the core always featuring Jeff Geggus and Mick Geggus (Guitar). Out of the Gutter (2002), Unforgiven (2007) and East End Babylon (2012), along with many compilations and live releases have followed to similar acclaim.
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|Active Years||1978-1985, 1990-|
|RRCA File Code||UC000058|