This is a charming story of when hippie punks Nik Turner’s “Inner City Unit” toured as support to bonehead favourites Sham 69 in 1979. Hilarity ensues. Goes nicely with the clip on YouTube of Steve Hillage jamming with Sham at Reading festival in 1978. Glamourous, this tour was not.
This is a terrific seven minute summation of the Shamsters, from a punk TV Top 10 in, I’m guessing, the early 2000s. I’ve often wondered why there hasn’t been a definitive retrospective Sham docco, but perhaps this is all one really needs?
This one? (Jimmy P and the boys, filmed June 2016)
For those who missed Sham in Edinburgh in March, here’s a front row view with quality sound and vision of the first 37 minutes.
So… what are all the old punks (1977-81 variety) up to? What’s new in the worlds of 999, Plastic Bertrand, the Uk Subs Bench and the rest? Let me kick off with the most recent footage of Sham 69, playing at some Christmas do in France…