London Records will release the definitive live compilation of the UK’s most incendiary political band, REDSKINS.
‘These Furious Flames! Redskins Live! 1985/86’ is out on 8th December on double CD and Vinyl, with sleeve notes by Redskins’ bassist and founder Martin Hewes and poet Barnaby Ashton-Bullock.
York-formed trio Redskins may have taken the look of the early-’80s skinhead movement, but politically they were firmly on the left. Forged amid the streetwise intellectual post-punk frenzy of early-’80s Yorkshire, named after cadres of left-wing skinheads in Sheffield, the Redskins were members of the Anti-Nazi League and the Socialist Workers Party and married Marxist discipline with revolutionary populism. “Like The Fall meets The Four Tops!” they declared.
These Furious Flames! is a 25-track documentation of the energy, commitment and drive of the Redskins as that campaigning live act. Issued in 2xCD capacity wallet, double vinyl and digital editions, each format couples together a recording of the full set of the finale concert of their 1985 ‘Kick Over Apartheid!’ tour – including guest appearances from Jerry Dammers and Billy Bragg – with the BBC broadcast tracks from their 1986 concert at the Town And Country Club.