Trouser Press Tuesday: The 4 Skins

September 15, 2009

The Good, the Bad & the 4 Skins (UK Secret) 1982
A Fistful of 4 Skins (UK Syndicate) 1983
From Chaos to 1984 (UK Syndicate) 1984
A Few 4 Skins More Volume 1 (UK Link) 1987
A Few 4 Skins More Volume 2 (UK Link) 1987
The Wonderful World of the 4 Skins: the Best of the 4 Skins (UK Link) 1987
Live and Loud!! (UK Link) 1989

One of the mainstays of second-wave Brit-punk, London’s harsh and serious 4 Skins — not as intense as Crass, but far more earnest than Sham 69 — endured major lineup changes (they went through four lead singers including, at one point, the quartet’s manager) long enough to record three albums in the early ’80s.

The studio side of The Good, the Bad & the 4 Skins starts out with a delightful ska-beat tune (“Plastic Gangsters”) and then turns angry skinhead generic for shoutalongs like “Justice” and “Yesterdays Heroes.” The seven-song live side is equally forbidding (Panther’s vocals are especially unpleasant)(…)

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