Review: Street Voice

Q REVIEW

Canning Town teenagers Cockney Rejects signed to EMI in 1979. A year later, their cover of West Ham FC's terrace song 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles' went Top 40, leading to horrific gig violence and the unwanted patronage of right- wing skinheads. Produced and directed by Richard England (of the Dr Feelgood doc 'Oil City Confidential' fame), this is a shocking but very funny tale vividly brought to life, especially by motor-mouthed singer Jeff "Stinky Turner" Geggus. He suggests that had he not been in the band "I'd have stuck a stocking over me head and walked into a NatWest". Inevitably, it all went wrong in the early 80's, with Jeff's brother and Rejects guitarist Mick facing GBH charges following one particularly chaotic gig in Birmingham. When scores of later US punk groups started dropping their name, the Rejects came back to life in 1999. A happy ending of sorts then; albeit with a lot of bloodshed along the way.

**** Q Magazine

Street Voice

THE COCKNEY REJECTS – East End Babylon DVD: Fuck me! This is one of the best punk rock DVD’s ever released and I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it. The story starts off with the family back of the Geggus brothers which was interesting in it’s own right with their proud mum having lots to say. Then you’re hit with the story and where it all started. Not only is a great story told with some awesome footage you’re also treated to some of the best Rejects tunes ever released. Lots of people are featured including Garry Bushell who helped push the band at the very beginning. The madness that surrounded the band was mad and that’s what made the Rejects such a legendary punk band. If they weren’t fighting other football hooligans they were battering the shit out of Nazi’s. Dangerous times! In fact after watching this I just wanted to play some Cockney Rejects and go and kick some ones head in! Ha! Brilliant! A DVD that should be on your shopping list if punk rock is your thing! 10/10

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