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Reds Strike The Blues - A Tribute To The Redskins

by Various Artists

A tribute album to the 80s left wing band the Redskins.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro - Chris Dean
Chris Dean
1:35 $0.99
2. The Power Is Yours - The Yell Leaders meet The Grooveblaster
The Yell Leaders meet The Grooveblaster
3:45 $0.99
3. Kick Over The Statues - The Arc Welders
The Arc Welders
2:24 $0.99
4. Hold On - Rinaldi Sings
Rinaldi Sings
2:35 $0.99
5. Keep On Keepin' On - The Che Men (featuring Norman Strike)
The Che Men
4:42 $0.99
6. Names Were Names - Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
6:37 $0.99
7. Unionize - Negu Gorriak
Negu Gorriak
3:43 $0.99
8. You Want It? They've Got It! - The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey
3:41 $0.99
9. Take No Heroes - Maninblack
EMI Songs Ltd
4:06 $0.99
10. Don't Talk To Me About Whether - Eric Blowtorch & The Forces Of
Eric Blowtorch
3:24 $0.99
11. It Can Be Done - The Yell Leaders
The Yell Leaders
3:48 $0.99
12. Peasant Army - Peasant Army
Peasant Army
3:44 $0.99
13. Lev Bronstein - Red Square with André Schlesinger
Red Square with André Schlesinger
3:41 $0.99
14. Lean On Me - The Inciters
The Inciters
4:34 $0.99
15. The Crack - The Smashcasters
The Smashcasters
2:47 $0.99
16. Bring It Down - Maninblack
2:59 $0.99
17. A Plateful Of Hateful - Redskins meet The Grooveblaster
Redskins meet The Grooveblaster
6:49 $0.99
18. Reds Strike The Blues - The Three Johns
The Three Johns
6:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Radical left-wing politics on Top Of The Pops anyone? Fourteen years before Chumbawamba hit the mainstream charts, the Redskins were the first band to bring revolutionary socialism to the dancefloor. Their fusion of 60s soul, rock, pop and punk with an uncompromising political stance raised many peoples' consciousness' during the 80s struggle against the Thatcher government.

Few bands have suffered so much critical flak and unfounded abuse as the Redskins. Their opponents came not just from the right but from the left too. The Redskins' politics were not some rock 'n' roll pose; they Really Meant It Man, and many people from all political backgrounds found that unpalatable. It was easy to criticise at the time, but so much of Chris Dean's words have an uncanny resonance of truth and relevance today. The Redskins were slated for disparaging Live Aid; they were proved to be right. They were slated for attacking the Labour Party; well, just look at New Labour's record in office and deny that Chris' predictions about Labour (for Kinnock, read Blair) weren't spot-on.

Few bands have backed up their rhetoric with such determined action as the Redskins. Where in the music industry today can you find such commitment and dedication? They meant so much more than so many other bands, and testament to that can be found both in the plethora of benefit gigs to support the miners strike and antiapartheid, and in the eyes and minds of people like myself that they helped to permanently open a little bit further.

I would also like to point out that on a personal level, I found Chris Dean one of the most genuine, honest and approachable people I have ever encountered. For instance, he was instrumental in helping with the Wake Up miners benefit EP (offering, without the knowledge or consent of their record company, what was to be their last single, a superb reworking of Billy Bragg's Levi Stubbs' Tears, which has the honour of being Bragg's favourite cover of all time) and he helped set up contacts to make sure the money raised from the project was put to the best practical use. Chris was often maligned for his arrogance and intractability (if you can't fault someone's politics, make a personal attack), yet I have seen few so willing as him to patiently and constructively engage in debate with their critics. I could name several other "left-wing" musicians who were incapable of hearing the slightest criticism without losing their tempers and storming off.

Ultimately (and perhaps inevitably), the band's constant struggle to balance the demands of the music industry with their political principles led to their demise, but their legacy has never been properly acknowledged. For all the criticisms they faced, the Redskins never got sucked into the hypocrisies of the music biz - which is more than can be said for a lot of other supposedly idealistic performers.

Dave T. (Wake Up Fanzine)



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Eric McNaughton

If you loved the politics, the music and the sheer passion of the Redskins, you'
I'm not usually a fan of tribute albums, but this one is awesome keeping alive the spirit and passion of the Redskins. In a world of bland bands and boring music these tracks stand out. It took me back to 1984 and the height of the miners strike. I can't fault a single track, tho the various interpretations take a bit of getting used to. Buy this album.......and keep on keepin' on!!!

Mairtin Gardner

Getting Red-skinned up
Could these songs be covered...? Well, yeah.
Various artists from The Three Johns, The Che Men, Negu Gorriak and the superb Inciters, whose cover of Lean on Me is nearly as good as the original, manage with others to put their own spin on some of the best Redskins tracks and make for a pretty good tribute album.

Whatever the reasons for the album at this time, it’s certainly time well spent. If it does nothing more than bring a new audience to their music then it is worth it.
Even better if it moves a few others to look at socialist politics. Whatever the reason, get this album, and then get the original Redskins songs.

I’d recommend them on vinyl but if not CD is okay I suppose. Just get hold of the music, listen and enjoy.
Comrades, I give you The Redskins by others...

Steve DIY

Keep On Keepin' On!
There´s been so many naff tributes to bands that haven´t really been up to scratch but not this one. If one band deserves a tribute it´s the Redskins as they were a wicked band in the 80´s. There´s some wicked tributes on here by the likes of Peasant Army, The Three Johns, Maninblack, The Yell Leaders and Negu Gorriak. Ok so they might not be as good as the original versions but it´s great to hear bands who make an effort with cover versions. 18 tracks in all with ace songs like ´Red Strikes The Blues´, ´Keep On Keepin´ On´ and ´Unionize´ covered. Production and packaging is second to none. Some great sleeve notes on here too! The guy who put this together deserves a few beers and a pat on the back.

Sargie (Scootering Magazine)

Politically charged power-pop
A mixed bag of differing interpretations of the Redskins standards gives some of them a new perspective as well as potentially introducing a whole new generation to the Redskins politically charged power-pop genius. This worthwhile 18 tracker, is one of those albums that is worth buying blind, purely on the strength of the quality of the songs. Cream of the interesting crop being the sample and groove laden take on The Power Is Yours by The Yell Leaders meet The Grooveblaster which positively oozes soul sensibilities, Rinaldi Sings poptastic version of Hold On and The Inciters pounding reworking of Lean On Me, complete with huge brass laden choruses. An excellent tribute to an excellent band.

philip coello

hey i hear some asongs of the album and are great ... but i have a great problem ... i need the lyrics of peasant army ... to make a cover with my band .... nobody here cant tell me the lyrics???? thanks