Banger of the Week: Cock Sparrer – Working

During the holidays, I was able to check out a small Ramones X show (AFI‘s Davey Havok’s Ramones cover band) at Genghis Cohen. Leading up to the performance, the DJ was spinning a melange of obscure old punk music, many of which I had never heard. Thank goodness for Shazaam, which helped me identify this absolute banger – “Working” by Cock Sparrer.

I was kind of aghast I had never heard of Cock Sparrer before (or so I thought). I quickly listened to their 1982 album Shock Troops – a full perfect album of bangers! “Working” is just one example of the greatness of this group. Fast, melodic, with enough spit and snarl to work up a riot. The band’s music is essentially working class punk/oi music, and a song like working is great to blast over the holidays when you’re finally off of work (“I’ve been working all day for me mate”).

Also on the album is “We’re Coming Back”, which Titus Andronicus covered last year, so it turns out I had heard the band’s music before…but now I’m a fan. You should become one too. Start by hearing “Working” in our Bangers of the Week Playlist on Spotify or Apple Music!

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