Sharpies (14 Aggro Aussie Anthems From 1972 To 1979)

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Sharpies were the terror teen cast of a Richard Allen novel that never was. Although largely synonymous with the early-to-mid 1970s, reports of their violent clashes with rival gangs of Mods are documented as early as 1966. Bored, working-class, suburban kids, their teenage rampage began in Melbourne, Australia, but soon there were Sharpie gangs forming in Sydney, Perth and beyond. For a while they were the untouchables, ruling dances, discos and public transport with their fists. Sharpies were fiercely territorial and divided into different chapters according to location. They would often wage aggressive wars within their tightly delineated sub-gangs, although Mods always remained their arch-enemy. Sharpies were the scourge of the railways. Although they would seldom attack members of the general public, if you gave them a second look you'd be lucky to escape with your wallet intact. Violence was their world, but always with a strict moral code. Sharpie boys and girls wore similar uniforms: a slim-fitting, ribbed and collared cardigan called a Conny, T-shirts, tight jeans (Lee or Levis) and big platform shoes. Girls' shoes had 100% cork heels. Boys' shoes were often two-colored. Hair was worn short or shaved with long wisps at the back, influenced by the British ska, mod and skinhead subcultures. Sharpie girls had their hair slightly longer and often with colored streaks -- Bowie-red was their color of choice. Boys often bleached their hair. Tattoos were popular, although many were homemade and poorly executed. Their diet was anthemic glam-rock (SladeSweetT.Rex, Bowie, Gary Glitter) kung-fu movies, and A Clockwork Orange. The music of local heroes like Lobby Loyde and The Coloured BallsAC/DCSkyhooks, and Hush provided their daily soundtrack. They even had their own tribal dance, a rhythmic sway with knees bent and fists clenched and pumping upwards across their chests. As the 1970s drew to a close, and new styles like punk and disco began to emerge, Sharpies started to fade. By 1979 they were all-but gone. Features Marcus Hook Roll Band, Coloured Balls, Stevie WrightFat DaddyRabbitJackie Christian & Target, Skyhooks, Johnny DickTed MulryJohn Paul Young, Hush, La FemmeSupernaut, and Taste.


A1 – Marcus Hook Roll Band - Natural Man
A2 –Coloured Balls - Heavy Metal Kid
A3 –Stevie Wright - Hard Road
A4 –Fat Daddy - Roll Daddy Roll
A5 –Rabbit - I Like To Hear My Music
A6 –Jackie Christian & Target - The Last Time I Go To Baltimore
A7 –Skyhooks Living In The ’70s
B1 –Johnny Dick - he Warrior
B2 –Ted Mulry - You’ve Got It
B3 –John Paul Young - Yesterday’s Hero
B4 –Hush - Mindrocker
B5 –La Femme - Chelsea Kids
B6 –Supernaut - The Kids Are Out Tonight
B7 –Taste - Boys Will Be Boys