. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Sham ’69 – Live at Paris Theatre, London – 1979 – BBC 6 Music
One of the first wave of Punk bands, Sham ’69 got started in 1976 – and called it quits (initially) in 1979, shortly after this concert. During their tenure, they were hugely popular in the U.K. and throughout Europe, but didn’t quite crack the U.S. market. It didn’t matter, as the band managed to secure 5 singles in the top 20 charts in the UK, the first Punk band to accomplish that feat.
Admittedly, Punk in the U.S. was having a slightly uphill battle – not having the same social consciousness prevalent as the UK side of things. One of Sham ’69’s most memorable songs, If The Kids Are United, just didn’t have the same sense of urgency to the listener in Los Angeles as it did in, say London.
But as a reminder of what a driving force Punk was in the UK, here is a sample of what audiences were discovering, by way of the BBC’s Paris Theatre in London in 1979 with Sham ’69 at the helm.