Posted in music | pictures on September 5, 2011

photos by Jason House

The Business

Oi! is a melodic type of punk-rock which originated in Britain around 1980 and has since spread throughout the world. The forefathers of Oi! (Sham 69, Menace, The Lurkers, Slaughter And The Dogs, Cockney Rejects, Cock Sparrer, Angelic Upstarts, etc.) played what some of the smarter press of the time dubbed, "real-punk" (i.e. punk-rock with a message/theme of "social realism"). A lot of the press who courted the original wave of punk-rock, wholly ignored or wrote-off what was soon to be called Oi! as "thug-rock," and thus insured unfair treatment of the genre right from the get-go.

Around 1980, bands like the 4-Skins (East London), Infa Riot (North London), The Last Resort (Herne Bay), Red Alert (Sunderland), The Business (South London) and Blitz (Manchester) began to pop-up all across Great Britain. This phenomenon of strikingly similar-minded, yet unrelated bands was quickly clumped together as "Oi!" by Sounds journalist Gary Bushell, taking the name from the classic Cockney Rejects song, "Oi! Oi! Oi!" Bushell not only gave Oi! its name, he compiled and gave the world the first Oi! compilation, "Oi! The Album" (released by EMI injunction with Sounds magazine). "Oi! The Album" -- though not a truly stellar record or even completely representative of the Oi! genre of the time -- set the precedent for the compilation as an important part of the Oi! movement, as witnessed by the release of countless Oi!-focused compilations world-wide ever since its release. Musically, Oi! is generally distinguished by anthemic melodies, terrace-style backing vocals and a pace/tempo more suitable for pogoing and singing along, than slam-dancing and stage-diving. Together with ska and reggae, Oi! forms the musical focus of the traditional skinhead subculture, and together with hardcore and classic punk-rock, it forms the musical focus of the punk subculture. [FAQ for skinheads]

Oi! punks The Business kicked off a US tour at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday night (9/2). Pictures from that NYC show continue below...

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The Business -- 2011 Tour Dates
7th - 42nd Street Rock House - Greensburg
8th - Smalls - Hamtramck
9th - Now That's Class - Cleveland
10th - Southgate House - Newport
11th - Firbird - St Louis
12th - Cosmic Charlies - Lexington
13th - The Masquerade, Hell Down - Atlanta
14th - Berkley Cafe - Raleigh
15th - Skate High - Virginia Beach
16th - Otto Bar - Baltimore
17th - FutureBar at Club 58 - Quincy (MA)
18th - FutureBar at Club 58 - Quincy (MA)

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Comments (89)

You know what ain't never been and won't ever be cool? Skinheads.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 3:27 PM

skinheads like sausage

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 3:29 PM

I wish I went, I'd be throwing mad hummus into the air and hopefully having it plop onto their heads. It would be entertaining to turn these "skinheads" into "hummusheads"

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 3:33 PM

won't ever be cool is thinking about what is and what isn't considered cool. cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 3:41 PM

skinheads > hipster douche-bags from Williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 5:25 PM

THAT SHOW LOOKS TOTALLY CUTE! WAS LARRY DAVID THERE? - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 5:39 PM

It's funny to me that people still think the middle finger is even mildly offensive.

Also, why do bands like this always wear the worst tshirts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 5:54 PM

sorry gotta say....

hipster douche bags from william > skinheads


just this one time

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 6:30 PM

Skinheads live a dead-end lifestyle.

Posted by Regular reader | September 5, 2011 6:53 PM

SKINHEADS SMOKE DOPE

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 7:46 PM

Skinheads: wear their Halloween costume year round.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 7:52 PM

People still think being a skinhead is relevant ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 7:57 PM

At least skinheads know they're a marginal subculture. Hipsters go to depressing lengths to delude themselves that they're both cool and normal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 7:58 PM

L

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 8:45 PM

Yea, I gotta say as shitty as skinheads are they talk the talk and walk the walk. Hipsters walk the walk about 35% of the time tops.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 9:04 PM

Skins ALWAYS Win

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 9:23 PM

Let me guess..... All of these comments have been placed by clueless Americans with a fear of anything outside of their own cultural norms.

Posted by Adman | September 5, 2011 9:51 PM

Hipsters are dirty

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 9:52 PM

The show was a lot of fun. Pictures look good. Thanks for posting them.

Also, skinheads have been around since the 60s. We might be a marginalized subculture, but we're still doing our thing all these years later. Still having a laugh and having a say. What do you have in your lives other than snotty comments to post on the internet, ya digital dorks?

Posted by Scott | September 5, 2011 10:10 PM

This show was a lot of fun. It's nice to see the occasional positive comment.

Posted by Jason House | September 5, 2011 10:16 PM

Colossal Man was a skinhead

Posted by Fred Cricien | September 5, 2011 10:36 PM

I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 10:39 PM

My ethos is hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 10:54 PM

Suck my skinhead

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 12:17 AM

these dudes are all hawk no fro

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 1:40 AM

Scott, I have plenty of things in my life other than the literally minute it took to browse this post and type a comment.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 2:06 AM

smelt like ballz in there

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 2:26 AM

"We might be a marginalized subculture, but we're still doing our thing all these years later. Still having a laugh and having a say. What do you have in your lives other than snotty comments to post on the internet, ya digital dorks?"

Grow up. JUST...FUCKING...GROW UP! You want a fucking medal for playing dress up and acting the same way since high school??! Lame shitty music, dumb small dick white dudes, and a misguided ethos.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 3:11 AM

It's a bit refreshing to see some of the real punk variety around still rather than just hipster fools and indie doom metal clods.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 3:20 AM


skinheads and hipsters are both pathetic!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 5:32 AM

Skinheads like hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:01 AM

Japanese school girls > metal babes > indie rock poon > skinhead pussy

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:07 AM

How good are those early Business demos though?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:26 AM

"Japanese school girls > metal babes > indie rock poon > skinhead pussy"

Yeah. Because nothing says cool like an Asian fetish.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:32 AM

They're not skinheads. They a weak suburban punks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:56 AM

Gay shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 9:23 AM

The Krays, much better than the business, who have been terrible everytime i've seen them. good to see them back.

Posted by bobbydong | September 6, 2011 9:37 AM

A bunch of sweaty, bald dudes with their shirts off rubbing up against each other. I showed my gay co-worker these pics and he said: "Honey, those cute bald men with their shirts off gay??! Umm, yum.."

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 9:42 AM

A great way to make yourself lame = give the finger in photos

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 10:12 AM

10:12 or, show you have an IQ of 46.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 10:20 AM

lol 46 so specific lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 10:42 AM

Wait, the Doors played at 8?!? I'm surprised this momentous, dare I say historical event was not given more coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 11:58 AM

how can they leave out Skrewdriver ,, they were by far the biggest skinhead band in history ....

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 12:10 PM

10:20: That high? LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 12:20 PM

skinheads don't care about YOU. never have never will.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 12:21 PM

So gay friendly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 12:28 PM

Seems like a lot of anonymous commenters here are quite frightened of skinheads. Poor little keyboard warriors... Lunch money got taken by the bigger kids? ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 2:19 PM

I don't care what people have been told about skinheads or punk culture.

Or what your absolutely pathetic and contemptuous personalities think, about who we are. All I know is that these people are my friends and they have been there for me no matter how imperfect I may have been or am. I have produced literally dozens if not more, great recordings for these fine people, engineered countless live shows, at many famous venues and also know some of their families as well as personal and professional lives.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:01 PM

It always seems to be these little complaining pricks that just can't get their minds right in regards to their personal core values. Or is it that they are only weak and quivering masses, just complaining and not doing anything but sitting, in the “I just don’t know” land of mediocrity. Christ, do you have anything you stand for? Or possibly believe in? Please if you do, Name 3 things YOU STAND FOR. At least we believe in what we stand for being our own person. So have DEDICATED our lives to it and refuse to bend. We do one hell of a job.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:03 PM

At least we weren’t the ones in school who were the bullies, who picked and spit and kicked the weak or the ones who just didn’t get it fast enough or weren’t HIP enough, get it? Then they decided to run and hide like pussys and screamed in terror to be protected by the some faceless authority, as they were going to take the sword. Just like the typical liberals today, who mock and taunt. Then when the fire is turned back on them, they write a law, to ban or outlaw the exact crime they commit, for their own protection, without getting a savage beating you deserved in return. You run and hide behind the law because you are not capable of backing up your beliefs or values. Faceless cowards as always.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:04 PM

The truth hurts, every-single-time, not sometimes. In our world, and soon to be your world. Man up and Woman up. Why were you at the gig anyway if you hated it so much?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:13 PM

Someone take a spin to facebook: NEW JERSEY PUNK PIONEERS

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:15 PM

4:03 and 4:04, the same pinhead I assume.

Please stop typing. NOW. Your words are neither profound, nor interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 4:58 PM

4:01, 4:03 and 4:04, and pretty sure 4:13 had 9 minutes to kill from his job at the post office.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 5:16 PM

4:03 & 4:04 = correct

4:58 = troll, coward

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 5:17 PM

haha, skinheads. Adult skinheads. lulz. Dude we all live in society. Everyone knows an adult skinhead must be a big time loser. haha. I didn't even know they had adult skinheads. Now shut up, and deliver my pizza already.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 5:30 PM

well, OG UK skinheads shaved their heads because they used to work in factories and didn't want bugs getting in them.

Ewwwww.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 5:55 PM

Colossal Man was a skinhead
Posted by Fred Cricien | September 5, 2011 10:36 PM

Thanks for the Madball reference

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 6:18 PM

Dear internet warriors, please feel free to show up to any skinhead show and call any of us skinheads a loser. We'll see who loses what very quickly, you uptight no-culture-having twat-dodgers.

Posted by Scott | September 6, 2011 8:42 PM

...but I'm really just bald!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 11:56 PM

Uptight no-culture-having twat-dodgers.
Q: what happened to the east village?
A: it was taken over by hipsters that were so busy getting blown by their P/C mommies and being told everything is alright; all the time.


Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 12:12 AM

Most of you white belts will die of AIDS or Heroin OD's before you reach 30. True. Most of you Hipsters have AIDS and don't know it. True. Most of you don't have a real job and don't intend on getting one. True.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 12:15 AM

I love Oi! music, but I think your view of liberalism is as caricatured as these commenters view of skinheads.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 12:30 AM

Hipsters are rich kids. AIDS overwhelmingly affects the poor and the working class. I haven't seen a white belt in 10 years or so.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 12:35 AM

Ah skinheads...i'm glad to know it's still about idiocy and violence.

Now hurry up with that pizza!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 1:09 AM

laughing at all the people on here making nazi jabs. turn off the TV and read a book for once in your life.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 3:46 AM

In recent studies , it has been shown that the regular consumption of chick peas has assisted in hair growth... So if you know a skinhead, do him/her a favor and take them to mamouns.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 4:30 AM

SKINHEADS! BRAINS & GUTS!

Did Kevin Seconds get his new van yet?

Posted by we're the crew | September 7, 2011 1:31 PM

Yes, yes, we skinheads are lame. I mean, multi-racial folks of all ages getting together to listen to music we love and have a good time. What losers! I mean, none of us have cool hip haircuts or wear t-shirts from the really cool bands. A lot of us are reggae fanatics and you know how unhip that is. They listen to soul music too? ...and they dance to it in loafers??

Look at those photos! I see poor people having fun with no obvious ironic distance. How passe!

It's so much cooler to go online and talk shit in a comment box about bands you've never heard at a show you never went to. You guys really have it together! Foot soldiers of the rebellion cutting down anyone who doesn't meet your aesthetic choices via the power of the textarea. You guys believe in true freedom! The freedom for everyone to agree with you.

One day I can be that cool, one day...then I can go to shows for bands I like and stand around and pretend to be incredibly bored and colicky.

That's the ticket!

p.s. Hey, the singer of Broken Heroes is wearing my band's t-shirt. Closest I'll ever get to being featured on Brooklyn Vegan. Yay!

p.p.s. If you decide to go to a skinhead show and throw hummus at people, please don't aim for the tall black guy with glasses. I'm usually very polite, but staining my clothes will end very badly for you.

Posted by gerrard | September 8, 2011 9:14 AM

^he couldn't end it w/o throwing in a little violence. Don't kid yourself skinheads we all know deep down your mindless brutes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2011 10:28 AM

Every little internet titmouse on here with some sort of axe to grind against Skinheads is so thankful for this article.This is the only way they could,or would,ever say what they're saying without choking on their own teeth,afterwards.

xoxo

- Mindless Brute

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 3:39 PM

skindheads know how to use the internet?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 3:56 PM

Yes,we do.We learned how when we were banging your girl while she was bent over your desktop.It's called "multi-tasking",I believe.


-Mindless Brute

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 4:15 PM

^wow, a skinhead wrote a posts w/o threatening violence at least once. That quite an accomplishment.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 4:26 PM

4:15 yes "multi-tasking", it's like when you fish around in the glove department for your 'The Business' tape while delivering my pizza.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 4:32 PM

Skinheads rule ok

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 8:12 PM

gay shit rules, ok.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 9:36 PM

yo skinheads got fests yo, and they're not afraid to use then yo...

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 9:55 PM

If by "delivering your pizza"you mean banging your girl right in front of your shook ass,then you are correct,Madam.

-Mindless Brute

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 1:45 AM

.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 1:17 AM

Anyone who's calling adult skinheads losers got their head way up their ass. We got jobs, we got families and we take care of our own, pay our bills & enjoy our lifestyle. Maybe some of you tourist fucks went to a few shows before becoming the shit-bags that you are on facebook or twitter,but those who got the pride stuck with it and became successful in their life's lot. It wasn't a side project for us, and that's something you hang-around faggots never got thru your head. You were never part of a real sub-culture with real values and standards. PS- Talk your shit to a real skinhead's face instead of posting. Call him a loser and you'll get the ever-loving shit beat out ofyou. Pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 1:28 AM

Pussies. Pussies. Pussies. Say it to a skinhead's face. Oh wait, I'm sorry, you'd never do that would ya?! (And yes, we're all meatheads, come and find out personally).

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 1:36 AM

...but they still call u racist on the evening news

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 5:18 PM

Looks like the BV community was right. Fuck this band and fuck skinheads! Fucking cowards!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 5:34 PM

5:34 - I'm not going to even waste my time trying to explain to you that skinhead culture originated in the late 60s by English white kids who worshiped Jamaican culture and reggae music, only to have the style wrongfully hijacked by UK racists during the second wave of punk in the late 70s. Nor am I going to try and convince you of the fact that the vast majority of skinheads are not racist. What I AM going to say though is that The Business couldn't be farther away from the right wing spectrum. They are a total anti-fascist band and are disgusted by any alleged association with bonehead nazis.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 5:50 PM

Skinheads love to fight. Hipsters dont, thats fine. Growing up with skinheads, I learned how to drink proper, fight for my friends or woman and be successful in life. Hipsters or whatever they will/wont call themselves have no effect on me. There's bigger things to worry about then internet tough guys haha.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 5:42 AM

^Sounds like something a gerbil would write.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 6:24 AM

whats with all the fingers.

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 7:42 PM

Hipsters = Limp Wristed boy raping pervert party boy faggots!

Posted by Sadogoat | February 23, 2014 7:27 PM

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