Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dressing to the left - Thee Faction


With the Blue Meanies back in power, student riots, twitchy nuclear trigger-fingers (yes, you North Korea) and a right royal knees-up in the middle of debts, doldrums and redundancy - the return of Thee Faction couldn't be better timed.

A swinging Socialist collective from Surrey (more on that here) trapped behind the Iron Curtain since 1985 these red beret rockers are back to rabble rouse your mind and agit-prop your pop. Live at Ebbw Vale is the comeback manifesto and by Gorbachov it's good. Twinning Dr Feelgood rhythms and Eastern Bloc rocking beats on the industrious riffing of Union Man or Conservative Friend and the brothers and sisters party chants of Social Inclusion Thru Marxism it is the greatest record to come out of Russia since Lenin and McCartney's Снова в СССР. Even Chairman Wilko of the Oil City Committee has his raised his guitar arm in allegiance with the Faction by sending a  personalised message to the band...

Comrades, the revolution starts here at (33 Rpm) -  get onboard, lend your ears to cause and grab your copy now.

Thee Faction - Social Inclusion Thru Marxism



Secret filming from the Faction's reunion show


I'm backing the USSR

12 comments:

Hive45 said...

Killer!

Prancing Taff said...

Love it...let's start "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie...Out! Out! Out!

Mondo said...

Get on the good(left)foot Comrades. If you buy the very reasonably priced album (£8) you also get a CD for ripping to your pod, or playing in your car or stereo. Plus one of several Faction badges..

Go here and check out more tunes from the album

marmiteboy said...

Kick Over the Statues and take the power back.

Great stuff Comrade Mondo

John Medd said...

That reminds me: whatever happened to The Redskins?

swiss adam said...

ooh I like this, very good. Ta Mondo

Mondo said...

That's it Marmite Rise Up as The Faction say..great tune too.

Good point John - Comrade Marmite will know..

Glad it's rocking your boots Adam - the link in the comm above is dead - but go here for a four minute earful of the album

Piley said...

Start the Revolution Without Me Comrade! ;-)

Ishouldbeworking said...

Last I heard of the Redskins (and this was probably 20 years ago), their sense of disgust with the music industry won out, and they jacked the whole thing in. X-Moor was working as a bike courier in the West End. You can't say he didn't mean it.

Mondo said...

Boom boom - nice work P. And as a Feelgoods specialist you really must check the album out you'll love it.

Blimey that's almost Crass-style integrity ISB. Incidentally another Essex band band outside Harlow.

Ishouldbeworking said...

Crass, woah yeah, they had a commune and EVERYTHING. My early heroine the magnificent Vi Subversa was part of the collective.

God I feel nostalgic....

Mondo said...

That's it Dial House, just near North Weald airfield. And do you remember Gee Vaucher who did their artwork.

There's a fab Crass feature in Mojo this month and check this Crass tearing it up with a cosy local BBC radio presenter on vox Shaved Women