Although often characterized as an Oi! band (or simply a skinhead band), South Shields’ Angelic Upstarts stood apart from their compatriots for a variety of reasons. They were overtly political, Geordies, and their music quickly evolved beyond the self-imposed confinements of punk. Over the years, members have come and gone with lead singer Mensi the only (almost) continual member through a series of break-ups and make-ups.
The band formed in 1977 in the Tyne and Wear County of northeast England, far from the maddening London crowd. They were led by singer Mensi (né Thomas Mensforth), a working class socialist who was initially joined by Mond (guitars), Steve Forsten (bass) and Decca Wade, (drums). Almost immediately, Forsten... Read More