If you’ve read the article on Australia’s Sharpies youth cult in the new edition of Vive Le Rock you might be interested in a new compilation, When Sharpies Ruled.
This stylish set – subtitled A Vicious Selection – features 23 tracks from the likes of COLOURED BALLS and ROSE TATTOO – the bands most readily associated with the movement – plus BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS, SKYHOOKS, SUPERNAUT, TED MULRY GANG, RABBIT, FINCH, LA FEMME, BUSTER BROWN and more. Its slipcase package includes a 28-page booklet and a 60-page book chronicling the movement, illustrated with dozens of rare photographs.
Mostly based around Melbourne, the Sharpies took their name from their sharp style sense and had a reputation for violence although unlike the skinheads in the UK, this was neither racially nor politically motivated and rarely extended beyond conficts between rival gangs.
When Sharpies Ruled is out next month on CD and double-vinyl on the reactivated Festival label in Australia, with a UK release expected in the Autumn via Republic of Music.