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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'The Cage'
Artist - Anti-Nowhere League

The Anti-Nowhere League are an English hardcore punk band, formed in 1980 by lead singer Animal (Nick Culmer), guitarist Magoo (Chris Exall), Tony "Bones" Shaw on drums and Clive Blake on bass.

Their first gig was as a three piece at the 1980 Chaos Show at St Mark's Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells on 31 March 1980. Later that year, after reportedly bribing drummer Rat Scabies in the toilet of an East End pub, they also opened for The Damned on a short tour round the north of England and Scotland plus a hastily arranged one-off gig at the Lyceum Ballroom where The Damned stepped in for Stiff Little Fingers.

November 1981 saw the release of their first single, a cover version of Ralph McTell's 'Streets of London'. The single peaked at No. 48 in the UK Singles Chart and spent five weeks in the listings. The profanity-laden B-side of the single, 'So What' later became the group's anthem.

The rest, as they say, is now history, for indomitable front man and founder Animal (Nick Culmer) leads the "new" band through 13 superb new tracks, including a heartfelt ode to UK Subs singer Charlie Harper ('Uncle Charlie'), and the soon-to-be barroom classic 'God Bless Alcohol'!

1. 'A Bad Storm'
2. 'Punk Rock Girl'
3. 'Sealed With A Kiss'
4. 'Uncle Charlie'
5. 'The Last Cowboys'
6. 'Fields Of Yesterday'
7. 'Fix Me'
8. '13 Rat Theory'
9. 'God Bless Alcohol'
10. 'Time To Kill'
11. 'Walk Away'
12. 'Ain't We 'avin' Fun'
13. 'Brick By Brick'

This brand new studio album from the UK punk rock icons kicks off with the rousing guitar salvos of 'A Bad Storm,' and is then backed up by both the frenetic guitar-laden fest of 'Punk Rock Girl,' and then the anthemic Cleopatra storytelling of 'Sealed With A Kiss.' The non-stop drums continue on their tribute song to UK Subs singer Charlie Harper, 'Uncle Charlie' ("He's a punk rock God and a rock 'n' roll martyr"), and then follow on through to the whistling wilds of 'The Last Cowboys.'

Next up is the twanging guitars within 'Fields Of Yesterday,' which is backed by the harder edged 'Fix Me.' One of the best tracks on the album, it lovingly reverts back to classic ANL, without even trying, in my humble opinion. The frantic '13 Rat Theory' showcases the depths that Animal's vocals can reach, and that is backed by (after an intro from a little girl saying her prayers), the rambunctious 'God Bless Alcohol.'

'Time To Kill's bass line is brought to the fore next and then the football/pub chant of 'Walk Away' comes along next. This seriously brilliant comeback album is then rounded out with both 'Ain't We 'avin' Fun,' ("The kids have all gone ferrel, all raised by single mums"), and then the MeatLoafesque radio announcer intro leads us lastly into 'Brick By Brick.'