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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

45RPM: #106 We Love You - Cock Sparrer (1977)

We Love You / Chip On My Shoulder
Decca Records
Produced by Nick Tauber
Released 28th October 1977

A-Side: We Love You
(written by Jagger and Richards)



 B-Side: Chip On My Shoulder


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We Love You was the second single released by Cock Sparrer on Decca Records. Their Debut single Runnin' Riot / Sister Suzie (3rd June 1977) had not sold well and in fact neither did this second one and by the end of 1978 the band hung up their guitars. 

They had recorded enough material for an album but that didn't see the light of day in the UK until 1987 when it was released as True Grit by Razor Records. Oddly enough Decca Records did release the album in Spain in 1978 as Cock Sparrer! Though I honestly cannot recall ever seeing that Spanish Version anywhere!

We Love You was of course a cover of the Rolling Stones hit from July 1967. It's funny listening to the Stones version as it sounds so tame in comparison to the Cock Sparrer cover. The Stones single was also released on Decca Records.

Cock Sparrer got a new lease of life when their music was becoming more and more popular with the whole Oi Movement. Some of their songs were issued on various Oi Compilation Records in 1981 and the band reunited minus guitarist Gary Lammin and in 1982 would release brand new music in the form of the single England Belongs To Me / Argy Bargy (on Carrere) and then in 1983 the album Shock Troops.

Now, whilst I quite liked Cock Sparrer way back in their first incarnation I only ever went to see them live once and that didn't end up so well for me and quite a few others who were punks as a number of boot boys laid into us leaving us a bloody mess! I've been tempted a number of times to go and see them again (they are still out playing shows and on occasion releasing new music) but that old fear factor comes into play and has prevented it ever happening!

Dedicated to my good friend Nikki
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