The Press, a SHARP band from NYC in the 80s and early 90s will have their discography available for the first time on Halloween 2007. Their biggest contribution to the national scene was their appearance on Oi! Record's "Punks n Skins Volume 5" LP with the Radicts. I like the Press, but there's a little something the press release (no pun intended) I need to dispute:
"The Press were the first American Oi! band and this is the first time their collected works, including remastered rarities and unreleased material*, have been issued in one slick lookin’ digipack release together with band photos and a pullout lyric-sheet!"
Calling them the "first American Oi! band" is an insult and an outright lie. First off, how many reissues have you seen in the past few years touting a band as "the first American Oi/skinhead band? I've seen way too many. While it might be the subject of debate, any idiot who owns anything by GMM Records can tell you that the Effigies and Iron Cross predate 1984.
I was going to write something derogatory about communists and Canadians here, but I decided against it. At least the record's coming out. I should learn to complain less.