The Adventures of the Hersham Boys

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The Adventures of the Hersham Boys
Studio album by Sham 69
Released 1979
Genre Punk rock, Oi!
Label Polydor
Producer Jimmy Pursey, Peter Wilson
Sham 69 chronology
That's Life
(1978)
The Adventures of the Hersham Boys
(1979)
The Game
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Smash Hits (unfavourable) (4-17 October 1979)

The Adventures of the Hersham Boys is an album by punk band Sham 69, released in 1979. It's their most successful album to date, charting at #8 in the UK. It was not universally well received, with David Hepworth describing it as "A tired, hollow effort struggling between weary attempts at rabble-rousing and blush-making pseudo-Springsteen 'street' songs that reek of desperation and contract fulfilling. As empty and self-satisfied a record as anything they supposedly set out to replace."[1]

Tracklisting[edit]

All songs by Jimmy Pursey and Dave Parsons unless noted

  1. "Money" - 3:13
  2. "Fly Dark Angel" - 3:03
  3. "Joey's on the Street Again" - 3:04
  4. "Cold Blue in the Night" - 2:47 (Dave "Kermit" Treganna)
  5. "You're a Better Man Than I" - 3:10 (Hug) (Yardbirds/Manfred Mann Chapter Three cover)
  6. "Hersham Boys" - 4:46
  7. "Lost on Highway 46" - 3:35
  8. "Voices" - 2:52 (Goldstein/Pursey)
  9. "Questions and Answers" - 3:14
  10. "What Have We Got (Live)" - 2:54
    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. "Questions and Answers (Single Version)" - 3:18
  12. "I Gotta Survive" - 1:31
  13. "With a Little Help from My Friends" - 2:36 (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (The Beatles cover)
  14. "Hersham Boys (7" Version)" - 3:25
  15. "I Don't Wanna (Live)" - 2:06
  16. "Rip Off (Live)" - 2:43
  17. "I'm a Man, I'm a Boy (Live)" - 2:10
  18. "Tell Us the Truth (Live)" - 2:06
  19. "Borstal Breakout (12" Single Version)" - 8:25
  20. "If the Kids Are United (12" Single Version)" - 16:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Jimmy Pursey - vocals, producer
  • Dave Parsons - guitar
  • Dave Treganna - bass
  • Ricky Goldstein - drums
  • Mark Cain - Drums (Departing Sham 69 soon after the completion)
  • Peter Wilson - producer
  • Jo Mirowski - art direction, design
  • Peter Lavery - photography
  • Tim Turan - mastering
  • Brett Ewins - illustrations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hepworth, David (1979) "SHAM 69: Hersham Boys", Smash Hits, EMAP National Publications Ltd, 4-17 October 1979, p.29