The Oppressed

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The Oppressed
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Oi!, punk
Years active 1981-1984, 1994, 1996, 1998-2006, 2009-present
Labels Oppressed Records, Step-1 Music, Oi! Records, Dojo, Knockout, Insurgence Records, Captain Oi! Records

The Oppressed is a Welsh anti-fascist Oi! band that formed in 1981 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. Most of the musicians in the band's various lineups have been skinheads. Throughout the band's career, the members (especially vocalist Roddy Moreno) openly expressed opposition to racism and fascism[1] — in their lyrics,[2] interviews, on-stage comments and other actions. In 1989, Moreno visited New York City and met a few members of Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP). On his return to the United Kingdom, he started promoting SHARP ideals to British skinheads.[3][4] The band has also had ties to other anti-racist groups, such as Anti-Fascist Action. Moreno is a Cardiff City F.C. supporter, and some of the band's songs express that support.

The band has split and re-formed several times, the first occasion in 1984 after which Moreno focused on his record labels, Oi! Records and Ska Records for the remainder of the decade.[5][6] Their most recent split was in 2006, but they re-formed in 2009, and continue performing today.

The Oppressed 2013 line up featured, alongside Roddy Moreno on vocals and guitar, Paul Cobley on bass and Tony Kizmus on drums.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Never Say Die (1983)
  • Victims / Work Together (1983)
  • Fuck Fascism (1995)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 (1996)
  • They Think Its All Over...It Is Now(1996)
  • Anti-Fascist Oi! (1996)
  • Best of The Oppressed Bonus 7 Inch (1996)
  • "The Richard Allen Tribute Single" (1997)
  • Strength In Unity (1997) [split w/Impact]
  • The Noise (1997)
  • Oppressed / Fatskins (1998)
  • "Out on The Streets Again" (1999) [split w/Cock Sparrer]
  • "Heavyweight Oi! Championshop of the World" [split w/Klasse Kriminale]
  • Insurgence EP (2005)
  • "Football Violence" (2008)
  • 7er Jungs / The Oppressed (2010)
  • Antifa Hooligans (2011)
  • S.H.A.R.P. as a Razor (2011) [split w/The D Teez, The Bois]
  • 2 Generations - 1 Message (2013) [split EP w/Wasted Youth]
  • Blue Army (2013)

LPs and Compilations[edit]

  • Oi!Oi! Music (1984)
  • Fatal Blow (1985)
  • Dead & Buried (1988)
  • Dead & Buried / Fatal Blow (1996)
  • The Best of The Oppressed (1996)
  • Music For Hooligans (1996)
  • We Can Do Anything (1996)
  • Live (Llanrumney Youth Club 1984) (1997)
  • More Noize For The Boys (1998)
  • Totally Oppressed (1999)
  • Oi Singles & Rarities (2001)
  • Skinhead Times 1982-1998 (double CD) (2005)
  • Won't Say Sorry - The Complete Cover Story (double CD) (2005)

DVD[edit]

  • Brotherhood: The Oppressed/The Prowlers Live in Toronto - 4.30.05 (2008)

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