Redskins were a 1980s English band, notable for their left-wing politics and catchy, danceable songs. Their music combined influences from soul, rockabilly, pop and punk rock.
The band formed in York, England in the early 1980s (from the ashes of punk band No Swastikas), with Chris Dean (vocals/guitar), Martin Hewes (bass/backing vocals) and Nick King (drums). Chris Dean wrote for NME magazine under the name X. Moore. Dean and Hewes were members of the Socialist Workers Party. The band members wore skinhead clothing styles, and they helped inspire the redskin movement.
The band released their first single, “Lev Bronstein”, on the CNT record label in 1982. They released one more single, “Lean On Me”, on CNT before signing to London Records. On 10 June 1984, a group of white power skinheads attacked the band members while they were performing on stage at the free Greater London Council-sponsored Jobs for a Change festival at Jubilee Gardens, South Bank. King was replaced in 1985 by Paul Hookham, although for the recording of the band’s first EMI/Decca single “Bring it Down”, Style Council drummer, Steve White was brought in to perform. Shortly afterwards Hookham took over full time drum duties. The band released one full album, Neither Washington Nor Moscow, before splitting up at the end of 1986.
The fourth single released by the band was “(Burn It Up) Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing)”, the track reached No.33 on the UK singles chart and the 12″ single included an extended version of the track which ran 4:32 on the album and a non-LP B-side.
(Burn It Up) Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) 6:53
You Want It? They’ve Got It! 3:40