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Cockney Rejects
16/04/00 (Interview with Micky Geggus in a pub in Plaistow, East London, 14 March 2000)

Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

Formed in 1979 by Micky Geggus and brother Jeff "Stinky" Turner. Bass and Drum duties have been handled by several different players over the years, but the mainstays were Vince Riordan on Bass and Keith "Stix" Warrington on Drums.

Signed to EMI in 1979 following 1st single on Small Wonder Records, by the end of 1980 they had recorded Greatest Hits Volume 1 and 2, together with 7 singles, two of which made the UK Top Forty and saw the Rejects on Top Of The Pops.

1981 saw Greatest Hits Volume 3 - Live and Loud, and The Power and The Glory, which saw the Rejects developinh towards their rock roots. The Wild Ones (1982), Quiet Storm (1984) and Lethal (1989) developed this rock direction, but by the 1990s the Rejects were effectively over.

In summer 1999 the Rejects were approached with an offer to re-record some of their old songs - the result is the new album.

To record this we thought who we could involve because we've lost touch with Vince and Stix is no longer drumming, and we hit upon the boys from Red Alert, because they know the Rejects stuff probably better than us ! Therefore the line-up is :-

Micky Geggus - Guitar
Jeff Turner - Vocals
Tony Van Frater - Bass
Lainey - Drums


See above

Why reform after all this time?


Describe the sound of the twenty-first century Cockney Rejects?

Mature punk-metal fusion.

Gaz B apparently coined the phase 'oi!' as a musical genre after the use of the word in Cockney Reject lyrics. If you could have coined a phase to call the then new street music what would you have chosen and why?

Power punk, because played _well_ it has more structure, style and verve than most traditional '77 punk.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

Led Zeppelin/Queen

What question would you like to be asked in interviews, but you are never asked? And what is your answer?

Q. How old were you when you lost your hair ?

A. It started going west at 25.

Do you still go and see other punk/oi bands when they play in your area? If so, what was the last band you saw?


Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000.

The only show planned at the moment is Berlin May 7th, but we're looking for good promotors & agents to put on shows around the world. It's not likely we'll play the UK.

Plastic Head have an option for a new album of new songs in the same vein if this one goes well.

Any final comments?

Thanks for writing and hopefully see you at a gig later in the year. All the best

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