This single was a double a-side but not that many people were aware of the alternative a-side 'No Entry'. Which in my opinion is a true punk classic is based upon when Sham 69 planned to play in the US, but when they applied for a visa, Jimmy Pursey was rejected as he had a previous conviction for possession of dope. The lyrics still make me smile today:
"They wanted us to go to New York Shitty" "But the man at the embassy said oooh what a pity" "With all the things you done in the past" "Never mind son, carry on smoking the grass"
"They didn't want us in the USA" "We didn't wanna to go there anyway" "They don't want us in the US of A"
and the excellent:
"The press all started to ring" "asking whats happening" "mama said I don't know" "but I said they wont let us go" "We don't care what you think of us" "This is where we live" "Stick America up your arse"
It's a shame they did want to go really (and they did in the end) but who can blame them. You can also see on the back cover they have given thanks to their local pub, The Waterman's Arms in Hersham and sarcastically to the American Embassy for their lack of support. Excellent.
Band: Sham 69
1. Hurry Up Harry!
2. No Entry
Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:
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