The Last Resort - THE LAST RESORT

AKA: WARRIOR / THE RESORT

The Last Resort - Band

Formed: Herne Bay, Kent, England, UK (but moved to London)

Even amongst the British skinhead fraternity at the time, which included such notable lunkheads as The Gonads and Combat 84, The Last Resort took idiocy to new extremes on their debut release, oddly enough a cassette single. Released when the unbelievably abrasive Saxby was singer, 'Violence In Our MInds' and 'Soul Boys' are unbelievably stupid celebrations of mindless violence, so stupid one must assume some kind of satire is being attempted. Charlie Duggan's guitar work throughout is simple but effective Oi! fare and the whole caboodle is great.

A Way Of Life - Skinhead Anthems came out a year later, with bassist Roi switching to vocals after the departure of Saxby, and Arthur "Bilko" Kitchener taking over Roi's old job. Wrapped in a sleeve featuring a skinhead punching the air over a Union Jack background, and pressed on three different colours of vinyl (red, white and blue – some have commented that they didn't issue one on black), the album is a celebration of stupidity and mindless violence, all set to a sea of bog standard Oi! riffs recorded on a 4-track. Here's the hook, though: it's a lot of fun! These lads know how to write a simplistically catchy anthem and the LP is undoubtedly a street rock classic.

The Last Resort - Skinhead Anthems PosterThe Last Resort - Herne Bay Skinhead

They changed their name to The Warriors and in 1982 recorded a final track for Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! They also appeared that same year on the United Skins LP as Warrior. They split up soon after when Roi (the "singer") left for The 4-Skins, but returned as The Resort with 1989, a rockier affair with better (i.e. proper) production and remakes of three songs from the debut.

The group have since reformed again, and have recorded more albums. They are better now than they ever were.

The Last Resort - 2009 Lineup

Above: The band as of 2009 Lineup

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & Albums

The Last Resort - A Way Of Life The Last Resort - "A Way Of Life" Skinhead Anthems      
A Way Of Life (Tape, 1981) "A Way Of Life" Skinhead Anthems (LP, 1982)      

Extraneous Releases

The Last Resort - The Last Resort / Combat 84 - Death Or Glory / Charge Of The 7th Cavalry The Last Resort - Kings Of The Jungle The Last Resort - The Best Of The Last Resort The Last Resort - The Last Resort / Combat 84 - Death Or Glory / Charge Of The 7th Cavalry The Last Resort - Violence In Our Minds
Death Or Glory (LP, split with Combat 84, 1987) Kings Of The Jungle (LP, 1988) The Best Of The Last Resort (CD, 1993) Death Or Glory / Charge Of The 7th Cavalry (CD, twofer, split with Combat 84, 1993) Violence In Our Minds (CD, 1997)

Bootlegs

       
The Last Resort - Skinhead - Pain Of Living        
Skinhead - Pain Of Living (7", 1995)
       


Various Artists

Strength Thru Oi! UK LP 1981 (Decca): Working Class Kids / Johnny Barden

Carry On Oi! UK LP 1981 (Secret): King Of The Jungle

The Secret Life Of Punks UK LP 1982 (Secret): King Of The Jungle

Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! UK LP 1982 (Secret): Horror Show [as The Warriors]

United Skins UK LP 1982 (Boots & Braces): Wicked Women [as Warrior]

Oi! - The Resurrection UK LP 1986 (Link): Soul Boys

Oi! Chartbusters Volume 1 UK LP 1987 (Link): Violence In Our MInds

Oi! Chartbusters Volume 2 UK LP 1987 (Link): Held Hostage

Oi!.. The Picture Disc UK LP 1987 (Link): Violence In Our Minds

Pop Oi! UK LP 1989 (Link): Rubber Jenny

Oi! Chartbusters Volume 6 UK LP 1990 (Link): Eight Pounds A Week

The Oddities Of Oi! UK LP 1990 (Link): King Of The Jungle

Oi! The Singles Collection Vol 2 UK CD 1996 (Captain Oi!): Violence In Our Minds / Held Hostage / Soul Boys

 

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