Criminal Class

Criminal Class, Coventry, England

ABOVE: At the Antelope Club. Band photo by Mark Osborne, taken from This Is Then blog.

Formed: Coventry, England, UK, Europe

Band Bio / Discography

Oi! band, best known for their two songs on Strength Thru Oi! and the Fighting The System 7". More often than not they played their music much more slowly than most of their peers, and as a consequence sounded like a Blitz 45 played at 33.



Lineup 1 (1979-1980):

Craig St. Leon - vocals
Jeremy Gary Meffun - guitar
Rick Bristow - bass
Mark Branski - drums

Lineup 2 (1980):

Craig St. Leon - vocals
Jeremy 'Smurf' Edwards - guitar
Fred Waite - bass
Mark Branski - drums

Lineup 3 (1980-1981):

Craig St. Leon - vocals
Bernard 'Berry' Cunningham - guitar
Fred Waite - bass
John "Septic' Taylor - drums

Lineup 4 (1981-1983):

Craig St. Leon - vocals
Danny Greer - guitar
Steve Barny - bass
John Watkins - drums




Subsequent studio albums: 25 To Life (2010), Criminal Class (Mini-Album)

Singles & Albums

Criminal Class - Fighting The SystemFighting The System (7", 1982)

Extraneous Releases

Criminal Class - Blood On The Streets - The Criminal Class Oi! CollectionBlood On The Streets - The Criminal Class Oi! Collection (CD, 2000)

Criminal Class ‎– A Touch Of Class: The Oi! CollectionA Touch Of Class: The Oi! Collection (LP, 2016)


Criminal Class ‎– Demo Feb 1984 Demo Feb 1984 (7")

Various Artists

Strength Thru Oi! UK LP 1981 (Decca): Blood On The Streets / Running Away

Oi! Chartbusters Volume 5 UK LP 1989 (Link): Soldier

Pop Oi! UK LP 1989 (Link): Fighting The System

Pop Oi! / Oi! Oi! Oi! UK CD 1993 (Step-1): Fighting The System

The Bright Side Of Oi! UK LP 1994 (Street Kids): Fighting The System

Oi! The Rarities Vol. 1 UK CD 1995 (Captain Oi!): Soldier / Fighting The System

100% British Oi! UK 2xCD 1997 (Captain Oi!): Fighting The System

Lords Of Oi! UK 3xCD Box Set 1997 (Dressed To Kill): Soldier

Oi! This Is England UK 3xCD Box Set 1999 (Dressed To Kill): Soldier



The good guys with the criminal image


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