Festival Records and WMA will release a new compilation, When Sharpies Ruled – A Vicious Selection, on August 7.
Touted as the ultimate aural and visual statement on the infamous Australian youth movement and gangs of the seventies, the 23-track disc includes tracks by The Coloured Balls and Rose Tattoo (the two bands most synonymous with the Sharpies movement) as well as Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Stevie Wright, La Femme, Skyhooks, The La De Das, Finch, Rabbit and more.
Packaged with a 28-page jewel case booklet plus a separate 60-page booklet with over 100 Sharpie snaps, the in-depth liner notes are by the album’s compiler, noted punk and proto-punk expert Glenn Terry, and Skyhooks main man Greg Macainsh, whose 1974 film school short feature entitled Sharpies is a YouTube favourite.
When Sharpies Ruled – A Vicious Selection will be out on CD via Festival / WMA on August 7.
A 2 x LP vinyl version will be released later in the year.