The Cockney Rejects are an Oi! punk band which formed in the East End of London in 1979. According to their website and other sources, the song Oi, Oi, Oi, from their album Greatest Hits Volume 2 provided the genre's name.
Their biggest UK hit The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off was a parody of Sham 69's Hersham Boys. Other songs were less commercial, partly because they tended to be about street fighting or football hooliganism. This violence was often mirrored at their gigs, which the band sorted out themselves. Jeff and Mick Geggus, who are brothers, had both been keen amateur boxers and had fought at national level.
The Cockney Rejects were supporters of West Ham United Football Club, their hit-song I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles stemmed from a West Ham supporters' chant, which had been sung since the 1920s.
The Cockney Rejects expressed contempt for all politicians in their lyrics, and they rejected claims by the media that they had a British Movement following and/or supported it. In their first Sounds interview they mockingly referred to the British Movement as the 'German Movement' and stated that many of their...