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Classic Album Review: The Business | No Mercy For You

The long-running London punks continue to put the boot in on their umpteenth disc.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


It is said those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes, that might not be such a bad deal.

Look at long-running London punks The Business. More than two decades after this Oi! quartet first started putting the boot in — and after most of of their competitors gave up the ghost — these guys still haven’t lost a step. In fact, their umpteenth album No Mercy For You finds the old scoundrels picking up steam. Tracks like Guinness Boys and Takers & Users have all the choppy, ringing guitars and East End terrace-chant bravado of first-wave punk, while the lyrics to fist-pumpers like Hate K.D. (it stands for Kill Destroy) and instant classic Steal This Record show their attitude hasn’t softened with age. It’s grand to see that some folks still mean business.