my loveliest vinyl, part 12

Razors - Tommies gang (Konnekschen KON S4, 1981)
Razors – Tommies gang (Konnekschen KON S4, 1981)

Now this is history and this is sad. This has always been my favorite punk single from Hamburg, period. „Tommies gang“ (or „Tommy’s Gang“ as on the vinyl lable) has been one of the greatest „sing along the gangs all here“ anthems by far. And it means a lot to me as an „oldpunk“ from Hamburg. Also it means a lot since i had the luck to see them and spend time with them in the 70ties, in the 80ties, in the 90ties and yes in last 10 years. Sad that this has all been overshadowed by the tragic death of Schwabe, their guitar player and punk mastermind in Hamburg, in 2010. One of the most demanding things in my life was to attend his funeral – heart breaking.

1977 – 110%, punk in Hamburg back then was firmly fixed on UK1977!
published by a cool lable – Konnekschen run by Robert Nitz. Any questions, punk?
found in a cool shop – ticked, Konnekschen (prior to become „Unterm Durchschnitt“)
catching sound – stunning guitar/drum intro and utmost catchy chorus! fists in the air!
not too bad words – ok, now that is a trick question. What do you think you get with a bid of school englisch (and you actualy did not pay much attention in school). Nevermind, Danker mumbles the words anyway and the only item that matters is the chorus, eh?

The words of the song are long lost, this is what some people think it is:

he is in a gang he lives sick of the rats
his mother is a known prostitute
his father lives a dirty day
and hey tommy zero is alone

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

they are best friends and live the same life
these people are tommies gang
they are his life, his home and his future
they try to life tough, they are tommies kids

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

now he walks alone through a dead end street
and he hears the same voice again
with his eye on the street tommy zero goes
and his bid for the leader is gonna come

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

now he walks alone through a dead end street
and he hears the same voice again
with his eye on the street tommy zero goes
and his bid for the leader is gonna come

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang, your gang
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang, your gang

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

(c) Razors 1981

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