1970s Music: Symarip’s ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’.
Above Photo: The single cover but not the band.
Symarip released their iconic single, Skinhead Moonstomp, from an album of the same name in the 1970. Back then, being ten years old, I was too young to understand the Ska influences in the song, but they were obviously among the reasons I liked it.
Now when I hear the song, it reminds me most of gang fights we used to have with adjoining council estates in Liverpool, when skinheads would turn up and get stuck in too.
I briefly recite this wayward period of badly dressed, amateur gang fighting in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! where Symarip and Skinhead Moonstomp also get early mentions.
Apparently ‘Symarip’ is an almost-reversal of the word ‘pyramids’.
In later life I was surprised to discover the band were all of Jamaican descent (which accounted for the Ska influences), given the song was by then a rallying cry for the Skinhead movement.
I’ve added a You Tube link to their video for Skinhead Moonstomp below.
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