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Punk Band Chelsea and The Right To Work.

Punk Band Chelsea and The Right To Work.

Above Photo: the cover for Chelsea’s Right to Work single, from 1977.

I excitedly bought Chelsea’s single The Right To Work which had The Loner on the B side, in 1977 shortly after I’d been converted to Punk.

The Chelsea album, produced in 1979.

The Chelsea album, produced in 1979.

Back then, and especially in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the song had significance for many people in the UK as the country headed into a massive recession, and millions lost their jobs in factories, shops, car plants, warehouses and docks all around the country.

This grim economic and social period forms the backdrop to my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!. It became even more relevant after I’d finally walked away from the Liverpool band scene and found myself on the dole, wondering what the fuck to do with the rest of my life.

Chelsea live (the Ghost Garden, Flikr)

Chelsea live (the Ghost Garden, Flikr)

Back then, Chelsea were a fairly hardcore punk band, and three of its early members, including Billy Idol, left to form another early Punk band favourite of mine called Generation X in 1976.

A young Billy Idol (left) playing guitar with Chelsea in 1976.

A young Billy Idol (left) playing guitar with Chelsea in 1976.

I’ve added the two tracks below, but I’ve included a live version of The Right to Work, which, although recorded in 1983, really conveys the power, energy and chaos of a Punk gig.

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Chelsea – Right To Work (Live at the Bierkeller in Blackpool, UK, 1983)

The B Side of Right to Work was The Loner, which is a track I still really like listening to as well:

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