English Rose

English Rose

History

Coalville, Leicestershire based Oi! band, formed in 1987. Originally called White Aggression but months before their first concert they changed their name to English Rose when it was realised a Swedish skinhead band (Vit Aggression) was using the same name. The original line-up was Jonesy vocals, Mick on guitar, Dean Porter on guitar, Spen on bass and David “Blakey” Blake (Brutal Attack, Bulldog Breed) on drums. Jonesy and Spencer “Spen” Liggett had both been in Oi! band British Born. Porter didn’t last long in the band. This line-up recorded an eight-track demo, which was sold locally and sent to a few labels. The label that showed most interest was Rebelles Europeens and after a few letters and phone calls a deal was struck to record. The first release was a single called ‘Proud Nationalist Warriors’, which was released in 1989. The next recording session was also for Rebelles Europeens in which four songs were recorded. ‘Warriors Of The Rose’ and ‘Stop The Invasion’ were released in 1992 on the ‘Last Chance’ compilation album. The other two tracks ‘We’re Back’ and ‘Justice-There’s No Justice’ were meant for volume 2 but it was never released. By this time Mick had left the band and a new guitarist was found by the name of Guiness, he played a handful of gigs and started recording the new album ‘Never Be Silenced’ before leaving the band following an incident with a gang of immigrants and a short time in prison. The album was completed with the help of former guitarist Mick and released by Rebelles Europeens in 1992.

The band was out of action for a while until along came a local ex-punk called Steve. Some practice sessions were arranged and the result was a new CD called ‘The Flame Still Burns’ released by German label Skull Records. Steve quit and he was replaced by Martin Cross (Razor’s Edge, Empire, Brutal Attack, Skrewdriver). They went into the studio to record four new songs, the first two ‘You Know Our Name’ and ‘Voice Of The Right’. The other two tracks ‘Choose Your Side’ and ‘White And Proud’ were released on a single by French label Boha Records. This is when Martin Cross quit the band and was replaced in 1995 by Paul Dirk (Close Shave, Razor’s Edge). They went into the studio again to record six new songs for various labels. The first two songs were ‘Feel Our Power – Feel Our Force’ and ‘Our Nation’ and were released on the Polish label Thor Records. The next two songs, ‘One Mission’ and ‘By Any Means’, were released by Nordland Records. The last two songs were recorded but have never been officially released these tracks were ‘Cheers, Thanks And All The Best’ and a cover of Skrewdriver’s ‘Blood And Honour’.

Back in the early ’90s they travelled with Squadron to Germany for a gig but were stopped by police on the motorway about an hour after landing. They thought it was just a routine check but they were made to leave the van and searched on the side of the road. They were held for a number of hours so the gig couldn’t go ahead and then they were released.

In late 1995 the band went independent and come 1996 saw the band go through a line-up change, this time bass player Spen decided to leave the band to give one hundred percent to his wife and children. There was more studio time lined up, and with the help of Brad of Squadron to stand in on bass so they could record three tracks for ‘Justice’, a compilation CD to raise money for political prisoners. It was released by French label BoHa Records. The three songs they contributed were ‘We’ll Overcome’, originally recorded by French skinhead band Legion 88, ‘Blood, Honour, Pride And Faith’ and ‘Segregation’.

The band once again had a full line-up when Andrew “Stinko” Lewis (Celtic Warrior, Blackout, Brutal Attack) joined the band on a part-time basis, which turned out in the end to be full-time and it wasn’t too long before the band was back up and playing live in Britain and Europe. The band decided it was time to record a full length CD, the result being ‘Dreams Of Freedom’. They felt let down by the studio and the engineer. They wanted to go back and remix the songs but the studio had already recorded over the master tapes. The same line-up travelled out to Germany together in January 1997 to a private birthday party and played a live set that was probably one of the best they had ever played. This set was recorded and one year later and after a bit of editing to remove some of the “politically incorrect” songs and speeches the ‘Live In Deutschland ’97’ was released by Movement Records. Sadly, Stinko later died of bowel cancer in 1998.

One gig they didn’t get to finish was in Germany as a memorial to Stinko. The police raided the venue half way through their set in riot gear and a riot ensued. The band officially joined the organisation Blood and Honour in 1996 and set up their own self-named label in the same year. Graham (Avalon) became the second guitarist. But due to the departure of Chris Telford the bassist, Graham became the bassist. Their final line-up was Jonesy on vocals, Tom former guitarist with Whitelaw on guitar, Graham on bass and Blakey on drums. Sisco was a one-time member of the band.

As of 2003 they officially became a recording project. In May 2005 Jonesy reformed English Rose with a Hungarian backing band and played a gig in Flanders.

Other bands featuring members of English Rose include White Aggression, Tattooed Mother FuckersDisturbed Mother FuckersBulldog Breed (with members from Squadron), Spearhead (with Avalon).

Discography

Official Productions

1989 – Demo – Own Production – Mc
1989 – Proud Nationalist Warriors – Rebelles Européens – RE 45 14 89 – France – 7″ Single
1992 – Never Be Silenced – Rebelles Européens – Re 33 38 92 – Lp
1994 – The Flame Still Burns – Skull Records – Skr024
1995 – Choose Your Side – Boha Records – 777 – France – 7″ Single
1996 – We’ll Never Be Silenced…While The Flame Still Burns – English Rose Productions – ER1 – UK – CD
1997 – You Know Our Name – Own Production – CD
1998 – Dreams Of Freedom – E.A. Productions – CD
1998 – Live In Deutschland ’97 – Movement Records – CD
1998 – The Flame Still Burns – Skull Records – Skrcd 119 – Germany – CD
2003 – Dreams Of Freedom – Micetrap Records – MICE006 – USA – CD
2006 – We’ll Never Be Silenced…While The Flame Still Burns – Micetrap Records – MICETRAP019 – USA – CD
2007 – A Tribute To The Memory of Ian Stuart & Skrewdriver – Loyalty Records – LOY002 – Hungary – CD
2007 – The White Album / Punk As Fuck – Rampage Productions – RAMP010 – UK – CD
2008 – The White Album / Punk As Fuck – Oi! Ain’t Red Records – OAR002- Germany – LP
2010 – One Mission – Midgård Records – WPWW06 – Sweden – EP
2012 – Crucified – Hostile Class Productions HCP017 – USA – 7″
2013 – Forever Skinhead – Moloko Plus Versand – MPCD43 – Germany – CD
2016 – A Tribute To The Memory of Ian Stuart & Skrewdriver – Esprit de Corps Services – EDC001LP – USA – LP
2019 – The White Album / Punk As Fuck – Rose of RAC – 03 – UK – LP
2022 – A Tribute To The Memory of Ian Stuart & Skrewdriver – Reconquista Europa – RE06 – Europe – LP

Live Albums
2005 – Live in Deutschland ’97 – Micetrap Records – CD
2005 – B & H Stinko Memorial Live – ????? – CD
2021 – RAC Live in Deutschland – Not on label – Europe – vinyl

Split
2005 – English Rose & Vérszerzödés – United Forces – UFS-14 – Europe – CD
2006 – English Rose & Kill Baby, Kill! – Good Night Left Side – G.N.L.S. Records GNLS001 – Europe – CD
2006 – English Rose & Kill Baby, Kill! – Good Night Left Side! – Triple R Music – 01 – Europe – vinyl
2018 – English Rose & Vérszerzödés – Rose of RAC – 02 – UK – vinyl
2018 – English Rose & Vérszerzödés – Rose of RAC – CD02 – UK – CD
2022 – English Rose & Kill Baby, Kill! – Good Night Left Side! – Triple R Music – 01 – Europe – vinyl

Samplers
1992 – Last Chance… – Rebelles Europeens – (06. Warriors of the Rose, 12. Stop the Invasion)
1994 – Blood & Honour – Vol. 1 – ISD Records – UK – (05. Voice of the Right, 15. You Know Our Name)
1995 – Street Soldiers / Soldados de Rua – Dogs of War Music – DOGSCD001 – (06. A.W.B., 16. Rock Against Communism) This is War (06. Hail)
1996 – White Pride World Wide – Vol. 3 (16. One Mission…, 17. By Any Means)
1994 – White Power Skins – Vol. 2 – Skull Records – SKR022 – (09. Never Change Me)
1996 – White Power Skins – Vol. 3 – Nordland – (02. One Mission…)
1996 – Keep it White – Vol. I – Thor Records – (10. Feel Our Power – Feel Our Force, 11. Our Nation)
1999 – This Is War – Iron Eagle Division – 88-2 – (Hail) – MC
2000 – Nordland Best of Vol. 1 – Nordland Records – NOR002 – (Alive & Kicking)
2001 – Harte Zeiten, Harte Pflichten – Vol. VI – Harte Zeiten Records – HZCD006 – (03. Make Them Pay)
2002 – Final Attack – Vol. 1 – Ohrwurm Records – (17. Feel our Pride)
2003 – A Mighty Lion Roars – Micetrap Records – MICE009 – USA – (23. Hail!, 24. Proud to be Skinhead)
2003 – Voice of Britain – Vol. 2 – Rampage Productions – RAMP001 – UK – (07. Fuck The USA, 08. Showdown)
2006 – Tribute to Legion 88 – Street Fighting Records – (19. Vaincre)
2006 – Tribute to Strikeforce – In Memory of RepoSkin – Iron Eagle Division –  1488-1 IED – (09. Hail, 23. Proud To Be A Skinhead)
2008 – Rising from the Ashes – Tunes for a New Hope – Micetraps Records – (15. Police Aggression, 16. Never Be Silenced, 17. S.H.A.R.P., 18. Blood & Honour)
2008 – A Tribute to Ken & Brutal Attack – GNLS Records – (01. Put Your Hands in My Hands)
2008 – A.C.A.B. in Hungary – Veres Kard Production – (14. Hail the New Dawn)
2009 – Day of the Rope 4 – Strong Survive Records – CD052/2009 – CD (Keep Them Separated)
2011 – United Skins – For Freedom of Speech – Oi! Ain’t Reds Records – (05. Judgement Day)
2018 – Changing of the Guard – American Defense Records – (Shaved for Battle)
2019 – The Struggle to Exist! – Esprit de Corps Services – EDC004CD – (The Only One)
2023 – White Power Skins – Vol. 3 – Nordland – (02. One Mission…) – LP
???? – Justice – A P.O.W. Support Compilation – BoHa Records – CD01 – (11. We Will Over Come, 12. Blood, Honour, Pride, Faith, 13. Segregation)
???? – Veres Kard – Live in Hungary 13 Nov 2004 – Lel Records – LEL001 – Hungary (Get Into ‘Em)

Track Lists

Demo
01. Proud Nationalist Warrior (4:05)
02. For Race & Nation (3:04)
03. Ulster (3:07)
04. Wasting Away (3:30)
05. Uprising (3:08)
06. Take Vengeance (3:02)
07. Pervert Scum (3:55)
08. No! We Won’T Listen (3:50)

Proud Nationalist Warriors
01. Proud Nationalist Warriors (4.33)
02. Wasting Away (3:48)

Never Be Silenced
01. Never Be Silenced (4:29)
02. Smash Red Action (3:03)
03. There’s No Justice (2:48)
04. For Race & Nation (4:06)
05. Traitor Beware (2:58)
06. Police Aggression (3:35)
07. S.H.A.R.P. (2:53)
08. Wasting Away (3:53)
09. Stop The Invasion (2:48)
10. England Belongs To Me (3:09)

The Flame Still Burns
01. A.W.B. (3:55)
02. Rock Against Communism (2:28)
03. Torn Apart (3:11)
04. Make Them Pay (2:21)
05. We Remember You (3:07)
06. White Unity (3:34)
07. No Friend Of Mine (3:24)
08. The Flame Still Burns (3:40)
09. Alive And Kicking (3:37)
10. Never Change Me (3:07)

Choose Your Side
01. Choose Your Side (3:45)
02. White & Proud (3:05)

Limited to 1,000 copies in black vinyl with lyrics insert.

We’ll Never Be Silenced…When The Flame Still Burns
01. Never Be Silenced
02. Smash Red Action
03. There’s No Justice
04. For Race & Nation
05. Traitor Beware
06. Police Aggression
07. S.H.A.R.P.
08. Wasting Away
09. Stop The Invasion
10. England Belongs To Me
11. A.W.B. (Ready & Waiting)
12. Rock Against Communism
13. Torn Apart
14. Make ’em Pay
15. We Remember You
16. White Unity
17. No Friend Of Mine
18. The Flame Still Burns
19. Alive And Kicking
20. Never Change Me

…You Know Our Name…
01. Proud Nationalist Warriors (4:33)
02. Wasting Away (3:48)
03. Stop The Invasion (3:04)
04. We’re Back (3:40)
05. There’s No Justice (2:56)
06. Warriors Of The Rose (5:11)
07. White & Proud (3:05)
08. Voice Of The Right (2:40)
09. Choose Your Side (3:45)
10. You Know Our Name (2:51)
11. Skinheads (2:50)
12. England Belongs To Me (2:59)
13. S.H.A.R.P. (2:49)
14. The Flame Still Burns (2) (3:47)
15. When The Lightning Strikes (3:07)

Dreams Of Freedom
01. Hail (3:17)
02. You Won’t Get My Vote (4:03)
03. On The Inside (3:55)
04. Get Into ‘Em (2:47)
05. Our Nation (5:34)
06. Hear My Call (3:09)
07. Proud To Be A Skinhead (3:10)
08. A Road To Nowhere (4:13)
09. Show Of Strength (2:57)
10. Parasite (3:28)
11. Crucified (2:35)
12. We Never Hide (4:22)

Rac Live In Deutschland ’97
01. By Any Means (4:42)
02. Voice Of The Right (2:43)
03. Skinheads (3:06)
04. Wasting Away (4:12)
05. Segregation (3:16)
06. Make ‘Em Pay (2:32)
07. For Race & Nation (4:17)
08. We’ll Overcome (2:13)
09. Rock Against Communism (2:31)
10. S.H.A.R.P. (2:47)
11. Choose Your Side (3:06)
12. You Know Our Name (3:11)
13. S.H.A.R.P. (2:43)
14. Blood & Honour (4:19)
15. White Power (2:01)
16. Deutschland Belongs To Us (2:59)

This Was Reissued In 2021 On Limited Edition Vinyl As Either Black, Yellow, Or White Vinyl.

B & H Stinko Memorial Concert Live 2005
01. You Know Our Name (2:45)
02. Fuck The USA (2:50)
03. Rac (2:44)
04. Blood & Honour (3:41)
05. England Belongs To Me (2:50)
06. Choose Your Side (3:30)

Recorded Live At The B & H Stinko Memorial Concert In August 2005, Crayford, Kent.

A Tribute To Ian Stuart & Skrewdriver
01. I Dont Like You (1:46)
02. Back With A Bang (3:34)
03. Boots And Braces (3:08)
04. Hail The New Dawn (2:51)
05. Our Pride Is Our Loyalty (2:04)
06. Race And Nation (1:35)
07. Mr. Nine To Five (1:50)
08. Streetfight (1:27)
09. White Rider (3:07)
10. Win Or Die (2:32)
11. Their Kingdom Will Fall (2:08)
12. Backstabber (2:19)
13. Oh No, Here Comes A Commie (2:41)
14. European Battle Song (2:43)

This was reissued on vinyl via Esprit de Corpse Services as limited edition, numbered vinyl as either grey/white splatter, cream, or white vinyl. There was also a special edition released by Reconquista Europa records in 2022.

The White Album / Punk As Fuck
01. Bastards (A.C.A.B.) (3:25)
02. Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2:52)
03. For Freedom We Will Fight (2:42)
04. Our Flags Of War (2:03)
05. I Don’t Need It – I Don’t Want It (1:46)
06. You Make Me Smile (2:10)
07. No Good, Dirty Scum (2:25)
08. I Remember You All (2:58)
09. You Won’t Kill Your Spirit (2:46)
10. Show Some Pride (2:37)
11. Fuck ‘Em All (1:55)
12. My Life – My Fate (1:46)

The Oi! Ain’t Red Records reissue was vinyl limited edition, numbered as either black, blue, red, or white vinyl. There was a later 2019 reissue from Rose of RAC records as white or black vinyl.

One Mission
01. One Mission…
02. By Any Means

Vinyl release as limited edition, numbered black or red or white promo vinyl.

Forever Skinheads
01. On The Inside
02. Our Nation
03. Hear My Call
04. Proud To Be A Skinhead
05. A Road To Norwhere
06. Show Of Strength
07. Parasite
08. Crucified
09. Torn Apart
10. Make Em Pay
11. We Remember You
12. No Friend Of Mine
13. Never Change Me
14. Never Be Silence
15. England Belongs To Me
16. Mr. Nine To Five
17. European Battle Song
18. For Freedom We Will Fight
19. I Remember You All
20. We Ll Overcome
21. Deutschland Belongs To Me

Also released reissued not on a label on CD as numbered limited edition, wooden box set or tin case or regular CD.

 

Warriors of the Rose
01. Feel Our Power – Feel Our Force 3:14
02. Our Nation 5:19
03. Fuck The USA 2:32
04. Put Your Hands In My Hands 3:01
05. We Will Over Come 2:02
06. Judgement Day 3:53
07. Blood, Honour, Pride, Faith 3:23
08. Segregation 3:16
09. Voice Of The Right 2:40
10. Warriors Of The Rose 5:11
11. Stop The Invasion 3:04
12. Rock Against Communism 2:29

Originally released as limited edition vinyl via Rose of RAC records as either black, white, red or blue vinyl. Also released via Load Aim & Fire Records – LA&F009 – Belgium as CD and limited edition numbered tin box CD.

English Rose & VérszerzödéS – United Forces

VérszerzödéS
01. Sh (2:39)
02. A Rendszer Mocsarában (2:00)
03. Nektek… (3:03)
04. Balhé (2:34)
05. Beteg Ez A Társadalom (3:08)

English Rose
06. United Forces (2:32)
07. Come The Revolution (2:01)
08. For The Fourteen Words (2:36)
09. Don’t Turn Your Back (3:18)
10. Stormtrooper (3:21)
11. For Your Future (2:07)

The Rose Of Rac Reissue Was Limited Edition Vinyl Either As Black, Clear Blue Or Clear Yellow. There Was Also A Numbered Digipak Box Set Version On Cd.

English Rose & Kill Baby, Kill! – Good Night Left Side

English Rose
01. You’d Better Heed This Warning (2:54)
03. Come And Take Your Place (3.10)
05. Shoulder To Shoulder (3:05)
07. The Nation Burns (2:43)
09. We’re Number One (2:47)

Kill Baby, Kill!
02. Traitor (3:25)
04. Skins Don’t Run (3:13)
06. We’ve Got The Power (2:51)
08. Child Molester (2:24)
10. A.C.F. (Aids Cures Fags) (3:11)

Crucified
01. Crucified
02. Police Aggression

Released as either black or clear red vinyl.