Sham 69 is an English punk band. It was formed in 1976 in Hersham, Surrey, England.
Although it is not as successful as many of their colleague, Sham 69 has been a major influence in music and lyrics on the Oi! and streetpunk genres. The band assumed that they derived their name from a piece of graffiti that founder Jimmy Pursey saw on a wall.
The band released their first single, "I Don't Wanna", in August 1977, on Step Forward Records. It is produced by John Cale (formerly of the Velvet Underground), and its success in the independent charts prompted Polydor Records to sign the band. In January 1978, their major label debut album was "Borstal Breakout" followed by UK Singles Chart success with "Angels With Dirty Faces" (reach number 19 in May 1978) and "If the Kids Are United" (become number 9 in July 1978). The group had more chart success with "Hurry Up Harry" (reach number 10 in October 1978), which came from their second LP and first full studio album, "That's Life". The group's fame was improved by their performances on Top Of The Pops, and the band perform in the film, D.O.A.. Finally, the band left punk rock and embrace classic British rock and its established in their third album "The Adventures of the Hersham Boys".