Klasse Kriminale

Savona, spring of 1985.

Marco founded Klasse Kriminale when Punk Rock in Italy was considered dead.

However, the movement was in fact quite alive, and Klasse Kriminale began their long career.

In 1988, after some line-up changes, Klasse Kriminale recorded their first single “Costruito In Italia”, which did well in Italy as well as abroad.

Klasse Kriminale's sound is a strong mixture of Oi!, Punk, Ska and Reggae. Their lyrics speak of social problems, such as work, unemployment, drugs, media, street-life, and generational gaps. The band's influences run from Sham 69, The Clash and Angelic Upstarts to The Specials.

In 1989 Klasse Kriminale recorded their debut album "Ci Incotreremo Ancora Un Giorno" in studios used by Nabat.

Shows followed with The Stab, Rappresaglia, Ghetto 84, Nabat, Red Alert, Lurkers, GBH, Oppressed, Angelic Upstarts, Sham 69, Red London, Public Toys, Agnostic Front, Snap Her, Stage Bottles, US Bombs, Dropkick Murphys, The Business, The Toasters, UK Subs, Rancid, Ruts DC and many others...

Klasse Kriminale played all over the world: UK, Germany, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium...; they also toured in Japan, Canada, Russia and in U.S.A. (on East Coast with Dropkick Murphys, Mad Ball, Templars); they have played at anti-racist and anti-fascist meetings and played at european festivals, such as Holidays In The Sun, Wasted, Rebellion, Force Attack, Monte Paradiso, Rude Boy Unity, Punk & Disorderly...

In their 30 years and counting career, Klasse Kriminale has recorded:

-"Costruito n Italia" their debut single

-"Ci Incontreremo Ancora Un Giorno" their debut album

-"Faccia A Faccia" (for the sub-label of New Rose, Division Nada, managed by Francois, ex Berurier Noir and with Alteau's artwork)

-"I Ragazzi Sono Innocenti" that has become a classic italian punk rock record

-"1985-95, Orgoglio Per Le Tue Passioni"

-"Live/Vivo"

-"Mind Invaders" (7” featured by Luther Blissett)

-"Electric Caravanas" (produced by Jimmy "Sham 69" Pursey)

-"I Know This Boy" (with Riccardo Pedrini, writer and Nabat guitarist)

-"Stai Vivendo O Stai Sopravvivendo?"

-"Welcome To Genoa" (one CD with a video-track about the police violence during the G8 in Genoa)

-“Live & Loud” (released in Russia)

-"Klasse Kriminale," (produced by Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers)

-"Riot! Are You Ready? (out only in Japan and in the USA)

-"Heavyweight Oi! Championship Of The World" (Split EP with The Oppressed), "Oi! The Resurrection EP!" (split 7" with The Gonads)

-“2 bands” (split EP with The 69 Yobsters, Japanese limited ediction)

-"Strength & Unity" out on Havin' A Laugh Records

-"Oi! Una Storia, The Rise And Fall Of The Stylish Kids" a concept album about the story of Oi! music released by Contra Records in Europe and by Anfibio Records in Italy

-"Rude Club" featuring Lars Frederiksen and Payback on vocals in the track STESSO SANGUE, released by Randale Records

...and countless other singles and compilation

Some of their greatest hits came out of Argentina, Brazil and in all European countries ("The Best Of Klasse Kriminale" came out on Captain Oi!; they were the first non-English speaking act to appear on this label).

Marco, in those years, worked on his fanzine "Kriminal Class", has produced some compilations ("Oi! It's A World League", "Oi! Against Silvio", "Oi! Against Racism" and many others.) and he has helped bring numerous punk rock bands to Italy for shows.

Klasse Kriminale is definetely one of the most representative acts in the punk rock scene worldwide.

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