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Angelic Upstarts: Teenage Warning (Warner Brothers)

Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 11 August 1979

NEWCASTLE'S Upstarts are already, for obvious and not so obvious reasons, being prepared by the vulture voyeurs as the successors to Sham. I'm not sure what that means. I suppose it means that because of appearance, anthemic noise, naive determination and the violent impulses of their crass visions they're set to attract similar sorts of publicity-soaked fans, and thus to adopt the lethal mantle of the voice of the hairless confused.

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