Forget the fact that Rancid ever existed for a moment.Also forget that he hangs around with convicted pedophiles in the Sacro area. Then also forget the fact that he somehow got to produce most of the big bands in US Oi! in the early '00 and twisted their sounds so much that some bands actually put "NOT produced by Lars Fredricksen" with big letters on the back of their records. Lets forget that he ran the label Hellcat records that was supposed to stand up for real punk but all it did was distort it into some popalternative psychobillycrossculturecandycoated bullshit. Lets forget all that for a moment and be openminded to the guy.
I visited one of my favourite Swedish punkbloggs and heard the news some weeks ago but thought that it was a joke. Lars Fredricksen has now in his 40's turned skinhead and started his first Oi! band. I thought it might be ok since i actually kind of liked his first record with The bastards but then i heard the name...... The Old Firm Casuals!
I know what Lars thinks that to be a real skinhead you must be deep into the football scene but sit back Larsa and let me explain something for you.
Casuals has nothing to do with skinheads and skinheads has nothing to do with casuals. Mods probably has more to do with casuals i mean hell even Take That and Boyzone has more to do with casuals then the Oi! scene has or ever will have.
And if your going to use hooliganism into your bandname you should probably do some research about it before incorporating parts of actually existing firmnames from England into the name and on top of that use a symbol from another team in your logo (some people actually take this stuff seriously and have verry little to lose). I would actually like to invite Larsa and those other two toughguys to a match in England so they could see for themselfs that its not really as bad as it seems in those streetfightclips on youtube (where i guess the boys found their love for the sport in the first place) and if then later i could leave them with some cocesniffing knifestabbin cockneylad to show them what names are ok to use and what names will get you stomped no matter how many tattoo's you have on your face.
Its actually disgusting that a guy in his 40's with all that money and fame gets so caught up in something like European hooliganism that othervise only 14 year old Adidas/hoodie kids look up to.
And why the hell is Oi! the boat backing this crap up i actually like that label?