Sham 69 singer accuses bandmates of ‘jumping ship’

Jimmy Pursey vows to go it alone

Sham 69 singer Jimmy Pursey has compared his sacking from the band “as a mutiny on the bounty” and vowed to carry on with the punk veterans’ name alone.

As previously reported, the band ditched the founding member on the eve of the 30th anniversary.

The frontman has now hit back at his former bandmates – Dave Parsons (guitarist) and Ian Whitewood (drummer) – after they decided to part ways with the singer “following his lack of interest in playing live”.


“What they have done is disgusting and I will never play with them again,” he ranted. “I’ve never pulled out of a gig since this band started at any last minute. As for dictatorship the only thing I didn’t agree on was playing any revival gigs for the sake of money.

Speaking to NME.COM, he declared: “I formed this band in 1975 and the way this band has been from the start has been like a sailing ship. We’ve been through all sorts of blood, sweat and bollocks and I never once bit the bullet. This is a case of mutiny on the bounty because they didn’t even tell me. They have quickly tried to get rid of me by jumping ship.”

The singer said that he believes the main reason for the split is down to him re-recording the band’s famous hit ‘Hurry Up Harry’ with Graham Coxon for the World Cup last summer.

“It all went fucking pear (shaped) when I did that fucking song with Coxon,” he explained. “The band didn’t like it because we were supposed to tour South America and I couldn’t go because we had to do this song.

“To be honest I didn’t want anything to do with that fucking football song. But when somebody calls you saying you’re the people’s choice and it’s for charity, what am supposed to do? I can’t say no, can I?”

According to Pursey, the last time he had any contact with the band was when they performed a gig at London‘s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last October.


He also revealed that the band have been working on an album for the last five years which is due for release “imminently”.

Pursey added: “One thing I won’t have is the rest of them carrying on with the name Sham 69. It is my band and its my title. This album will definitely come out imminently, I can tell you that.”


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