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Origin: Edinburgh, Scottland

Genre: Anarcho Punk, Oi!, Gaelic Punk

Years active: 1981–present

Deek Allen
Cameron Tongs
Past members Ade (drummer)
Matt Finch (guitar)
Yaga (guitar)
Riley Briggs (guitar)
Murray Briggs (drums)
Chris Willsher (drums)
Goz (bass)
Calum Mackenzie (bass)
Brian Tipa

12″ LPs[edit]
Skins ‘N’ Punks Volume Two (Split w Betrayed) 1986
Unlimited Genocide (Split w A.O.A.) 1986
Mad As… (Split w Toxik Ephex) 1987
Unite And Win (Oi! Records) 1987
In Defence of Our Earth (Words of Warning Records) 1990
You’ve Heard It All Before Track on The Crass Covers Compilation album (Ruptured Ambitions Records) 1993
Fight Back! (Re-Release of Old Split Material) 1994
Total Anarchoi (Live/Studio Collection – CD/LP) 1996
Fuaim Catha (Skuld Records) 1999
Outraged by the System (Step-1 Music) 2002
Heavenly Peace (Split 12″ EP w Nikmat Olalim, Campari Records) 2006
Ar Ceòl Ar Cànan Ar-A-Mach (Self Release/Campari records/Nikt Nic Nie Wie) 2006
Gaidhlig na Lasair (compilation of underground Gaelic punk and techno)(Problem? Records) 2006
Total Resistance to the Fucking System (Plastic Bomb) 2008
SS Politician (Chaosrurale Records/Active Rebellion) 2010
Duisg! (Plastic Bomb/Active Rebellion) 2012
7″ EPs[edit]
Resist the Atomic Menace 1986 (re-released 1994)
Outrage 1988
Omnicide 1991 (Words of Warning Records)
Guilty (Ruptured Ambitions Records) 1993
Oi Polloi / Blownapart Bastards (Split) 1994
Oi Polloi – s/t (Nikt Nic Nie Wie)
Bare Faced Hypocrisy Sells Records The Anti-Chumbawamba EP w/Riot/Clone, The Bus Station Loonies, Anxiety Society, The Chineapple Punks, Love Chips and Peas, and Wat Tyler 1998 (Ruptured Ambitions Records)
THC (Campary Rec.) 1998
Let the Boots Do the Talking (Ruptured Ambitions Records) 1999
Carson? (Nikt Nic Nie Wie) 2003
Ceòl Gàidhlig mar Sgian nad Amhaich (compilation with Mill a h-uile rud, Atomgevitter and Nad Aislingean) (Problem Records) 2005
Mind the Bollocks (Kämäset Levyt Records) 2007
Cyklopen split EP with Kansalaistottelemattomuus 2010
Split EP with Appalachian Terror Unit Profane Existence (US)/NNNW (Europe) 2011
Split EP with Na Gathan (Limited May Tour Edition) Problem Records 2012


Oi Polloi are a punk rock band from Scotland that formed around 1981. Starting as an Oi! band, they are now generally more associated with the anarcho-punk genre. The band has become notable for their contributions to the Scottish Gaelic punk subgenre.[1] The name probably comes from the Greek expression “Οι πολλοί” and it is a pun on the phrase hoi polloi meaning “the masses” or “the common people”.

The band has gone through about 50 members since their formation, and their only permanent member has been vocalist Deek Allen, who has also been involved in Gaelic-language television. The band has included punks and skinheads. The members have been supporters of Anti-Fascist Action and Earth First!, and they use the motto “No Compromise in Defence of Our Earth,” which is an adaptation of Earth First!’s motto. They support direct action in defence of the environment, hunt sabotage and resistance against racism, sexism, homophobia, fascism and imperialism.

After gigs in the Edinburgh area and the recording of the band’s self-recorded first cassette demo, Last of the Mohicans, drummer Stu “Doccy” Dunn left to become a karate instructor. A second studio demo, Green Anarchoi and their first vinyl EP, Resist the Atomic Menace, followed.

Oi Polloi started singing in Scottish Gaelic in 1996, recording the Carson? EP, (2003), then recording and releasing the full-length LP Ar Ceòl Ar Cànan Ar-A-Mach in 2006.[2] The band members also use Scottish Gaelic in day-to-day communications.[3]

In 2013, they collaborated with CLÀR, a Scottish Gaelic publisher, to launch Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach, a Gaelic science fiction novel by Tim Armstrong, the singer of Mill a h-Uile Rud, at events at Elvis Shakespeare on Leith Walk and on The Cruz Boat at the shore in Leith.[4] The gig at Elvis Shakespeare happened at the same time as Hibernian F.C. played a 3-3 draw against St. Mirren F.C., an event which diverted police resources away from the punk rock street celebration, proving a significant landmark in Gaelic