The Exploited is a Scottish punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in 1978.

The Exploited is a Scottish punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in 1978.

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Were they the most nuanced, comprehensible punk band? No. Did they possess a wider polemic beyond the schisms mouse-trapped by SPG, Thatcher, or Cops? No. But the Exploited, beyond the garish sleeves and, as Lydon put it, 'limited range', had what few others often forgot or never had to start with: sincerity. The band displays all the typical checklist items - Bondage apparel, chains, studs, etc. But where as others just mime (mine?) for shock, they actually breath their's, hearts-on-sleeve.

Were they the most nuanced, comprehensible punk band? No. Did they possess a wider polemic beyond the schisms mouse-trapped by SPG, Thatcher, or Cops? No. But the Exploited, beyond the garish sleeves and, as Lydon put it, 'limited range', had what few others often forgot or never had to start with: sincerity. The band displays all the typical checklist items - Bondage apparel, chains, studs, etc. But where as others just mime (mine?) for shock, they actually breath their's, hearts-on-sleeve.

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Wattie (The Exploited)

Wattie (The Exploited)

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