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  • Punk pathetique is a subgenre of British punk rock that involved humour and working class cultural themes. The name of the genre was coined by then-Sounds journalist Garry Bushell, who actively championed many of its exponents. Punk pathetique was initially an attempt to characterize a group of London bands that embodied Cockney culture with a Dickensian working class attitude. Musically it was related to the Oi! subgenre. The cover of the 1980 Bushell/Sounds compilation album Oi the Album described the record as featuring "ruck 'n' rollers and punk pathetiques". In contrast to harder-edged Oi! bands with more serious lyrics, punk pathetique bands focused on the naughty, silly and trivial. Max Splodge of Splodgenessabounds said: "The pathetique bands are the other side of Oi! We're working class too, only whereas some bands sing about prison and the dole, we sing about pilchards and bums. The audience is the same." Some punk pathetique bands had notable success in the UK charts. Toy Dolls got to #4 in December 1984 with "Nellie the Elephant." Splodgenessabounds reached #7 in 1980 with "Simon Templar," and #26 with "Two Little Boys" later that year. According to Bushell:

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