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Selected..the Rejected!

Daily Mirror
23 August 1979
Story: Ken Tossel
Picture: Tom Buist

These four 16-year-old punk rockers might look dejected. But soon they may find it difficult to live down to the name of their group . . . The Rejected.

For they performed a song they wrote – about the plight of jobless teenagers like themselves in their home town of Sunderland – on a BBC-2 documentary last week.

And now three recording companies are interested in the boys who “seem to be able to speak for their generation.”

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Tory councillor lashes BBC

Evening Chronicle
21 August 1979

A TELEVISION documentary which painted an abysmal picture of Sunderland may discourage industrialists from moving to the town. It probably frightened off Argentinian soccer star Alex Sabella and it could spark a huge migration of youngsters.

So says Tory councillor Joseph Landau, who condemned last week’s BBC-2 Brass Tacks programme as one-sided and unbalanced.

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Plight of the youngsters

Bradford Telegraph & Argus
14 August 1979

In Sunderland the problems of youth unemployment are writ large. There are 40 percent fewer small businesses than the national average. The shipyards and coalmines are threatened with closure. Dole queues and boredom are the lot of many youngsters in the area.

In Are the Kids All Right? BRASS TACKS (BBC-2, 8.5) talks to the young unemployed of Sunderland including Michael, a 16-year-old whose dreams of making it are all centred on his £300 guitar and his new band, The Rejected.

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We’re riveted by Brass Tacks

by Stafford Hildred
Birmingham Evening Mail
14 August 1979

BRASS TACKS” (BBC 2, 8.5), the current affairs show that has pioneered viewer participation, would like to announce a modest success. The Monday evening chance for feedback from the show – “Return Call to Brass Tacks” – has been extended until the end of the series.

And calls following the weekly Tuesday evening documentary to local radio stations across the country are building up to a regular avalanche.

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NO JOB, JUST A £300 GUITAR

The Liverpool Echo
14 August 1979
TV GUIDE
TONIGHT’S CHOICE

A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD who’s on the dole and whose dream of making something of his life centres on a £300 guitar is one of the most interesting characters in tonight’s Brass Tacks film (BBC-2, 8.10).

Although the film is about Sunderland, much of what it has to say about youth unemployment and bored youngsters could just as well apply to Liverpool.

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Kids on the scrap heap

Sunday Sun
12 August 1979

The youth of Sunderland is being thrown on the scrap heap. Unemployment has sapped their energy, they are shattered and just hanging about miserable.

That is the picture gained by a BBC film crew which they will pass on to the nation via “Brass Tacks – Are the Kids All Right?” (BBC-2, Thursday, 8.05 pm).

A New-Wave group called The Rejected is featured heavily and programme researcher Ian McNulty said the lads in it were the only positive youngsters they met among the unemployed.

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