The Business, one of our earliest Oi! outfits, kept the flag flying longer than most, but by 1988 even they’d had enough. Their last UK show was the legendary Main Event in London, and then no more was heard of the cheeky chappies for around four years.
In 1992 singer Micky Fitz made a tentative ‘guest’ appearance at London’s Astoria with The Elite. The audience response got him thinking, and he reformed the band for a Bobby Moore Cancer Trust charity gig with former members Steve Whale, Steve Kent, Micky Fairbairn and new bassist Lol Proctor. The Business found that they had a surprising new fanbase around Europe and the US, and toured both territories, releasing the Anywhere But Here single for German label Walzwerk in April 1994. At the end of the same year they confirmed their new-found status with the magnificent Keep The Faith, on Century Media.
Lyrically, the old streetwise themes prevailed, but the production was much lusher than the band had previously enjoyed, and they wisely upped the pace in keeping with the times. It laid the foundation for the ‘new’ Business, which, with Fitz still at the helm, continues packing ’em in at punk festivals around the world.