Phil Odgers

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Known forOne half of folk-rebel-rockers

Phil Odgers is a resident of Hanwell, West London and is best known for being one half of folk-rebel-rockers The Men They Couldn't Hang formed in 1984. Phil was born in Oban in Scotland to an Irish mother and a Yorkshire father and rerouted to the south of England as a child[1]. Phil Odgers says his surname comes from Scandinavia and is a Viking name for Wealth Spear[2]. His writing style tells life stories with a conscience and a heart [3] and he addresses political issues of inequality, unfairness and a political system that rewards the rich and penalises the poor[4]. With many different influences on his music, the first record he bought was Anarchy in the UK [5]. Odgers has said that being in a rock band should be easy, "anyone within a week or two should be able to bash out a tune".[6] The Shetland Times reflects on Philip Odgers' belty vocals [7] and The Men They Couldn't Hang have a dedicated cult following[8].

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  1. "Gig Preview: Phil Odgers at Cobalt Studios, Newcastle". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. Kershaw, Liz. "Liz and Phil Odgers". BBC Sounds. BBC 6 Music. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. "Phil Odgers". Hanwell Hootie.
  4. Ewart, Alan. "Interview: Phil Odgers – The Men They Couldn't Hang". Louder Than War. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. Wright, Jade. "The Men They Couldn't Hang on Elvis Costello and Elvis Presley". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  6. "Story of coming to London and starting a band - Phil Odgers plays 'The Story'". YouTube.
  7. Johnson, Peter. "Men They Couldn't Hang prove they are still alive and kicking". The Shetland Times.
  8. Denselow, Robin (23 April 2014). "The Men They Couldn't Hang review – rowdy 30th anniversary shindig". The Guardian.

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