Following the success of this single, The Partisans were included on the third volume of Bushell’s Oi! compilation series Carry On Oi!, which reached #60 on the UK Album Chart, and won the band gig slots with Blitz, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and The Ejected, as well as a ‘No Future’ night at London’s Zig Zag Club with Red Alert, The Lombardos, and Peter and the Test Tube Babies. Although the band never viewed themselves as oi and prefer to be known simply as a Punk band.
The band released its second single, 17 Years of Hell, on 27 May 1982, peaking at #2 on the Indie Charts. This was followed by their self-titled debut LP, released in February 1983. It hit #5 in the Indie Chart and #1 in the Punk Chart, amid considerable critical acclaim from the national press and the underground fanzine culture.
After the departure of Louise Wright, the remaining members relocated to Bayswater in west London, with new bassist Dave Parsons to relaunch the band. Their next release was the three-track “Blind Ambition” EP on Cloak & Dagger Records, which peaked at #23 on the Indie Chart, and got played on Prime Time Radio 1. The LP, Time Was Right, followed in 1984, described as “The Professionals meets The Clash,” and reaching #20 in the Indie Chart. The album featured live recordings from a gig at the Brixton Ace, at which The Partisans supported Anthrax, Lost Cherrees, Conflict and others.
The band split up in 1984. Dave Parsons later found chart success with Transvision Vamp and, even later, became a worldwide success with Bush. Andy moved to Scandinavia. Andy and Rob recorded one more session in late 1989 for Link Records under the name Agent Orange including Andy’s then partner Iggi. In the late 1990s Lealand and Harrington reformed the band along with two of Lealand’s Swedish friends, Magnus Neundorff and Mikael “Gustav” Gustavsson. The band signed to American label TKO who issued the “So Neat” single in 2001, followed by a new full-length LP/CD in 2004 “Idiot Nation” on Dr. Strange. Currently the band are taking a break but will plan some live gigs in 2014