Charlie Harper (singer)

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Charlie Harper
Background information
Birth name David Jud Casper
Born (1944-05-25) 25 May 1944 (age 73)
Cundy Cross, Barnsley, England
Origin England
Genres Punk rock, R&B, garage rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, producer
Instruments Vocals, harmonica, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts The Marauders, U.K. Subs, The Urban Dogs, Charlie's Harbour Rats

Charlie Harper (born David Jud Casper, 25 May 1944, Cundy Cross, Barnsley) is a British singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer from the punk band U.K. Subs.


A former hairdresser,[1][2] he was already a veteran of the London R&B scene at the time of the UK Subs being formed in 1976.[3][4] Prior to forming the UK Subs, he was the frontman and founder of The Marauders between 1975 and 1976.

In 1980 his solo single release "Barmy London Army" spent one week at #68 in the UK Singles Chart.[5] He has also recorded with his side project The Urban Dogs and released a solo album entitled Stolen Property and a second solo single "Freaked". As well as singing he also plays the harmonica and bass, he played rhythm guitar on the UK Subs album Diminished Responsibility. He still typically performs between 150 and 200 gigs per year with the UK Subs.[6]




  • Stolen Property(1981), Flicknife


  • "Barmy London Army"/"Talk Is Cheap" (1980), Gem
  • "Freaked"/"Jo" (1981), Ramkup - UK Indie no. 17[7]

with UK Subs[edit]

see U.K. Subs#Discography

with The Urban Dogs[edit]


  • Urban Dogs (1983), Fall Out - UK Indie no. 18[7]
  • No Pedigree (1985), Flicknife
  • Wipeout Beach (1998), Raw Power
  • Bonefield (2012), Time and Matter
  • Attack! (2016), Time and Matter


  • "New Barbarians" (1982), Fall Out - UK Indie no. 15[7]
  • "Limo Life" (1983), Fall Out - UK Indie no. 16[7]
  • "(We Don't Want No) Millenium Dome" (1999), Raw Power
  • "Rebellion Song" (2014), Time and Matter
  • "Trick or Treat" (2016), Time and Matter

with Charlie's Harbour Rats[edit]

  • "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms" single (2012), Punkerama

with Captain Sensible[edit]

  • Too Much Reality EP (2013), Time and Matter


  • New Barbarians: The Best Of Charlie Harper And The Urban Dogs (1999), Captain Oi!

Recorded tributes[edit]


  1. ^ Charlie Harper - Music Artist Band Bio Archived 15 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. -
  2. ^ Miami New Times - Grandpa Punk
  3. ^ Biography Archived 15 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. -
  4. ^ ARTISTdirect - UK Subs Biography
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 244. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Cult heroes: UK Subs' Charlie Harper is less a punk than a heroic old soldier - The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980–1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, pp. 109, 243

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