U.K. Subs

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U.K. Subs
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UK Subs performing in 2007
Background information
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Street punk
Oi!
Years active 1976–present
Labels New Red Archives
Captain Oi!
Fallout
Time & Matter Recordings
Diablo
RCA
Associated acts The Damned, Rancid, The Flying Padovanis, The Urban Dogs, King Kurt
Website UK Subs Official Website
Members Charlie Harper
Jet
Jamie Oliver
Alvin Gibbs
Past members Nicky Garratt
Steve Slack
Terry Bones
Gregor Kramer
Jacek Ostoya
Pete Davies
David Ayer
Alan Campbell
Rory Lyons
Belvy K
Matthew McCoy
Steve Roberts
Brian Barnes
Tony Gannon
Paul Slack
Mal Asling
Benjie Bollox
Rab Fae Beith

The U.K. Subs are an English punk rock band, among the earliest in the first wave of British punk.[1] Formed in 1976,[2] the mainstay of the band has been vocalist Charlie Harper, originally a singer in Britain's R&B scene. They were also one of the first street punk bands.

Career[edit]

The U.K. Subs were part of the original punk movement in England that formed in 1976, with the initial name of the Subversives.[2] The band's founder, Charlie Harper selected guitarist Nicky Garratt, bassist Paul Slack, and various drummers (eventually Pete Davis became fairly stable) under the initial name "U.K. Subversives".[3] The London based band's early line-up changed frequently.

Their style combined the energy of punk and the rock and roll edge of the then thriving pub rock scene. The band had some hit singles such as "Stranglehold", "Warhead", "Teenage", and "Tomorrow's Girls", with several of their songs managing to enter the United Kingdom's Top Forty.

The band played several John Peel sessions in 1977 and 1978 for BBC Radio 1,[1] and then signed a recording contract with GEM Records.[1] Under GEM, the U.K. Subs recorded an album in 1979 called Another Kind of Blues. The group also played a few opening gigs for The Police, as well as recording a set at The Roxy (a punk club), which was issued in 1980 as Live Kicks. Their biggest selling album came with 1980s Crash Course. Crash Course was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 30 May 1980 during the Brand New Age tour.

In 1979 Julien Temple wrote and directed a short film Punk Can Take It, a parody of wartime documentaries, that consisted mainly of the U.K.Subs playing live on stage.[4] The film had a theatrical release.[5]

With the arrival of new bassist Alvin Gibbs and drummer Steve Roberts in the early 1980s, the songs took on a more heavy metal-influenced edge. In July 1982, they became the first western band to perform in Poland since the imposition of martial law, and the suppression of the trade union, Solidarity.[6] Their concert was held in Gdansk, and they were supported by Brygada Kryzys.[7] In 1991, the U.K. Subs also had Lars Frederiksen (now of Rancid) on guitar for a 30 date UK tour. Decades after the disbanding of other late-1970s punk groups such as the Sex Pistols and The Clash, the U.K. Subs continue to perform.

Successive U.K. Subs album titles start with consecutive letters of the alphabet, and according to an interview with TxPunk.net, the band will start the process over after reaching the letter "Z". The U.K. Subs song "Down on the Farm" was covered by Guns N' Roses on their 1993 covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?". The U.K. Subs joined the bill for the 2006 Fiend Fest. The band have toured with The Misfits, The Adicts, Osaka Popstar, Agent Orange, and The Ramones.[citation needed] The U.K. Subs song "Warhead" is played in the movie, This Is England.

In 2007, drummer Jamie Oliver was a contestant on the UK quiz show Nothing But the Truth. Vocalist Charlie Harper was among the panel of witnesses. Oliver reached the £5000 mark, but lost it all in a bid to double his winnings. They are also one of the regular bands to play the Rebellion Festival nearly every year since it has been called The Holidays In The Sun Festival in 1996. Other bands are: 999, Goldblade, T.V Smith, The Vibrators, Subhumans, Vice Squad, Slaughter and the Dogs, Menace and Chelsea.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

 

Lead vocals[edit]

Guitars[edit]

  • Richard Anderson (1976–77)
  • Darrell Barth (1986–87, 1989–91, 1999)
  • Greg Brown (Autumn 1977)
  • Alan Campbell (1992–2004)
  • Lars Frederiksen (1991)
  • Nicky Garratt (1977–1983, 1988, 1996, 1999–2002, 2004–Present)
  • Robbie Harper (1977)
  • Jet (2005–Present)
  • Knox (1987)
  • Alan Lee (1987–89)
  • Simon Rankin (2001)
  • Andy McCoy (1988)
  • Jim Moncur (1984–1986)
  • Karl Morris (1991, 1994)
  • Phil Pain (1996)
  • Tezz Roberts (1984–85, 1995, 2002)
  • Captain Scarlet (David Lloyd) (1983–1984)
  • Scott Snowden (1992)
  • Tim Britta (1984)
  • Johan (1991)

Bass guitar[edit]

  • Paul Slack (1977–1981, 2008–2010)
  • Alvin Gibbs (1980–1983, 1988, 1999–2002, 2003–present)
  • Chema Zurita (2007–present)
  • Flea (1987–91)
  • John Armitage (1984–1985)
  • Brian Barnes (1992–1994, 1996–2001, 2002–2004, 2008)
  • Mark Barratt (1986–1987)
  • Bones (2002)
  • Allistair Chesters (2002–2007)
  • Andy Frantic (1997–99)
  • Ricky McGuire (1985–1986)
  • Simon Rankin (2001–2002)
  • Tezz Roberts (1984)
  • Steve Slack (1976, 1983–1984)
  • Carly Guarino (1997)
  • Peter Revesz (2008)
  • Tony Barber (2008)
  • Adam Griffiths (1981–1982)
  • Clara Wiseman (2005)
 

Drums[edit]

  • Rory Lyons (1976–1977)
  • Robbie Harper (Rob Milne) (1977)
  • Steve J Jones (1977, 1983–1984)
  • Pete Davies (1978–1980, 1984, 1991–1996, 2007, 2008)
  • Ian (Tanner) Tansley (1980 on Brand New Age Tour - filling in for a sick Pete Davies)
  • Robby Baldock (1978)
  • Steve Roberts (1981–82)
  • Mal Asling AKA 'Sol Mintz' (1982)
  • John Towe AKA 'Kim Wylie' (1982-1983)
  • Matthew "Turkey" Best (1984)
  • Rab Fae Beith (1984–1986)
  • Geoff Sewell (1986)
  • Dave Wilkinson (1987)
  • Duncan Smith (1987–88)
  • Belvy K (1988)
  • Matt McCoy (1988–92, 1993, 1995)
  • Tezz Roberts (1988, 1999)
  • Leo Mortimer (1989)
  • Jeff Moe (1991)
  • Benjie Bollox (1996)
  • Blitz (1996)
  • Dave Ayer (1995–1997)
  • Michael Richter (1997)
  • Gary Baldy (Ostell) (1997–99)
  • Pumpy (1999–2000)
  • Tommy Couch (1999–2000)
  • Gizz Lazlo (1999, 2006)
  • Jason Willer (2001–2006)
  • Criss Damage (2002)
  • Darrah (2002)
  • Jay (2002)
  • Jared Melville (2008)
  • Jamie Oliver (2005–present)
  • Greg Cahill (1993 Canada,Argentina)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Another Kind of Blues (1979) (UK No. 21)
  • Brand New Age (1980) (UK No. 18)
  • Crash Course (1980) (UK No. 8)
  • Diminished Responsibility (1981) (UK No. 18)
  • Endangered Species (1982)
  • Flood of Lies (1983)
  • Gross Out USA LIVE (1984)
  • Huntington Beach (1985)
  • In Action (10th Anniversary) (1986)
  • Japan Today (1987)
  • Killing Time (1988)
  • LIVE in Paris (1989)
  • Mad Cow Fever (1991)
  • Normal Service Resumed (1993)
  • Occupied (1996)
  • Peel Sessions 1978-79 (1997)
  • Quintessentials (1997)
  • Riot (1997)
  • Submission: the Best of the UK Subs 1982-1998 (1999)
  • Time Warp GREATEST HITS (2000)
  • Universal (2002)
  • Violent State (2005)
  • Work In Progress (10 January 2011)
  • XXIV (6 February 2013)

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Miscellaneous albums[edit]

  • Live Kicks (1979) (Recorded Live at the Roxy 1977)
  • Dance & Travel In The Robot Age (1980) (Bootleg live album recorded in Milan)
  • Live In London (1980) (Australian release of "Live Kicks" plus the rest of "A Farwell to the Roxy")
  • Recorded 1979-1981 (1982)
  • Demonstration Tapes (1984)
  • Subs Standards (1986)
  • Left For Dead (1986)
  • Raw Material (1986)
  • A.W.O.L. (1987) (U.S only release)
  • The Singles 1978-1982 (1989)
  • Europe Calling (1990)
  • Down On The Farm (A collection of the less obvious) (1991)
  • Los Exitos En Singles 1978-1985 (1992) (Argentinian release)
  • Scum Of The Earth-Best Of (1993)
  • The Punk Is Back (1995)
  • Punk Can Take It - Rare And Unreleased 79-82 (1996)
  • Self-Destruct - Punk Can Take It 2 (1997)
  • Punk Rock Rarities (1998)
  • Live In The Warzone (1998)
  • The Punk Singles Collection (1998)
  • Warhead (1999)
  • Countdown (Live) (2001)
  • World War (Live) (2003)
  • Staffordshire Bull (Live) (2004)
  • Before You Were Punk (2004)
  • Live & Loud (2005)
  • Original Punks Original Hits (2006)
  • Complete Riot (2006)
  • An Introduction to The U.K. Subs (2006)
  • Stranglehold (2007)
  • Greatest Hits (2009)
  • Dance & Travel In The Robot Age (CD) (2010)

Compilation albums[edit]

UK chart singles[edit]

  • "Stranglehold" - 1979 - No. 26
  • "Tomorrow's Girls" - 1979 - No. 28
  • "She's Not There" / "Kicks" (EP) - 1979 - No. 36
  • "Warhead" - 1980 - No. 30
  • "Teenage" - 1980 - No. 32
  • "Party In Paris" - 1980 - No. 37
  • "Keep On Runnin' (Till You Burn)" - 1981 - No. 41

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12" singles[edit]

  • "Another Typical City" (1983) (EP)
  • "The Magic" (1984) (EP)
  • "The Spell" (1984) (EP)
  • "Hey Santa" (1987) (EP)
  • "Motivator" (1988) (EP)
  • "Sabre Dance" (1989) (EP)

Singles / EPs[edit]

  • "C.I.D." (1978) (EP)
  • "Stranglehold" (1979) (EP)
  • "Tomorrows Girls" (1979) (EP)
  • "She's Not There" (1979) (EP)
  • "Warhead" (1980) (EP)
  • "Teenage" (1980) (EP)
  • "Party in Paris" (1980)
  • "Keep on Running" (1981
  • "Keep on Running EP Version" (1981)
  • "Countdown" (1981)
  • "Shake Up The City" (1982) (EP)
  • "Another Typical City" (1983)
  • "This Gun Says" (1985) (EP)
  • "Live in Holland" (1986) (EP)
  • "The Road is Long, The Road is Hard" (1993) (EP)
  • "Postcard from L.A." (Split single) (1994) (U.S. only)
  • "Betrayal" (1995) (U.S. only)
  • "War on the Pentagon" (1997) (EP) (U.S. only)
  • "Day of the Dead" (1997) (EP) (U.S. only)
  • "Cyberjunk" (1997) (EP) (U.S. only)
  • "Riot" (1998) (EP)
  • "The Revolution's Here" (2000) (EP)
  • "Drunken Sailor" (2002)
  • "666 Yeah" (2006)
  • "Warhead" (2008) (CD EP)
  • "Product Supply" (2011)

Tributes/References[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Connor, Alan (2008). Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy: The Emergence of DIY. Lexington Books. p. 2. ISBN 9780739126608. 
  2. ^ a b Apter, Jeff (2009). Never Enough: The Story of The "Cure". Omnibus Press. ISBN 9781847727398. 
  3. ^ "UK Subs Return To New Zealand & Australia", scoop.co.nz, July 8, 1009 
  4. ^ "Punk Can Take It (1979)". IMDB. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPW_YxYpWwc
  6. ^ Ensminger, David (2013). Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons. PM Press. ISBN 9781604866414. 
  7. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 368. CN 5585. 
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 574. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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