UK Subs, the punk legends on a hundred thousand leather jackets, continue their constant touring regime playing to new generations of the nation's disaffected punk youth (who were perhaps SUBverted aged 5, watching Charlie and co on Top of the Pops!) Inspired by The Damned and The Sex Pistols, they formed late in 1976 as the 'United Kingdom Subversives', soon after shortening their name and playing all the London punk holes through '77. Two songs, including their minimalist classic, 'I Live in A Car', appeared on the 'Farewell To The Roxy' album and after a huge selling indie single in 1978 'C.I.D.', they signed to Gem Records via RCA world-wide.
(pic: Tina Korhonen)
Surprising everyone, they then became one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands with seven consecutive UK Top 30 hits between 1979-81, establishing themselves throughout the world with a heavy touring schedule that continues today. The hits were: 'Stranglehold', 'Tomorrow's Girl', The Zombie's 'She's Not There', 'Warhead', 'Teenage', 'Party In Paris' and ' Keep On Running'. The albums 'Brand New Age' and 'Crash Course' both went into the UK top ten.
(Powerhouse line-up 1980-1982, L-R Alvin Gibbs, Steve Roberts, Charlie Harper, Nicky Garrett)
Led by the indefatigable Charlie Harper, the band has continued and thrived through various line-ups. Touring world-wide for 22 years they were the first punk band to play behind the Iron Curtain, they've played stadiums in Argentina, played Croatia during the war in '93 and had songs covered by Die Toten Hosen and Guns 'n' Roses. All the while, the Subs maintain and pioneer the true spirit of punk rock. 1997 saw a re-union of the classic Harper/ Garrett/ Gibbs line- up producing a 20th anniversary album 'Quintessential'. 1999 saw the release of a 'best of' compilation of the last 15 years entitled 'Sub Mission', following hot on the heels of the blood- red vinyl 7"single release, 'Riot '98'.
Into the new millenium the UK Subs completed a World tour and released the album Time Warp and 7" and CD single The Revolution's Here on the French label 'Combat Rock Records'.
(New Marquee, 2002. L-R Alvin Gibbs + Charlie Harper)
Would you buy a sticker from these men?In 2002, and the anniversay of punk, the UK Subs proved that they still are a force to be reckoned with. Their album, Universal, released on Captain Oi records, 2004/5 promises more intense touring to unchartered UK Subs territories, including possible tours to Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
One of the most influencial punk rock bands of all time, championed by the likes of Henry Rollins, Monor Threat, The Fastbacks, Hanoi Rocks, Guns & Roses, and even Dennis Rodman. This band has sold over a million records without any substantial radio airplay. The original songwriting team 1977-1983 played over a thousand shows across the world opening on tour for the Ramones and the Police and headlining to over 20,000 people on their last show. With seven appearances on England's prestigious "Top Of The Pops", four top 30 singles (UK national charts) and four top 30 albums including an album which entered the charts in its first week at number eight, this band has the most dedicated following of any punk band.