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'YELLOW LEADER' OUT NOW ON CD
27th JANUARY 2015
The eagerly anticipated and long awaited brand new studio album from the U.K. Subs, entitled 'Yellow Leader' is now available to buy on Limited Edition Hard Back CD from Captain Oi! Records' mail order.
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For those that aren’t Captain Oi! customers and would prefer to buy from AMAZON, the direct link to purchase from Amazon is HERE:
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FACEBOOK FAN CLUB TO RUN VINYL COMPETITIONS
19/1/2015: The U.K. Subs Fan Club on Facebook will be running competitions over the next few weeks giving its members a chance to win copies of the soon-to-be re-issued vinyls for the first 4 U.K. Subs albums. You can read the full details about these superb looking forthcoming vinyl re-issues on the link: HERE
A NEW CLASSIC URBAN DOGS 7" SINGLE:
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Charlie Harper and Knox's URBAN DOGS are back with an almighty bark!
After their last fantastic release, the critically acclaimed acoustic ‘Bonefield’ album on Time & Matter Records, Harper and Knox return with an electrifying couple of new songs entitled ‘Rebellion Song’ and ‘One Foot In The Grave’.
Produced by Charlie himself, with Pat Collier as engineer and bassist, the latest Urban Dogs line-up also features original drummer Matthew Best.
A Knox painting of an 'Urban Dog' features as the 7" single's cover, which also includes a lyrical double-sided inner sleeve. The single is a limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies, on dual coloured vinyl with the T&M catalogue number of T&M 016.
- LIMITED EDITION - 500 COPIES
- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-NUMBERED
- 2-SIDED LYRICAL INSERT
- DUAL COLOURED RED & WHITE MIX VINYL
- PRICED AT A BARGAIN £6-00 (PLUS £1-80 P & P TO UK)
Rebellion Song (3:31)
Charlie Harper takes the vocal duties on this outstanding song about the will of the people to keep writing ‘the Rebellion song’ in reaction to the destruction caused by war-mongering leaders. Singing about believing in “creative rebellion”, this mid-tempo instant classic with a catchy chorus rides throughout on some fabulous soaring guitar work.
Key lyric: “…born in a war-torn land, raised with a gun in my hand, where the victors write the history, we write Rebellion song…”
One Foot In The Grave (3:33)
“No one can save me now as far as I can see”, Knox sings on this up-tempo dazzling Urban Dogs number, with haunting deep murmured backing harmonies. With some world-weary Knox political commentary on the rich and the poor, which provides perfect symbiosis with Harper’s ‘Rebellion Song’, there’s also a parallel personal commentary on mortality infused into this song via Knox’s dark humour.
Key lyric: “…thousands of years of politics, but the poor are still the poor…”
U.K. Subs fans, Vibrators fans, Urban Dogs aficionados et al can rejoice that this dynamic duo are back, better than ever, and snarling and howling to their fans’ content.
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CHARLIE & KNOX TO PLAY ACOUSTIC 'SHOW' AT ROCK 'N' ROLL RESCUE
Charlie Harper and Knox will be playing some acoustic songs at Knox's Rock 'N' Roll Charity Shop (see story below) in Camden Town, North London, this Saturday, 17th January 2015.
They will both be at the shop between 3pm and 6pm with them playing from around 4pm.
KNOX'S ROCK 'N' ROLL CHARITY SHOP
Music makes a difference and this charity project will further prove it!
The Rock 'n' Roll Charity Shop in Camden Town, London, opened on Friday 12th December 2014, the location being 96 Parkway, NW1 7AN, next to the Dublin Castle.
"Help (all sorts) and stock needed to get it going. I will be there from 2pm - 8pm. Thanks in advance! - Knox."
NEW JAMIE OLIVER INTERVIEW ON 'PUNK GLOBE' WEBSITE
There is a brand new interview published with Jamie Oliver on the 'January 2015' edition of the Punk Globe website. The interview is by Ginger Coyote and deals with many different topics concerning the U.K. Subs' indefatiguable drummer.
"Charlie oozes cool, and he will continue to ooze cool..."
LOUISE DISTRAS RECRUITS TWO SUBS!
Louise had this to say about it all:
"It was by far one of the greatest shows I ever had the honour of playing, joined by my brand new touring BAND and an incredible sold out capacity crowd - together we blew the roof off this very special and iconic venue in true punk style! So... without futher ado please welcome into our wonderful punk rock family, one of the greatest punk drummers around - the amazing Jamie Oliver (UK SUBS), and the punk rockin' hurricane force that is Chema Zurita (The Skeptix, Fangs On Fur, Texas Terri Bomb) on bass! Thankyou so much for all your support, passion and energy throughout 2014! Stay tuned for Louise Distras BAND 2015 tour dates coming soon!"
'FLOOD OF LIES' LP TO BE RE-ISSUED ON VINYL
Let Them Eat Vinyl, who recently re-issued the U.K. Subs' fifth album 'Endangered Species' (LTEV115LP) and the live album 'Left For Dead' (LTEV152LP) on vinyl will now be re-issuing the band's sixth album, 'Flood of Lies' on limited edition double yellow vinyl on 16 February 2015.
Distributed by Plastic Head, with a catalogue number of LTEV196LP the Plastic Head description reads as follows:
"DELUXE VINYL EDITION!!!
- FLOOD OF LIES - Pre-order link: click here
The first two sides will contain the 12 original LP tracks, whilst the third and fourth sides will contain 'extra tracks' from the LPs period, namely, the 'Another Typical City' and 'Magic EP' vinyl releases, as detailed below:
SIDE B: 7.Violent Revolution 8.In The Red 9.Dress Code 10.Revenge Of The Jelly Devils 11.In The Wild 12.Seas Of Mars
SIDE C: 13.Another Typical City (7” Version) 14.Still Life 15.The Spell 16.Private Army
SIDE D: 17.Multiple Minds 18.Primary Strength 19.Another Typical City (12” Version)
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'ENDANGERED SPECIES' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'LEFT FOR DEAD' LP RE-ISSUE
DETAILS SO FAR
FIRST 4 U.K. SUBS LPs TO BE RE-ISSUED ON VINYL
The Demon Music Group, who recently issued the U.K. Subs' 5CD box set 'AD 1979-81 The Gem Years', will now be re-issuing the U.K. Subs' first 4 LPs on vinyl in early February next year.
The 4 albums will, like the 5CD box set, be available through Amazon and are individually listed below with their pre-order links, images and descriptions taken from that website:
- ANOTHER KIND OF BLUES - Pre-order link: click here
"Debut album by British Punk legends U.K. Subs which hit No.21 in the National Charts when originally released in 1979. Includes versions of the hit singles "Stranglehold" (No.26) and "Tomorrows Girls" (No.28) plus the seminal Punk anthems "I Live In A Car" and "C.I.D.".
Now reissued on 180-gram heavyweight & coloured vinyl and in a gatefold sleeve that contains lyrics to all the songs. The first release in the Subs quest to release an album for every letter of the alphabet!.."
- BRAND NEW AGE - Pre-order link: click here
"A National Chart No.18 when first released in 1980, the U.K. Subs second studio album contained the No.32 hit single "Teenage" and the No.30 Punk anthem "Warhead".
Unavailable on vinyl for many years this has been repressed on coloured wax and is reissued in a deluxe gatefold sleeve that features lyrics to all the songs..."
- CRASH COURSE - Pre-order link: click here
"This 20 track live album was originally released in 1980 and hit No.8 in the British National Charts, the biggest charting record by the Punk legend that is the U.K. Subs.
This gatefold sleeve reissue is pressed on coloured vinyl and is sure to be lapped up by Punk collectors as it really is one of the scenes defining live documents..."
- DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY - Pre-order link: click here
"Dating from 1981 this was the U.K. Subs final album for GEM Records and one that reached No.18 in the National Chart.
The 5CD box set is still available on the following link:
Demon Music Group website: click here
Demon Music Group Facebook: click here
CHARLIE HARPER FEATURES IN NEW BOOK:
'The Truth of Revolution, Brother'
"My view is work for yourself! Do something yourself, don't go and sit in any office working for someone else..."
This fantastic book also includes interviews with other luminaries from the punk scene including: Dick Lucas (Subhumans), Steve Ignorant (Crass), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Tim Smith (The Adverts) and Vi Subversa (Poison Girls).
Funded through Kickstarter, the book's creators have produced it at cost and it is clearly a labour of love.
The book is available through Amazon but funds will go direct to the project if you buy it through their website and any profit goes into a second pressing.
Time & Matter editors Mark Chadderton and Rob Cook are very happy to have contributed towards funding this project and getting Charlie added as an interviewee.
You can order a copy HERE
CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW IN 'PERFECT SOUND FOREVER'
CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW IN 'JAPAN UPDATE'
"Born in Hackney in 1944 and now living in quiet majesty in Brighton, Charlie Harper has fronted the U.K. Subs since 1976, guiding the band through confrontation and fame. He is recognised by many as an influence..."
'SEX DRUGS AND HIV' CHARITY ALBUM OUT NOW ON CD
Featuring Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs and Pete Davies et al
As previous reported on T&M, the beginning of 2012 saw the release on iTunes of a superb charity compilation album called 'SEX DRUGS & HIV". The brainchild of Mat Sargent, bassist with Sham 69 from 2001 to 2006, it features over 200 musicians, boasts 40 Tracks and was an incredible 15 years in the making, with Mat having started in 1996. The album is in support of four charities:
The Terrence Higgins Trust, Release, Rape Crisis and Cancer Research UK.
The album is now AVAILABLE AS A 3-disc release from Amazon:
The Product Description on Amazon reads:
"In 1995 Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds) decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on his journey in life. Fast forward 19 years, over 200 guest musicians, 40 original songs and 170 hours of video footage and the Sex, drugs and HIV album was finally born! This double CD also includes a DVD of all the songs and 28 page booklet listing all the musicians on each track. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Cancer Research, Rape Crisis, Release and Terrence Higgins Trust. For the full listing of musicians and more information on the project please visit www.sexdrugsandhiv.com"
Below: The 3-disc package - click image to enlarge
Charlie (pictured left) sings vocals on the song 'Getting Better', which also features fellow Urban Dog Knox, as well as providing backing vocals on 'No Fun Here' to Micky Fitz of The Business' lead vocals, of which there is a video clip of the recording to watch below... Charlie also plays harmonica on another track, entitled 'Gone So Long', which has Mat Sargent (pictured below right) on vocals as well as ex-Sub Daryl Bath on guitar.
Alvin Gibbs plays bass on a track called 'Private Agenda', and another ex-Sub, drummer Pete Davies appears on 'Heroin', which has Pauline Black (The Selecter) on vocals, Tony Barber (The Buzzcocks) on bass, as well as guitar work from Paul Fox (The Ruts), Dave Parsons (Sham 69) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey).
Charlie and Pete Davies recorded their tracks in 1996 with Alvin coming to a later session in 1998. Other ex-Subs on the album include Karl Morris and Tezz Roberts.
You can see each track's musician list on the website www.sexdrugsandhiv.com as well as reading all about how the project has progressed - there are also some trailers and video montages which features footage of everyone, along with lots more information.
There is also merchandise to buy to support this fabulous project.
WATCH A CLIP OF CHARLIE RECORDING BACKING VOCALS BELOW...
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMAZING PROJECT
- Recording Sessions Photo archive on Facebook - click here
- Sex, drugs and HIV Facebook page - please 'like' it! - click here
Below: The recording studio wall of participants' signatures - click to enlarge
ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 7 October 2014***
New instalment published!
Chapter Six: BRAND NEW AGE (Part 3)
T&M today proudly publishes the 15th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
In which Alvin tours the UK promoting his first Subs single; misses a career ending slide tackle by Nicky 'bite yer legs' Garratt; sees the broadcasting of his Top of the Pops debut cruelly denied; tours a cold and cold war Europe; gets tear gassed by security; is shown the way with German wine before the U.K. Subs are incredibly lucky to escape death in a collective drunk-driving disaster involving a fortuitously placed tree!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
Nicky Garratt News!
Live preview of new song from forthcoming Hedersleben album
Ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt, who, along with ex-Subs drummer Jason Willer now play in Krautrock/Spacerock band Hedersleben
You can read previous news stories on the band HERE
On their Facebook page, the band are publicising "a clip from the last tour featuring a track from our up and coming album titled 'The Fall of Chronopolis'..." which you can watch below
NEW 5 CD BOXSET OUT NOW
U.K. Subs: 'AD 1979 - 1981 The Gem Years'
REVOLUTION'S HERE PROMOS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
10 promo copies of T&M 013 U.K. Subs - The Revolution's Here 10" mini LP will be auctioned over the next ten weeks on the T&M ebay auction account: tandmrecordingsu.k.subscharityauctions.
There will also be one of the five test pressings coming up from grabs before xmas.
All proceeds will be going to the RNLI to add to the £1100 that we raised with the U.K. Subs 2014 tour programme...
GET BIDDING FOLKS!
UPDATE 05/10/14: 1st copy
The first promo copy has sold for £43.55, see image below.
UPDATE 12/10/14: 2nd copy
The second promo copy has sold for £26.50, see image below.
UPDATE 19/10/14: 3rd copy
The third promo copy has sold for £52.00, see image below
UPDATE 26/10/14: 4th copy
The fourth promo copy has sold for £46.00, see image below
UPDATE 02/11/14: 5th copy
The fifth promo copy has sold for £28.20, see image below
UPDATE 09/11/14: 6th copy
The sixth promo copy has sold for £40.00, see image below
UPDATE 16/11/14: 7th copy
The seventh promo copy has sold for £46.21, see image below.
UPDATE 23/11/14: 8th copy
The eighth promo copy has sold for £51.00, see image below
UPDATE 30/11/14: 9th copy
The ninth promo copy has sold for £36.00, see image below
A massive thank you to everyone who placed a bid, the final copy is now live HERE
BORN A ROCKER
A U.K. Subs Book
By Marc Brekau
Forthcoming book requires your help...
THE MUTANTS: RHYTHM AND PUNK REVIEW
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD - VINYL & CDs TO FOLLOW...
As previously reported on T&M, Charlie Harper has written and recorded a couple of tracks for this forthcoming album of collaborations, jointly partnered at the helm by Chris Constantinou and Paul Frazer. The two tracks Charlie features on as vocalist are 'Freedom in Chains' and 'Vomit Feat', both of which Charlie laid down back in May of last year.
The album is now available digitally, and T&M will announce the release date of the vinyl and CD versions, and where to buy this superb new album soon...
Amazon US: Click here
T&M 011: THE TIME & MATTER CAR WINDOW STICKER
The Time & Matter catalogue recently made it in to double figures with our U.K. Subs 2014 calendar, helping to raise £2,000 for the R.N.L.I on the way. So to celebrate this we have produced T&M 011, which is a fabulously fun, limited run, high quality ‘Time & Matter’ Car Window Sticker.
Made from static-cling vinyl so it's easy to fix and easy to remove, the sticker celebrates the artists we've had the pleasure of working with over the last 4 years. Measuring 250mm x 50mm, we hope you agree that this is an essential purchase for any true U.K. Subs fanatic.
So whether you live in your car or if it just sometimes feels that way, you can now brighten things up in your vehicle with this suitably sloganed Subs-sticker; and as usual the proceeds will all go to Charlie's Charitable Cause. Only £2.00 plus P&P.
You can pick up yours via the Time & Matter Recordings Big Cartel webstore HERE!
SPOOF U.K. SUBS TWITTER ACCOUNT!
An unknown Subs fan has set up a spoof UK Subs Twitter account combining UK Subs lyrics and the world of Lego! It looks as if 'Lego_UK_Subs' is intent on tweeting some 'lego-ified' UK Subs lyrics from every UK Subs album and they have - obviously! - started with 'Another Kind Of Block'!!!!
Follow Lego_UK_Subs on Twitter - click here
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 30
U.K. SUBS ON A FERRY IN 1982
John Seeley submitted to T&M 3 photos he found of Charlie Harper, Nicky Garratt and Steve Roberts on a ferry from Germany in 1982. John's mate Mike James is on the far right of Charlie in the photo of them meeting the band and road crew on a ferry trip with Radnor College of F.E, travelling from
Bremerhaven (Germany) to Harwich in 1982 (October?)
The two additional photos can be viewed HERE
"People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED. One day it could all be worth something because it's not only history but the future too. So live it, don't just be part of the audience, participate."
Charlie Harper, 17 December 1998 - quoted from an interview in Scanner Fanzine Issue 3
"Among the many bands on the bill are some of the veterans of the punk/new wave explosion of the late 1970s including... ...the seemingly indestructible UK Subs. Still fronted by Charlie Harper, who first formed the band as an Elizabethan madrigal quartet sometime in the 1600s, UK Subs were one of the original punk bands from 1976 and are notable not least for the fact of having been through at least 35 drummers in their 35-year history."
Nick Horton - Dorset Echo - 12th August 2011
T&M website born: October 2008 .
Official launch date: 1 December 2009.
The basis of ‘Time and Matter’ is to provide a chronological listing, day by day; month by month; year by year of the band’s many activities.
Our aim is to provide as full an historical archive of the
U.K. Subs as possible... Full website editors' statement... click here
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" Time don't matter at all..."
1st May 2012: TIME & MATTER IS BACK!
After this U.K. Subs historical archive was hacked and disabled on 12th March 2012, we were forced to move it. WE ARE THEREFORE DELIGHTED TO BE BACK - KEEPING YOU BANG UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE U.K. SUBS.
Eternal thanks to both Adam Welsh at Fallen Leaf Design and Chris Boehm at Firebird Information Technology Solutions who salvaged the old site, rebuilt it and are now hosting the new Time & Matter website.
Without their professional, efficient and incredibly friendly service, knowledge and know-how we wouldn't be here today. So if you are having IT / website problems or are looking for a reliable service please show your gratitude for this website's return by utilising their businesses.
Finally, thanks to everyone out there in Subs-land who sent us messages of support and encouragement whilst the website was down. It meant a lot.
Keep spreading the Subs love
Mark Chadderton | Rob Cook
T&M website editors
Time don't matter at all...