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5 page Charlie interview in Classic Rock magazine
The latest issue of CLASSIC ROCK magazine - dated September 2016 - features a 5 page interview and feature with Charlie, written by Ian Fortnam (pages 66-70).
Entitled 'A Street Punk Named Charlie', this excellent interview covers Charlie's early life, influences and inspirations, as well as his experiences with the U.K. Subs...
"Early on I fell in with a bunch of beatniks. We were playing the Woody Guthrie and Jack Elliott songbooks. Those guys taught me to play guitar and harmonica, so that’s what I did.
When I was fourteen I got a guitar that cost eight quid which I paid off by instalments. It had Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day guitar book with it, so I learnt to play my three chords in twenty minutes and was off..."
You can read further excerpts of the full magazine interview online under the heading "U.K. Subs frontman Charlie Harper looks back on four decades at punk's frontline" on the magazine's website at:
Full news story archived on T&M with photos and images of the article: CLICK HERE
U.K. Subs 4-CD boxset due from Cleopatra Records
Cleopatra Records will be issuing a 4-CD boxset featuring the official albums KILLING TIME, QUINTESSENTIALS, RIOT and TIME WARP on 30 September 2016.
Entitled '4 WAYS TO THE CENTER', with a catalogue number of CLO0000437, the set is available to pre-order on the internet now at a variety of websites...
The press release information reads as follows:
"4 long out of print albums are packaged together in this special box set from the iconic punk rock outfit, UK Subs! Includes the classic 1988 album Killing Time as well as the simultaneously released Quintessentials & Riot PLUS their greatest hits revisited collection Time Warp! Each album comes packaged in it's own wallet, replicating the original artwork, and the entire set comes with a full-color booklet featuring rare photos and liner notes by Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt!"
Time & Matter Records Proudly Present
T&M 024 - U.K. Subs - November 1977 Demo 7" Single
>>>>> PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON VINYL <<<<<
- THE SECOND U.K. SUBS STUDIO RECORDINGS
- MASTERED & PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED FROM AN OLD CASSETTE
- DUAL BLUE COLOURED VINYL
- LIMITED TO 500 HAND NUMBERED COPIES
- INCLUDES DELUXE INNER SLEEVE
- ADDITIONAL DOUBLE SIDED PHOTO INSERT
- EXCLUSIVE NEWLY COMMISSIONED LINER NOTES FROM NICKY GARRATT
PRE-ORDER FROM SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016 (17:00 BST)
SHIPPING FROM WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST 2016
Following on from T&M's recent release of the very first U.K. Subs demo recordings from summer 1977 (T&M 023), featuring the original band line-up, our next release is the band's second demo, which was recorded at YMC Studios in London on 21 November 1977.
AN ESSENTIAL MUST-HAVE FOR ANY U.K. SUBS FANATIC...
This superbly and lovingly designed four track 7" single sees these essential demo recordings officially released on vinyl for the very first time.
After an original 1977 demo tape was initially lent to T&M; by agreement the four tracks were firstly added as the bonus tracks on the Captain Oi! re-issue of 'Live Kicks' on CD, enabling a vinyl issue for Time & Matter Records, to complement the first summer 1977 demo 7" release.
Featuring the U.K. Subs line up that appeared on the (in)famous 'Live Kicks' LP recording:
CHARLIE HARPER - vocals/harmonica, NICKY GARRATT - guitar,
STEVE SLACK - bass & RORY LYONS - drums...
...Nicky Garratt "was impressed" when he heard the band's aforementioned original summer 1977 demo before deciding on joining the U.K. Subs in October 1977, and thus, by T&M putting these demos out on vinyl back-to-back, you can hear the progress the band made in such a short period of time between the two recordings and line-ups. These four 'classic' early Subs songs were intended for gig-getting purposes and copied on to home-made cassettes with covers giving Charlie's telephone numbers (pardon the pun!). You can read all the original cassette information and details, along with the history of how the cassette came into the hands of Dave Burdon, a massive Subs collector, on the inner sleeve, with the additional bonus of an insert also being included, featuring a previously unpublished 1977 U.K. Subs on stage at the Roxy Club in London photo from Nicky Garratt's own archive, as well as high quality photos of the original demo tape, taken by a professional photographer.
U.K. SUBS - NOVEMBER 1977 DEMO.
Vocals & Harmonica: Charlie Harper
ON 31 JULY 2016 - DON'T DELAY VINYL COLLECTORS!
BUY IT NOW: CLICK HERE
Orders are limited to 3 copies per person. Any orders placed for more than 3 copies will have additional copies cancelled and refunded. Multiple orders from the same account will be treated in the same way.
Finny McConnell In For Steve Straughan On Canadian Tour
The band have made the following announcement via their Facebook page:
"It is our pleasure to announce that our good friend Finny McConnell, guitarist and frontman of the legendary Canadian folk-punk band the Mahones, will be joining us on guitar for our forthcoming Canadian tour in September!
For anyone wondering why Steve won't be with us, he has prior commitments which must be respected and therefore he's unable to do the tour, but Finny is an absolute killer guitarist and we're all super excited to have him in our ranks.
The tour dates as they stand are as follows, if you can make it out to see us we will see you at the bar!
01: Mikado, St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada
(Venue changed 15/8/16)
02: Rouyn Bar le Diable Rond, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
03: Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
04: L'Anti, Quebec, Canada
05: The Mansion, Kingston, Canada
06: Salle Das 4 Barils, Saguenay, Canada
07: Heriot Pub, Drummondville, Canada
08: House of Targ, Ottawa, Canada
09: The Office, London, Canada
10: Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, Canada
11: Club Absinthe, Hamilton, Canada"
Mod & Ska Festival Cancelled
The U.K. Subs' appearance at the forthcoming 'Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival 2016' won't now be happening. The Subs were scheduled to play on Friday 26th August at the Festival which was to be held at Thorp Perrow, Bedale in Yorkshire, but unfortunately the whole Festival has now been cancelled. Details of refunds will be posted on the Festival website in due course at https://www.greatnorthernfestivals.com/
New Subs Guitarist Interview...
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 30 June 2016***
New instalment published!
AMERICANA (part 3)
T&M today proudly publishes the 21st instalment of this wonderful series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...
Read the latest...
...in which our narrator recalls a naked trolley dolly room service scenario, gun-pointing back stage visits, the super-gluing of Charlie's eyes, searching for Mr P Ness, punk hatred from a trio of stewardesses and flying at supersonic speed via warm liquid. Our hero also tells of a substitute drummer, a half band fight, as well as his seeing his cover idea only half realised...
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
'Sharp! Flicknife Records And Other Adventures'
New book to feature Charlie Harper content
Marco 'Frenchy' Gloder, the man behind Flicknife Records, who put out Charlie Harper's debut solo album 'Stolen Property' back in 1982 as well as the Urban Dogs' second long-player 'No Pedigree' in 1985 has been working with Greg Healey to bring you the untold story of his life and times.
Over two years in the making, the book is to be entitled 'SHARP! Flicknife Records And Other Adventures' and is set for publication on 1 September 2016 by New Haven Publishing Ltd, with the ISBN: 9781910705421.
The following news story appeared on the FLICKNIFE BLOG about the forthcoming book:
"'Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures' is an unflinching and honest portrait of Marc ‘Frenchy’ Gloderʼs journey from Grenoble ghetto to independent record label success at the heart of Londonʼs music scene.
Published on 1st September 2016 by New Haven, Marco ‘Frenchy’ Gloder's memoirs is co-written with Greg Healey and is the result of over two years of extensive interviews. A fascinating and in depth insight into the world of counter culture and alternative music, from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s, it touches on Soul boys, freaks, punks, goth and beyond.
A tale of tragedy, excess, adventure and close calls it describes Europeʼs exploding post war youth movements at first hand.
Frenchy gives a unique insight into the festivals, communes and student strikes of the late 1960s, life in the squats of early Punk, and the rise of independent music in the 80s.
Be it the street gangs of his youth, who settled their differences with knife fights, or his doomed attempt to smuggle heroin from Iran that ended in imprisonment in an Iranian jail, Frenchyʼs story has the kind of drama that comes from living life on the edge.
As he found his place in the music business with the launch of Flicknife, Frenchy worked with some of the most important names in alternative music. Hawkwind, Alien Sex Fiend , Charlie Harper, Glen Matlock, The Saints, The Barracudas and many more found a home on his label, and he hung out with a host of others, including Lemmy, Jimmy Page and the Velvet Undergroundʼs Nico.
A truly extraordinary memoir of truly extraordinary times.
There you have it Flickers, everything you've ever wanted to know about the life of Frenchy and the founding of Flicknife in one snappy lookin' book! It'll be available from all good retailers from September 1st..."
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Charlie features on recent Blog
On the fourth Flicknife Blog, published 12 May 2016 and written by label manager Taheg Gloder, there is a short article about Charlie's solo LP featured in the Blog titled: '#4 - The Releases That Forged The Legend'
"3: Charlie Harper 'Stolen Property': This was the first album ever released by Flicknife. Featuring most of the members of the U.K Subs, plus a smattering of Mood 6, Charlie's version of 'Pin Ups' is fantastic. More importantly though, making this album was a great laugh! Working in a tiny 8 track studio alongside Charlie, it was like hanging out with friends. There was no pressure, the whole thing was done in the space of a week, a lot of fun. The icing on the cake was when the album did really well, it showed that we needed to up our game and start releasing more albums."
Pre-order the book...
Further information via the Amazon Pre-order page:
"Marco 'Frenchy' Gloder: From a romani Italian background, Marco 'Frenchy' Gloder spent his early years travelling. In the early 1970's, he was back on the road, spending the 'summer of love' in Amsterdam and later, on the now famous 'hippy trail' going to and from India. After arriving in London in 1976 and being part of the early punk scene, he started Flicknife Records and associated labels, in 1980. By 1985, it was a top 10 Indie label after having 2 top 50 albums and 3 top 60 singles plus 10 top 10 Indie Charts singles. Frenchy worked with bands of all genres giving him wide experience in targeting the right market. Furthermore, Flicknife was the first label to release bands and artists such as Dogs D'Amour, Ozric Tentacles, London Cowboys and many more.SG records, the dance label of Flicknife was distributed through Virgin and was very successful with SOHO and Adamski, scoring a #7 hit and a Top 10 album.Lately, Flicknife Records signed Slydigs, a band that is now thriving, currently on tour with the Who in Canada/USA.. In April 2015, the Voluntears were added to the roster. This band has attracted a lot of media attention and have been tipped for a great future.As Record Collector put it:'Flicknife Records' catalogue is a who's who of the underground. A truly legendary UK label'.Greg Healey:Greg Healey is currently writing a book on 1970s popular culture for New Haven Publishing, called Decade of Discontent - The Seventies Then & Now. He has been writing about music and various other aspects of international culture for over ten years. He has become a regular contributor of feature articles and reviews to Shindig! Magazine and is currently writing a book about the independent record label Flicknife and the life of its owner, Frenchy Gloder. He was a long term contributor to and staff writer for the Pacific North West arts magazine Redefine and has written for various other magazines on a range of subjects. Greg is also a musician, releasing albums under the name HealeyIsland, initially on WLM and more recently on Flicknife Records."
"'Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures' is an unflinching and honest portrait of Marc Frenchy Gloder's journey from Grenoble ghetto to independent record label success at the heart of London's music scene. Published on 1st September 2016 by New Haven, Marco Frenchy Gloder's memoirs is co-written with Greg Healey and is the result of over two years of extensive interviews. A fascinating and in depth insight into the world of counter culture and alternative music, from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s, it touches on Soul boys, freaks, punks, goth and beyond.A tale of tragedy, excess, adventure and close calls it describes Europe's exploding post war youth movements at first hand.Frenchy gives a unique insight into the festivals, communes and student strikes of the late 1960s, life in the squats of early Punk, and the rise of independent music in the 80s.Be it the street gangs of his youth, who settled their differences with knife fights, or his doomed attempt to smuggle heroin from Iran that ended in imprisonment in an Iranian jail, Frenchy's story has the kind of drama that comes from living life on the edge.As he found his place in the music business with the launch of Flicknife, Frenchy worked with some of the most important names in alternative music. Hawkwind, Alien Sex Fiend , Charlie Harper, Glen Matlock, The Saints, The Barracudas and many more found a home on his label, and he hung out with a host of others, including Lemmy, Jimmy Page and the Velvet Underground's Nico. A truly extraordinary memoir of truly extraordinary times."
Thanks to Frenchy for supplying the pictures exclusive to this T&M story...
Urban Dogs Album Launch Party Gig
DATE FOR YOUR DOG DIARY!
URBAN DOGS ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY:
Thursday 17 November 2016 at The 100 Club, London, England
LINK TO BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/361554
Time & Matter Records is delighted to announce that they have once again signed up the Urban Dogs to release a brand new studio album entitled 'ATTACK'..
The full original band, originally formed in 1982 - Charlie Harper (vocals), Knox (guitar), Alvin Gibbs (bass) and Matthew Best (drums) have finished recording at ex-Vibrators' Pat Collier's Perry Vale Studios in London, the follow up to the critically acclaimed acoustic album 'Bonefield'. The U.K. Subs recorded their final 4 albums with Pat, as did the Urban Dogs with their superb last T&M release, the 7" single 'Rebellion Song'.
An Urban Dogs album launch show is being set up for November 17, 2016 at the 100 Club in London, so keep watching this space folks!
To coincide with the original Urban Dogs being re-united, there are new social media sites now set up at:
Subs Festival Appearance Cancelled Due To Storm
2 July 2016: U.K. Subs - with guitarist Steve Straughan due to make his official debut - were set to play Topfest, Letisko Piešťany, Slovakia, but the show was cancelled just prior to their taking the stage, due to an oncoming storm that was deemed a danger to band and crowd...
Here, however, is the first 'band photo' featuring Steve...
Further photos and information on T&M HERE
In a worldwide exclusive, Time & Matter recently publsihed the very first interview with Steve, following his officially joining the Subs family...
READ ALL ABOUT STEVE'S THOUGHTS ON JOINING THE SUBS, HIS OTHER BANDS, PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES AS WELL AS HIS MESSAGE TO THE SUBS FAITHFUL...
U.K. Subs Hellfest Interview
A video interview with the band was published on 23/6/16 on the TotalRock Radio YouTube channel under the title: 'U.K. Subs talk to Hayley Leggs at Hellfest 2016'...
"U.K. Subs chatted with Hayley for TotalRock Radio after their set at Hellfest 2016 about onstage backflips, heart attacks and lineup changes..."
View the original video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJFHH2ofDw
Or view below...
T&M U.K. Subs 1st demo 7" single now sold out...
The recent Time & Matter Records release, the 7" single of the U.K. Subs' first demo from summer 1977 has now sold out. Time & Matter would like to thank everyone who bought a copy and for all the great comments and appreciation we've received concerning the single.
Read all about the single - click here
Brief Charlie interview features in CBCnews article on Punk
A brief chat with Charlie has featured in an article from Canada's national broadcaster published today (6/6/16).
The article, by Margaret Evans is in the 'Arts & Entertainment' section and is entitled: 'British punk music, once vilified, now celebrated'
Under the heading 'Punk Soldiers', the article inevitably mentions the Subs will be touring Canada later this year...
Read the full original online article: CLICK HERE
T&M have also archived the text HERE
New E.P. Featuring Urban Dogs Drummer
Available Through T&M
Urban Dogs drummer, Matthew Best, has been playing and recording with South London rock 'n' roll outfit, The Bad Breed.
Describing themselves as "Finest twisted Rock'n'roll and gutter exotica...", the rest of the line-up is Colbert Hamilton on vocals, Oli Katz on Guitar, Richard Spyers on Guitar and Chris Tymon on Double Bass.
Colbert Hamilton has fronted The Nitros, The Hellrazors and Holyman Jones, plus released solo albums as well as recording with Phil Lynott. He also does a good turn with an Elvis song. Oli Katz from Orange in France, where he played with The Ramblers and The Axe Murderers before moving to London and playing with The Cannibals before forming The Bad Breed. Richard Spyers has twanged his way through various bands including Vegas Trip, The Purple Gang and Janey & the Ravemen. Matthew Best has sat in the driving seat for many artists from Captain Sensible to Paul Ansell, the Urban Dogs and U.K. Subs. Chris Tymon slaps and whacks that bass like it's done him wrong.
Daddy Rolling Stone
The Dirty Dog
Sea Of Love
Flood Of Love
Ziezo CD Now Available To Buy Online
Time & Matter are very pleased to announce that we are handling the distribution of online sales for the U.K. Subs' 26th and final album, Ziezo.
As usual with T&M, postage is discounted for multiple items and if you buy five or more different items you get a free T&M patch!
There are loads of goodies in the shop, with a lot of them on sale, but when they run out they will not be restocked so get 'em while you can!
03) I’ve Got a Gun
04) Evil Vs Evil
05) Proto Feminist
08) World War III
09) Dope Fiend
10) I Don’t Care
11) Master Race
13) This Machine
14) City of the Dead
15) Maid of Orleans
Charlie Tribute Song On New Anti-Nowhere League LP
The Anti-Nowhere League's brand new studio album, entitled 'The Cage' is due to be released on 13 May 2016 on Cleopatra Records.
Of much interest to Subs fans will be the fourth track on the new long-player called 'Uncle Charlie', which is a tribute song to the Subs' leader.
Available on CD as well as Limited Edition vinyl, Cleopatra's own short press release highlight's the Harper-homage as follows:
"The brand new studio album from the UK punk rock icons who inspired everyone from Metallica to Rancid, the ever-defiant Anti-Nowhere League!
Indomitable frontman and founder Animal leads the band through 13 superb new tracks including a heartfelt ode to UK Subs singer Charlie Harper (“Uncle Charlie”) and the soon-to-be barroom classic “God Bless Alcohol!”
The band will be hitting the road as a part of the hugely popular Punk Rock Bowling Festival along with Buzzcocks, Millencolin, Descendents, and more!
Available on both CD and vinyl!"
The full track listing is:
1. A Bad Storm / 2. Punk Rock Girl / 3. Sealed With A Kiss / 4. Uncle Charlie / 5. The Last Cowboys / 6. Fields Of Yesterday / 7. Fix Me / 8. 13 Rat Theory / 9. God Bless Alcohol / 10. Time To Kill / 11. Walk Away [CD ONLY] / 12. Ain’t We ‘avin’ Fun / 13. Brick By Brick
- BUY THE CD FROM THE A.N.L. WEBSITE: click here
- BUY THE LP ON VINYL FROM CLEOPATRA: click here
- BUY THE LP ON CD FROM CLEOPATRA: click here
- BUY THE CD FROM AMAZON UK: click here
Endangered Species Deluxe 2-CD Issued
Cleopatra Records in the States have put out a 2-CD version of Endangered Species...
The 'Product Description'on their website reads:
"A true punk rock classic gets a well-deserved Deluxe Edition reissue featuring 32 bonus tracks including demos, outtakes, and rarities! Packaged with a gorgeous full-color 16-page booklet featuring insightful liner notes written by Jack Rabid, editor and publisher of NY’s The Big Takeover magazine! This 1982 album, widely considered the highpoint of the Subs’ illustirous career, contains the original version of “Down On The Farm” which was later covered by Guns N’ Roses on their Spaghetti Incident? album!"
Listed as being on New Red Archives - Nicky Garratt's old label: which he sold to Cleopatra - the CD carries a catalogue number of CLO0361CD and the full track listing is:
1. Endangered Species, 2. Living Dead, 3. Countdown, 4. Ambition, 5. Lie Down And Die, 6. Fear Of Girls, 7. Down On The Farm, 8. Sensitive Boys, 9. ÷8×5, 10. Ice Age, 11. I Robot, 12. Flesh Wound, 13. Plan Of Action (B-Side Countdown 7″ Single), 14. I Don’t Need Your Love (Outtake), 15. Shoot You Down (Demo), 16. ÷8×5 (Demo), 17. Countdown (Demo), 18. Ambition (Demo), 19. Sensitive Boys (Demo), 20. I Don’t Need Your Love (Demo)
1. Self Destruct (Shake Up City EP), 2. Police State (Shake Up The City EP), 3. War Of The Roses (Shake Up The City EP), 4. New Barbarians (A.W.O.L. “Shelved” EP), 5. Ship Wrecked (A.W.O.L. “Shelved” EP), 6. Enemy Awaits (A.W.O.L. “Shelved” EP), 7. Limo Life (Studio Session – New York), 8. Cocaine (Studio Session – New York), 9. Self Destruct (Live 1982), 10. War Of The Roses (Live 1982), 11. Police State (Live 1982), 12. Emotional Blackmail (Live 1982), 13. Holy Land (Live 1982), 14. Warhead (Live 1982), 15. Left For Dead (Live 1982), 16. Endangered Species (Live 1982), 17. Enemy Awaits (Live 1982), 18. Crash Course (Live 1982), 19. No Heart (Live 1982), 20. Tomorrow’s Girls (Live 1982), 21. I Live In A Car (Live 1982), 22. C.I.D. (Live 1982), 23. Stranglehold (Live 1982), 24. New Barbarians (Live 1982)
The above referenced 'Live 1982' tracks are the 'Live In Bremen' DVD tracks which have also just been issued on vinyl...
The release date is given as 29 July 2016 but you can order a copy now
The U.K. Subs official merchandiser Mainstage Merch have recently added a couple of new t-shirts, pictured below with links to purchase.
Diamond Tee - click here
Flag Tee - click here
A percentage of each sale goes direct to the band,
and postage and packing is free for all UK orders over £5-00
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MAINSTAGE WEBSITE
U.K. SUBS MERCHANDISE RANGE INCLUDES:
£285-00 Charity Donation From Mainstage Merch
IAIN KILGALLON AT MAINSTAGE KINDLY OFFERED TO DONATE 10% OF PROFITS ON ALL SALES TO CHARLIE HARPER'S CHOSEN CHARITY LAST YEAR, WHICH IS THE RNLI.
T&M IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MAINSTAGE HAVE JUST PRESENTED THEIR FIRST DONATION FROM SALES AMOUNTING TO £285-00.
PICTURED BELOW ARE IAIN AND CHARLIE, WHO BOTH SAY THANKS TO ALL SUBS FANS WHO BOUGHT ITEMS FROM MAINSTAGE, AND THEREFORE HELPED WITH THIS LATEST DONATION.
FUKDUST 4 DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW!
FUKDUST 4, who are fronted by ex-Subs bass player and some time guitarist Brian Barnes, have just released their debut long player. 'The Last Of The Rock 'N' Roll Bastards' features twelve tracks that don't hang around and are more than a match for the band's debut EP, 'Lorraine'.
The Uber Rock website, who made 'Lorraine' their EP of the year in 2015, have also given the new album a massive thumbs-up proclaiming "If you thought the single that proceeded this was good then you're in for a right royal treat..."
Uber Rock website album review: click here
'The Last Of The Rock 'N' Roll Bastards' is now available on CD at only £8.00 plus postage via the T&M web-shop or the Fukdust 4 Bandcamp page.
NEW VICE SQUAD BOOK INCLUDES LOTS OF SUBS STORIES!
The forthcoming book by Shane Baldwin, about Vice Squad, entitled LAST ROCKERS: THE VICE SQUAD STORY has plenty of U.K. Subs stories in it, more info on the book can be seen at http://www.acmretro.com/last-rockers-the-vice-squad-story-by-shane-baldwin/
CHARLIE HARPER: "A must read... this is a great example of how not to run a band!"
There is an official book launch on Wednesday 27 April in Bristol, with Free Entry, so if you are in the area, get along to check it out...
The press release states:
"Bristol’s early ‘80s punk dominance celebrated by Shane Baldwin’s ‘Last Rockers’
One of Bristol’s most successful music exponents of the early ‘80s is celebrated in a new book.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ tells the story of the band that formed in the city in 1979 and went on to launch Riot City – arguably the most prolific record label of its type of the era and one that went on to dominate the independent charts in first half of the era.
The title has already been hailed “the best book about life in a band you'll ever read” by Mark Brennan who runs Captain Oi, the biggest punk label in the UK today whilst celebrated music critic John Robb said “Vice Squad are living proof of the power and the potency of the British second wave of punk”.
The book has been penned by Shane Baldwin – the former Vice Squad drummer and now a successful music journalist in his own right writing for magazines including Record Collector and Vive Le Rock.
An early support slot with the Damned and the Ruts gained the Beki Bondage-fronted band a big local following, as did their track Nothing on Heartbeat Records’ Avon Calling compilation, which attracted the attention of Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
Vice Squad’s first two singles, Last Rockers and Resurrection, both took the indie chart by storm, establishing Riot City as one of the major UK punk labels, before the band were snapped up by EMI for a crack at the national chart.
The band became standard bearers for the scene that would become known worldwide as UK82.
Vice Squad toured the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada, playing with the likes of UK Subs, Social Distortion, Chron Gen, Black Flag, Anti Pasti, Discharge, Exploited, Youth Brigade, GBH, Bad Brains and scores of others.
His book includes interviews with fellow Vice Squad band members, including both vocalists, Beki and Lia, as well as John Peel, Garry Bushell, Shawn Stern, Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, members of TV Brakes and many more friends and associates.
It also chronicles the story of Heartbeat Records and Riot City Records, with contributions from label boss Simon Edwards.
And for its sins, it also tells the sorry tale of the monster created as a Vice Squad by-product, the world’s foulest band, Chaotic Dischord.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ contains 12 pages of photos, many previously unpublished, and a detailed Vice Squad gig list compiled by bassist Mark Hambly.
Shane Baldwin said: “A lot has been written about the British punk scene of the early ‘80s, much of it bitter, cynical and self-serving, and my book is no different. I just tried to pep it up with a few jokes."
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ is set to be launched at Bristol’s Thunderbolt venue on Wednesday, April 27th.
The free event includes book signing, Q&A with band members, video screening punk disco and live music from the Setbacks.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ is published by www.acmretro.com.
It can be pre-ordered at www.acmretro.com.
It retails at £13.95"
New U.K. Subs Compilation OUT NOW
Includes Previously Unreleased
Nicky Garratt / Alvin Gibbs 1984 EMI Demos
The CD and LP will be available in North America only through Cleopatra and via the Time & Matter webstore for the Rest of the World.
- UK Subs- Product Supply EP + bonus rarities
01 Product Supply
02 Rare Disease
05 Phillips Environmental
- Urban Dogs - 7” single
06 One Foot In The Grave
07 Rebellion Song
- Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible - Too Much Reality E.P.
08 Too Much Reality
09 Space Virgins
10 Human Traffic
- Target Generation - 1984 EMI Demos
12 Complete Surrender
13 Sail The Wind
15 The Things We Saw
16 King For A Day
U.K. Subs - Friends and Relations Vinyl Now Available
Plus Links For North American Fans
Cleopatra Records' recent release, 'Friends and Relations', which features tracks by U.K. Subs, Urban Dogs and Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible plus previously unreleased tracks by Target Generation which features Nicky Garratt and Alvin Gibbs, is now available on clear vinyl via the T&M web-shop.
The vinyl has two less tracks than the CD as Urban Dogs - 'One Foot in the Grave' & Target Generation - 'Slowly' have been removed due to time restrictions.
Time & Matter have limited stock of both the vinyl and CD so order early to avoid disappointment.
Cleopatra are distributing in North America only and fans in those territories can oder via the links below.
New U.K. Sus DVD Out Now:
'Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age with the UK Subs'
John Bentham, who is the man behind Screen Edge, also previously issued his footage as 'Jettisoundz', has written the following synopsis for the new DVD, which is entitled 'Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age with the U.K. Subs':
"When I started to think about things it was when Charlie told me he was 70 now, and he'd had 50 years on the road already, I thought this sounds like a good story. The beginning few years were captured, and are all out for all to see. I think the story really begins in 1983, which is with Charlie at the helm, stripped of the rest of the band. Then the following year things take off in LA big time, showing what the band can do, and going through the gigs how often the line up changes along the way. For Charlie what does not change is the band, he is always there! There a bit of my own stuff here along with other people's footage, it does make good viewing, particularly some of the interview footage and documentary. I can only hope that these tapes given to me by Charlie Harper, are seen as a testament to a great player. I would say there is another one yet, at least... John Bentham - 2015."
The new DVD compilation - catalogue number JE319D - runs to just over 3 hours and is region free, can be purchased in the UK from Screen Edge on the following link:
Below: Back cover with track listing - click to enlarge
Rent, buy, download or watch Screen Edge Subs Footage
John has also made his footage available to view, stream, rent or buy/download via the Rameses website...
So, for example, for the video interview John did with Charlie in September 2014 you can rent the footage for $1.00, buy and download it for $3.00 or watch it with a $4.99 monthly subscription.
Additionally, the two U.K. Subs gigs that made up the 'On The Road' DVD can also be accessed via the Rameses website with a rental price of $1.50 each, buy and download for $5.00 each or via the aforementioned $4.99 monthly subscription option.
U.K. Subs gig footage link:
UPDATE RE THE NEW DVD:
Parts 1, 2 & 3 are on https://rameses.pivotshare.com/ at "reasonable rates"...
A free trailer tape for each is online and on YouTube
U.K. SUBS - Stranglehold (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 1)
U.K. SUBS - You Don't Belong (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 2)
U.K. SUBS - Limo Life (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 3)
New Darrell Bath Solo Album In T&M Store
Featuring members of one of Darrell's other bands, the Crybabys, 'Roll Up' is nine tracks of Punk Rock Blues that the Uber Rock website described as "...nothing short of an absolute pleasure from opening chord to ending crescendo."
Read the full review by Dom Daley HERE.
Priced at just £10.00 plus postage, you can get your copy via the T&M web-shop HERE.
Darrell's Facebook Page HERE.
Taster track below:
More great reviews at:
Charlie plays harmonica on new Riots LP
Having had a listen to the track a few times (see photos), Charlie then recorded five different takes to accompany the song, with each subsequent time proving a better version.
Third Hedersleben Album Now Available Via T&M
Nicky Garratt wrote about the album exclusively for Time & Matter earlier this year and you can read about every song in detail as well as Nicky's tour diary HERE.
All the CDs are signed by Nicky, and the vinyl copies have been signed by the whole band, which includes ex-Subs drummer Jason Willer.
Both of the previous Hedersleben albums, Upgoer and Die Neuen Welten, are available also, CD copies of Upgoer are signed by Nicky and vinyl copies of Die Neuen Welten by the whole band.
All stock is very limited, less than 10 copies of each, and will not be restocked this side of Christmas.
Hedersleben releases available HERE
NICKY GARRATT EXCLUSIVE!
Exploring the new Hedersleben album
Time & Matter are absolutely thrilled that ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt has written another exclusive article for his popular T&M section 'NICKY'S GUITAR NOTES'.
After writing a recording diary exclusively for T&M earlier this year, Nicky, as he previously did with the first two Hedersleben LPs, reveals the inspiration and story behind the soon to be released third Hedersleben album 'The Fall Of Chronopolis', in another fascinating article.
The latest article published today (20/10/2015)
EXCLUSIVE T&M INTERVIEW
The interview includes many photos from Ricky's own personal archive, including previously unpublished U.K. Subs photos...
NEW TIME & MATTER RECORDS MERCHANDISE
Our latest piece of merchandise, the T&M record label patch is screen printed onto black cotton, measures 90 mm (3.5 inches) across and is priced at just £1-00 plus postage and packaging.
However, when purchased with any other item in our Big Cartel T&M webstore, postage and packaging will be free.
A free patch will also be included in all our triple pack offers that we have available.
T&M WEBSTORE LINK HERE:
CHARGE 69 - New Album Featuring Charlie Harper
FANTASTIC INTERVIEW IN THE PUNKED ONLINE 'ZINE
FANTASTIC REVIEW ON THE FUNGALPUNK WEBSITE
READ THE FULL GLITTERING REVIEW ON FUNGALPUNK: CLICK HERE
- This massively exciting album is distributed on CD and vinyl exclusively in the UK through the U.K. Subs specialist record label Time & Matter Records...
The CD and vinyl are available in the UK via the T&M webstore here: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/
The album features a magnificent vocal on one of the tracks:
'Birth of a Century' - by CHARLIE HARPER...
12 page colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
Free CD copy in clear plastic sleeve
4 page large colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
The blue vinyl LP is limited to 150 copies from T&M...
...exclusively produced for UK distribution
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VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE REVIEW & INTERVIEW
Vive Le Rock magazine (number 27 - June/July 2015) has a great review of the new Charge 69 album on T&M Records, as well as an interview with Caps from the band...
Click the images below to enlarge
BOTH ISSUES ARE AVAILABLE TO READ FOR FREE ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
ISSUE 1: http://en.calameo.com/books/0035822494eda0252bda0
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 31
U.K. SUBS IN 1977
It's amazing what can turn up after so many years!
Early U.K. Subs drummer Steve J. Jones - who later returned to play on 1983s 'Flood of Lies' LP - sent in this amazing, previously unpublished photo of the Subs, just after Nicky Garratt had joined in early October 1977.
Steve had this to say about this stunning find!
"Here's a picture of the UK Subs from 1977 - playing the Western Counties pub in Paddington. Not sure if it's been published before. I've had a copy in my scrapbook since '77. I'm sure it was one of the first we played after Nicky Garratt joined. We played that particular pub a number of times - often with Rob Harper also in the band. I'm not sure if Rob is with us on this occasion and simply missing from the shot. I've no idea who took the picture..."
T&M contacted Nicky Garratt about the photo and he confirmed for us that the photo was taken on his "...first weekend with the Subs..."
U.K. SUBS - WESTERN COUNTIES PUB, PADDINGTON, LONDON OCTOBER 1977
Left to right: Steve Slack, Nicky Garratt, Charlie Harper, Steve J. Jones
Click the image to enlarge
A MASSIVE THANKS FROM T&M TO STEVE J. JONES
FOR ALLOWING US TO PUBLISH THE PHOTO
STRICTLY no reproduction allowed without written permission of Steve J. Jones
Previous rare and unusual pictures can be found under the T & Misc. section to the right - click 'Homepage Picture Choice Archive...
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
"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
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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
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