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Welcome to the official U.K. Subs historical archive on the web...
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
These are the latest tour dates that have been added...
Updated on 10/3/2012:
Sunday 3rd June:
The Last Jubilee Festival, Bath Racecourse, Bath, England
THE SUBS WILL BE 2ND ON THE BILL TO THE DAMNED
Visit the Last Jubilee Festival website for all the details including various ticketing options:
LAST JUBILEE FESTIVAL WEBSITE - CLICK HERE
14 June - Underground, Plymouth, England
14 December - The Garage, London, England
The U.K. Subs' promoter has unfortunately had to cancel the following two gigs:
31st May 2012: The Nags Head, High Wycombe, England
1st June 2012: The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, Wales
Both dates will be replaced in due course...
WATCH THIS WEBSITE!
Below is a recent interview that the Hard-Core.sk website conducted with Charlie and Alvin at the FBC Club in Martin, Slovakia on 26 February 2012...
FOLLOW THE CURRENT EURO TOUR VIA JET'S PAGE
This is a reminder for all you Subs fans out there that one of the best ways to follow the current U.K. Subs European (and any) tour is to 'Like' Jet's Facebook page.
Jet regularly updates his status/wall/news and also posts pictures on his page, both backstage and from stage as well as from the various places the tour visits. The picture featured here is taken of the crowd at Klub Proxima in Warsaw, Poland on February 19, 2012. Click the image to enlarge.
QUICKLINK TO JET13s FACEBOOK PAGE
- 26/02/2012: New interview with Charlie
Click here to view original article
Archived on T&M HERE
The ever-excellent Fishbones Glover (Fishbones Photography) who provided the photos for the U.K. Subs' last studio album 'Work In Progress' is currently offering a magnificent limited edition U.K. Subs Canvas Print.
It features four stunning photos by Fish - of Charlie, Alvin, Jet and Jamie - and is strictly limited to TEN COPIES ONLY! Click the image to enlarge...
Priced at £60-00 plus £6-00 postage and packaging, the canvas comes ready for hanging and measures 34" in height and 22" width. This is a never to be repeated piece of collectable Subs memorablia.
Charlie to play 'Party In Norway' in August
Paul Mileman's new band RIOTS are up and running, and Charlie Harper will be playing Paul's 45th birthday party on 24th August 2012 at Gamle in Oslo in Norway.
Subs fans will recall that Paul's previous band, Goldcrush did the same thing 5 years ago (YouTube footage here), and it was so brilliant that they've decided to do it again.
As per the last time, Paul's band will be the backing band for the night, this time, featuring two guitarists.
Paul is asking for YOU to send in requests as to what songs they should learn to play.
So far RIOTS have rehearsed two Subs songs: 'Violent City' and 'Endangered Species'.
The whole gig will also be recorded.
Limited tickets will be available only to people who "Like" the band - click here
Check out the brilliant RIOTS official website - CLICK HERE
Charlie's Harbour Rats
7" single news
Charlie Harper's latest side-project
CHARLIE'S HARBOUR RATS will soon have their debut single out on Northern Ireland's
Gary Fahy, who runs the label, and who kindly donates £5-00 from each sale of their U.K. Subs - A BLAST IN BELFAST LP to 'Charlie's Charitable Cause' via T&M has informed T&M that the record will be "going off to Key Pressing next week" and he expects it to be "available next month via the PUNKERAMA WEBSITE where they hope to be setting up a pre-order facility for the 7".
Originally referred to as Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats (see previous news stories here), and featuring ex-Sub Pete Davies, the band name has now been shortened to CHARLIE'S HARBOUR RATS, and the exciting news is topped off by the fact that the single will be a PICTURE DISC (see the scans at the foot of this article).
The Picture disc will be limited to 300 copies, retailing at £6-00 plus £2-00 postage and packaging. There will also be "four test pressings up for grabs on eBay."
The U.K. Subs official merchandiser is Mainstage Merch, who have been working with Charlie for a few years now.
UPDATE: 9 February 2012: Charlie designed kids t-shirt now in adult size
The popular kids' UK Subs 'Down On The Farm' tractor t-shirt designed by Charlie Harper exclusively for Mainstage Merch (see above right picture), has now, due to popular demand been made available in adult sizes. Retailing at £14-99 (including free postage and packaging to the UK), this is one for all you big kids out there!
CLICK HERE TO GO BUY ONE!
UPDATE: 2 February 2012: Rain & Flight Jackets and Bottle Opener
Mainstage now have available some superb black, light-weight, waterproof Rain Jackets, a fabulous black Flight Jacket as well as something to bring a smile to your face, a 'Charlie Harper For Prime Minister' bottle opener keyring.
It’s practical, original and one day it will be as legendary as the good man himself!
Bottle opener keyring: £3-50 - click here to order
Black Flight Jacket: £39-99 - click here to order
Black Rain Jackets: £28-99 - click here to order
UPDATE: 10 January 2012: NEW POLO SHIRT
Mainstage HQ are absolutely delighted to be able to add this stunning U.K. SUBS black Polo Shirt to our ever expanding range of top designs. We have been always asked by people "why don’t we do a Polo shirt for the band." So we needed to get it right and after consulting Charlie, we have come up with what we think is an absolute classic. This simply has to be one of the best punky polos to ever grace the planet!
ONLY £24.99 including free postage in the UK
UPDATE: 2 January 2012: NEW BADGES AVAILABLE
There are now 7 badges available at a bargain 75p each, including free postage in the UK for orders over £5. See a few of the designs below, including the fun 'Charlie for PM' and the popular 'allstars' design.
Iain Kilgallon, of Mainstage Merch is now adding new merchandise to the Mainstage website, which will include some of the old classic Subs designs. New lines and designs include a stunning 'Down on the Farm' kids t-shirt designed by Charlie Harper himself!
You can read more, and view some of the fabulous merch HERE
A percentage of each sale goes directly to the band...
FREE postage in the UK for orders over £5-00
Next album 'XXX' songwriting progress report
T&M co-webmaster Mark recently spoke to all four band members about their individual preparations for the forthcoming recording of the eagerly anticipated next album – to be entitled ‘XXX’.
Jamie enthused that he already has “almost four complete songs, music wise anyway. I only have a working title for one of them though, and the idea is for it to be about people who say they'll stick by you but then bail out on you when it really comes to the crunch. That one I think will be called 'Suicide Pact (You First)'. As for the others I will leave it down to Charlie to name."
Jet also has four songs in the melting pot, and he is “currently re-arranging these at the moment”, but added that “one song is done.” Jet also stated that he “never uses working titles. I just use ‘track 1’, ‘track 2’ etc, so there are no song titles yet...”
Alvin was just as animated by the prospect of following up the critically acclaimed last album ‘Work In Progress’ and has completed two songs, both music and lyrics, in preparation already.
The first song is entitled ‘Thunder’ which Alvin thinks he “would like to do the vocals on”, as the subject matter is Alvin’s “personal perspective on the life of Johnny Thunders”, of the New York Dolls. Alvin’s second track promises to be of immense interest as well, with its striking title and fascinating subject matter.
“Black Power Salute” concerns the African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving their famous salute after they won the 200 metre gold and bronze medals respectively at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. The event was one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Smith later stated in his autobiography that the salute was not a Black Power salute, but in fact a human rights salute. On the medals podium, Smith and Carlos both wore ‘Olympic Project for Human Rights’ badges, receiving their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride and Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. also wearing a necklace of beads which he described "were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage…”
Charlie was also very excited about the next album, telling T&M that "the Subs are in a 'born again' frame of mind after 'Work In Progress'! It was a powerful record with a great variety of sound and song composition.
I see the 'Work In Progress' album as our first album and X as the 'Brand New Age' of today, with it being even more exciting, with better arranged songs and a step forward in every way."
Charlie is currently busy formulating lyrics and music for the album, although he didn't reveal any working song titles, but further added that he had "...heard Alvin's songs and they are very good. The bar is set, and it's very high."
Of the additional discs planned for the 'triple X' album Charlie also divulged that "...I must add that the acoustic CD will be very surprising!"
These are obviously very exciting days for the Subs and their fans alike, and as previously reported in our first 'XXX' news story, the band are scheduled to go into Pat Collier’s studio in London in July, for what is already sounding like it has the potential to be an even bigger classic U.K. Subs album than the last!
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 19th January***
New instalment published!
Chapter Two: ALL CHANGE
T&M has already published FIVE instalments of this exciting series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Today sees the SIXTH instalment of Alvin's life story published, entitled: ALL CHANGE (part 1)
In Alvin's own words, his articles for T&M will be "a literary excursion through the fetid underbelly of infamy, glory, frustration, elation, chaos, indifference, contentment and pride which feature in equal measure in relation to my personal involvement with the United Kingdom Subversives."
Alvin is also searching through his own personal Subs collection of ephemera and memorabilia to provide some suitable scans and photographs to accompany this fabulous project.
Check out the new section in T & Misc! to the right called "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"
KEEP WATCHING THIS WEBSITE!
The above Alvin Gibbs photograph courtesy of Jez Keefe (Jez Keefe Photography).
No copying of Jez's work without permission.
Charlie plans solo album this year
Charlie has confirmed to T&M that he plans to record a second solo album this year. Plans are currently for the project to be an acoustic album, with the Subs mainman revealing that he is "writing loads of songs at present", although this album will most probably consist of a mix of original compositions and some covers.
All this is, of course, in addition to the Subs recording their next studio album in 2012, the release of the Urban Dogs acoustic album as well as the 'Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats' project with ex-Sub Pete Davies.
Looks like 2012 is going to be ANOTHER VINTAGE YEAR for Subs fans folks!
Punkerama Records Donation to Charlie's Charitable Cause
Northern Irish record label, Punkerama, have kindly offered to contribute £5 from each sale of their remaining copies of the vinyl release of 'A Blast In Belfast' to Charlie's Charitable Cause.
Recorded at the Warzone in Belfast in 1998, and released on CD by Rejected Records and Punkerama. The vinyl issue is available on three different colours (see below)
You can order through the Punkerama website: www.punkerama.com
We'd like to thank Gary at Punkerama Records for this very generous offer and hope that you'll support them and the cause by getting a copy for yourself or the Subs nut in your life.
UPDATE: Only 70 copies left so please don't miss out - order NOW folks!
(19th February 2012)
EXCLUSIVE TO TIME & MATTER!
The Time & Matter website editors are proud to be the host for Paul Slack's fabulous Blog. Paul has fascinated and delighted us with his extremely popular Blog on T&M - which has been running since March 2010.
However, Paul's has decided to take a break from writing his Blog for the time being as he is concentrating on his involvement with MONICA AND THE EXPLOSION, as they gig extensively all over the world and are due to record their third album in March 2012.
18/02/2012: Retro Man Blog gig review
Steve Worrall's brilliant Retro Man Blog has just published a superb review of the band's recent (8/2/12) gig at The Grey Lady Music Lounge in Royal Tunbridge Wells. There are also some great photos from the gig by the legendary Rock Press Photographer Paul Slattery to enjoy...
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BLOG
02/02/2012: Paul Slack Fanzine interview
There is an interview with ex-Sub Paul Slack in the latest Positive Creed Fanzine. It's only available in a true printed fanzine format and is not available on the web. Here's how to obtain a copy...
Positive Creed - Number 12. Contact PO Box 777, Exeter, EX1 9TU, England. 50p plus an A4 SAE.
Positive Creed Facebook Page is here:
01/02/2012: New Monica interview
The Blogsite PUNK ROCK '77 THRU TODAY has today published an interview with Monica.
Click here to READ IT!
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Previous homepage picture choices are archived in the T & Misc! section
As you may have seen by the links on the right of the Time & Matter homepage, the U.K. Subs’ sticksman Jamie Oliver has his fingers in many pies!
Click here for more info on a couple of Jamie’s ‘side-projects’, namely Sci-Fi Mafia and Dumbjaw.
Dumbjaw YouTube channel HERE
Below: New video for Sci-Fi Mafia's 'Second Chance' - shot at the album launch by Tpak Productions...
"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
Coming Soon (Plan Of Action!):
U.K. Subs songs covered by other bands
U.K. Subs A-to-Z of song titles...
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"If you want to know more about the line-up changes, or spot any holes in the discography, please make an urgent appointment with a counsellor. The UK Subs are an institution, of sorts. The fact that I like them, despite being as fashionable as asbestos, doubtless disqualifies me from polite society."
...which is our favourite quote from 'No More Heroes', by ALEX OGG.
(Cherry Red Books, 2006)
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I went to see them on Saturday in Aberdeen. What a great experience, really enjoyed it
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Martin Prophet e-mails T&M - 12th May 2011
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