"I'm hungover with a head like a monster"

GEMS 35 front cover GEMS 35 back cover

  • Above: Barmy London Army UK release, 1980, front & back cover. 
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Cat. No: GEMS 35 (PB 9558)
Label: GEM Records
 4 July 1980

A-Side: Barmy London Army (C. Harper) 3.12
Run-out groove:
 BILBO  GEMS 35 - A - 1  A1I  W

B-Side: Talk Is Cheap (C. Harper) 3.39
Run-out groove:
 BILBO. TA1PE  GEMS 35 - B - 1  'W'  A1 K


Line Up

Vocals: Charlie Harper
 James Stevenson
Bass: Steve Slack
 Pete Davies


Charlie's first solo outing featuring ex-Subs bass player Steve Slack, then current drummer Pete Davies and ex-Chelsea guitarist James Stevenson.

'Barmy London Army' was written about following Sham 69 on tour, hence the 'Kids are united' outro which Sham's publishers tried to sue Charlie for using!

Released on olive vinyl only, some promo copies have cropped up on Ebay but these are very obvious fakes. It reached number 68 in the charts (week ending 19 July) and was advertised (see below) as being released on July 4th. It only lasted the one week before dropping out of the top 75.


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GEMS 35 A-side A-Side  GEMS 35 B-side B-Side


Full page music press ad

  • Above: Music Press Ad, Sounds 12th July 1980 page 5.


Melody Maker news article

  • Above: News article reporting the split of the Slack/Davies Subs line-up and release of Barmy London Army, Melody Maker, 28th June 1980.


Barmy London Army release

  • Above: Similar news article from unknown source (probably Sounds)

News article



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