The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:
Charlie reveals new 'covers' album plans for US based label in website interview
"“Cleopatra (an American independent label) want us to put out a covers album,” revealed Charlie. “It’s all there – we’ve done covers throughout our career so it’s money for old rope.
“There’ll be some Iggy, some MC5, some Jonathan Richman – all old stuff we used to play..."
Punk rock legends UK Subs play Southend this Friday but frontman Charlie Harper tells Martin Neal that he’s not one for living in the past
But make no mistake – this is no bunch of old boys living off past glories and taking a nostalgic, safety pin-encrusted meander down Memory Lane.
Frontman Charlie Harper is 73 years young get retains a burning desire to keep things fresh, vibrant and relevant. In fact he’s already taking with boyish enthusiasm about what we can expect as the band enters its fifth decade.
Catchy punk classics such as Stranglehold, Warhead, Tomorrow’s Girls, Party in Paris and Teenage put the Subs on the map in the late 70s and early 80s but they've continued to perform and record regularly since, famously naming their albums with consecutive letters of the alphabet.
Their most recent offering, Ziezo, was announced as their final studio LP – they’d reached Z so it seemed apt - but they’re not finished yet and there’s more to come after all.
“There’ll be some Iggy, some MC5, some Jonathan Richman – all old stuff we used to play.
“When me and Nicky (Garratt) first started the band we only had six songs, so we had to throw some covers in.”
But he says: “When you’re constantly writing new material, you’re living in the future, not the past. I don’t think about the past – I go from day to day and that is it.
“A long time ago, when I was about 45, I thought I was getting too old to be doing this but we make a conscious effort to improve everything we do. We hit on our weak spots and work on making them stronger.
“Every detail is worked on – we don’t stand still. This is not a nostalgia trip.”
“Back in 1980 we supported the Ramones,” recalled Charlie as an example of precisely what he didn't want in his band, “and two of them, I forget which ones, wouldn't talk to the others. One of them had to act as a go between!”
“We won’t say ’40 years, now we’re going to do something completely different’,” explained Charlie, “but we will sound a little bit different in the future after we’ve done the covers album.
“We’ll take more time and release one single a year rather than an album and give out some quality. We’re always looking to do something better and put ourselves out there.”
UK Subs play Chinnerys, Southend, on Friday, November 24 with support from The Blue Carpet Band and Loaded 44. Tickets available from www.seetickets.co.uk