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U.K. Subs

As part of the original punk rock movement in England during the mid-'70s, the U.K. Subs scored several hit singles in their homeland, switching between politically charged material and party-hearty rockers. Led by singer Charlie Harper (who previously fronted a R&B outfit called the Marauders), the U.K. Subs formed in November of 1976, after Harper discovered the Damned. Originally called the Subversives before shortening their name, Harper recruited guitarist Nicky Garratt, bassist Steve Slack, and a revolving door of drummers (eventually finding a semi-permanent member with Pete Davis), and soon after began plotting their plan of attack from Harper's place of business, a hairdressing salon in South London. Around this time, the up-and-coming group recorded a live set at the infamous punk club the Roxy (just prior to its closing), with hopes of the recording being issued as their debut album. Although the recording did indeed go down, the tapes sat on a shelf for several years, before eventually being issued in 1980 under the title of Live Kicks. This led to several John Peel sessions on BBC Radio One in 1977 and 1978, and eventually, a recording contract with the GEM record label, and what's often considered to be their finest recording, their 1979 full-length debut, Another Kind of Blues.

The group enjoyed success back home straight off the bat, as they had several moderate hit singles ("Stranglehold," "Tomorrow's Girls"), appeared at the mammoth Glastonbury Festival, landed a cover story for Sounds magazine, and were even the subject of a Julien Temple-directed film documentary, entitled Punk Can Take It. 1980 saw the U.K. Subs attempt to crack the U.S. market, with a few opening gigs for the Police, as a pair of studio albums were issued, Brand New Age and Crash Course. But as the public's interest began to shift from punk to new wave/synth pop in the early '80s, the U.K. Subs saw their popularity quickly begin to dwindle, as bandmembers began to come and go. The band continued on with such further releases as 1981's Diminished Responsibility and 1982's Endangered Species (among others), as the group's sound grew more and more a kin to hard rock/heavy metal. But despite almost all of the original U.K. punk groups going their separate ways by the early to mid-'80s (the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned, etc.), the U.K. Subs never split up; although Harper was often the only original member left in attendance, the group continued to issue albums and never ceased playing shows. '80s-era bassist Alvin Gibbs would go on to briefly play bass for punk godfather Iggy Pop in 1988, and even penned a book about his experiences, Neighbourhood Threat: On Tour With Iggy Pop. The '90s saw the release of countless U.K. Subs "hits" collections, the best of the bunch being 1991's Singles 1978-1982 and 1996's The Punk Singles Collection. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Endangered Species - Deluxe Edition

Disc 1

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. %8x5

10. Ice Age

11. I Robot

12. Flesh Wound

13. Plan of Action

14. I Don't Need Your Love

15. Shoot You Down (Demo)

16. 8 X 5 (Demo)

17. Countdown (Demo)

18. Ambition (Demo)

19. Sensitive Boys (Demo)

20. I Don't Need Your Love (Demo)

Disc 2

1. Self Destruct (Shake up City EP)

2. Police State (Shake up City EP)

3. War of the Roses (Shake up 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)

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Track List: The Gem Singles

1. Stranglehold

2. World War

3. Rockers

4. Tomorrows Girls

5. Scum Of The Earth

6. Telephone Numbers

7. She's Not There

8. Kicks

9. Victim

10. The Same Thing

11. Warhead

12. The Harper

13. Waiting For The Man

14. Teenage

15. Left For Dead

16. New York State Police

17. Party In Paris

18. Fall Of The Empire

19. Keep On Running (Til You Burn)

20. Perfect Girl

21. Ice Age

22. Party In Paris (French Version)

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Track List: XXIV (Expanded Edition)

1. Implosion 77

2. Coalition Government Blues

3. Speed

4. Rabid

5. Monkeys

6. Black Power Salute

7. Las Vegas Wedding

8. Stare At The Sun

9. Garden Of Good And Evil

10. Workers Revolution

11. Wreckin' Ball

12. Detox

13. Failed State

14. Momento Mori

15. Angel Of Eighth Avenue

16. Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

17. Metamorphosis

18. Sleeping Rough

19. Souls From Hell

20. Stop Global War

21. Four Strong Winds

22. Higher Tide

23. The Outsider

24. Thunders In The Rain

25. Stormy Day

26. Little Black Crow

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Track List: Greatest

1. Stranglehold (Single Version)

2. Tomorrow's Girls

3. Warhead

4. Teenage

5. Party In Paris

6. She's Not There

7. Keep On Running

8. C.I.D.

9. I Live In A Car

10. Crash Course

11. Rockers (Single Version)

12. Kicks

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Track List: Crash Course (Live 1980)

1. C.I.D.

2. I Couldn't Be You

3. I Live in a Car

4. Tomorrow's Girls

5. Left for Dead

6. Kicks

7. Rat Race

8. New York State Police

9. Warhead

10. Public Servant

11. Telephone Numbers

12. Organised Crime

13. Rockers

14. Brand New Age

15. Dirty Girls

16. The Same Thing

17. Crash Course

18. Teenage

19. Killer

20. Emotional Blackmail

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Track List: Diminished Responsibility

1. You Don't Belong

2. So What

3. Confrontation

4. Fatal

5. Time and Matter

6. Violent City

7. Too Tired

8. Party in Paris

9. Gangster

10. Face the Machine

11. New Order

12. Just Another Jungle

13. Collision Cult

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Track List: Live At Retford Porterhouse

1. Violent Revolution

2. Still Life

3. New Barbarians

4. Veronique

5. Flood of Lies

6. Warhead

7. In The Wild

8. In The Red

9. Another Typical City

10. Revenge of the Jelly Devils

11. Limo Life

12. Working For DBS

13. Dress Code - Crash Course

14. Emotional Blackmail

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Track List: Complete Riot

1. Jump On It

2. Ego

3. War On The Pentagon 1 & 2

4. Quintessentials

5. State Of Alert

6. Day Of The Dead

7. AK47

8. Media Man

9. Mouth On A Stick

10. Outside Society

11. Bitter & Twisted

12. Accident Prone

13. Killer Cops

14. Psychosis

15. Squat 96

16. Dunblane

17. Cyberjunk

18. Rebel Radio

19. Power Corrupts

20. Preacher

21. Riot

22. Chemical War

23. Paradise Burning

24. House Of Cards

25. Human Rights

26. Guilty Man

27. Lost Not Found

28. Music For The Deaf

29. Beggars & Bums

30. My Little Red Book

31. Flat Earth Society

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Track List: Before You Were Punk: The Very Best Of

1. C.I.D.

3. Stranglehold

5. Emotional Blackmail

6. Warhead

7. New York State Police

8. Party In Paris

9. Endangered Species

10. Down On The Farm

11. Shoot You Down

12. Countdown

13. Limo Life

14. Police State

15. Self Destruct

16. War Of The Roses

17. Holy Land

18. Motivator

19. Postcard From L.A.

20. Nobody Move

21. Riot

22. Rebel Radio

23. Preacher

24. House Of Cards

25. Lost Not Found

26. Music For The Deaf

27. Stay Away

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Track List: Time Warp: Greatest Hits

1. Endangered Species

2. New York State Police

3. Time & Matter

4. Countdown

5. Tomorrow's Girls

6. Emotional Blackmail

7. Crash Course

8. Organized Crime

9. Warhead

10. Confrontation

11. C.I.D.

12. Party In Paris

13. I Live In A Car

14. Down On The Farm

15. Stranglehold

16. Limo Life

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Track List: Self Destruct - Punk Can Take It II

1. Postcard From L.A.

2. Yellow Man

3. Nobody Move

4. Megalopolis

5. Police State

6. Motivator

7. Self Destruct

8. Big Apple

9. War Of The Roses

10. Ship Wrecked

11. Holy Land

12. Betrayal

13. Lower East Side

14. Killing Time

15. Saber Dance

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Track List: The Punk Singles Collection

1. C.I.D.

2. Stranglehold

3. Tomorrow's Girls

4. She's Not There

5. Warhead

6. Teenage

7. Party In Paris

8. Keep On Running

9. Countdown

10. Self Destruct

11. Another Typical City

12. Private Army

13. This Gun Says

14. The Motivator

15. Sabre Dance

16. Hey Santa

17. Here Comes Alex

18. Barmy London Army

19. Freaked

20. New Barbarians

21. Limo Life

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Track List: Normal Service Resumed

Disc 1

1. Mohawk Radio

2. Jodie Foster

3. Here Comes Alex

4. Ozone Death

5. Strangeways

6. Joyride

7. Brixton

8. Dumfux

9. Killertime

10. Believe In Yourself

11. All The People

12. Space Patrol

13. Reaper

14. Squat The World

15. Bailiffs

16. Down On The Farm

17. Lydia

Disc 2

1. Emotional Blackmail (Live In Croatia, 1993)

2. Endangered Species (Live In Croatia, 1993)

3. Fear Of Girls (Live In Croatia, 1993)

4. You Don't Belong (Live In Croatia, 1993)

5. Kicks (Live In Croatia, 1993)

6. Young Criminals (Live In Croatia, 1993)

7. Rat Race (Live In Croatia, 1993)

8. Another Cuba (Live In Croatia, 1993)

9. Lydia (Live In Croatia, 1993)

10. Scum Of The Earth (Live In Croatia, 1993)

11. Telephone Numbers (Live In Croatia, 1993)

12. SK8 Tough (Live In Croatia, 1993)

13. Warhead (Live In Croatia, 1993)

14. Left For Dead (Live In Croatia, 1993)

15. Rockers (Live In Croatia, 1993)

16. Limo Life (Live In Croatia, 1993)

17. Crash Course (Live In Croatia, 1993)

18. Brixton (Live In Croatia, 1993)

19. All I Wanna Know (Live In Croatia, 1993)

20. Not Listening (Live In Croatia, 1993)

21. Stranglehold (Live In Croatia, 1993)

22. C.I.D. (Live In Croatia, 1993)

23. Tomorrow's Girls (Live In Croatia, 1993)

24. Party In Zagreb (Live In Croatia, 1993)

25. I Robot (Live In Croatia, 1993)

26. New York State Police (Live In Croatia, 1993)

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Track List: Down On The Farm - A Collection Of The Less Obvious

1. Cid

2. I Live In A Car

3. BIC

4. Down On The Farm

5. Endangered Species

6. Countdown

7. Plan Of Action

8. Living Dead

9. Ambition

10. Fear Of Girls

11. Lie Down And Die

12. Sensitive Boys

13. Divide By 8 X 5

14. IE Age

15. I Robot

16. Flesh Wound

17. I Don't Need Your Love

18. Motivator

19. Combat Zone

20. Fascist Regime

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Track List: Punk Can Take It

1. Shoot You Down

2. Divide 8 X 5

3. Countdown

4. Ambition

5. Sensitive Boys

6. I Don't Need Your Love

7. Limo Life

8. Cocaine

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Track List: Left For Dead

1. Cid (Live)

2. Emotional Blackmail (Live)

3. Endangered Species (Live)

7. New York State Police (Live)

9. Limo Life (Live)

11. Warhead (Live)

13. Teenage (Live)

14. I Couldn't Be You (Live)

15. I Live In A Car (Live)

16. Blues (Live)

17. Telephone Numbers (Live)

18. Left For Dead (Live)

19. Rockers (Live)

20. Stranglehold (Live)

22. Tomorrow's Girls (Live)

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Track List: Flood Of Lies

1. Flood Of Lies

2. Veronique

3. Soldiers Of Fortune

4. DB's

5. Tampa Bay

6. After The War

7. Violent Revolution

8. In The Red

9. Dress Code

10. Revenge Of The Jelly Devils

11. In The Wild

12. Seas

13. Another Typical City (7'' Version) (Bonus Track)

14. Still Life (Bonus Track)

15. The Spell (Bonus Track)

16. Private Army (Bonus Track)

17. Multiple Minds (Bonus Track)

18. Primary Strength (Bonus Track)

19. Another Typical City (12'' Version) (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Brand New Age

1. You Can't Take It Anymore

2. Brand New Age

3. Public Servant

4. Warhead

5. Barbie's Dead

6. Organised Crime

7. Rat Race

8. Emotional Blackmail

9. Kicks

10. Teenage

11. Dirty Girls

12. 500 CC

13. Bomb Factory

14. Emotional Blackmail II (Live)

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Track List: Another Kind Of Blues

1. C.I.D.

2. I Couldn't Be You

3. I Live In A Car

4. Tomorrow's Girls

5. Killer

6. World War

7. Rockers

8. I.O.D.

9. T.V. Blues

10. Blues

11. Lady Esquire

12. All I Want To Know

13. Crash Course

14. Young Criminals

15. B.1.C.

16. Disease

17. Stranglehold

25. Scum Of The Earth

26. Telephone Numbers

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