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Uk 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
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Selected Discography

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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.

2. Tomorrow's Girl

3. Stranglehold

4. Teenage

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: 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: 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: 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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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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I and you don't want to die :/
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Eating Pomegranates or a juice called

POM made from pomegranate

prevents prostate cancer in men

LIFE IS WONDERFUL ⚡️❤️⚡️
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Is song ROCKERS about chairs ?

Rocking chairs ?
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orderofthego r d o n s
What is with the long stream of homophobic comments? Go pierce your brains and smash bottles over your heads, stupid punks.
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j144174
She. And class
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Absolute brilliance,s o glad i was part of the old school slamming away at the Olympic Auditorium in l.a.every Friday nights,in my doc martins enjoying my youth.ahh what memories kids
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southparkrul e s 4 2
We need to kickstart the punk movement once again!!!!!! PUNK FOREVER!!!! follow me if you agree!!!!
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saw them play LIVE @ The Antenna Club in Memphis..the y painted the name of the band on the back wall of the stage before they played the first note..great show!
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their full lengths were in alphabetical order
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PUNKS NOT RED!! 88
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classic old school punk !!!!! brings back some good memories !! and yes I liked and saw Anti Pasti in Boston ... was a great show !!
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krishjah
No Way! Crass and GBH was some great UK Punk!
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gay? who cares. punk is a complete open forum. you can be as loud, obscene and abrasive as you want. or not. that's all it is. punk is freedom for so many, gay, straight, into a bit of everything or a die hard fan. that's all punk is and that's how it survives. enjoy what you like but don't get pissed because others don't
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mtcanneries
wow! tic tock is a homo
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Punk has been and is a catch-all for those who don't like or fit in with the top 40 popular crowd crap. Surely there are some homosexuals but who cares.
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I lived it - I woun't say it had ties to queer. It was the concept of freaking the common folk out. None of my friends we gay punk types. Just go listen to the likes of SD, DOA out of Vancouver, Minor Threat and learn before you drunk type. Really back then that was more Thompson Twins, Duran, crap. who had that following.
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Check out the New York Dolls - punk and taking it up the poop shoot was cool - hell so was it with heavy metal Judas Priest likes using a microphone with hair on it - Queen enjoyed riding a bike with no seat - gay bars have more people in it - turn the stools upside down and you get 4 to a seat - and parking is always in the rear -
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rhall3101
Moo cow
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You obviously have not seen many pictures of anyone from the 1980's. EVERYONE dressed up like it was f**king All Hallows.
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Early punk had strong ties with queer culture. . .a lot of that kind of think was quite intentional. Learn your history.
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they do look gay, but at least when i look at them i know i'm not looking at a band that's going to write a theme album about a little girl fighting robots.
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honestly i've never really liked UK punk, ive always found the tonality rather bland, and the music very apethetic. I still have respect for bands like ramones and S.P. but its just kinda of hard to listen to music where voices are so uno-toned
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This brings back many fond memories. LOUD PROUD AND PUNK !!!! OI down the que, is it so,ANTI-PAST I !!!
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bromide01
Have you ever noticed that the early punk bands look kind of gay in their photos? I mean look at that photo up there? I don't know. Just observing.
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MY FRIENDS,WE TOURED TOGETHER OFTEN,IN THE 80'S...OLLIE (ANTI-PASTI)

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