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Mainstage Merch U.K. Subs Sale
The U.K. Subs official online merchandiser Mainstage Merch have a number of U.K. Subs items for sale in the run up to Xmas.
Some of their great range of U.K. Subs t-shirts are now 'on-sale' at just £7.99 including P&P in the UK, and there are a number of items for both male, female and kids Subs fanatics to choose from as follows:
U.K. Subs 'Harper 70' Mens T-Shirt (Previously £15-99)
U.K. Subs Black Flag Mens Tee (Previously £14-99)
U.K. Subs Black Diamond Girls Tee (Previously £14-99)
U.K. Subs Black Diamond Mens Tee (Previously £14-99)
U.K. Subs Warhead Mens Vest (Previously £12-99)
(Pink or Green available)
U.K. Subs White Flag Girls Tee (Previously £12-99)
U.K. Subs 'Born A Rocker' Mens Tee (Previously £14-99)
Or if you fancy anything else from Mainstage then remember that
postage and packing is free for all UK orders over £5-00
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MAINSTAGE WEBSITE
3 CHARLIE SOLO SHOW SUPPORTS TO THE SKIDS IN 2018
*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..."
Charlie Harper Interview on 'Retropopic' Radio Show
*Exclusive interview with UK Subs frontman and Punk Icon Charlie Harper!*
"Whilst The UK Subs have been going for 40 years now, what was Charlie's musical history before the band? How did he stumble across punk? Who are the artists he admires? What are the songs he loves? Why does he think the group have got through so many band members? How were Punk classics 'Warhead' & 'Stranglehold' written? What does he think of 'The Pistols' & 'The Clash'? Find out about the gigging experience and The Subs concert strongholds. What exactly is 'Punk Muscle Memory'? Has The UK Subs' audience changed over the years...
Find out the answers to all these questions by listening to the interview. Remember RETROPOPIC loves all classic pop whatever the genre and the radio show is the home to the exclusive interview. Stream in globally on 2rrr.org.au to catch the show each Friday at 2100 Sydney time...."
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AT:
Alvin Gibbs has started a new Pledge Campaign!
Alvin Gibbs has now started his own Pledge Campaign for his latest book 'Some Weird Sin: On Tour With Iggy Pop' - where you can purchase the book signed, unsigned as well as get a new art print in the Pledge Store
Check it out here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/alvingibbs
New CD From Steve Straughan's Hi-Fi Spitfires
Entitled 'Doors To The USA', the release features four new tracks and a new version of 'Last Gang' that appears on Steve's solo album of the same name.
Recorded at Trinity Heights in Newcastle, the line-up is:
Steve Straughan - Vocals & Guitar, Nelly - Drums & Backing Vocals and Tony Taylor - Bass & Backing Vocals.
1. Doors To The USA
2. Fake City
4. Don't Take My Heart
5. Last Gang
T&M are pleased to be able to stock copies in our web-shop and you can get your copy HERE!
Charlie Harper Appears On Ramonas 'Original' Debut Album
Charlie plays on 'Tearaway' after asking the band if he could play on one of their tracks.
'Treble with the bass' website gave the album a glowing review stating; "This is definitely an album The Ramonas should be proud of and for any Punk fans out there it is a definite one for the list. The album with all it’s grit and edge is everything Punk stands for."
Read the whole review HERE.
Best known for their blistering sets of Ramones songs, 'First World Problems' sees the band blossom as song writers in their own right and can be currently seen playing sets of all original material up and down the country, including a support slot with the U.K. Subs at The Con Club in Lewes on the 26th of November.
T&M are pleased to able to stock copies of the CD in our web-shop, you can get your copy HERE!
You can also preview the album on The Ramonas' website
EXCLUSIVE T&M INTERVIEW
with the original U.K. Subs drummer
Above: Two classified ads from Melody Maker, 16th July 1977,
currently the earliest known U.K. Subs gigs advertised, for the 15th and 18th July 1977.
Below: Rob playing drums with The Clash, 1976.
U.K. Subs in 1978 BBC Documentary Clip Appears Online
"#OTD 1978: The Mekons, Sham 69, ATV, The Slits and the UK Subs discussed the complex relationship between punk, publicity and profit".
Featuring John Peel interviewing the various bands, the clip includes a headline quote from Charlie Harper as follows:
"We done a gig for fourteen pound - and we lost two quid"
The clip was edited together from different sections of the original documentary, with the Subs appearing at 7.58 until the end of the clip... which you can watch below:
***Updated 16 October 2017***
New instalment published!
Chapter 9: SHAKE UP THE CITY (part 3)
T&M today proudly publishes the 24th instalment of this suberb series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...
Read the latest...
In which our narrator can only get work as a virtually unpaid Dog, cannot prevent the sad departure of Chutch, breaks records at CBGB's , witnesses Harper's abhorrence of furniture fag-burns at Elvis' abode, nearly talks himself into a drive-by shooting a la Easy Rider, increasingly questions the ambitions of the Subs American management and the map reading 'skills' of tour arrangers, enjoys downtime with the in-laws and takes a (very) short cab-ride and parties with Billy Idol and Arturo Vega...
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section
to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
ALVIN INTERVIEW IN NEW VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE
The latest brilliant issue of Vive Le Rock magazine (#48) includes a 3 page feature and interview with Alvin Gibbs promoting his recently re-issued book about his time touring as part of the Iggy Pop band entitled 'Some Weird Sin'.
Go get the new issue at your local newsagent or order your copy online at
PRINT'S NOT DEAD!
You can order Alvin's book on the link below as well...
CHARLIE SOLO SHOWS IN OCTOBER
Charlie is booked to play a few solo shows in October as follows:
06: Charlie Harper Solo Show, The Punk Rock & Roll Art Show 2017 at The Underdog Gallery, London
(see photos - click here...)
11: Charlie Harper Solo Show, The Pipeline, Brighton, England (Free Entry)
12: Charlie Harper Solo Show - Supporting John Ottway - The Fountain, Hastings, England
NEW CHARLIE HARPER 7" SINGLE
Charlie's new 7" solo single for Punkerama Records is now out.
Featuring two acoustic versions of previously released songs 'Warhead' and 'Rebellion Song', the single will be available in limited numbers on 3 different pressings as follows:
Postage is £3 for UK orders but please enquire for non-UK postage prices.
The single also boasts a front and back cover painted by Charlie himself, see below...
For the latest info check out www.punkeramarecords.com
U.K. SUBS OLD-NEW 7" DUE IN THE NEW YEAR
After Punkerama Records' recent release of the Charlie Harper acoustic 7" solo single 'Warhead' / 'Rebellion Song', Punkerama's MD Gary Fahy has announced that the label will be issuing a U.K. Subs 7" in January 2018 of two Subs songs from their fifth album 'Endangered Species'. Described by Gary as "the single that should have been lifted from the album...", the 500 limited edition was originally scheduled to be a picture disc featuring the album title track as well as 'Lie Down And Die', but will now be issued as follows:
175 on pink
175 on purple
Keep up to date via the Punkerama Facebook page - click hereThe Punkerama website link for the single is:
Alvin Gibbs Revamped Iggy Pop Book Out Now
Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs has just had his brilliant book on his time touring as part of the Iggy Pop band re-published in an expanded and updated form. Also retitled from the original 'Neighbourhood Threat' to 'Some Weird Sin', Alvin put out the following information via his Facebook page on 24 July:
"For those who have been following my regular scribblings for the uksubstimeandmatter.net website entitled ‘Diminished Responsibility: My Life as a UK Subs, and Other Strange Stories’, I’m aware it has been awhile since I’ve provided you all with an additional memoir episode. The reason for this is that I’ve been intensely immersed in another writing project that has finally come to fruition.
As of today you can purchase a new edition of the book first published in 1996 detailing my extraordinary experiences as the bass player to Iggy Pop on an eight-month world tour taking in pretty much every major city, along with some less renowned locations, across six continents.
Having realised it was almost thirty years since that tour commenced at the Whisky a-go-go in Los Angeles in 1988 and with the two original issues being out of print for some years now, I thought it was time for an updated version of the book with some fresh stories and information that I was unable to include in the previous two English editions, plus added photos, a renovation of some of the writing and the addition of a revised Intro chapter and an up-to-date Outro section detailing what all the main players on the tour have been doing since its conclusion in February 1989 up to the present day.
To signify these changes I’ve also retitled it ‘Some Weird Sin: On Tour with Iggy Pop’ (formally ‘Neighbourhood Threat’) this being, I believe, a more appropriate title for the candid new content in addition to the original designation only having been a working title that nonetheless continued to be utilised on both prior English releases, plus the French language version distributed by Camion Blanc in 2010. This latest version is brought to you via a joint publishing venture between Vive le Rock magazine’s book division, Extradition Books, and Cadiz Music Publishing. It is priced at a reasonable £15 – some former editions were selling for as much as £60 on a well-known auction site! – and is available now to order on the Extradition Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Etraditionbooks/
I will also be signing copies of ‘Some Weird Sin’ at the Vive le Rock stall at the Rebellion Festival next month. So, why not treat yourselves to a copy and discover what is was truly like to be a band member touring the globe with one of the most incendiary and rousing exponents of the rock music genre – the godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop. I promise you, it was a wild, wild ride. A x "
- BUY ALVIN'S NEW BOOK - CLICK HERE
U.K. Subs announce 2 x 7" singles via Pledge Music
Plus 40th Anniversary Show
The Subs announced on 21 July 2017 that they will be releasing two brand new singles, the band's first recordings featuring new guitarist Steve Straughan, via Pledge Music. Below is the announcement posted on the Subs Facebook page, which was accompanied by a short video of Charlie and Alvin speaking about the new campaign...
"MAJOR UK SUBS ANNOUNCEMENT!!! PLEASE SHARE!!!
We told you that Ziezo was our last album, but we also told you that it wouldn't be the last you'd hear of us...
We've just this second launched two brand new 7" AA-side coloured vinyl singles on Pledge Music - 'PREDATOR' and 'THE BEAST'!!! Each comes with a free download and an exclusive badge and patch. 4 new tracks for your listening pleasure.
Also in the pipeline.... ***On November 16th 1977 Charlie and co played the first ever gig as UK Subs, having changed the name of the band.***This year, on November 16th, 40 years later to the day, we will be celebrating the official 40th anniversary of UK Subs at the Queen's Hall, Nuneaton, and simultaneously launching our new singles! To mark this special occasion, we will be performing one song from each and every UK Subs album right the way through from A to Z. What's more is we'll be giving you the chance to influence our choice of set list!
All of this and more at www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs"
"Following the massive success of the UK Subs Pledge campaign for ‘Ziezo’, the band announced that it would be our final album, but we would still continue to record singles and EP’s. So then, here is our first offering. Not one, but two double A-side singles made available to you via Pledge Music. Four brand new tracks for your listening pleasure on coloured 7" vinyl, each of which comes with a free download and an exclusive badge and patch. Full print limited edition dye sublimated tshirts are available too, one for each single, and we have plans for an absolutely huge launch party! Our last campaign was a lot of hard work but it was amazing, and we’re really working hard to make this one even better, so let’s do it!"
Various Pledge packages are available, including t-shirts featuring the sleeve artwork, badge, patches and tickets to the 40th anniversary gig in Nuneaton.
FOR ALL THE BAND'S PLEDGE UPDATES:
- Website archive footnote to the above U.K. Subs statement
regarding the 40th anniversary date...
*** T&M is unsure as to why the band have stated that they became known as U.K. Subs on 16 November 1977, as this website has several pages and items of ephemera that contradicts that date, which actually dates the band name-change to circa June/July of 1977 - including a picture of the band in October 1977 - click here, a demo recorded in the summer of 1977 - click here, as well as gig advertisements listing the U.K. Subs playing in July 1977 - click here.
Below: Gig poster - click to enlarge
T&M 027 Release
Charlie Harper & Friends 7" Single
Features Two Ex-Subs Darrell Bath & Pete Davies
T&M's next release will be T&M 027 and sees Charlie Harper reunited with two ex-Subs, Pete Davies and Darrell Bath, for a one off single; Charlie Harper & Friends - Stop Hobophobia.
Recorded at Pat Collier's Perry Vale Studios in November 2015, it also sees the Straps Phil McDermott playing bass on the A-Side.
Limited to 500 hand numbered copies on blue vinyl with two sided insert and sticker. Available to buy via the T&M Big Cartel web-store from mid-day on Sunday 2nd July 2017
A-Side: Stop Hobophobia
B-Side: Night Crawler
Charlie Harper: Vocals
Darrell Bath: Guitar, plus bass on Night Crawler
Phil Mc Dermott: Bass on Stop Hobophobia
Pete Davies: Drums
T&M and U.K. Subs hand over £4,000 cheque to RNLI
At the U.K. Subs' gig at the 'Talking Heads' music venue in Southampton on Friday 19 May, Time & Matter Recordings and the U.K. Subs made their latest donation to the RNLI, which is Charlie Harper's favourite charity.
The T&M cheque, representing total donations of £4,000 raised since May 2014 via Time & Matter's charity releases, e-Bay auctions as well as Yuko's collections via the band's merchandise desk was handed over to Jez Cronin, the RNLIs Legacy & In Memory Team Co-Ordinator, who is based at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
Time & Matter previously donated £2,000 to the RNLI in April 2014, and you can read that previous news story here.
Jez - who is a massive music fan, has been into punk since 1976, and continues to follow the punk scene and attend all sorts of gigs, of which he has seen the Subs many times - told the T&M website more about his role and what these donations mean for the RNLI:
"My role working as the Legacy & In Memorium Co-Ordinator for the RNLI is dealing with enquiries and offering support to our supporters wishing to leave legacies to the RNLI. These gifts in Wills can vary from cash donations, Residuary of Estates and even specific items being donated to the RNLI. The RNLI has been left gifts as diverse as a Pig Farm, gold teeth and last year two rare Ferraris from the 1960s which raised £8.5 million for the RNLI via auction.
As over 60% of the RNLIs income comes from legacies I really appreciate how generous and unbelievable our supporters are and how important legacies are for the future of the RNLI.
All donations are important, so it was really nice to be able to 'let my hair down' and also enjoy an evening with my favourite punk band the U.K. Subs and at the same time collect a fantastic donation of £4,000 from Charlie and the band in person. The fundraising efforts both financially and personally they have made with Rob and Mark from Time & Matter for the RNLI really is something I cannot thank them enough for on behalf of the RNLI. Of course, the other incredibly important factor to consider is that with Yuko's merchandise desk always having our RNLI Lifeboat donation box on it amongst the Subs merch, and it being carried round so many venues in the UK with the band, this also helps raise awareness of the RNLI.
I was amazed and honoured to personally thank Charlie, Yuko and the band at Talking Heads in Southampton in 2014 for raising over £3,000 for the RNLI at that point in time. So to be able to meet and thank the band again in 2017 at the new Talking Heads venue for this new, latest donation was unbelievable. The efforts Mark, Rob and the U.K. Subs have made over the years for the RNLI is truly humbling.
Then to top it off, after thanking Charlie and the band for their donation, I of course got to see another fantastic gig by the Subs in Mark's company. I know Mark will have passed on my thanks to his fellow T&Mer Rob who was not at the gig and like all of you reading this, I'm once again looking forward to spending many more evenings enjoying the U.K. Subs live and can’t wait for the next gig..."
Thanks to Matthew Rayner Photography - Flickr page - click here - who took the photo of Charlie and Jez, as well as the Jamie, Charlie and Jez one.
Band and Jez photo by T&M's Mark Chadderton.
You can further check out Matthew Rayner's gig photos of the U.K. Subs at Southampton 19/5/17 - click here
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE VITAL AND FANTASTIC WORK THAT THE RNLI DOES
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T&M charity e-Bay seller's account - click here
Time & Matter Records Proudly Presents...
T&M 026 LP, CD and MC
Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war…
They’re back with a bite!
FOUR LUMINARIES OF THE PUNK AND ALTERNATIVE SCENE RE-UNITE FOR A BRAND NEW KILLER LP!
Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs)
Knox (The Vibrators)
Alvin Gibbs (U.K. Subs)
Matthew Best (Psychic TV)
Recorded at ex-Vibrators’ bassist Pat Collier’s London Studio in May 2016, this fi fth Urban Dogs album really is their best yet, featuring a stunning collection of songs that are breathtaking in their variety, both musically and lyrically.
Selected highlights are Charlie’s harmonica-drenched ‘Pawn Shop Special’ and bittersweet ‘Whisky Song’, Knox’s fascinating songwriting skills, encompassing ageing love, crucifi xion and android analogy, two stunning covers; their take on The Monkees and Sex Pistols’ famous cover song ‘Steppin’ Stone’ and Johnny Thunders’ classic ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ as well as Alvin’s best ever song yet, the simply sensational punk raucous sweaty-sweet stomper that is ‘Sidewalk Baby’.
All that and we haven’t even barked on about the Knox sung Gibbs homage to Vivienne Westwood - ‘World’s End Apocalypso’ or Alvin’s perfect politician put-down ‘Goddamn Liar’!
Yet more genius to chew on!
01. Dancing On The Heads Of Snakes
02. The Little Song
03. Sidewalk Baby
04. Pawn Shop Special
05. We Are Machine
06. Trick Or Treat
07. Goddamn Liar
08. Storm Over Golgotha Tonight
09. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
10. World’s End Apocalypso
11. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
12. The Whisky Song
Following the album launch party at the band's spiritual home, the 100 Club in London, Attack is available to buy now on LP (blue vinyl), CD and very limited edition cassette through T&M's web-shop.
The CD and cassette boast two bonus tracks; Rebellion Song and One Foot In The Grave, both taken from the band's 2014 single released on Time & Matter Records, T&M 016.
U.K. SUBS IN 1977
It's amazing what can turn up after so many years!
Early U.K. Subs drummer Steve J. Jones - who later returned to play on 1983s 'Flood of Lies' LP - sent in this amazing, previously unpublished photo of the Subs, just after Nicky Garratt had joined in early October 1977.
Steve had this to say about this stunning find!
"Here's a picture of the UK Subs from 1977 - playing the Western Counties pub in Paddington. Not sure if it's been published before. I've had a copy in my scrapbook since '77. I'm sure it was one of the first we played after Nicky Garratt joined. We played that particular pub a number of times - often with Rob Harper also in the band. I'm not sure if Rob is with us on this occasion and simply missing from the shot. I've no idea who took the picture..."
T&M contacted Nicky Garratt about the photo and he confirmed for us that the photo was taken on his "...first weekend with the Subs..."
U.K. SUBS - WESTERN COUNTIES PUB, PADDINGTON, LONDON OCTOBER 1977
Left to right: Steve Slack, Nicky Garratt, Charlie Harper, Steve J. Jones
Click the image to enlarge
A MASSIVE THANKS FROM T&M TO STEVE J. JONES
FOR ALLOWING US TO PUBLISH THE PHOTO
STRICTLY no reproduction allowed without written permission of Steve J. Jones
Previous rare and unusual pictures can be found under the T & Misc. section to the right - click 'Homepage Picture Choice Archive...
"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
"Among the many bands on the bill are some of the veterans of the punk/new wave explosion of the late 1970s including... ...the seemingly indestructible UK Subs. Still fronted by Charlie Harper, who first formed the band as an Elizabethan madrigal quartet sometime in the 1600s, UK Subs were one of the original punk bands from 1976 and are notable not least for the fact of having been through at least 35 drummers in their 35-year history."
Nick Horton - Dorset Echo - 12th August 2011
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