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U.K. SUBS RECORD STORE DAY FEATURE Number 5:
ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 3 April 2015***
New instalment published!
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON (part II)
T&M today proudly publishes the 17th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
In which Alvin covers the early months of 1981, tasting first-hand the beauty of Italy and Spain, is kissed and hugged before a Subs soundcheck mini-riot, breaks a bass-string, the first of five! Laments the nous of big selling shoe manufacturers, is further driven to distraction by Ramkup's 'management', experiences a happier 'Pops', gets into the Nolans (nearly!), and finishes by meeting up with the real McCoy!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
"The current line-up... is long settled and in peak condition... there's a refreshing variation in tone and feel... Roll on "Z"!..."
'FLOOD OF LIES' LP VINYL RE-ISSUE OUT NOW
Let Them Eat Vinyl, who recently re-issued the U.K. Subs' fifth album 'Endangered Species' (LTEV115LP) and the live album 'Left For Dead' (LTEV152LP) on vinyl have now re-issued the band's sixth album, 'Flood of Lies' on limited edition 140g transparent yellow vinyl.
This comes ahead of another 5 Subs LPs they will be releasing exclusively for this year's Record Store Day. READ FURTHER DETAILS HERE...
Distributed by Plastic Head, with a catalogue number of LTEV196LP the Plastic Head description reads as follows:
"DELUXE VINYL EDITION!!!
FLOOD OF LIES LP - BUY IT NOW
The first two sides will contain the 12 original LP tracks, whilst the third and fourth sides will contain 'extra tracks' from the LPs period, namely, the 'Another Typical City' and 'Magic EP' vinyl releases, as detailed below:
SIDE B: 7.Violent Revolution 8.In The Red 9.Dress Code 10.Revenge Of The Jelly Devils 11.In The Wild 12.Seas Of Mars
SIDE C: 13.Another Typical City (7” Version) 14.Still Life 15.The Spell 16.Private Army
SIDE D: 17.Multiple Minds 18.Primary Strength 19.Another Typical City (12” Version)
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'ENDANGERED SPECIES' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'LEFT FOR DEAD' LP RE-ISSUE
'YELLOW LEADER' OUT NOW ON CD
The eagerly anticipated and long awaited brand new studio album from the U.K. Subs, entitled 'Yellow Leader' is now available to buy on Limited Edition Hard Back CD from Captain Oi! Records' mail order.
**** BUY THE NEW U.K. SUBS ALBUM - CLICK HERE ****
For those that aren’t Captain Oi! customers and would prefer to buy from AMAZON, the direct link to purchase from Amazon is HERE:
**** BUY THE NEW U.K. SUBS ALBUM - CLICK HERE ****
Get push notifications letting you know about updates and releases in real-time, view exclusive videos not released anywhere else, use the app to find your way to gigs without having to search the details, connect with other U.K. Subs fans and much much more.
There will be lots more exclusive content on this essential U.K. Subs purchase...
'YELLOW LEADER' DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
For those who prefer to listen to their music in this Brand New Digital Age... the new U.K. Subs album 'Yellow Leader' is available to download on iTunes from today 23/2/2015...
"Yellow Leader gives us 18 more reasons why the Subs remain vital. I guess they're just going to have to start on numbers when they get to the end of the alphabet."
THE REVUE WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
UBER ROCK WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
Click the link to read the full review...
ART OF THE STATE BLOGSITE: Read the review on this link...
FUNGALPUNK WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
Jet is always being asked about his feline friend whilst out on tour, and has decided to turn this interest into something positive by producing some 'Fatso' designer t-shirts, with 10% of proceeds from the sale of the merchandisebeing donated to The Cats Protection charity.
The t-shirts are priced at £12-99 plus postage and packaging...
These stylish t-shirts are the first in a number of 'Fatso' merchandise items that Jet will be selling for the benefit of cats everywhere.
NEW JET (FATSO) MERCH
- WEBSITE FIXED
- SUBS CHARITABLE DONATION
- SUPERB SUBS RANGE
The U.K. Subs official merchandiser Mainstage Merch have recently been experiencing some major website problems... the site was having technical issues out of their control...
Thankfully the problem has now been rectified and anyone who has recently been having difficulty purchasing anything from Mainstage Merch should now be able to do so.
Iain, who runs Mainstage, has also started stocking some of the Subs' CDs including 'Yellow Leader', so if people start picking these up from Mainstage, they will look to do their whole range of CDs.
A percentage of each sale goes direct to the band, and postage and packing is free for all UK orders over £5-00.
CHARITABLE DONATION FROM MAINSTAGE
IAIN AT MAINSTAGE WILL DONATE 10% OF PROFITS ON ALL SALES TO CHARITY.
THIS WILL RUN UNTIL 25 MAY 2015. THE CAUSE WILL BE PERSONALLY CHOSEN BY CHARLIE HARPER...
Mainstage currently have 37 U.K. Subs items of merchandise available:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW
U.K. SUBS MERCHANDISE RANGE INCLUDES:
The Letters of Derek Philpott (and Wilf Turnbull)!
Letter to the U.K. Subs is the latest in brilliant series
(and Wilf Turnbull)!
Letters to pop stars regarding their work from a retired member of the public with genuine replies from the artists themselves...
You can pledge from as little as £15-00 for a 1st Edition, or £20-00 gets you a copy with your name in it, and £25-00 would see you receive a signed copy with your name in the book.
Nicky Garratt News!
Hedersleben 3 tour dates
Ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt, along with ex-Subs drummer Jason Willer now play in Krautrock/Spacerock band Hedersleben. They've just released an album with the legendary krautrock band Brainticket, entitled 'Past Present & Future' on Purple Pyramid Records, through Cleopatra Records on CD and deluxe 180 gram 2LP vinyl, as well as MP3 download.
You can read much more about this album, with exclusive thoughts from Nicky HERE
"The new year ushers in the new Hedersleben 3 line-up as the band gear up to record their most ambitious project to date - The Fall Of Chronopolis. Movements from this concept album were played live on the 2013 and 2014 tours and now the band is in rehearsals for a spring recording. Added to the line up are Ursula Stuart on Bass and Vocals and Ariana Jade on Vocals and Violin."
- HEDERSLEBEN - FACEBOOK PAGE - CLICK HERE
- HEDERSLEBEN OFFICIAL WEBSITE - CLICK HERE
- PURCHASE HEDERSLEBEN CDs FROM T&M - CLICK HERE
LATEST BRIAN BARNES PROJECT RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE
2nd February 2015: Ex-Subs bassist Brian Barnes' latest project, FUKDUST 4, have just released their debut single 'Lorraine'.
Bri has teamed up with ex-Drongos For Europe guitarist Dave Ohms and ex-Wolsbane bassist Jeff Hately to make this 3 track CD single and are currently playing shows to promote it.
Brian told T&M that they will be "Starting the album soon".
Meanwhile you can get the CD along with two others from Bri's other projects, Slutch and 'The Gnasher Downham Experience' via our T&M Big Cartel web-store
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 31
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...
FIRST 4 U.K. SUBS LPs RE-ISSUED ON VINYL
The Demon Music Group, who recently issued the U.K. Subs' 5CD box set 'AD 1979-81 The Gem Years', have now re-issued the U.K. Subs' first 4 LPs on vinyl. (2/2/15)
The 4 albums, like the 5CD box set, are available through Amazon and are individually listed below with their purchasing links, images and descriptions taken from that website:
- ANOTHER KIND OF BLUES - click here
"Debut album by British Punk legends U.K. Subs which hit No.21 in the National Charts when originally released in 1979. Includes versions of the hit singles "Stranglehold" (No.26) and "Tomorrows Girls" (No.28) plus the seminal Punk anthems "I Live In A Car" and "C.I.D.".
Now reissued on 180-gram heavyweight & coloured vinyl and in a gatefold sleeve that contains lyrics to all the songs. The first release in the Subs quest to release an album for every letter of the alphabet!.."
- BRAND NEW AGE - click here
"A National Chart No.18 when first released in 1980, the U.K. Subs second studio album contained the No.32 hit single "Teenage" and the No.30 Punk anthem "Warhead".
Unavailable on vinyl for many years this has been repressed on coloured wax and is reissued in a deluxe gatefold sleeve that features lyrics to all the songs..."
- CRASH COURSE - click here
"This 20 track live album was originally released in 1980 and hit No.8 in the British National Charts, the biggest charting record by the Punk legend that is the U.K. Subs.
This gatefold sleeve reissue is pressed on coloured vinyl and is sure to be lapped up by Punk collectors as it really is one of the scenes defining live documents..."
- DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY - click here
"Dating from 1981 this was the U.K. Subs final album for GEM Records and one that reached No.18 in the National Chart.
The 5CD box set is still available on the following link:
Demon Music Group website: click here
Demon Music Group Facebook: click here
WHAT RECORDS' EXCLUSIVE MULTIBUY DEAL FOR SUBS FANS
What Records' online store is offering a limited number of 'Multibuy' sets on the forthcoming fabulous Demon Records' vinyl re-issues of the first four U.K. Subs albums.
Each album faithfully reproduces the original artwork from the outer and inner sleeves, adds lyrics and comes with a new colour vinyl to the originals, housed in sturdy deluxe gatefold sleeves, as well as coming with a 'Free Download' card/voucher which you can redeem online.
These really are amazing re-issues that no U.K. Subs vinyl collector will want to miss out on.
Due for release on Monday 2 February 2015, the LPs are retailing on Amazon at £17-99 or £53-97 for 3 of the albums. Therefore, to buy all four from Amazon it will cost you £71-96. The What Records multibuy deal will cost you only £49-99 plus a maximum of £8-00 postage and packaging if you reside in the UK, which is a saving of nearly £14-00 on buying from Amazon...
From the What Records' website:
"UK Subs The Coloured Vinyl Album Set (4LP Multibuy)
An exclusive Multibuy a must for all UK Subs Fans. Save Money on albums by taking advantage of our great multi buy deal. Featured Albums:
Another Kind Of Blues Limited Gatefold Coloured 180gram Vinyl LP
Brand New Age Limited Deluxe Gatefold Reissue Coloured Wax Vinyl LP
Crash Course Limited Gatefold Coloured Reissue Vinyl LP
Diminished Responsibility Limited Gatefold Coloured Reissue Vinyl LP
Delivery will be calculated after you tell us where you live, on the next page.
UK delivery will be no more than £8, even for large boxed sets.
95% of orders are despatched within 48 hours.
You can check the status of your order using our 'My Order' page..."
A NEW CLASSIC URBAN DOGS 7" SINGLE:
>>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY <<<<
Charlie Harper and Knox's URBAN DOGS are back with an almighty bark!
After their last fantastic release, the critically acclaimed acoustic ‘Bonefield’ album on Time & Matter Records, Harper and Knox return with an electrifying couple of new songs entitled ‘Rebellion Song’ and ‘One Foot In The Grave’.
Produced by Charlie himself, with Pat Collier as engineer and bassist, the latest Urban Dogs line-up also features original drummer Matthew Best.
A Knox painting of an 'Urban Dog' features as the 7" single's cover, which also includes a lyrical double-sided inner sleeve. The single is a limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies, on dual coloured vinyl with the T&M catalogue number of T&M 016.
- LIMITED EDITION - 500 COPIES
- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-NUMBERED
- 2-SIDED LYRICAL INSERT
- DUAL COLOURED RED & WHITE MIX VINYL
- PRICED AT A BARGAIN £6-00 (PLUS £1-80 P & P TO UK)
Rebellion Song (3:31)
Charlie Harper takes the vocal duties on this outstanding song about the will of the people to keep writing ‘the Rebellion song’ in reaction to the destruction caused by war-mongering leaders. Singing about believing in “creative rebellion”, this mid-tempo instant classic with a catchy chorus rides throughout on some fabulous soaring guitar work.
Key lyric: “…born in a war-torn land, raised with a gun in my hand, where the victors write the history, we write Rebellion song…”
One Foot In The Grave (3:33)
“No one can save me now as far as I can see”, Knox sings on this up-tempo dazzling Urban Dogs number, with haunting deep murmured backing harmonies. With some world-weary Knox political commentary on the rich and the poor, which provides perfect symbiosis with Harper’s ‘Rebellion Song’, there’s also a parallel personal commentary on mortality infused into this song via Knox’s dark humour.
Key lyric: “…thousands of years of politics, but the poor are still the poor…”
U.K. Subs fans, Vibrators fans, Urban Dogs aficionados et al can rejoice that this dynamic duo are back, better than ever, and snarling and howling to their fans’ content.
>>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY <<<<
21 January 2015: 'NUZZ PROWLING WOLF' WEBSITE REVIEW
The brilliant blogsite Nuzz Prowling Wolf has posted a great review of the new Urban Dogs single:
"This single is a gritty growling socio/political statement, possibly the best couple of songs the Urban Dogs have released....Ignore at yer peril, but be quick cos those cheeky chappies at Time & Matter have only pressed up 500 copies..."
CLICK HERE TO READ IT IN FULL
KNOX'S ROCK 'N' ROLL CHARITY SHOP
Music makes a difference and this charity project will further prove it!
The Rock 'n' Roll Charity Shop in Camden Town, London, opened on Friday 12th December 2014, the location being 96 Parkway, NW1 7AN, next to the Dublin Castle.
"Help (all sorts) and stock needed to get it going. I will be there from 2pm - 8pm. Thanks in advance! - Knox."
'SEX DRUGS AND HIV' CHARITY ALBUM OUT NOW ON CD
Featuring Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs and Pete Davies et al
As previous reported on T&M, the beginning of 2012 saw the release on iTunes of a superb charity compilation album called 'SEX DRUGS & HIV". The brainchild of Mat Sargent, bassist with Sham 69 from 2001 to 2006, it features over 200 musicians, boasts 40 Tracks and was an incredible 15 years in the making, with Mat having started in 1996. The album is in support of four charities:
The Terrence Higgins Trust, Release, Rape Crisis and Cancer Research UK.
The album is now AVAILABLE AS A 3-disc release from Amazon:
The Product Description on Amazon reads:
"In 1995 Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds) decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on his journey in life. Fast forward 19 years, over 200 guest musicians, 40 original songs and 170 hours of video footage and the Sex, drugs and HIV album was finally born! This double CD also includes a DVD of all the songs and 28 page booklet listing all the musicians on each track. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Cancer Research, Rape Crisis, Release and Terrence Higgins Trust. For the full listing of musicians and more information on the project please visit www.sexdrugsandhiv.com"
Below: The 3-disc package - click image to enlarge
Charlie (pictured left) sings vocals on the song 'Getting Better', which also features fellow Urban Dog Knox, as well as providing backing vocals on 'No Fun Here' to Micky Fitz of The Business' lead vocals, of which there is a video clip of the recording to watch below... Charlie also plays harmonica on another track, entitled 'Gone So Long', which has Mat Sargent (pictured below right) on vocals as well as ex-Sub Daryl Bath on guitar.
Alvin Gibbs plays bass on a track called 'Private Agenda', and another ex-Sub, drummer Pete Davies appears on 'Heroin', which has Pauline Black (The Selecter) on vocals, Tony Barber (The Buzzcocks) on bass, as well as guitar work from Paul Fox (The Ruts), Dave Parsons (Sham 69) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey).
Charlie and Pete Davies recorded their tracks in 1996 with Alvin coming to a later session in 1998. Other ex-Subs on the album include Karl Morris and Tezz Roberts.
You can see each track's musician list on the website www.sexdrugsandhiv.com as well as reading all about how the project has progressed - there are also some trailers and video montages which features footage of everyone, along with lots more information.
There is also merchandise to buy to support this fabulous project.
WATCH A CLIP OF CHARLIE RECORDING BACKING VOCALS BELOW...
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMAZING PROJECT
- Recording Sessions Photo archive on Facebook - click here
- Sex, drugs and HIV Facebook page - please 'like' it! - click here
Below: The recording studio wall of participants' signatures - click to enlarge
BORN A ROCKER
A U.K. Subs Book
By Marc Brekau
Forthcoming book requires your help...
THE MUTANTS: RHYTHM AND PUNK REVIEW
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD - VINYL & CDs TO FOLLOW...
As previously reported on T&M, Charlie Harper has written and recorded a couple of tracks for this forthcoming album of collaborations, jointly partnered at the helm by Chris Constantinou and Paul Frazer. The two tracks Charlie features on as vocalist are 'Freedom in Chains' and 'Vomit Feat', both of which Charlie laid down back in May of last year.
The album is now available digitally, and T&M will announce the release date of the vinyl and CD versions, and where to buy this superb new album soon...
Amazon US: Click here
T&M 011: THE TIME & MATTER CAR WINDOW STICKER
The Time & Matter catalogue recently made it in to double figures with our U.K. Subs 2014 calendar, helping to raise £2,000 for the R.N.L.I on the way. So to celebrate this we have produced T&M 011, which is a fabulously fun, limited run, high quality ‘Time & Matter’ Car Window Sticker.
Made from static-cling vinyl so it's easy to fix and easy to remove, the sticker celebrates the artists we've had the pleasure of working with over the last 4 years. Measuring 250mm x 50mm, we hope you agree that this is an essential purchase for any true U.K. Subs fanatic.
So whether you live in your car or if it just sometimes feels that way, you can now brighten things up in your vehicle with this suitably sloganed Subs-sticker; and as usual the proceeds will all go to Charlie's Charitable Cause. Only £2.00 plus P&P.
You can pick up yours via the Time & Matter Recordings Big Cartel webstore HERE!
SPOOF U.K. SUBS TWITTER ACCOUNT!
An unknown Subs fan has set up a spoof UK Subs Twitter account combining UK Subs lyrics and the world of Lego! It looks as if 'Lego_UK_Subs' is intent on tweeting some 'lego-ified' UK Subs lyrics from every UK Subs album and they have - obviously! - started with 'Another Kind Of Block'!!!!
Follow Lego_UK_Subs on Twitter - click here
"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
T&M website born: October 2008 .
Official launch date: 1 December 2009.
The basis of ‘Time and Matter’ is to provide a chronological listing, day by day; month by month; year by year of the band’s many activities.
Our aim is to provide as full an historical archive of the
U.K. Subs as possible... Full website editors' statement... click here
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Time & Matter Recordings, P.O.Box 5261, CV37 1JR
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1st May 2012: TIME & MATTER IS BACK!
After this U.K. Subs historical archive was hacked and disabled on 12th March 2012, we were forced to move it. WE ARE THEREFORE DELIGHTED TO BE BACK - KEEPING YOU BANG UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE U.K. SUBS.
Eternal thanks to both Adam Welsh at Fallen Leaf Design and Chris Boehm at Firebird Information Technology Solutions who salvaged the old site, rebuilt it and are now hosting the new Time & Matter website.
Without their professional, efficient and incredibly friendly service, knowledge and know-how we wouldn't be here today. So if you are having IT / website problems or are looking for a reliable service please show your gratitude for this website's return by utilising their businesses.
Finally, thanks to everyone out there in Subs-land who sent us messages of support and encouragement whilst the website was down. It meant a lot.
Keep spreading the Subs love
Mark Chadderton | Rob Cook
T&M website editors
Time don't matter at all...