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T&M 018 Sells out in 23 hours
Time & Matter Records' latest release, the 250 limited edition U.K. Subs 'Amoeba Sounds' 7" single 4 track E.P. has sold out in 23 hours.
Massive thanks to everyone who bought the vinyl...
Previously only available on 'The British PUNKINVASION Vol.2' compilation CD, if you missed out on this vinyl version then please note that as part of the licensing deal with the original CD release's record label, 25 copies will be available from them sometime next week at http://www.amoebenklang.de
FULL DETAILS ON THIS RELEASE CAN BE READ HERE
U.K. SUBS' 'OCCUPIED' LP RE-ISSUED
Let Them Eat Vinyl, who have recently re-issued a number of the U.K. Subs' albums on deluxe vinyl, have re-issued the band's 15th official A-Z LP 'Occupied' - catalogue number LETV353LP.
This beautiful re-issue comes with a gatefold sleeve featuring the lyrics and is on red vinyl.
Next on their schedule of Subs deluxe re-issues is the 7th LP, 'Gross-Out USA', which will be re-issued on vinyl again on 18th September 2015.
Both new vinyl editions are priced at just £18-50.
OCCUPIED is available NOW on RED VINYL.
GROSS-OUT USA will be on SOLID WHITE VINYL.
ORDER BOTH NOW...
Occupied - Buy it now:
Gross-Out USA -
Pre-order it now:
The Time & Matter website will be bringing you all the updates regarding further re-issues as usual...
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'ENDANGERED SPECIES' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'FLOOD OF LIES' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'GROSS OUT USA' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'IN ACTION' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'OCCUPIED' LP RE-ISSUE
- CLICK HERE TO BUY THE LTEV 'LEFT FOR DEAD' LP RE-ISSUE
- LTEV 'GREATEST HITS LIVE' LP RE-ISSUE LINK WILL BE ADDED HERE
NEW CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW IN STREET SOUNDS
Rest assured folks that Charlie doesn't wear a wig, still cuts his own hair and confirms the rumour that...
Below - the Charlie interview (pages 26 & 40)
NEW JAMIE OLIVER INTERVIEW
(8 January 1964 – 28 July 2015)
It is with great sadness that Time & Matter report the passing of the photographer Jez Keefe.
Jez was well known on the UK gig circuit photographing acts as diverse as The Jim Jones Revue, Wilko Johnson, Slaves and a host of punk legends including Spear of Destiny, The Vibrators, Vice Squad, The Damned and of course the U.K. Subs.
Visitors to the Time & Matter website will be very familiar with Jez’s distinctive work as the site is littered with examples of his photographic skills. Always gracious, Jez was more than happy for us to use any of his pictures of the band and didn’t hesitate when we asked to use a selection for our 2012 calendar raising money for the RNLI. Jez’s photographs also made it in to more of the physical medium, with some of his work being published in the likes of Vive Le Rock magazine, the cover of Spear of Destiny’s album 31 and Subs fans will also know his work from its use in the CD booklet for XXIV.
"So shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jez, one of our key photographers, an excellent one at that.. He will be sadly missed by us all - Charlie Harper."
Hailing from Grimsby, Jez was very aware of the important role the RNLI played in the area and, again, was more than happy to have some of his work used in T&M’s 2014 U.K. Subs Tour Programme supporting the charity, he later donated a 42cm x 62cm print of Charlie Harper which raised a further £206 when it was auctioned on Ebay.
His sudden death at the age of 51 has left everyone who knew him stunned and has prompted tributes from band members and friends alike.
"Among the many talented photographers that frequent the Punk rock scene Jez was, for me, the most outstanding. We have lost a very special artist and person. I truly will miss him - Alvin Gibbs"
Jez was found sat at his computer where he had been working on some of his photographs and had died peacefully in his sleep due to a cardiac tamponade.
His funeral will take place at Grimsby Crematorium on 10 August at 13:40, with a wake and celebration of his life at The Kings Royal Hotel in Cleethorpes to which all are welcome, there is also an event page on Facebook here.
"Still can't believe the sad news about Jez Keefe. He was a great photographer also a very nice man. Thanks for taking many great photos Jez. I will never forget you - Jet"
Details of Flowers and donations:
It has been decided to support both Spear of Destiny and UK Subs charities. These are The Spinal Research Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital or the R.N.L.I. Cheques payable to either charity can be sent to Mashfords Funeral Home, Norfolk Lane, Cleethorpes, DN35 8BB
All Enquiries. Tel. 01472 200004.
"Just when it seems like life is so perfect, I go and find out that my buddy lost his. Jez you'll be missed mate, drinking a beer for you now - Jamie Oliver"
One of Jez's closest friends and gig buddy sent us the following:
"Jez first saw the U.K. Subs on the 8th May 1980 at the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens – to slightly mis-quote him, and taken from one of Jez’s blogs: I have seen the band live over the years and this line up for me is personally my favourite. Charlie Harper must have played hundreds, if not thousands of gigs over the years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is always in amongst the fans talking and posing for photos with them as are the rest of the band. A true punk rock legend. In Jamie Oliver they have the second longest serving member of the U.K. SUBS only after Charlie Harper himself. Jamie is a great drummer with talent to match. Jet is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and also an excellent guitarist. He has a way with subtle chords and powerful guitar riffs. For me Alvin Gibbs is the best U.K. SUBS bass player. He gives that bit extra in terms of drive and power when he plays whilst being no mean lyricist too.
For a lot of the time I sat next to him in his car – stood next to him at the front of the stage and invaded the merch stand to purchase all manner of items including sausages – in joke for Yuko. Jez was and is my friend, and, with the number of warm generous tributes paid to him, he was and is OUR friend."
Graham David Burniston (Dave) 1-8-2015
Mark and Rob would like to extend their condolences to Jez’s family and friends at what must be an incredibly difficult time.
NEW CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 24 July 2015***
New instalment published!
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON (part III)
T&M today proudly publishes the 18th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
This offering details, among other personal and private happenings in the latter part of 1981, the making of the ‘Endangered Species’ album; fermenting tensions within the band and without; surviving and thriving during an über cold, petrol freezing Winter tour of Scandinavia and Finland; and, for those of you who like a bit of skulduggery, how Alvin's night of intimacy with a Gothenburg goddess was sabotaged by Sweden’s answer to Norman Bates - you’ve gotta have seen the Hitchcock’s movie ‘Psycho’ to appreciate the reference - all of which is illustrated with rare and previously unseen photos from Alvin's personal archive...
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
TRIBUTE ARTWORK TO CHARLIE - PRINTS ON SALE
Donation to be made to charity for every print sold
These special edition Charlie Harper prints are priced at £59-00 with free postage to the UK.
CHARGE 69 - New Album Featuring Charlie Harper
FANTASTIC INTERVIEW IN THE PUNKED ONLINE 'ZINE
FANTASTIC REVIEW ON THE FUNGALPUNK WEBSITE
READ THE FULL GLITTERING REVIEW ON FUNGALPUNK: CLICK HERE
- This massively exciting album is distributed on CD and vinyl exclusively in the UK through the U.K. Subs specialist record label Time & Matter Records...
The CD and vinyl are available in the UK via the T&M webstore here: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/
The album features a magnificent vocal on one of the tracks:
'Birth of a Century' - by CHARLIE HARPER...
12 page colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
Free CD copy in clear plastic sleeve
4 page large colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
The blue vinyl LP is limited to 150 copies from T&M...
...exclusively produced for UK distribution
>>> READ WHAT THE CRITICS/REVIEWERS ARE SAYING <<<
VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE REVIEW & INTERVIEW
The new issue of Vive Le Rock magazine (number 27 - June/July 2015) has a great review of the new Charge 69 album on T&M Records, as well as an interview with Caps from the band...
Click the images below to enlarge
BOTH ISSUES ARE AVAILABLE TO READ FOR FREE ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
ISSUE 1: http://en.calameo.com/books/0035822494eda0252bda0
TIME & MATTER RECORDS - T&M 018 NEWS!
4 Subs tracks previously unissued on vinyl:
'The Amoeba Sounds' EP will be released this summer folks...
More details soon
SUPERB NEW CHARLIE INTERVIEW
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.
Also available via Amazon - click here
All the previous 'Yellow Leader' news stories archived HERE
'XXIV' - STANDARD CD VERSION NOW IN STOCK
"XXIV" is the UK SUBS 24th official album (hence XXIV). In their quest to release one album for every letter of the alphabet (and following on from the excellent Captain Oi release Work In Progress).
This has now sold out and been replaced by the standard album version which you see here. It's in the usual CD Jewel case and is available at our normal CD price of £9.99 including UK Delivery.
Captain Oi have grabbed a couple of boxes of the recent Demon first 4 Subs album re-issues to add to their many excellent Subs products they have for sale online...
Captain Oi! have got a lot of Subs regulars so if you’d prefer to buy from them - which you should! - you now can!
Here are the links to each one:
ANOTHER KIND OF BLUES: http://shop.captainoi.com/shopexd.asp?id=290
BRAND NEW AGE: http://shop.captainoi.com/shopexd.asp?id=291
CRASH COURSE: http://shop.captainoi.com/shopexd.asp?id=292
DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY: http://shop.captainoi.com/shopexd.asp?id=293
'YELLOW LEADER' CONVERSE SHOES
ANOTHER KIND OF SHOES
Photo: Heather Grayson
Converse Facebook page link HERE
NICKY GARRATT EXCLUSIVE!
Recording the new Hedersleben album
Time & Matter are absolutely thrilled that ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt has resumed his popular 'NICKY'S GUITAR NOTES' exclusive articles for this website.
The latest piece has been published today (18/05/2015)
>>> CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST <<<
Nicky details for us the recording of Hedersleben's third album 'Fall of Chronopolis', which is now complete.
HENRY ROLLINS & HEDERSLEBEN
Henry Rollins is a massive fan of both the U.K. Subs, Nicky and Hedersleben and in his 14 May column for LA WEEKLY, he writes about them all...
Henry Rollins article on Nicky - click here
The recording on the third album 'Fall Of Chronopolis' started on May 7th: http://hedersleben.com/news.html"
CDs SIGNED BY NICKY GARRATT AVAILABLE...
The Time & Matter webstore has got the first two Hedersleben CDs in stock, of which we have a limited amount signed by Nicky, and we have also just taken stock of a limited number of Brainticket CDs, which Nicky has kindly also exclusively autographed for us...
'YELLOW LEADER' OUT NOW
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 ****
'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...
- 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.
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:
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...
TIME & MATTER RECORDS PROUDLY PRESENTS...
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...
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
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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
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