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The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:

 

Charlie interviewed in Playboy! Click to enlarge

On 31 August 2011, an interview with Charlie appeared on the Brazilian version of the PLAYBOY website!

The interview was entitled "5 Perguntas para Charlie Harper, do UK Subs" and Charlie was interviewed by Nathan Fernandes about the Subs' forthcoming South American tour in October.

To the right is a partial screenprint from the website and you can read the original article HERE if your browser allows!

The whole interview is archived on T&M HERE

 

 

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5 Perguntas para Charlie Harper, do UK Subs

Formada em 1976, em Londres, o UK Subs é uma das bandas que agitaram o cenário punk inglês no final da década de 1970. A frente dos vocais desde a primeira formação, Charlie Harper volta ao Brasil, com o grupo norte-americano US Bombs, e conversa com a PLAYBOY sobre o movimento que ajudou a fundar, Gun ‘n Roses e Motörhead.

1. Uma vez, li uma matéria dizendo que O UK Subs era a banda punk mais conhecida do universo. Você concorda?
[Gargalhadas] Isso é ótimo! É só uma opinião, com certeza. Mas, se pensam isso de nós, eu não posso discordar.

2. 35 anos depois, você ainda acredita no punk rock?
Claro, eu tenho que acreditar! O punk ainda é um movimento selvagem, não acho que tenha ficado restrito à década de 1970. Temos muitas vertentes hoje em dia, como o ska punk e outros estilos diferentes que mantém a vitalidade do gênero.

3. Com mais de 20 álbuns gravados, tem alguma coisa da qual você se arrepende de ter feito?
Muitas das nossas gravações foram feitas em uma época em que tudo era limitado. Fazíamos as coisas muito rápidas e improvisadas, isso fez com que nosso trabalho se tornasse pouco comercial, não é algo que agrada as massas como o pop. Mas não acho que mudaria nada.

4. Depois do Guns ‘n Roses fazer um cover de “Down on the Farm”, que outra banda você gostaria ade ouvir tocando um som de vocês?
Uau! Essa é difícil, existem tantas bandas que eu gosto. Mas acho que escolheria o Motörhead. Eles são bons!

5. Acha que o punk serviria de trilha sonora para as revoltas que aconteceram em Londres?
O punk é sobre contestar o governo, a política, sobre não fazer guerras, não tem nada a ver com o que aconteceu, porque aquilo não se trata de uma contestação e sim vandalismo, crime. Isso é coisa de gangue, pessoas que não estão ligadas à musica.

*O UK Subs se apresenta com o US Bombs no Rio de Janeiro, dia 11/10; em Curitiba, dia 14/10; e em São Paulo, dia 15/10.

 

 


 

Marcos Thunder Linberg provided the following translation:


Formed in 1976, in London, the UK Subs is a band that rocked the English punk scene in the late 70s. Frontman since the first formation, Charlie Harper comes back to Brazil, with the U.S. band US Bombs, and chats with Playboy about the movement he help to build, Guns 'n' Roses and Motorhead.

1. Once, I read some news saying that the UK Subs are the most known punk band in the world, do you agree?

(Laughs) That's great! That's an opinion, for sure. But, if they think that about us, I can't disagree.

2. 35 year later, do you still believe in Punk Rock?

Sure, I have to believe! Punk is still a savage movement, I don't think it's stayed restricted since the 70s. We have a lot of strands today, as the Ska Punk scene and many other styles that maintains the vitality of the genre.

3. With over 20 albums recorded, do you regret anything you have done?

Many of our recordings were made at a time when everything was limited. We made things very quick, improvised, this has made our work not so commercial, it is not something that pleases the masses as pop music. But I don't think I would change anything.

4. After Guns N Roses covered "Down on the Farm", what other band you would like to hear playing your songs?

Wow! This is difficult, there are so many bands I like. But I think I would choose Motörhead. They are good!

5. Do you think that punk would serve as the soundtrack to the riots that happened in London?

Punk is about challenging the government's policy, not making war, it has nothing to do with what happened, because that it is not a challenge, but vandalism, crime. This is a gang thing, not people who are related to music.

* The UK Subs presents itself with the U.S. Bombs in Rio de Janeiro, 11/10 days, in Curitiba, 14/10 days, and in Sao Paulo, on 15/10.

 

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