T&M U.K. SUBS NEWSFEED 2021...
11/12: R.I.P. MENSI
The whole punk community has been saddened by the recent news of the devastating passing of Mensi from the Angelic Upstarts, taken, way too early by Covid.
U.K. Subs guitarist STEVE STRAUGHAN, who played alongside Mensi in the Angelic Upstarts from 2013 to 2015, just prior to joining the Subs in 2016, has penned the following heartfelt tribute on behalf of the Subs…
Two Million Voices - A Tribute to Mensi
It was like having military tanks with their engines roaring all around us on stage. The power of that long drum roll intro, followed by the guitars etc, was out of this world. It really was a wall of sound. Then Mensi shouts out "Two million voices…" The crowd went mental. You couldn't ask for any other opening track to start off a punk rock gig. From that moment the atmosphere was set, it was electric. Mensi was, without a doubt, the singer and songwriter of one of the most powerful, important and influential punk bands of all time.
I remember passing my Upstarts audition and him saying to me, "you know what's better than a Gibson Les Paul?" I said "I don't know." His reply was "Two Les Pauls", as both me and Neil used Gibson Les Pauls.
"Alreet son", he would say to each of us as we got out of his red and white Sunderland FC coloured van on arrival at a gig. Whenever Newcastle were beaten while we were out on tour, Mensi would take great delight in taking a photo of the Geordie half of the band in the red and white tour van. He would then post it on Facebook. Not being into football I still found it quite funny, just harmless footy banter.
Thanks Mensi for those outstanding anthems like Police Oppression, The Murder of Liddle Towers, Last Night Another Soldier, and many, many more.
I still remember when we were playing a gig in Middlesbrough and Mensi received the terrible news that one of his parents had sadly passed away. He still somehow found the strength to play the show because he didn't want to let the fans down. That must have taken some doing. What made that gig even more emotional for him was when a girl at the same gig said to us that she was the daughter of Liddle Towers. A few months later she joined us on stage in Sunderland while we performed that amazing song.
I still remember my first gig as an Upstart in Grimsby. I just managed to get through the set without a hitch. The crowd wanted more. I panicked as I didn't know any more songs. Mensi said "We're doing Delilah." I said, "I don't know it so I best sit out of this one." Mensi countered that "the rest of the band know it, so just get up there and mime to it." I did just that and I don't think anyone noticed!
It was Mensi who I can thank for me playing my first American tour. One of the gigs was at Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas. It was quite something playing that gig. The Upstarts always had the advantage at any gig because they were armed to the teeth with such anthemic songs.
Some of my fondest memories are chatting to Mensi about the old days of the Upstarts playing. They truly were one of the most notorious and talked about bands. Many people will know that the police tried on numerous occasions to ban their gigs in the north east in the early days. Another one of the stories I was most interested in was when the Upstarts shared the stage with Steve Jones and Cooky with the Professionals in the USA. I just loved hearing them all.
Thanks for the good times, Mensi.
Yesterday I received a phone call while in soundcheck that Mensi had died.
My first thoughts were for his lovely kids who he loved so much.
Yesterday afternoon I passed on the sad news to Charlie Harper. He was deeply saddened as was Alvin. Charlie told me that they became friends and started playing together around 1979.
Charlie thought the world of Mensi. In his own words he said "We were a band of brothers."
Photo above shows the Upstarts when Steve was with them...
Photo credit: John Bolloten
US record label Cleopatra Records have taken shipment of the brand new U.K. Subs 7" single, called 'SENSEI', which is being released as a taster for the forthcoming, final U.K. Subs album, 'Reverse Engineering', due in 2022.
Released on both red vinyl (CLO2575SP) and blue vinyl (CLO2576SP), of which there are 500 copies of each colour, the T&M webstore will be stocking a limited amount of both colours of the 7" single, so as to save UK customers on postage from the US, which, at the time of writing, the single including postage and packaging from the States works out at £22.50...
The T&M webstore is cheaper than ordering from the States if you are in the UK!
This is currently a pre-order, shipping expected in early 2022.
"British punk icons come roaring back to life on this powerful new single from the band’s soon-to-be-released new studio album!
Backed with their amazing cover of The Equals’ 'Diversion' from their 2019 album Subversions II!"
PLEASE NOTE THIS WEBSTORE ONLY HAS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF COPIES - ORDER FROM US NOW...
29/11: EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELLATION...
It is with great sadness that the U.K. Subs have to announce that they have been informed by their European Tour Booking Agency, Muttis Booking, that they have had to postpone the forthcoming scheduled 21 date tour of the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland that was to run from 14 January 2022 to 6 February 2022.
This is an unfortunate decision that Muttis have not taken lightly, but due to the current ongoing Coronavirus pandemic across Europe, there came a point where the health and safety of all of their touring bands, the Subs included, had to take priority as the main concern of all those involved with their fabulous shows which they organise and promote.
A huge amount of work has already gone into both organising, as well as now re-arranging these dates, so with this decision to postpone the tour to January and February 2023 please be aware that a few gig venues could be changed, but all will hopefully fall back into place over the next year…
Please contact your ticket vendor if you require a refund or for confirmation of a re-arranged date, where your ticket will remain valid.
The Subs would like to thank all those at Muttis who are working incredibly hard, under an intense amount of pressure and disappointment behind the scenes to ensure the future of live music across Europe…
Rearranged dates so far:
15.01.2023 DE / Hannover / BeiChezHeinz(BCH)
17.01.2023 DE / Prague / Rock Cafe
18.01.2023 DE / Leipzig / Felsenkeller
19.01.2023 DE / Berlin / SO36
20.01.2023 DE / Bremen / Lila Eule
21.01.2023 DE / Hamburg / Fabrik
22.01.2023 DE / Bielefeld / Forum
24.01.2023 DE / Köln / MTC
25.01.2023 DE / Trier / Mergener Hof
26.01.2023 DE / Nürnberg / Z-Bau
27.01.2023 CH / Luzern / Sedel
28.01.2023 DE / Frankfurt a.M. / DAS BETT
30.01.2023 AT / Linz / tba
31.01.2022 AT / Wien / Arena
01.02.2023 DE / München / Feierwerk
02.02.2023 DE / Karlsruhe / Alte Hackerei
03.02.2023 DE / Dortmund / Piano
04.02.2023 BE / Arlon / L’Entrepôt
05.02.2023 BE / Aarschot / De Klinker
01/11: New drummer announcement...
AS IF BY MAGIC!
U.K. SUBS PRESS RELEASE
Monday 1 November 2021
U.K. SUBS’ NEW DRUMMER ANNOUNCEMENT
The U.K. Subs are absolutely delighted to announce via the U.K. Subs Time & Matter website that their new drummer is DAVE HUMPHRIES.
Dave, usually known as MAGIC DAVE, will be the Subs’ permanent drummer on their forthcoming scheduled tours, having made his Subs debut in the late afternoon today, 1 November 2021, at the Sinner’s Day Festival in Belgium. (see below)
Dave also currently drums for punk band 4ft Fingers as well as metal band Reign of Fury.
Aged 41, Dave will make his Subs UK debut at the start of the annual Winter tour in Nottingham on the 18th, the first of the 18 dates booked around England.
The U.K. Subs Time & Matter website co-editor Mark Chadderton caught up with Dave a few days prior to his first rehearsal with the Subs on October 30th at Abatis Studios in Honiley, near Kenilworth in Warwickshire to chat over his musical journey to the Subs, and his thoughts on his forthcoming new adventure...
“I'm pretty excited but trying to stay calm and focused. I've got to deliver the goods if you know what I mean. It's pretty mental to be honest. Crazy how things work out... The great thing is, the more you listen to these Subs songs, the better they get.”
26/10: Kevin Nixon fills in on drums
Following Jamie Oliver's departure from the U.K. Subs, the ex-Anti Pasti drummer KEV NIXON played drums for the band for the four French gigs the band played with Charge 69 at the end of October.
The band would like to send Kev a heartfelt thanks for stepping up at such short notice to play the drums.
19/10 New U.K. Subs 2xLP Compilation
Scheduled for release 12 November 2021 on Demon Records.
A Punk Rock Anthology - 1978-2017
(140g Red and Yellow Vinyl)
This 34 track double LP pressed on 140g Red and Yellow Vinyl is the first to cover the entire career of Punk legends the U.K. Subs. It includes the hit singles "Stranglehold"(No.26), "Tomorrows Girls" (No.28), "She's Not There" (No.36), "Warhead" (No.30), "Teenage" (No.32), "Party In Paris" (No.37) and "Keep On Running" (No.41). Tracks are culled from across the band's 40 plus year career that saw them release an album for each letter of the alphabet! From 1979's "Another Kind Of Blues" through to 2016's "Ziezo".
Click here to order
17/10: Jamie Oliver leaves the U.K. Subs
Following a social media post by Subs drummer Jamie Oliver on Friday 15 October, all four members of the band; Charlie, Alvin, Steve and Jamie have had discussions together today, and it has been decided after these conversations that Jamie will leave the band with immediate effect - additionally, the U.K. Subs would like to assure everyone that they will be playing all their forthcoming scheduled shows, but with a new drummer.
17/10: Gossips tape released on CD
The U.K. Subs played Gossips 40 years ago, so to commemorate this anniversary, the live album from that gig, originally released on Chaos Cassettes in 1982, has been re-released on CD, Download and Streaming platforms. This re-mastered live concert features the line-up of Charlie Harper, Nicky Garratt, Alvin Gibbs and Steve Roberts.
Amazon CD: https://geni.us/UKsubsCD
Apple Music: https://geni.us/UKsubsAM
17/10: T&M BOOK NEWS
BOOK NEWS!! 😍😎
We're delighted to announce that last week we had both our latest T&M books delivered…
T&M 045 From Arthaus To Bauhaus 1972-1979 by Andrew Brooksbank &
T&M 046 Diminished Responsibility - My life as a U.K. Sub and other strange stories vol 2 by Alvin Gibbs
SHIPPING STARTS FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER 👍
Order your books at
16/09: GIG ALERT: New Charlie Harper Solo Show
Charlie has been confirmed as support to the fabulous RAMONAS at their 100 Club gig on 7 October 2021.
Charlie will perform a solo set and you can read more about the gig and follow the ticket link at:
06/09: GIG ALERT: Charlie Harper Solo Show Rescheduled
Pre-order for Volume II via our webstore NOW:
TOME & METRE BOOKS are incredibly proud to announce the forthcoming second volume of Alvin Gibbs' critically acclaimed memoirs trilogy 'DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY: My life as a U.K. Sub, and other strange stories' is now up for pre-sale.
You also have the option to pay an extra £5 to have your name printed in the book as one of Alvin's Disobedient Servants!
Alvin's second volume of memoirs covers 11 years of his fascinating and entertaining life story from his leaving the U.K. Subs in 1983, to the break up of Cheap And Nasty in 1994.
Foreword by Ginger Wildheart
In this enthralling and thrilling rollercoaster of a narrative, you'll share Alvin's experiences of touring the world with the Iggy Pop Band, his post-U.K. Subs band with Nicky Garratt, Alvin nearly dying at EMI, his working with the deceased, the perils of parachuting, battles with the taxman over the Subs' management mishandling, his falling in love with Martial Arts, the ups and downs of his marriage whilst being a touring musician, Alvin's joining of Hanoi Rocks (briefly), holidays to India, China, Egypt and Japan amongst other wonderful places, his relocation to California and then back to London, the tale of the formation, endeavours, battles and eventual sad demise of Cheap And Nasty, playing gigs with Johnny Depp, recording the Subs' re-union LP 'Killing Time' and surviving the 1987 Whittier Narrows 5.9-degree magnitude earthquake.
And if that isn't a seismic synopsis enough for you, then add to all that the fact that this glorious second volume is fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs from Alvin's personal archive.
Predicted publication/shipping date September 2021 (or sooner!)
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR VOLUME I
Vive Le Rock Best Book of the Year 2020
"Alvin writes with a real flair and eloquence missing from most rock biographies and his memory and attention to detail is outstanding... a brilliant fly on the wall read that any U.K. Subs or punk fan will have to own..."
Eugene Butcher - Vive Le Rock magazine review
"Gibbs’ descriptive prose and humorous anecdotes would entertain even readers unfamiliar with the Subs music..."
Jennifer Upton - Womanycom
"Obviously I can’t recommend this book highly enough but not just for fans of The UK Subs, Iggy Pop, Cheap & Nasty but for anyone who appreciates a well-written book by someone who writes with passion, honesty and fantastic use of the language..."
"Absorbing, passionate and another mightily impressive book from the talented Mr Gibbs...."
"Musician, Songwriter, Author and a thoroughly good bloke, Alvin Gibbs I salute you and urge anyone... to click the link and order a copy of this book you won’t regret it for a second...."
Dom Daley - RPM Online
"Needless to say it’s a very difficult book to put down as the perils of a life on the road are told with Alvin’s typical flare, honesty, and humour..."
Mark Bestford - Devolution Magazine
"This works on all levels – whether it be as an evocative autobiography, travelogue and tour diary or a thoughtful take on the various machinations of the music industry over the years. Take your pick, Alvin has all bas(s)es superbly covered within these fast-turning pages..."
Steve Worrall - Retro Man Blog
28/06: GIG ALERT: An Audience with Charlie Harper
At the Dublin Castle in London
22/05: NEW BOOK ON PUNK WITH CHARLIE INTERVIEWS
'Spitting & Screaming: The Story of The London Pub Rock Scene & 70s British Punk' is rather a grand title. Does it over promise? Who is this guy Neil Saint who calls himself The Saint podcasting and broadcasting his RETROPOPIC RADIO show? If you think that folks then you're wrong... The book represents a thorough investigation of the London Pub Rock and British Punk scene in the seventies from over 50 interviews with the participants themselves. Amongst others the author has spoken to...Sally Jane Delaney, daughter of Tally Ho publican Lillian Delaney, shares memories of listening to the birth of London Pub Rock as 'Eggs Over Easy' play a residency at her home, Steve Conolly, known as Roadent, conveys his direct knowledge of the early punk scene roadying for The Pistols and The Clash, Charlie Harper, founder member of The UK Subs, recounts the very earliest days of The Roxy as punk goes overground in 77 after The Grundy interview and Andrew Lauder, a player in the music scene, informs you how much he disliked The Stranglers before falling in love with them and signing them to UA. Spanning that early to late seventies the book is a must read for the music lover!
MORE INFO & PURCHASE LINK:
BOOK REVIEW ON LOUDER THAN WAR:
21/05: CHARLIE'S 7" KEY TRACK IN NEW VIVE LE ROCK MAG
Great to see Charlie’s new 7” single features as one of ‘this issue’s key tracks’ in the fabulous new issue of Vive Le Rock magazine - Issue 82. See picture - click to enlarge...
“...a hard rock apocalyptic look at the climate crisis... an excellent solo single...”
Pre-order with immediate digital download at:
20/05: CHARLIE 7" REVIEW ON BLOGSITE
There's been an excellent review of Charlie's new Time & Matter Records 7" published on the Dear Kitty blogsite, check it out at:
19/05: FAB NEW CHARLIE INTERVIEW
Just uploaded is a fantastic recent interview with Charlie about his musical history, dead critics, his forthcoming autobiography, next year's release of the new Subs LP 'Reverse Engineering', loving being off the road for the first time since the 1960s, zoom punk quizzes and the influence and inspiration of Greta Thunberg on the new Time & Matter 7" single which is praised highly as "a frickin' ass kick!"
Baxie quite rightly introduces Charlie and the Subs as being on the top pedestal of all time punk bands... well said that man 🙂
CHECK IT OUT AT:
18/05: TOP ALVIN 7" REVIEW ON NUZZ PROWLING WOLF
“...what a trio of tunes they are...”
Thanks to the marvellous Nuzz for a brilliant review of Alvin Gibbs’ new single on his Nuzz Prowling Wolf Facebook page... Don’t forget to pre-order it at:
You get the digital files straight away - vinyl ships late August...
Review by Nuzz:
ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS - State Of Grace 7" Single (*A REVIEW*)
Following swiftly on from last years History EP comes this new single from Alvin and his Disobedient Servants (Leigh from Ruts DC and Jamie from UK Subs) only three tracks this time, but what a trio of tunes they are. 'State Of Grace' is a hey, hey.... hearty feast of majestic and maurauding Rock'n'Roll, while 'Too Bad She's In Love' is a dark and dirty solid and heavy head banging riff laden beast of a song. 'Brother Sister' is all punchy guitars, throbbing bass thumping and toe tapping drums. Great, great stuff!
Released as a limited edition of 300 7" vinyl copies (with Download code) Artwork is once again by Gaye Black. I believe there are delays at the pressing plant which means physical single wont get here till August, but the download is available now. See Time and Matter Recordings on Bancamp for details.
It's well, well, well, worth yer pounds, euros and dollars! Here's to the next one......
17/05: RPM ONLINE FULL OF PRAISE FOR OUR TWO T&M 7" SINGLES
The excellent RPM Online music site has given two massive thumbs up for both of our new Time & Matter Records' 7" singles from Charlie and Alvin in their monthly singles club round up of new releases...
On ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS:
"...more evidence of (Alvin's) superb songwriting abilities...
...the title track leans on Gibbs previous employment with Iggy... Cool verses and toe-tapping chorus its a top tune...
‘Too Bad She’s In Love’ has got some real grit going on as we steam towards the chorus. Great chorus and one I want to play over and over a real earworm of a song. I love the way Heggerty's guitar wraps itself around Gibbs vocal as it heads to the chorus. Closing off this most excellent single is ‘Brother, Sister’ a jarring jabber of a rhythm offering something different to the other two tunes proving once again that there is some fantastic music being created out there – Buy it!"
On CHARLIE HARPER & THE SUB MACHINE:
"‘Panic’ begins with a piano intro but don’t let that fool you as the snare hits it takes off...
The track's ebb and flow is excellent as the heaviness of the verses pounds it does drop with a marching rhythm and Harper's Reverb laden vocal its engaging and intense and rather bloody good.
‘Post War Punks’ is perhaps more Subs like with its solid riff and Harper’s delivery is on point even if it did make me hungry whilst listening to its sandwich order list. Hurry whilst it’s still available..."
READ THE FULL REVIEWS AT:
07/05: TWO T&M 7" SINGLES AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER
Time & Matter Records are absolutely thrilled to make available for pre-order our next two 7" singles, with immediate download now...
06/05: REBELLION FESTIVAL 2021 CANCELLED
We're sad to report that this year's Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool, re-arranged from 2020 has now had to be cancelled, have a read about it all on the below link, it fully explains the difficult decision that the organisers had to make...
Roll on Rebellion 2022
23/04: NEW ALBUM COMPLETED
The Subs' brand new 'studio' album has been finished, recorded 'remotely' over the past few months and scheduled for release later this year on the USA based label Cleopatra Records, Jamie put the following post on his Facebook page:
Good news everyone!
We've officially finished recording the new U.K. Subs album, I've finally just sent off the project files to be mixed. This calls for a celebratory cup of tea methinks 🙂 So happy to be done!!!
Subs guitarist Steve Straughan also published the news on Facebook on as follows:
"Well! We've been sitting on this secret for a long time now. I was just waiting for the troops to give me the go-ahead to share the great news. Now I can, I'm gonna shout it from the rooftops. We are finished recording the new UK Subs album "Reverse Engineering" and it is now being mixed in the studio by none other than Pat Collier, original bass player of the Vibrators. Just like the other recordings I've done with the Subs, we all get an equal bite of the apple which is great, by which I mean we all write songs for that particular release. This time being an album, and my first album of originals, we have all written 3 songs each. All the songs were recorded in our own homes on our laptops and iPads etc. We then sent all the files to Jamie, our technical wizard, who then buffed and beefed up the sound quality and formatted everything into an audible system for Pat. So a massive thanks to Jamie for that and making it possible for us to record and get our songs collectively to a higher studio sound quality. As you will know I joined the band just as the last album was being released, so I never thought I would get the great opportunity to be on a UK Subs album. Thanks to Cleopatra Records this is now happening. Can't wait till it's out and available for you Subs fans to purchase and get your mitts on."
As did Alvin Gibbs, who wrote:
“OK, you may have already caught this news on this UK Subs' official Facebook page, or maybe our fan club page, but just in case you missed it, hear the noise one more time: I'm very pleased and excited to inform you all that the new forthcoming UK Subs' album 'Reverse Engineering' has now been recorded and is in its final stages of being mixed by our longtime studio collaborator, ex-Vibrators bassist Pat Collier, in London. The recording itself was achieved by remote home recording technology with the technical genius that is Jamie Oliver overseeing the engineering and putting together the separate files for each song. A big thank you goes out to Jamie from the rest of the band for his immense technical input, without which we could never have achieved these excellent recordings... won't call you a twat for at least a month mate! Charlie, being the righteously old-school Punk warrior he is, was the only one of us who actually made it into a recording studio, and his voice is better than ever on these tracks. There's 12 songs in total (3 composed by each member) and quite honestly they are so good and the album is sounding so great that it's my opinion this album will be considered up there in the fan's favourite stakes with Another Kind of Blues, Endangered Species, Ziezo, or any other favoured Subs' LP you'd care to mention. There will be a promotional video to accompany the release of the record and we're very much looking forward to adding a few of these new songs into our set in the future. Have a great Friday evening, A X “
09/04: BAD RELIGION DATES RE-SCHEDULED
The Subs' 'special guests' dates, supporting Bad Religion on their (delayed) 40th anniversary tour have been re-scheduled for June 2022.
04: Manchester Academy, England
05: Newcastle University, England
07: Nottingham Rock City, England
08: Bristol Marble Factory, England
09/03: POLISH FESTIVAL DATE POSTPONED
Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Subs have had to unfortunately postponed their 3rd July scheduled festival gig at ROCK NA BAGNIE in Goniadz, Poland until next July, 2022, with the exact date yet to be confirmed.
27/02: JANUS STARK ON PARANOID SQUIRREL
Thanks once more to Armitage for playing some Time & Matter Records' material on his fab show The Paranoid Squirrel - always worth a listen and some :-)
Great to hear a couple of Janus Stark tracks back to back...
Have a listen on the link below, you also get a delightful radio advert from Mr Gizz Butt - what more do you need - "...you'd be absolutely nuts to listen to anything else!"
24/02: NEW ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW
Sweden's SKRUTT MAGAZINE have just published a brand new, recent interview with Subs bass-man Mr Alvin Gibbs conducted by Peter Thorsson, which you can read via the following link:
ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW - CLICK HERE
(You need to click 'INTERVIEWS' on the left hand side of the homepage and then scroll down and click 'UK SUBS' to find the Alvin interview...)
24/02: VERY LIMITED TIME WARP LP RE-ISSUE
The new edition is limited to only 100 copies and comes in splatter vinyl.
Click the image to the right, to enlarge...
PURCHASE VIA BANDCAMP - LINK HERE:
22/02: TONY FEEDBACK - REST IN PEACE
T&M are extremely sad to hear that Tony Feedback (Tony Morrison) has passed away. A talented musician and genuinely nice man, Tony played with the Urban Dogs when they launched their album 'Attack' in 2016 but he had previously played with Long Tall Shorty, the Angelic Upstarts and Tim V's Sham 69.
Below is a link to see Tony doing his stuff, as well as social media posts from both Charlie and Alvin...
Rest in peace Tony...
21/02: FABULOUS NEW DVD RELEASE FEATURING
CHARLIE HARPER & OTHER SUBS
Those of you who recall the fantastic triple various artists CD release SEX DRUGS AND HIV which came out in 2014, lovingly compiled for four charities (The Terrence Higgins Trust, Release, Rape Crisis and Cancer Research UK) by Mat Sargent will be delighted to hear that Mat has now released an incredible 8 CD set of footage of the artists recording in the studio:
SEX DRUGS AND HIV - The Studio Sessions out now
£20 plus p&p for an incredible 27 hours and 50 minutes!
Proceeds once again will go to Cancer Research, Rape Crisis, Release and The Terrence Higgins Trust.
Mat Sargent’s (Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds) labour of love 8 disc DVD features a mammoth list of contributors including CHARLIE HARPER, ALVIN GIBBS and PETE DAVIES.
It all started back in 1995 when Mat 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 25 years and over 200 guest musicians, 40 original songs and the Sex Drugs and HIV 8 disk DVD includes also out-takes, extras and bonus songs previously unreleased from the triple CD album.
Over the decades, Mat was helped along the way by contributions from friends he’d met along his lengthy and illustrious career, some who sadly are no longer with us. Here’s but a few who feature:
Adam Ant, Afrika Bambaataa, Beki Bondage, Captain Sensible. Jerry Dammers, Jimmy Pursey, Mark E. Smith, Mickey Fitz, Pauline Black, Poly Styrene, Tony Hadley, TV Smith and Wurzel (Motorhead)
Time & Matter recently spoke to Mat about this amazing new DVD set which runs to an amazing 27 hours and 50 minutes, and he told us more concerning the Subs related content of the films:
"Charlie appears on 3 songs and 4 of the films. 'No Fun Here' where Charlie sings backing vocals on the chorus with Frankie Stubbs from Leatherface (Episode 2),
'Hours and Expenses' where Charlie chats in the kitchen with B Bang Cider from Germany (Episode 7), 'Gone So Long' where Charlie plays harmonica on a track sung by me and also where Ghosts in the studio interfere with the cameras (Episode 9)!
On 'Getting Better' Charlie sings lead vocals and wants to do his mime with a bass guitar, has difficulty remembering the words (Episode 10) and we also see Alvin Gibbs appearing on a track sung by Jennie Bellestar, 'Private Agenda', (Episode 13). Playing bass and double bass in the video, Alvin also chats to producer Dave Goodman in the kitchen about Hanoi Rocks before recording his part.
Pete Davies appears on 'Heroin', a track sung by Pauline Black (Episode 9), and he also plays drums and bumps into Anti-Pasti in the studio. Eleswhere, other ex-Subs Tezz Roberts and Karl Morris play on 'Only Yourself to Blame' sung by Bev Crime from Radio Dead Ones (Episode 26)..."
See the trailer HERE: http://www.sexdrugsandhiv.com/videos.html
YOU CAN ALSO STILL PURCHASE THE ORIGINAL (NOW) DOUBLE CD AT:
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 Darrell 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...
BUY THE DVD SET HERE:
ONLY £20 plus p&p
19/02: MORE CHARLIE PAINTINGS VIA T&M WEBSTORE
Time & Matter will have another couple of Charlie's cat paintings put on sale this weekend. We won't be announcing this anywhere else aside from our T&M Facebook page so keep an eye out there or keep visiting our webstore, as we will be selling a few more unannounced over the forthcoming months...
Time & Matter Recordings Facebook:
Time & Matter Webstore:
13/02: CHARLIE HAS FIRST COVID VACCINE JAB!
Charlie has posted a picture on his Instagram page concerning his just having had his first Covid vaccine jab... see below
10/02: ENDANGERED SPECIES & JANUS STARK REVIEWS
IN THE NEW ISSUE OF VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE
The latest issue of the essential VIVE LE ROCK magazine (issue 79) carries a 10/10 review of the recent Demon 10" double vinyl re-issue of Endangered Species, as well as a brilliant review of our recent duo of JANUS STARK CD albums
"...underscoring just how ahead of their time Janus Stark were..."
Janus Stark two CD discount bundle, with free 4-track digital EP
available to buy now at:
Vive Le Rock latest and back issues can be purchased online at:
Endangered Species 10" re-issue can be purchased at:
09/02: LATEST EUROPEAN DATES 2021/22
The latest U.K. Subs European tour dates for 2021 to 2022 have been announced by the Subs' Euro booking agents Muttis, check out the poster below (click to enlarge):
One date to add to the above:
14.01.2022 NL / Utrecht / dB's
For all the current U.K. Subs tour dates click the tab at the top of the page or HERE
28/01: FINAL 'ENCORE' SUBS STUDIO ALBUM BEING RECORDED
*** MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!! ***
ALVIN HAS MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
"It seems this month’s edition of Vive Le Rock magazine has revealed that the UK Subs have recorded a new album; and in light of that, we now realise it has become important to explain exactly what’s going on so that rumour mill doesn’t take over and any further speculation starts to be considered fact. Firstly, it’s untrue that we’ve already recorded a new LP. What is factual though is that we are in the process of doing so. Here’s the background to that decision: it has been four years since the release of our purported final album Ziezo, and during that period we’ve been writing new material both collectively whilst on the road and individually at home. Some of those songs appeared on our two subsequent releases – the Predator and The Beast twinned singles of 2017 and the Screaming Senile EP of 2018 – but many remained unrecorded, plus a number of very good songs have come to fruition since. We thought this material deserved an outlet and after chatting to Los Angeles based Cleopatra Records, they offered us that opportunity via one last ‘encore’ album which we’ve entitled Reverse Engineering and are presently working on utilising a mixture of remote recording sessions and old-school studio time. The present lockdown situation has obviously slowed down the process; but as it stands we have already recorded seven backing tracks and are on course – eventual lifting of restrictions allowing – to complete the record by early spring. We could of released this material via a number of EPs and singles over a period of time, but it costs almost as much to make and manufacture a vinyl 12 inch EP or a 7 inch single as an LP, and those costs would have to be reflected in the pricing of each release; therefore, by having all these song on just one album, we can save the Subs’ record collector a substantially greater amount of money than if we’d released them in batches in different formats at differing times. This will categorically be the last ever UK Subs album – in fact that’s an important part of our deal with Cleopatra – and although there may still be a few that feel a bit uneasy that we’ve reneged on Ziezo being the final LP, I’m sure there are many, many more who would welcome another album from the UK Subs to enjoy during these difficult pandemic times.
Alvin Gibbs, on behalf of the UK Subs."
26/01: 2021 WINTER TOUR DATES
The Subs' UK booking agent Crucial Talent has just announced the dates for this year's winter tour...
The "Brand New Age 40th (+1) Anniversary Tour!"
18: Cold Store, Nottingham
19: Exchange, Bristol
20: Level 3, Swindon
21: Con Club, Lewes
25: Forum, Tunbridge Wells
26: Leopard, Doncaster
27: Independent, Sunderland
28: Continental, Preston
02: Adelphi, Hull
03: Roadmender, Northampton
04: Esquires, Bedford
05: Star & Garter, Manchester
08: Dead Wax, Birmingham
09: Portland Arms, Cambridge
10: The Musician, Leicester
11: 229 Venue, London
12: Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Tickets available from the usual outlets...
23/01: KILLING TIME RE-ISSUE VIA T&M STORE
Time & Matter have shipped over from Cleopatra Records in the USA a couple of boxes of their recent re-issue of the Subs' 1988 LP KILLING TIME, which comes on two different coloured vinyl editions. One is pink, with the other pressed on blue.
So if you order from our store, this will save Subs fans in the UK a significant amount in postage, approximately a saving of £15.00 instead of ordering from Cleopatra direct.
T&M STORE PRICE: £17.00 EACH
Use the 'select option' drop-down box to choose your colour.
BUY BOTH COLOURS AND YOU ONLY PAY AN EXTRA £1.00 POSTAGE.
Features meticulously recreated artwork in a gatefold jacket with full lyrics and eye-catching colored vinyl!
This album is a reunion of the classic Subs line-up of singer Charlie Harper, guitarist Nicky Garratt, and bassist Alvin Gibbs plus a special guest appearance by Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy!
Features meticulously recreated artwork in a gatefold jacket with full lyrics and eye-catching colored vinyl!"
09/01: T&M JOIN MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY
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TIME & MATTER'S STATEMENT
"Time & Matter Recordings are committed to working toward a safer and more stable world for both our own generation and for all our future generations, our record label(s) and book publishing imprint are constantly looking to reduce our carbon footprint and to actively support all the concerns and campaigns of the Music Declares Emergency organisation. We fully support their promotion and educational campaigns to make as many people as possible aware of the deeply concerning current climate crisis on OUR planet."
Please take time to have a look, read and think about the information and campaigns on the following links...
03/01: JANUS STARK DAZZLING REVIEW
The two recent Janus Stark T&M CD album releases with free digital EP has received a brilliant 5 star review penned by Mark Cartwright on the PunkSite...
“A full package of everything that is great and innovative about the punk rock scene...”
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