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U.K.SUBS MAIN LINE UP:

Charlie Harper - vocals & harmonica
Steve Straughan - guitar
Alvin Gibbs - bass
Jamie Oliver - drums

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Last updated 19 June 2016...

MINI BIOGRAPHY (136 words) - click to read...



2017 will be the U.K. Subs’ 40th anniversary as they remain one of the most respected and revered bands on the punk scene. Emerging as a high-speed R&B band, the Subs formed in 1977, with ever-present vocalist Charlie Harper, now 72 years young, rightly venerated as the godfather of UK punk. 2010 marked the fifth decade in which the band had continually graced stages worldwide, as 2016 saw them release their brilliant, critically acclaimed final album ‘Ziezo’; completing their quest to release each album alphabetically. Widely recognised as one of the most consistent and successful touring punk bands ever, they maintain the true spirit of punk rock. With a powerful line up in place (Steve Straughan – guitar / Alvin Gibbs - bass / Jamie Oliver – drums), they continue to thrill, entertain and enthuse wherever they play.

Biog by Mark Chadderton

SHORT-LENGTH BIOGRAPHY (175 words) - click to read...

With 2017 marking the U.K. Subs’ 40th anniversary, the U.K. Subs are still thrilling and captivating audiences worldwide with their ‘On Tour Forever’ ethic. Led by the indefatigable 72 years young ‘Godfather’ of British punk Charlie Harper, they’ve constantly gigged every year since their formation in 1977, after initially quickly building up a fiercely loyal, sizeable following, they subsequently peppered the Top 40 with a run of infectious singles between 1979 and 1981. Many highlights followed, too numerous to mention here, but in 2016 the band released their critically acclaimed final album ‘Ziezo’, as they completed their quest to be the first band ever, to release their official albums alphabetically from A to Z. Many long-time Subs fans have commented that the new album is as good as the early ‘classic albums’, of which some went Top 10.
With a powerful line-up in place of, Charlie, Steve Straughan on guitar, Alvin Gibbs on bass and Jamie Oliver on drums, the U.K. Subs continue to entertain, enlighten and enthuse with blistering recordings and enthralling live shows.

Biog by Mark Chadderton

MEDIUM-LENGTH BIOGRAPHY (250 words) - click to read...

With 2017 marking the U.K. Subs’ 40th anniversary, they are truly unique amongst the original wave of punk bands that emerged circa 1976/77 through having continued to gig every year ever since, clocking up thousands of memorable shows.
Led by the now legendary Charlie Harper, this incredible front man continues to amaze with his indefatigable lust for life, music and the live circuit. They maintain that authentic true spirit of punk rock, and enjoy a fiercely loyal following worldwide. Now 72 years young, Charlie is the sole reason the Subs have yet to split up, leading a band that has continued to thrive and improve through various line-ups.
With the band continuing to blaze their unique trail all over the world into their fifth decade, 2016 saw the band release their critically acclaimed final album; ‘Ziezo’, as they completed their quest to be the first band to release their official albums alphabetically A to Z.
The highlights from the band’s history are too numerous to list in full here, but they are archived on www.uksubstimeandmatter.net - suffice to say their early success of seven consecutive UK Top 40 hits between 1979-81 was testament to their popularity amongst the punk scene then, and with there never having been any division between fan and band, the current powerful line-up: Charlie, Steve Straughan on guitar, Alvin Gibbs on bass and Jamie Oliver on drums are still adored. The U.K. Subs continue to entertain, enlighten and enthuse with blistering recordings and enthralling live shows.

Biog by Mark Chadderton

 

FULL-LENGTH BIOGRAPHY (495 words) - click to read...

With 2017 marking the U.K. Subs’ 40th anniversary; this legendary punk band continues to represent the true spirit of punk rock. Inspired by the Damned at the birth of British Punk, the now equally legendary Charlie Harper formed the Subs out of his then R&B outfit The Marauders, circa summer 1977.
Starting out as The Subversives, the name was shortened to The Subs and then changed to U.K. Subs, whilst early line-ups merged their high-speed R&B sound into punk.
October 1977 saw Charlie joined by Nicky Garratt on guitar, and it was the Harper/Garratt song writing partnership that would go on to collaborate on the band's most successful record releases. Through 1977 and 1978 the band played shows all over London including the infamous Roxy punk club, building up a fiercely loyal and sizeable following. Their first ‘recorded’ output was on the ‘Farewell To The Roxy’ LP.
This bought them to the attention of John Peel who was obviously impressed enough to offer to finance their first single. However, City Records ended up releasing their first brilliant single, C.I.D, in September 1978. It became a huge indie number 1 hit. In 1979, they signed to Gem Records and surprised everyone by becoming one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands, with seven consecutive UK Top 30 hits between 1979-81 - Stranglehold, Tomorrows Girls, She's Not There, Warhead, Teenage, Party In Paris and Keep On Running. They also scored two UK top ten albums - Brand New Age and Crash Course - establishing themselves throughout the world with a heavy touring schedule that still continues to this day.
Led by the indefatigable 72 years young Charlie Harper - now venerated as the godfather of UK punk - the band has continued to improve through various line-ups and record companies.
Still touring worldwide, they maintain that true spirit of punk rock continuing to inspire each subsequent generation of fans. There has never been any division of fan and band with the Subs, and Charlie’s unrelenting love of his audience and music shines through. This is something that galvanized listeners of Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6music show to vote them as the most respected of Punk ‘icons’, to win the 2010 Punk World Cup.
2016 saw the eagerly anticipated final album ‘Ziezo’ released - via a fabulously successful PledgeMusic campaign - to a crescendo of critical acclaim, as they completed their quest to be the first band to release their official albums alphabetically A to Z!. The worldwide touring regime has continued apace - including the USA, Europe and Japan as the band continue to entertain and amaze with their powerful live shows.
With a fabulous line up in place of Charlie, Steve Straughan on guitar, Alvin Gibbs on bass and Jamie Oliver on drums, the U.K. Subs continue to entertain, enlighten and enthuse with blistering recordings as well as their ever-popular enthralling live shows.
Like a vintage wine – the U.K. Subs just get better and better.

Biog by Mark Chadderton


 

Press Photos

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U.K.Subs Logos


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Booking Info

 


If you would like to book the U.K.Subs to play a gig, please use the following contacts:

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