U.K. Subs Punk Essentials on LP
2010 marked the fifth decade in which the U.K.Subs had continually graced the punk rock scene. 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, late in 1976. Starting out as The Subversives, the name was shortened to The Subs and then changed to U.K.Subs, with the prefix taken from the first Sex Pistols single "Anarchy In The U.K."
October of 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 what is recognized as the band's most revered work. 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 of 1978. It became a huge indie #1 hit.
In 1979, they signed to Gem Records via RCA 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.
Cleopatra Records is pleased to offer up this rawkin’ 13-track collection of essential tracks by the British punk heroes featuring the signature guitar work of original Sub Nicky Garratt on such classics as “Stranglehold,” “Police State,” and “Endangered Species” among others!
U.K. Subs Punk Essentials Track Listing:
2. Tomorrow’s Girls
5. Emotional Blackmail
7. New York State Police
8. Party In Paris
9. Endangered Species
10. Down On The Farm
11. Police State
13. Rebel Radio