UK Subs

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The UK Subs were another group that emerged from the scene at The Roxy in London in 1977. Founder and Lead Vocalist Charlie Harper was playing in R&B and pub rock groups before being influenced by bands like The Damned to turn to punk.

The band initially started in 1976 as "The Subversives" with singer Charlie Harper. When the band line-up was based around Harper's growling Cockney vocals with Nicky Garratt on Guitar, Paul Slack on Bass and a variety of drummers they became the "U.K. subversives", later shortened to "U.K. Subs". Although adopting punk stylings, the bands work was still heavily influenced by R&B, albeit played fast. Their sound was most similar to Sham 69 or The Angelic Upstarts, although without the skinhead following

Whilst never having a big hit, several singles made the lower reaches of the Top 30 in the late 70s, including "Stranglehold", "Tomorrow's Girls", a cover of The Zombies classic "She's Not There" and "Warhead". The first two studio LPs "Another Kind of Blues" and "Brand New Age" also made the lower reaches of the album charts.

In 1983 Nicky Garratt left the band along with bass player Alvin Gibbs and then drummer Kim Wylie leaving Charlie Harper to recruit a whole new band.

Garratt would come back in and out of the line-up over the following 25 years whilst Charlie carried on touring and recording with an almost ever changing line-up.

The UK Subs are the only band to record an album for every letter of the alphabet, in order, reaching Z (Ziezo) in 2016.
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GEMK 100 Another Kind Of Blues — UK Subs UK Subs Another Kind Of Blues (Album) GEM (2), RCA GEMK 100 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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LS-23, L.S. 23, VR 21394 Live Kicks — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Live Kicks (MiniAlbum, Album) Stiff Records LS-23, L.S. 23, VR 21394 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
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GEMLP 111, PL 43423, GEMEP 1, PC 9595 Crash Course - Live — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Crash Course - Live (Album) GEM (2), GEM (2), RCA, RCA GEMLP 111, PL 43423, GEMEP 1, PC 9595 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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GEMLP 106, PL 43206 Brand New Age — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Brand New Age (Album) GEM (2), RCA GEMLP 106, PL 43206 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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PL 43507 Diminished Responsibility — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Diminished Responsibility (Album) GEM (2), GEM (2) PL 43507 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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LIVE 009 Live At Gossips 28-9-81 — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Live At Gossips 28-9-81 Chaos Tapes, Chaos Cassettes LIVE 009 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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NEL 6021 Endangered Species — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Endangered Species (Album) Nems NEL 6021 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
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SIG 3, FALL LP 018 Flood Of Lies — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Flood Of Lies (Album) Scarlet Records, Fallout Records SIG 3, FALL LP 018 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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Fall lp 031 Gross-Out USA — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Gross-Out USA (Album) Fallout Records Fall lp 031 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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RFBLP 1 Huntington Beach — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Huntington Beach (Album) RFB Recordings RFBLP 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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RFB LP 2 In Action (Tenth Anniversary) — UK Subs UK Subs In Action (Tenth Anniversary) (Album) RFB Recordings RFB LP 2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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A-142 Left For Dead (Alive In Holland '86) — UK Subs UK Subs Left For Dead (Alive In Holland '86) (Album) ROIR A-142 US 1986 Sell This Version
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NRA05 A.W.O.L. — UK Subs U.K. Subs* A.W.O.L. (Album) New Red Archives NRA05 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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FALL LP 045 Japan Today — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Japan Today (Album) Fallout Records FALL LP 045 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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Kill 009 Rock 'n' Roll Savages — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Rock 'n' Roll Savages(Cass, Num, C-6) Destroy Tapes Kill 009 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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FALL CD 047 Killing Time — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Killing Time (Album) Fallout Records FALL CD 047 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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REM 005 Greatest Hits Live In Paris — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Greatest Hits Live In Paris (Album) Released Emotions Records REM 005 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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RRCD 146, RRCD146 Live At The Roxy Club — UK Subs UK Subs Live At The Roxy Club (Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 146, RRCD146 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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FALL LP 048 Mad Cow Fever — UK Subs U.K. Subs* Mad Cow Fever (Album) Fallout Records FALL LP 048 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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STR CD 030 Greatest Hits Live — UK Subs UK Subs Greatest Hits Live (Comp) Streetlink STR CD 030 France 1992 Sell This Version
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FALL LP 050 Normal Service Resumed — UK Subs UK Subs Normal Service Resumed (Album) Fallout Records, Jungle Records FALL LP 050 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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FALL CD 052 Occupied — UK Subs UK Subs Occupied (Album) Fallout Records FALL CD 052 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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CLP9929-2 Riot — UK Subs UK Subs Riot (Album) Cleopatra CLP9929-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
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FALL LP 054, none Quintessentials — UK Subs UK Subs Quintessentials (Album) Fallout Records, Jungle Records FALL LP 054, none UK 1997 Sell This Version
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pincd 101 Europe Calling — UK Subs UK Subs Europe Calling(CD, Album) Pinhead pincd 101 UK 1998 Sell This Version

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TheOubliette

TheOubliette

September 28, 2021
Don' forget "Crash Course - Live" for C. Now it's complete.
RossHollins

RossHollins

May 24, 2021
"The UK Subs are the only band to record an album for every letter of the alphabet, in order, reaching Z (Ziezo) in 2016."
The alphabet does include a couple of compilations - Sub Mission and Peel Sessions - and several live albums.
renehupzakee2

renehupzakee2

December 24, 2020
This s the alphabetical order:

Another Kind of Blues (1979) (UK No. 21)[14]
Brand New Age (1980) (UK No. 18)
Diminished Responsibility (1981) (UK No. 18)
Endangered Species (1982)
Flood of Lies (1983)
Gross Out USA (1984)
Huntington Beach (1985)
In Action (1986)
Japan Today (1987)
Killing Time (1988)
Live In Paris (1990)
Mad Cow Fever (1991)
Normal Service Resumed (1993)
Occupied (1996)
Peel Sessions (1997)
Quintessentials (1997)
Riot (1997)
Sub Mission (1999)
Timewarp (2001)
Universal (2002)
Violent State (2004)
Work in Progress (10 January 2011)
XXIV (6 February 2013)
Yellow Leader (3 August 2015)
Ziezo (2 May 2016)
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a.k.-77

a.k.-77

March 18, 2020
"The UK Subs are the only band to record an album for every letter of the alphabet, in order, reaching Z (Ziezo) in 2016."

I don't see the album with "P" here. Somebody knows?

Thanks.
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