Subhumans - SUBHUMANS

Formed: Warminster, Wiltshire, England, UK

Subhumans - sometimes confused with the entirely different Vancouver band - hailed from the southwest of England and, along with Crass and Conflict, were one of the country's best anarcho bands. They evolved out of The Stupid Humans, which featured Bruce (guitar/vocals, ex-A-Heads), Grant (bass), and Andy (drums). Dick Lucas - formerly in The Mental (who released the DIY-as-fuck Extended Play E.P.) took over vocal chores, and Trotsky replaced Andy.

Their music was almost entirely excellent (29:29 Split Vision was a mistake), but your enjoyment of it would be severely compromised if you couldn't get past Dick's bloody awful voice. He was/is basically incapable of holding a tune and when he went for high notes it just sounded like someone had kicked him in the bollocks, but as a punk singer he was/is wonderful: unmistakable, fierce.

Dick Lucas later formed Culture Shock and Citizen Fish.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Subhumans - Demolition War E.P. Subhumans - Reason For Existence Subhumans - Religious Wars Subhumans - The Day The Country Died Subhumans - Evolution
Demolition War E.P. (7" 1981) Reason For Existence (7", 1982) Religious Wars
(7", 1982)
The Day The Country Died (LP, 1982) Evolution (7", 1983)
Subhumans - Time Flies... ...But Aeroplanes Crash Subhumans - From The Cradle To The Grave Subhumans - Rats Subhumans - Worlds Apart Subhumans - EP-LP
Time Flies... ...But Aeroplanes Crash (12", 1983) From The Cradle To The Grave (LP, 1984) Rats (7", 1984) Worlds Apart
(LP, 1985)
EP-LP (LP, 1986)
Subhumans - 29:29 Split Vision Subhumans - Unfinished Business Subhumans - Live In A Dive Subhumans - Internal Riot  
29:29 Split Vision
(LP, 1986)
Unfinished Business (7"/CDS, 1998) Live In A Dive
(LP/CD, 2004)
Internal Riot
(LP/CD, 2007)
 

Extraneous Releases

Subhumans - Time Flies + Rats        
Time Flies + Rats
(CD, 1990)
       

Demos / Tapes

Subhumans - Demolition War Parts I-III Subhumans - Live Worcester 11-4-81 Subhumans - Live Warminster Cmty Centre 9-5-81 Subhumans - Live Bath Walcot Village Hall 20-5-81 Subhumans / Wild Youth - Live Melksham Youth Centre
Demolition War Parts I-III (Tape, 1981) Live Worcester 11-4-81 (Tape, 1981) Live Warminster Cmty Centre 9-5-81 (Tape, 1981) Live Bath Walcot Village Hall 20-5-81 (Tape, 1981) Live Melksham Youth Centre (Tape, split with Wild Youth, 1981)
Subhumans - Live Swindon Devizes Road Church Hall 11-12-81 Subhumans - Aheads/Subhumans / A-Heads - 14 Months To Go Subhumans - Live Stevenage Bowes Lyon House 21-2-82 Subhumans - Live London Skunx 3-4-82 + Live Bath Ringo Bells 10-4-82 Subhumans - Live London Putney White Lion 1-7-82
Live Swindon Devizes Road Church Hall 11-12-81 (Tape, 1981) 14 Months To Go (Tape, split with A-Heads, 1982) Live Stevenage Bowes Lyon House 21-2-82 (Tape, 1982) Live London Skunx 3-4-82 + Live Bath Ringo Bells 10-4-82 (Tape, 1982) Live London Putney White Lion 1-7-82 (Tape, 1982)
Subhumans / Faction  - Live London Moonlight Club 23-8-82 Subhumans - Live George Robey, Finsbury Park 7-2-83 Subhumans - Live Leeds 11-5-83 Subhumans - Liive Leeds 31-8-83 Subhumans - Live Paris 8-10-83
Live At The Moonlight Club 23/08/82 (Tape, split with Faction, 1982) Live George Robey, Finsbury Park 7-2-83 (Tape, 1983) Live Leeds 11-5-83 (Tape, 1983) Live Leeds 31-8-83 (Tape, 1983) Live Paris 8-10-83
(Tape, 1984)
Subhumans -USAT4-Live San Francisco 24-4-84 Subhumans - Live Bathgate 9-8-84 Subhumans - Live Fulham Greyhound 12-7-85 Subhumans - USAT5-Live New York Subhumans - Live Darmstadt 25/09/85
USAT4-Live San Francisco 24-4-84 (Tape, 1984) Live Bathgate 9-8-84 (Tape, 1984) Live Fulham Greyhound 12-7-85 (Tape, 1985) USAT5-Live New York (Tape, 1985) Live Darmstadt 25/09/85 (Tape, 1985)
Subhumans - Live Warminster 9.5.81 Subhumans - Live Leeds 24-7-85 Subhumans - Live Subhumans - Live Fulham Greyhound 31-10-85 Subhumans - Live Warminster 10-11-85
Live Warminster 9.5.81 (Tape, 1985) Live Leeds 24-7-85 (Tape, 1985) Live Leeds 23-10-85 (Tape, 1985) Live Fulham Greyhound 31-10-85 (Tape, 1985) Live Warminster 10-11-85 (Tape, split with Steve L, 1986)

 

Various Artists

New Criminals UK Tape 1981 (New Crimes): Parasites / It's Gonna Get Worse / Drugs Of Youth

Wessex '82 UK 7" 1982 (Bluurg): No Thanks

Rising Free UK Tape 1983 (V.I.S.A.): Drugs Of Youth / Big Brother / Wasted Breath / Rain / Zyklon 'B' Movie / Mickey Mouse Is Dead

Hmmm... UK Tape 1983 (I Thought It Might Shock You Tapes/Hit Ranking Fanzine): Adversity / Rain / Big City / Reality Is Waiting For A Bus

Religious Vomit UK Tape 1983 (Public Disturbance): Song No 35 / First Aid (Live) / Trowbridge Park (Live)

P.E.A.C.E. US 2xLP 1984 (R Radical): Rats

We Don't Want Your Fucking War! UK LP 1985 (Mortarhate): Rats

Symphonies For The Disaffected UK Tape 1985 (Beer Belly Tapes): Animal / Zyklon B Movie / Religious Wars

V.I.S.A. Présente France LP 1985 (Bondage/V.I.S.A.): Mickey Mouse Is Dead

Life Is A Joke Vol. 2 Germany LP 1986 (Weird System): Human Error (Alternate Version)

Tour De Farce #2 Germany Tape 1987 (eMpTy): Apathy

We Won't Take No More UK CD 1995 (Mortarhate): Rats

This Is The A.L.F. UK CD 1998 (Mortarhate): Evolution

Short Music For Short People US CD 1999 (Fat Wreck Chords): Supermarket Forces

Anti-State: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 2 UK CD 2005 (Overground): So Much Money

Links

MYSPACE - Official page

WIKIPEDIA

CITIZEN FISH - Official website for Citizen Fish/Subhumans

ART OF THE STATE - Subhumans interview

SUITE 101 - Dick Lucas interview

SOUTHERN RECORDS - Subhumans page

FAT WRECK CHORDS - Bio and attempts to sell a live CD

 

 

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