U.K. Subs - Recording Lineups 1977-1986

1977:

Vocals/harmonica: Charlie Harper (real name David Charles Perez)
Guitar: Richard Anderson
Bass: Steve Slack
Drums: Rob Harper

Recorded: Summer 1977 Demo (released 2016).

1977 - 1978:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Bass: Steve Slack
Drums: Rory Lions
Vocals/harmonica: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Nicky Garratt (ex-Specimens)

Recorded: Farewell To The Roxy (LP, 1978) and Live Kicks (LP, recorded 1977, released 1980), also November 1977 Demo (released 2016).

1978 - 1980:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Bass/occasional lead vocals: Paul Slack
Drums: Peter Davies
Guitar: Nicky Garratt
Vocals/harmonica: Charlie Harper

Recorded: C.I.D (7", 1978), Stranglehold (7", 1979), Tomorrows Girls (7", 1979), Another Kind Of Blues (LP, 1979), She's Not There (7" 1979), Warhead (7", 1980), Brand New Age (LP, 1980), Teenage (7", 1980) and Crash Course (LP, 1980). Can also be heard on Peel Sessions 1978-1979 (LP/CD, 1997).

After this Slack and Davies formed the Allies, a reggae-influenced misfire.

1980 - 1982:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Bass/backing vocals/occasional lead vocals: Alvin Gibbs (ex-The Users/ex-Brian James And The Brains)
Vocals/harmonica/rhythm guitar: Charlie Harper
Drums/backing vocals: Steve Roberts (ex-Cyanide)
Guitar/keyboards/backing vocals: Nicky Garratt

Recorded: Party In Paris (7", 1980), Diminished Responsibility (LP, 1981), Keep On Running (Til You Burn) (7", 1981), Countdown (7", 1981) and Endangered Species (LP, 1981). Also can be heard on Danger UK Subs Live (Tape, 1982).

1982:

Guitar: Nicky Garratt
Bass: Alvin Gibbs
Vocals: Charlie Harper
Drums: Mal Aisling (aka Sol Mintz) (ex-Chelsea)

Recorded: four songs, which can be heard on A.W.O.L. (LP, 1987)

1982:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Guitar: Nicky Garratt
Bass: Alvin Gibbs
Vocals: Charlie Harper
Drums: Kim Wylie (real name John Towe)

Recorded: Shake Up The City (7", 1982). Can also be heard on Bremen 82 (2016).

After this, according to Nicky Garratt: "We [Garratt, Gibbs, Towe] quit the UK Subs and formed a new band. John Towe dropped out very quickly but Alvin and I recruited Mal Wesson from TV Smith’s Explorers and The Scott brothers, Andy and Ken, from Wasted Youth. Ken was the former guitar player and second vocalist in The Tickets who were on the Farewell to the Roxy album. We got some backing from EMI, but ultimately the Scotts’ drug use destroyed the fledgling band. We were called Target Generation by half the band (after the story by Clifford Simack) and The Soft Pulse by the other. Two sets of the EMI demos do exist." - as told by Alex Ogg in No More Heroes - A complete history of UK Punk from 1976 to 1980

1983:

U.K. Subs

Top:
Guitar: Captain Scarlet (real name Dave Lloyd)
L-R:
Drums: Steve Jones (ex-U.K. Subs!)
Bass: Steve Slack (ex-U.K. Subs!)
Vocals: Charlie Harper

Recorded: Another Typical City Involved In Another Typical Daydream (7"/12", 1983) and Flood Of Lies (LP, 1983)

1984:

Vocals: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Captain Scarlet
Drums: Steve Jones
Bass: Tezz Roberts (ex-Discharge/Broken Bones) or John Armitage

Recorded: Magic (12", 1984)

1984:

Vocals: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Captain Scarlet
Bass: Tezz Roberts
Drums: Peter Davies (ex-U.K. Subs!)

Recorded: Gross-Out USA (LP, 1984)

1985:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Guitar: Tezz Roberts
Bass: 'Deptford' John Armitage (ex-Combat 84)
Drums: Rab Fae Beith (ex-The Pack, ex-The Wall)
Vocals: Charlie Harper

Recorded: This Gun Says (7", 1985)

1985-1986:

U.K. Subs

L-R:
Vocals: Charlie Harper
Drums: Rab Fae Beith
Guitar: James Moncur (ex-Combat 84)
Bass: Plonker Magoo (real name Ricky McGuire) (ex-The Fits, ex-Chaotic Youth)

Recorded: Huntington Beach (LP, 1985) and In Action (Tenth Anniversary) (LP, 1986). Also can be heard on Left For Dead - Alive In Holland '86 (Tape, 1986).

After this Plonker Magoo joined The Men They Couldn't Hang.

 

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