U.K. Subs – I Live In A Car

9th August 2023 · 1970s, 1977, Music, Punk

Forget The Fall… The U.K. Subs have had at least 82 members and are still going strong – with the same singer. Charlie Harper formed the band, initially as The Subversives, after seeing The Damned at the Roxy in 1976 and never looked back after shortening their name.

Charlie Harper (real name: David Charles Perez) and guitarist Nicky Garratt, bassist Steve Slack and drummer Rory Lyons had two songs on the Farewell To The Roxy compilation album.

This was one of them: 86 seconds of primal punk rock delivering a short sharp shock to the system.

Their first single was called CID and the Subs went on to become an unlikely fixture in the charts – albeit the lower reaches – with seven consecutive Top 40 hits (and four albums) between 1979 and 1981.

They made three Peel Sessions and even appeared on Top of the Pops several times, finding success just as punk’s first wave were evolving. Unlike them, the Subs stuck to their principles and reaped the reward as punk went mainstream.

Nothing if not survivors, they have released at least 21 studio albums and five live ones, each of them titled in alphabetical order – from Another Kind Of Blues to Ziezo – and are still touring and recording with Harper at the helm.