As part of the original punk rock movement in England during the mid-'70s, the U.K. Subs scored several hit singles in their homeland, switching between politically charged material and party-hearty rockers. Led by singer Charlie Harper (who previously fronted a R&B outfit called the Marauders), the U.K. Subs formed in November of 1976, after Harper discovered the Damned. Originally called the Subversives before shortening their name, Harper recruited guitarist Nicky Garratt, bassist Steve Slack, and a revolving door of drummers (eventually finding a semi-permanent member with Pete Davis), and soon after began plotting their plan of attack from Harper's place of business, a hairdressing salon in South London. Around this time, the up-and-coming group recorded a live set at the infamous punk club the Roxy (just prior to its closing), with hopes of the recording being issued as their debut album. Although the recording did indeed go down, the tapes sat on a shelf for several years, before eventually being issued in 1980 under the title of Live Kicks. This led to several John Peel sessions on BBC Radio One in 1977 and 1978, and eventually, a recording contract with the GEM record label, and what's often considered to be their finest recording, their 1979 full-length debut, Another Kind of Blues.-- Greg Prato
TRACKS>> YOU DON'T BELONG - SO WHAT - CONFRONTATION - FATAL - TIME AND MATTER - VIOLENT CITY - TOO TIRED - PARTY IN PARIS - GANGSTER - FACE THE MACHINE - NEW ORDER - JUST ANOTHER JUNGLE - COLLISION CULT - PARTY IN PARIS (SINGLE VERSION) - FALL OF THE EMPIRE - KEEP ON RUNNING ('TILL YOU BURN) - PERFECT GIRL - ICE AGE - PARTY IN PARIS (FRENCH VERSION).