Recorded ‘live’ at the Roxy Club, Covent Garden, London, WC2 during the sessions that produced the ’Farewell To The Roxy’ LP over three nights 31/12/77 to 02/01/78. This material performed by the band that included Steve Slack on bass and Rory Lyons on Drums. Paul Slack and Pete Davies from the ‘classic’ line up joined up with Charlie Harper and Nicky Garrett being the mainstays of the band, later on in 1978. A very tight performance for a half empty club by the sound of it.
UK Subs emerged from Tooting based Charlie Harper’s R & B pub rock roots, getting more with the punk ethic at the beginning of 1977, and became the band that all folk that pass by this site will recognised as a true ‘peoples’ band. Charlie always, like Strummer, had time for a chat and to answer the same old questions put to him at gigs that some 12 year old would ask, with much patience. A high point in my youth was performing ‘Stranglehold’ with the band at Stevenage Bowes Lyon House, sad though it is, it still remains the high point going into young middle age…oh well! I was also a member of the UK Subs fan club until 1981 or 82…the only fan club I have ever joined!
Such great 7″ single releases, all on coloured vinyl, LP’s that were in alphabet named order and in coloured vinyl. I never heard anything from the Subs I am ashamed to say after the LP beginning with D (‘Diminished Responsibility’ fourth official release). This release on Stiff Records was not really official and was sold on mail order in 1980 after the band had several T.O.T.P’s appearances and were one of the larger names in ‘Street Punk’ bands, like The Rut’s and Sham 69. Even the pictures on the back of the sleeve are of a different line up (i.e. the popular one) that performed long after The Roxy had closed it’s doors.
My copy of this record has from time to time a pressing fault so mucho apologies to your ears if you hear annoying scratches in this upload.