tarted in the spring of 1976 by ex-R&B singer Charlie Harper and guitarist Nicky Garrett, U.K. Subs was completed by Paul Slack on bass and Pete Davis on drums. Farewell To Roxy was their debut with a track on a compilation before issuing their own single on the ' label titled C.I.D. Although they arrived late for the Punk party they nonetheless had a string of minor hits stemming from their 1979 debut album, Another Kind Of Blues, an album that received a 21 in the U.K. The album featured Ramones like lyrics and catchy hooks. After the famous Warhead single in 1980, a track that got 30, their sophomore album was released that same year titled Brand New Age. It took a bit of time but by the end of the year the album made 18 on the U.K. side. As successful as Brand New Age was, it was overshadowed by the quick release of their live set Crash Course that same year. Released only in England by RCA' subsidiary Gem', it made 8. After a set of personnel changes that saw Alvin Gibbs (ex-Ushers/ex-Hellions) replace Slack, and Steve Roberts replace Davis, Diminished Responsibility (1981) was released to a U.K. 18, it, along with all future releases, were not issued in the U.S.A. Kim Wylie took over on drums for the Endangered Species (1982) release that got them no chart spots and from here it was all downhill for them despite the wholesale membership change resulting in Charlie Harper recruiting an entirely new band in the form of Captain Scarlet (guitar) and the returning Paul Slack (bass) and Steve Jones (drums).
A stream of albums basically came and went from here on in including Flood Of Lies (1983), Gross Out U.S.A. (1985) now with Harper replacing the band with John Fallon (guitar), Jezz Monclur (bass) and Rab Fae Beith (ex-Wall/ex-Patrik Fitzgerald; drums). Huntington Beach (1985), In Action: Tenth Anniversary (1986), Japan Today (live) and Killing Time (1989) followed later.
In 1990, seeking better sales, another line-up was recruited by Harper with Alan Lee (guitar), Flea Dave Farrelly (bass) and Matthew McCoy (bass). Mad Cow Fever (1991) was a moderate success despite not making the charts. Normal service was indeed resumed with Normal Service Resumed (1993) failing any significant headway outside of the die-hard fans, followed by Occupied (1996) and Quintessentials (1997).
Despite the relative un-success the U.K. Subs have demonstrated on paper they have managed to maintain their core fan support and have become one of the infamous names of Punk.
Footnote: Charlie Harper attempted a self-named side project from 1980 - 1983 resulting in one album Stolen Property in 1982.