UK Subs - Complete Punk Singles Collection

Terrific celebration of a punk institution

Those that remember buying
the first UK Subs single,
1978’s CID, on the City
imprint (which came on
black, olive, red, green, blue,
clear or orange vinyl), might
find it disconcerting to note
that the band are now in their
35th year. But what a great
year it’s turning out to be:
we’ve an unusually stable
Subs line-up, a fine new
album in Work In Progress,
and plenty of touring, including
a support slot on Motörhead’s
annual concert hall tour of
the UK in November.

On top of all that, here’s
a beautifully presented
double-disc set of all the
band’s single A-sides, in a neat clamshell box with a
20-page booklet and even a
UK Subs beer mat. The
classics are here, of course:
the aforementioned chugger
CID; the stripped-back, gritty
pop-punk of Stranglehold;
Tomorrow’s Girls; Zombies
cover She’s Not There;
brooding reggae workout
Warhead; the positively
joyous Teenage; the playful
Party In Paris; and glammy
Keep On Running.

That was the last single to
chart, but there’s plenty of
gold in the later releases,
culminating in 2008’s
updating of Warhead.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

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Reviewed by Shane Baldwin
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