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CHARLIE HARPER (UK SUBS): "We are not proud people, the UK Subs will play anywhere!"

UK Subs will play on 4th of February in Boogaloo together with Skretničari and Eksodus. We talked about it with their lead singer Charlie Harper.

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CHARLIE HARPER (UK SUBS):

Where did you spend your childhood and who was your first musical role model?

My childhood was in the county I live in now, although I was born in London. My first big musical influence was Elvis, I was 7 or 8 years old.

 

I've read your interview from 2006. when you also had a show in Močvara. You talked about Vibrators and your friendship with them, and you also played shows with them in the time. Are you still friends with those guys after all these years?

Yes we are, I've known Eddy and Knox for 40 years and will see Darral play tomorrow in Brighton.

 

I've also read what you think about some more famous punks who don't want to come to Croatia or any country like ours. You said that many of them changed as their carrier started to grow, which is the main reason why they aren't paying any attention to us. They became materialistic and fans aren't important anymore. So, in your honest opinion, do you think that you stayed the same man you were in the begining of the carrier, or did your personality change too?

We are not proud people, the UK Subs will play anywhere! We are a lucky band we have enough work to sustain us.

 

As you are not a regular man in his 70s, and you also have a lot of life experience, which is the most important experience a man could have, I have one „special" question for you. What would you say to all the parents who think that their punk/rock/metal children are just having „a phase"?

Very good question, the most important thing (if you have a dream) you must follow that dream (a Elvis song) little by little you will get there, just don't give up on that dream. My father would say "what was good enough for me, is good enough for you." I didn't accept that. So, my advise to parents is to encourage your children to do their own thing.

 

Can you compare punk rock today and in the 70s when you started to lead UK Subs?  

Life is so much more restricted now but all the more reason to resist authority.

 

Did you have a lot of problems with skinheads through a carrier?

No but we have heard some horror stories from many other bands.

 

When did you write your first song?

It was 69 and called "The Key". „Help me set the people free, you have the key to open the door", that was the chorus. And I may record it sometime but it sound very hippy, it was a song of its time, I suppose...

 

What inspires you the most when making music?

A new and different sound, now I look for extreme effects peddles, you may hear this on the future recordings.

 

Which album, of all of your albums, was the most successful in your opinion?

Easily, our first album, „Another Kind of Blues“, it is still being printed, and will outlive me.

 

Where did you get the idea for the band name?

I lived in San Francisco and all Americans loved uk bands back then, so I thought, to be successful, we need to have a name with England or uk in the title, then I came back but when we saw this other band called the Subs, I just put the uk up there.

 

What do you think, which European country has the best punk scene?

Thats a difficult one and just a matter of opinion but I would say Germany.

 

Do you have some special memories which you connect with your previous shows?

Of course we have so many, we talk of them all the time. Too many to write down but look out for my book.

 

You will play on 4th of February in Boogaloo. What are you preparing for your Croatian punks?

Just the best show ever, but we are hoping you are preparing for us a very nice hotel, a great sound system and mega lighting!

 

Have you ever heard of Skretničari and Eksodus who will play as your supporters in Boogaloo?

I think Skretnicari are a local punk band, with Eksodus we played several times in Zagreb, Ljubljana and Rijeka as I remember, I know Tomi quite well, he organized many Subs shows and he is Subs fan for years, we hang out when he lived in London and this year when he was in Brighton, where I live last few years.

 

Do you have a message for the readers of Perun.hr?

If your into punk rock you will not only feel the spirit of 77, we will show you the future of rock too. Happy Xmas and all the best in New Year, see you soon in Zagreb. Charlie.

Emilija Ivković

Text by:

Emilija Ivković

Prati autora

"You are who you are when nobody's watching."

Sara Katnić

Photo by:

Sara Katnić

Prati autora

long live rock and roll

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