GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) – “Honour Among Street Punks”

Shivers running down my spine, whose blood I know it’s mine ?
I’m a moving target and I can’t go home.
Chased forever and a day of my choosing my own way.
I don’t wanna forget the things I’ve done.

Charged GBH – City Baby Attacked By Rats – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 –
Baker Street  – Punk Posters

Back in 1978, Charged GBH were one of the bands that defined the British street punk.sound, which would have been enough alone to place them firmly in annals of punk history.

Colin “Col” Abrahall / Colin “Jock” Blyth / Ross Lomas / Mike Williams

GBH didn’t stop there. They continued to play, make records and remain relevant. They didn’t become tired caricatures of themselves like some old school bands, nor did they ever compromise their sound. They continued to be a serious force in street punk.

Charged GBH embarked on several English and mainland US tours during the early 1980s, including several gigs at the 100 Club.

 1982 – City Baby Attacked By Rats

 Tx Punk: What inspired the song “City Baby Attacked By Rats”?

Jock: it was a real incident.some people living in a poor part of birmingham,england,where we live,well their baby was found with evidence of rat bites and scratches all over it.it was all over the local newspaper headlines around the time we were looking for a title for our first album.wallah!

Lyrically, the album dealt with criticism of British and European culture, violence, morbidity (especially in reference to the song “Passenger On The Menu”, which describes in graphic detail the experiences of the passengers on the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571), atheism, nihilism and humour.

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, also known as the Andes flight disaster and, in South America, as the Miracle of the Andes (El Milagro de los Andes) was a chartered flight carrying 45 people, including a rugby team, their friends, family and associates that crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. More than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash and several others quickly succumbed to cold and injury. Of the 29 who were alive a few days after the accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage. The last 16 survivors were rescued on 23 December 1972, more than two months after the crash.

The survivors had little food and no source of heat in the harsh conditions at over 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) altitude. Faced with starvation and radio news reports that the search for them had been abandoned, the survivors fed on the dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow.

Musically, the album was loud and fast, with few songs exceeding three minutes.

In 1984 the band changed their name to GBH (grievous bodily harm)

 

Unlike some early punk bands that evolved towards other styles, GBH have stayed fairly faithful to their original UK82 sound in subsequent releases. Their peers like The Exploited, Picture Frame Seduction, Discharge and The Varukers have all enjoyed resounding success in the USA and fit the genre’ UK82 punk rock. However, the band have experimented to some degree with a more speed metal-inflected sound, notably with their 1992 release Church of the Truly Warped, although they have since returned to a more purist punk sound. The band is still active and touring and maintain a strong following both in England and the rest of Europe, as well as in United States and Japan.

I am the hunted ..

 

1983    City Babys Revenge

 

1986    Midnight Madness And Beyond   

  

1987    No Need To Panic

1989    A Fridge Too Far

1990    From Here To Reality    

1992    Church of the Truly Warped

1996    Punk Junkies

2002    Ha Ha

2004    Cruel and Unusual

2010    Perfume and Piss

 

MAR: Who are the bands you currently enjoy?

JB: At the moment I am listening to a lot of 70s punk again. The Damned, Sex Pistols, Stranglers, Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and a lot of obscure ones too. I like a lot of reggae, u Roy, Dillinger, dr alimantado, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse. I also like New York hardcore, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, 80s punk, some rock and that’s about it.

Baker Street is a ten-issue comic book series created by Gary Reed and Guy Davis, and published by Caliber Comics between 1989 and 1991.

 The series consists of two story arcs “Honour Among Punks” written by Reed and Davis and “Children of the Night” written by Davis alone, who also provided the bulk of the art (with some early fill-in inking).

It features an alternative Sherlock Holmes world where the values and class system of Victorian era England carried over into a late 20th Century where World War II never occurred. The story mainly concerns a group of punks attempting to solve a series of murders reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper killings of the late 19th century.

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