The UK Subs are a British punk band, the mainstay of which is vocalist Charlie Harper (born David Charles Perez, on 25 April, 1944), a veteran of Britain's R & B scene.
Formed in 1976, as the UK Subversives, in London, the original line up consisted of Harper, Nicky Garratt (guitar), Pete Davies (drums) and Paul Slack (bass), although the line-up of the band changed frequently. Their style combined the energy of punk and the rock and roll edge of the then thriving pub rock scene.
Early success was found with singles such as "Warhead", "I Live in a Car", and "Tomorrow's Girls", with several of their songs managing to enter the United Kingdom's Top Forty. Their biggest selling album came with 1980's Crash Course.
With the arrival of new bassist Alvin Gibbs and drummer Steve Roberts in the early 1980s, the songs took on a more heavy metal-influenced edge. At one time, the UK Subs also had Lars Frederiksen (now of Rancid) on guitar.
The band has continued to perform, being one of the last surviving bands of Britain's punk era. They have toured constantly over the years.