A Kettle of Fish presents Vic Godard & The Subway Sect + Support From Me & Deboe
Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
Vic’s musical adventure which has taken him from post-punk to postman began in 1976 when he formed the Subway Sect with assorted South London soul boys, Rob Symmons (aka Simmons/Miller) on guitar, Paul Myers on bass & Ray Price on drums (replaced later in 76 by Paul Packham (aka Smith) then Mark Laff, then Bob Ward). They formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (who wanted another band for the line-up of the 100 Club Punk Festival) after spotting Vic, Rob & Paul at a Sex Pistols gig. Despite their inexperience, Subway Sect made a successful debut at the festival. They went on tour with The Clash on their White Riot Tour in 1977, as well as becoming a regular feature on the new Punk scene. They released their debut single, Nobody’s Scared’ / ‘Don’t Split It, in March 1978 on Braik Records, a label owned by Bernie Rhodes, who managed both The Subway Sect and The Clash. Rhodes however subsequently sacked all the band except Godard and the original Subway Sect ceased to exist. The album was never released, although the classic single from the sessions “Ambition” was released on Rough Trade Records, with the B-side “Different Story (Rock and Roll Even)” also taken from the same sessions. The single was a major hit on the alternative charts. A further track “Parallel Lines” was released from these sessions as a track on the C81 cassette produced by NME magazine. The original tapes from the 1978 album were lost.
Since then Vic has kept busy with several projects realeasing albums and continuously writing songs right through till 2011, which was a busy year for Vic & The Subway Sect. Among the projects that were completed were “Live & Rare: Vol 1” album featuring tracks spanning his entire career from unreleased tracks & versions of Subway Sect classics, including Holiday Hymn & Ambition. The coming together of a new Subway Sect line up including (original member) Paul Myers, Kevin Younger, Mark Braby & sometime Sex Pistol Paul Cook. As well as recording with Giorgio ‘The Dove’ Valentino & Barcalona’s ‘Mates Mates’ (in Catalan!).
2012 promises the release of ‘1979 NOW’ a project that will finally see the infamous Subway Sect post-punk/Northern Soul infused set of 79 released as an album, as well as ‘Songs For Sale CD re-issue & those brand new collaborations. With a new Marc Riley 6Music session booked for March followed by shows in Bristol, London, Hyde, Glasgow & Edinburgh, it looks like another busy year ahead.