Restricted Release Records this week releases the first titles via its new Classic Music Series, including an avalanche of favorite titles from hardcore punk legends G.B.H. Grab a copy of bassist Ross Lomas’s hilarious memoir CITY BABY: Surviving in Leather, Bristles, Studs, Punk Rock, and G.B.H., and stage dive into these criminally long-unavailable titles in single digipaks or special triple-CD jewel-case sets:
City Baby Attacked By Rats
The band’s debut album is considered a landmark in the development of hardcore punk. Originally release via Clay Records in 1982, it waslater reissued by Captain Oi! in 2002 with the addition of bonus material.
Track listing: 1. Time Bomb, 2. Sick Boy, 3. Wardogs, 4. Slut, 5. Maniac, 6. Gunned down, 7. I Am The Hunted, 8. City Baby Attackd By Rats, 9. The Prayer Of A Realist, 10. Passenger On The Menu, 11. Heavy Discipline, 12. Boston Babies, 13. Bellend Bop, 14. No Survivors, 15. Self Destruct, 16. Big Women, 17. Am I Dead Yet?, 18. Slit Your Own Throat, 19. Sick Boy (single version).
City Baby’s Revenge
Originally released in 1983, this is the second album by the Brummie hardcore punks. The album’s title is in response to the band’s 1982 debut album, City Baby Attacked By Rats. Along with Discharge, the Exploited, and the Varukers, G.B.H. were early pioneers of English street punk, often nicknamed “UK82.” The band has gone on to influence punk and metal musicians around the globe.
Track listing: 1. Diplomatic Immunity, 2. Drugs Party In 526, 3. See The Man Run, 4. Vietnamese Blues, 5. Womb With A View, 6. The Forbidden Zone, 7. Valley Of Death, 8.City Baby’s Revenge, 9. Pins And Needles, 10. Christianised Cannibals, 11. Faster Faster, 12. High Octane Fuel, 13. I Feel Alright, 14. Skanga (Herby Weed), 15.Give Me Fire, 16. Mantrap, 17. Catch 23, 18. Hellhole, 19. Do What You Do, 20. Four Men, 21. Children Of Dust, 22. Do What You Do (Concrete Mix).
The Punk Singles 1981-84
Covering their formative years, this twenty-two song collection documents G.B.H. (originally known as Charged G.B.H.) from 1981-84. It features remastered versions of their early singles and EPs for Mike Stone’s now defunct Clay Records.
Track listing: 1. Race Against Time, 2. Knife Edge, 3. Lycanthropy, 4. Necrophillia, 5. State Executioner, 6. Dead On Arrival, 7. Generals, 8. Freak, 9. No Survivors, 10. Self Destruct, 11. Big Women, 12. Sick Boy, 13. Am I Dead Yet?, 14. Slit Your Own Throat, 15. Give Me Fire, 16. Mantrap, 17. Catch, 18. Hellhole, 19. Do What You Do, 20. Four Men, 21. Children Of Dust, 22. Do What You Do (Concrete Mix)
Race Against Time — The Complete Clay Recordings
Named after British police shorthand for “charged with grievous bodily harm”, G.B.H. is one of the longest-lived punk bands in English history. Grandfathers of the Oi! movement, the band is perhaps England’s most direct sonic precursors to American hardcore. Unlike some previous collections with similar titles, this triple-CD collection brings together all recordings the fledgling band recorded for Clay Records during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Even at their earliest (and rawest), these recordings reveal a band that had its grimy paws firmly clasped on a great sound.
Track listing: 1. Race Against Time, 2. Knife Edge, 3. Lycanthropy, 4. Necrophilia, 5. State Executioner, 6. Dead On Arrival, 7. Generals, 8. Freak, 9. Alcohol, 10. No Survivors, 11. Self Destruct, 12. Big Women, 13. Sick Boy, 14. Slit Your Own Throat, 15. Am I Dead Yet?, 16. Time Bomb, 17. Sick Boy, 18. Wardogs, 19. Slut, 20. Maniac 2:12, 21. Gunned Down, 22. I Am The Hunted, 23. City Baby Attacked By Rats, 24. The Prayer Of A Realist, 25. Passenger On The Menu, 26. Heavy Discipline, 27. Boston Babies, 28. Bellend Bop.
G.B.H. Upcoming Tour Dates
12/22 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast (Ireland)
01/14 – Arches Venue, Coventry (England)
02/11 – Waterfront, Norwich (England)
03/31 – Warehouse 23, Wakefield (England)
04/01 – Tramshed, Cardiff (England)
04/08 – Engine Rooms, Southampton (England)
04/15 – The Assembly, Leamington (England)
And read CITY BABY: Surviving in Leather, Bristles, Studs, Punk Rock, and G.B.H. already!