Artist: GBH (Charged GBH)
Title: City Baby Attacked By Rats
GBH (wich stands for Grievous Bodily Harm) is as classic as classic English streetpunk ever can be and their raw fast sound have been appriciated by both punks and metalheads, and when you heard the band it’s not hard to figure out why. The band was formed back in 1978 and released some demos and singles before their debut album “City baby attacked by rats” saw the light of day in 1982. The sound of this album is still pretty raw but they got the melodies and definitely the looks!
About the music i can just say that if you like fast and raw, you better check out GBH if you still havent, it can be described as a mixture of Discharge and Motorhead to say the least. The bands lyrics are offcourse alot about politics, and mostly about England and Europe, but what differs GBH from most of the punkbands of that era is that they mixed it up with alot of humor and very clever lyrics. This album i think everyone should check out even if punk is not your first choice of music, i think you will get a kick out of it anyways, and also check out the record they released after this one… more about that one in a later post.
What you see here is the Japan release of the vinyl, released on Vap Records, unfortunately my copy don’t have the OBI strip. But still it is a very nice release, heavy cardboard cover and a four sheet inlay with lyrics and some text in japaneese.
Side A: Time bomb, Sick boy, Wardogs, Slut, Maniac, Gunned down, I am the hunted
Side B: City baby attacked by rats, The prayer of a realist, Passenger on the menu, Heavy discipline, Boston babies, Bellend bop