Subhumans - From Cradle to Grave LP
***With their eclectic influences and scintillating musicianship, Subhumans were never going to be content to trot out anarcho punk by numbers, but no-one was really prepared for the progressive brilliance of their sophomore album, ÔFrom The Cradle To The GraveÕ. Whilst the A-side contains nine short sharp bursts of energised punk, gleefully embracing all points of the spikey spectrum, from the breakneck thrash of ÔReality Is Waiting For A BusÕ to the ominous dirge of ÔWake Up ScreamingÕ, it is the ambitious title track that really captures the imagination, its sprawling sixteen-plus-minute running time telling the sorry tale of the human life cycle across a myriad of dynamic acts. If anyone was still in any doubt, it was the band defiantly setting out their stall as a creative entity that existed outside the stifling constraints of perceived musical sub-genres. Committed to tape by the visionary John Loder at Southern Studios at the tail end of 1983, it was released in April 1984 to widespread acclaim Ð and only kept from the No. 1 spot in the Independent Charts by New Order!
As a staple of the punk scene, ALL of the Subhumans records are still in high demand, and this long overdue repress of this album couldnÕt be coming at a better time. Subhumans are one of the most influential bands from the UK Anarcho-Punk scene of the 80's, filed right alongside Crass and Conflict, and just as relevant today as they were during the darkest days of Thatcher's Britain. Take your choice in how to label them Ð Punk, UK82, Crusty, etc. Ð therein lies the attraction and consequent reason for their popularity, the band epitomizes non-conformity and connects with people in many different scenes. This collection is an important piece of history in the world of punk that Subhumans helped create.
The album was remastered from the original tapes.