But the band that shows up at the Creepy Crawl will include three-fourths of the lineup that recorded late-'70s trash classics like "Stranglehold" and "Teenage." Stalwart singer Charlie Harper was joined by original guitarist Nicky Garratt and original bassist Alvin Gibbs a few years back, restoring some legitimacy to the punk minstrel show the band had become. Harper (who has to be approaching 60) may have kept the b(r)and name alive, but Garratt's crack guitar and poppy songs propelled the early Subs records to glory.
With the 2002 release of Universal, the Subs reached "U" in their alphabetically titled oeuvre, but anything after, say, 1982's Endangered Species need not concern the contemporary listening public. The kids pay up to hear the classics, show off their studs 'n' bristles and party like it's 1979. In his three decades treading the boards, old Charlie Harper has learned to give the kids what they want.