G.B.H.

Hardcore Punk / Non-Metal / Crossover Thrash • United Kingdom
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G.B.H. (originally known as Charged G.B.H.) is a hardcore punk / crossover thrash / UK82 punk rock band from Birmingham in England, formed in 1978.

The band was formed in 1978 by vocalist Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin "Jock" Blyth, bassist Sean McCarthy (replaced by Ross Lomas by the time they had signed to Clay records) and Drummer Andy "Wilf" Williams. GBH were early pioneers of English street punk, often nicknamed "UK82", along with Discharge, Broken Bones, The Exploited and The Varukers. GBH have gone on to influence several punk rock musicians.

Charged GBH embarked on several English and mainland US tours during the early 1980s, including several gigs at the 100 Club. 1982 saw the release of GBH's first LP, City Baby Attacked By Rats which reached number 17 in the UK charts as well as Number 2 in the respected UK Indie charts where the bands singles had also taken up
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Leather Bristles Studs & AcneLeather Bristles Studs & Acne
Cleopatra 2014
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Mvd Visual 2006
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G.B.H. Discography

G.B.H. albums / top albums

G.B.H. City Baby Attacked By Rats album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
City Baby Attacked By Rats
Hardcore Punk 1982
G.B.H. City Baby's Revenge album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
City Baby's Revenge
Hardcore Punk 1983
G.B.H. Midnight Madness And Beyond....... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnight Madness And Beyond.......
Non-Metal 1986
G.B.H. No Need To Panic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Need To Panic
Hardcore Punk 1987
G.B.H. A Fridge Too Far album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
A Fridge Too Far
Hardcore Punk 1989
G.B.H. From Here To Reality album cover 1.45 | 2 ratings
From Here To Reality
Crossover Thrash 1990
G.B.H. Church Of The Truly Warped album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Church Of The Truly Warped
Hardcore Punk 1992
G.B.H. Punk Junkies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punk Junkies
Hardcore Punk 1996
G.B.H. Ha Ha album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ha Ha
Hardcore Punk 2002
G.B.H. Perfume And Piss album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Perfume And Piss
Non-Metal 2010
G.B.H. Momentum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum
Non-Metal 2017

G.B.H. EPs & splits

G.B.H. Leather, Bristles, Studs And Acne album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leather, Bristles, Studs And Acne
Hardcore Punk 1981
G.B.H. Oh No It's G.B.H. Again! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oh No It's G.B.H. Again!
Hardcore Punk 1986
G.B.H. Wot A Bargin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wot A Bargin'
Hardcore Punk 1988
G.B.H. Punk As Fuck!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punk As Fuck!!
Hardcore Punk 1999
G.B.H. Punkrockambulance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punkrockambulance
Hardcore Punk 2000
G.B.H. Cruel & Unusual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cruel & Unusual
Hardcore Punk 2004
G.B.H. Magma '09 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magma '09
Hardcore Punk 2009

G.B.H. live albums

G.B.H. GBH Live At The 100 Club 24th November 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
GBH Live At The 100 Club 24th November 1981
Non-Metal 1982
G.B.H. No Survivors album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Survivors
Hardcore Punk 1989
G.B.H. Live In Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Japan
Hardcore Punk 1992
G.B.H. Live In Los Angeles 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Los Angeles 1988
Hardcore Punk 1996
G.B.H. Live At The Ace, Brixton 1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Ace, Brixton 1983
Hardcore Punk 2009
G.B.H. Give Me Fire (Live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Give Me Fire (Live)
Hardcore Punk 2010
G.B.H. Dover Showplace 1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dover Showplace 1983
Hardcore Punk 2014
G.B.H. City Baby Attacked By Rats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
City Baby Attacked By Rats
Hardcore Punk 2016

G.B.H. demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

G.B.H. re-issues & compilations

G.B.H. Leather, Bristles, No Survivors And Sick Boys... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leather, Bristles, No Survivors And Sick Boys...
Hardcore Punk 1982
G.B.H. TWIN PAK Two Complete Albums On One Cassette 0.00 | 0 ratings
TWIN PAK Two Complete Albums On One Cassette "City Baby Attacked By Rats" / "Leather, Bristles, No Survivors And Sick Boys"
Hardcore Punk 1984
G.B.H. The Clay Years - 1981 To 84 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clay Years - 1981 To 84
Hardcore Punk 1986
G.B.H. Attack And Revenge By City Baby's - Definite G.B.H. Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Attack And Revenge By City Baby's - Definite G.B.H. Collection
Hardcore Punk 1986
G.B.H. Diplomatic Immunity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Diplomatic Immunity
Hardcore Punk 1990
G.B.H. No Need To Panic / Oh No It's G.B.H. Again / Wot A Bargin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Need To Panic / Oh No It's G.B.H. Again / Wot A Bargin'
Hardcore Punk 1991
G.B.H. The Clay Punk Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clay Punk Singles Collection
Hardcore Punk 1995
G.B.H. The Punk Rock Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Punk Rock Hits
Hardcore Punk 1999
G.B.H. The Punk Singles 1981-84 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Punk Singles 1981-84
Hardcore Punk 2002
G.B.H. Dead On Arrival - A Punk Rock Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dead On Arrival - A Punk Rock Anthology
Hardcore Punk 2005
G.B.H. Race Against Time - The Complete Clay Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Race Against Time - The Complete Clay Recordings
Hardcore Punk 2007
G.B.H. The Very Best Of Charged G.B.H album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Charged G.B.H
Hardcore Punk 2015

G.B.H. singles (6)

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No Survivors
Non-Metal 1982
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Sick Boy
Hardcore Punk 1982
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Give Me Fire / Man-Trap
Hardcore Punk 1982
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Catch 23 / Hellhole
Hardcore Punk 1983
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Do What You Do / Four Men
Hardcore Punk 1984
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Live At Nottingham Rowing Club 19.11.83
Hardcore Punk 2015

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Live At Victoria Hall Hanley
Hardcore Punk 1983
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Live At The Ace, Brixton
Hardcore Punk 1983
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Brit Boys Attacked By Brats
Hardcore Punk 1984
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A Video Too Far
Hardcore Punk 1989
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Kawasaki Live
Hardcore Punk 1995
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Live At Cas Rock Edinburgh 1995
Hardcore Punk 1995
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Live In Los Angeles 1988
Hardcore Punk 1996
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Live At The Ace Brixton + Up Yer Tower
Hardcore Punk 2003
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Kawasaki Live / Brit Boys Attacked By Brats
Hardcore Punk 2004
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City Baby Attacked By Rats
Hardcore Punk 2005
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Live In Los Angeles/Live At Victoria Hall
Hardcore Punk 2005

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G.B.H. From Here To Reality

Album · 1990 · Crossover Thrash
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The Ramones had a formula of a 4-count + 3 chords + 2 minutes = 1 song. AC/DC had a formula of a simple drum beat, a simple bass line, a “why the fuck didn’t I think of that?” riff from Malcolm, a dirty double entendre from Bon or Brian, and a flash of guitar brilliance and hairy white arse from Angus, and voila! A song!

GBH had a formula which served them well through much of the 80s. A UK82 riff (sorry, that was kinda obvious...), a breakneck bassline, simple, speedy drums, and angry vocals and lyrics straight from the violent streets of Birmingham. It was rough, tough music for difficult times, and it produced such classic albums as the band’s seminal debut “City Baby Attacked By Rats”, “City Baby’s Revenge”, and “A Fridge Too Far”.

By 1990 though, the formula was starting to sound a bit tired. There are only a certain number of ways to put the same few chords together. The musical landscape had shifted somewhat too. Punk had been buried in a tidal wave of thrash metal. The thrash bands stole hardcore’s speed and abrasiveness, and added tighter musicianship to it. GBH was hugely influential on a lot of those metal bands. Quorthon for example said GBH, not Venom, had been the biggest influence on early Bathory. GBH’s peers either split up, like Discharge, Amebix, and The Varukers, or adapted and took on some metal elements, like The Exploited.

GBH took the metal route. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare too well. The result is “From Here To Reality”, which in all honesty, is not a very good album. There are plenty of bootboys out there who will tell you otherwise, but compare it to those early classics, and this is really an anaemic version of the band which blasted out early 80s classics like “Sick Boy” and “No Survivors”.

These guys sound like they’re going through the motions. All the elements are still there, with the piledriver drums, the hard-driving bass, and Colin Abrahall’s snotty, tough vocals, but guitarist Jock seemed to be struggling with how to put together metal riffs.

The album gets off to a somewhat limp start with “New Decade”. Heavy, fast, spiky sounding, but still limp. It’s an odd effect.

“Trust Me I’m A Doctor” has a memorable shout-along chorus, and a damn good main riff reminiscent of the good old days, but there’s something wrong when it’s still the most memorable thing about the album 8 songs later. It’s a hard listen, because it’s something which you so much want to like, but it sounds lost, and disconnected from where it should be. Unremarkable songs like “Mass Production” and “The Old School of Self-Destruction” buzz past, leaving little impression.

“Destroy” sounds like a return to form, which is all well and good, but it’s a Vibrators cover. “Just in Time for the Epilogue” might well be better titled “Just in Time For The Epitaph”, when all of a sudden, the band pulls something right out of left field, and just about redeems a dog of an album. Just about..

“Moonshine” is one of the loosest, laid back tragi-comic slices of cowpunk you’ll ever come across. Yup. These boys from Birmingham have a go at cuntry music… It is just so unexpected, fun, funny, and out of character. It’s like a cross between country rock comedian Mojo Nixon and Social Distortion. It has a yobbo chorus, lyrics about incest and prison rape, slide guitars which just about slide off the record, and a cheeky, sharp sense of fun.

Luckily, GBH were able to revive their career after this album, which was just a bit of a detour down a dead end alley. It’s not great in any way, “Moonshine” excepted. It’s a bargain bin purchase at best, and then only if it’s really cheap.

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