Charged GBH are an English punk rock band, formed by vocalist Collin Abrahall,& guitarist Colin ‘Jock’ Blyth. GBH were early pioneers of English hardcore punk, along with Discharge, Broken Bones, The Exploited, and The Varukers.
*Colin “Jock” Blyth
Originally known simply as GBH (grievous bodily harm), their name was changed to Charged GBH in order to differentiate themselves from another band of the same name. Founding members were Colin ‘Col’ Abrahall (vocals), & Colin ‘Jock’ Blyth (guitar).
Charged GBH embarked on several English and mainland US tours during the early 1980s, including several gigs at the 100 Club. 1982 saw GBH’s first LP, City Baby Attacked By Rats. Lyrically, the album dealt with criticism of British and European culture, violence, morbidity (especially in reference to the song “Passenger On The Menu”, which describes in graphic detail the experiences of the passengers on the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571), atheism, nihilism and general absurdity. Musically, the album was loud and fast, with few songs exceeding three minutes. In 1983 the band changed their name to GBH.
Unlike many early punk bands who evolved towards a more post-punk sound, GBH have stayed fairly faithful to their original UK82 sound in subsequent releases. However, the band have experimented to some degree with a more metal-inflected sound, notably with their 1992 release Church of the Truly Warped, although they have since returned to a more purist punk sound. The band is still active and touring and maintain a strong following both in England and the rest of Europe, as well as in America and Japan.
Whilst supporting Rancid at Rock City, Nottingham, UK on 11 November, 2008, GBH announced that the band has signed with Hellcat Records and will be releasing a new album on that label in the near future.
1980 1980 Demo
1980 Partice 1980
1998 Punk As f*** Billyclub Idol
2001 Punk Rock Ambulance Billyclub Idol
1982 City Baby Attacked By Rats Clay
1984 City Baby’s Revenge Clay
1986 Midnight Madness And Beyond Captain Oi!
1987 No Need To Panic Captain Oi!
1989 A Fridge Too Far Captain Oi!
1990 From Here To Reality Captain Oi!
1992 Church of the Truly Warped Captain Oi!
1996 Punk Junkies SOS
2002 Ha Ha Go Kart
1981 Leather, Bristles, Studs, And Acne Clay
1982 No Survivors Clay
1982 Give Me Fire / Man Trap Clay
1983 Catch 23 / Hellhole Clay
1984 Do What You Do Clay
1986 Oh No, It’s GBH Again Clay
1988 Wot A Bargain Captain Oi!
2004 Cruel and Unusual Idol
2007 Race Against Time: The Complete Clay Recordings Castle
Compilations & Live Albums
1982 Punk And DisordelyAbstract/Posh Boy –
1982 Leather, Bristles, No Survivors & Sick Boys Clay
1986 Clay Years 1981-1984 Clay
1989 No Survivors ’83 Clay
1990 The Clay Years – 1981-84 Clay
1992 The Clay Recordings Clay
1993 Live In Japan Anagram
1995 The Clay Punk Singles Collection Clay
1996 Celebrity Live Style Cleopatra
1999 Punk Rock Hits Cleopatra
1999 Live In Los Angeles Anagram
2002 The Punk Singles 1981-84 Castle
2005 Dead on Arrival: A Punk Rock Anthology Sanctuary
DVDs & Videos
1995 Kawasaki Live
1996 Live in L.A. 1988
2003 Live at the Ace, Brixton
2004 Kawasaki Live/Brit Boys Attacked by Brats
2005 G.B.H. Live in LA/Live at Victoria
2006 Charged: On Stage
Special thanks to Keith Law at unsignedcity.com for content.