Subway Sect have announced the release of a double A-Side single which is exclusively available at the GNUinc Records bandcamp from the 1st of May 2020.
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‘Time Shoulda Made A Man O’ Me’ was recorded recently with Mick Jones co-founder of The Clash and will feature on the band’s forthcoming ‘Moments Like These’ album.‘Ambition’ meanwhile was recorded in 1978 and is available again to coincide with it featuring in the The A Word, a BBC series about a boy called Joe Hughes with autism, which returns to our screens on BBC1 on Tuesday the 5th of May at 9pm.
Ten year old Joe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the songs he listens to and accurately sings along with the lyrics as he navigates his way through life. The drama is written by Peter Bowker who saw Vic Godard and Subway Sect perform in 1977 and asked if he could use ‘Ambition’ in the new series. Vic explains further:
“These two songs seem to make good bed-mates. Yet one was written as I’d just turned 19 and the other when I’d retired at 60. I have to look at the lyrics to find out why, but first I’ll give you a bit of background info that might explain what was going through my head. As a teenager I’d already had the piss taken out of me by my mates for years as I had the attitudes and dress sense of an old man. At Shene Grammar I’d always been taught to be able to get outside my head and look at myself in my surroundings. I was also made to read and one particular book was of great use to me in writing a couple of songs from that era. Colomba was by Prosper Mérimée and concerned the coming together of enlightened thinking and savagery in Corsica. I managed to get into the character of the Barricini patriarch to write ‘Empty Shell’ and as I look at the words to ‘Ambition’ I catch a glimpse of him on his bench staring out to sea, pondering what might have been.
For ‘Time Shoulda Made A Man O’ Me’, things get more personal. This is a simple three part vignette of my life from childhood (verse one) stumbling (verse two) and resignation (verse three). The crucial thing is the simplicity of the time signature, played with iron discipline by D.C. Collard, enabling the group to fall in with him, Pete Williams to lay his ‘misery stick’ beautifully in the groove and me to lightly croon a bit of Percy Faith’s melody and even give a taster of our live set quiz – this song always being played last with a merch give away! With thanks to Terry Edwards who was on hand to help us achieve the right key and our producer Mick Jones!”