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The Subhumans


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For the UK band, see Subhumans.

The Subhumans sprang from the moist and foetid undergrowth of the British Columbian rain forest in the spring of 1978, and were soon a vital part of the wild, raucous, and tempestuous Vancouver punk scene. Often political with a satiric edge, in 1980 the band recorded its debut album, “Incorrect Thoughts” for another small Vancouver label and toured through much of the U.S. and Canada, gigging with such bands as Black Flag, Husker Du, Minor Threat, the Dead Kennedys, X and Bad Brains.

In 1981, original bassist Gerry Hannah and drummer Jim Imagawa left the band, and were replaced by bassist Ron Allan and drummer Randy Bowman for a second album, “No Wishes No Prayers”, recorded for SST Records. Just prior to its release, front man Brian Goble quit to become DOA’s bass player and the original incarnation of band played its last gig in the fall of 1982.

After leaving the band Gerry Hannah became one of a group of political activists called Direct Action, whose frustration lead them toward armed struggle. Among other actions, the group blew up an environmentally unfriendly hydroelectric substation on Vancouver Island and bombed the Litton plant near Toronto, which manufactured parts for the American cruise missile, a “first strike” nuclear weapon. In 1983, Canadian authorities eventually arrested the group, known in the press as the Squamish Five, and Gerry was sentenced to ten years in jail. He was released after serving five years.


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