More Information about Vic Godard & Subway Sect Tickets
"I fell totally into that thing Vic Godard said 'We oppose All Rock N Roll', Avoid all these cliches" - Lawrence, Felt (Mojo Magazine, May 2012)
"Whenever Godard adopted a style it became a genre and when it became a genre ... he did something else" - The Daily Telegraph, London
Welcome to a site about the great Vic Godard & the many faced Subway Sect. Vic Godard (born Vic Napper in London, England) is a vocalist, Subway Sect frontman, songwriter & postman.
Vic's musical adventure which has taken him from post-punk to postman began in 1976 when he formed the Subway Sect with assorted South London soul boys, Rob Symmons (aka Simmons/Miller) on guitar, Paul Myers on bass & Ray Price on drums (replaced later in 76 by Paul Packham (aka Smith) then Mark Laff, then Bob Ward). They formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (who wanted another band for the line-up of the 100 Club Punk Festival) after spotting Vic, Rob & Paul at a Sex Pistols gig. Despite their inexperience, Subway Sect made a successful debut at the festival. They went on tour with The Clash on their White Riot Tour in 1977, as well as becoming a regular feature on the new Punk scene. They released their debut single, Nobody's Scared' / 'Don't Split It, in March 1978 on Braik Records, a label owned by Bernie Rhodes, who managed both The Subway Sect and The Clash. Rhodes however subsequently sacked all the band except Godard and the original Subway Sect ceased to exist. The album was never released, although the classic single from the sessions "Ambition" was released on Rough Trade Records, with the B-side "Different Story (Rock and Roll Even)" also taken from the same sessions. The single was a major hit on the alternative charts. A further track "Parallel Lines" was released from these sessions as a track on the C81 cassette produced by NME magazine. The original tapes from the 1978 album were lost.
Godard re-formed Subway Sect in 1980 with new musicians and released the album "What's The Matter Boy?" The influence of London soul/funk contributors The Black Arabs and the Chimes brothers on this LP produced a poppier, more soulful, sound. Following a summer tour with Buzzcocks, Subway Sect disbanded again. Vic was employed by Bernie Rhodes as a songwriter.