Punk & Hardcore

10 Underrated Punk Albums That Should Be Considered Classics

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2. Subhumans, Worlds Apart

Another blast from 1985. Am I dating myself? Could this be the year I musically came of age? Similar to the Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist, the Subhumans (U.K.) put out Worlds Apart after releasing two blistering slabs of punk fury in 1983, The Day the Country Died and From the Cradle to the Grave. While I love their first two records, and have always been on the fence about the great Subhumans debate related to which "Subhumans" is better, the Canadian band of the same name or the British band we are currently discussing, Worlds Apart has always been my favorite record by these punks from across the pond.

When I attempt to put my finger on why I like this record so much, it comes down to the bass playing of Phil (who prefers to be referred to as just "Phil") and lead singer Dick Lucas' lyrics. There is a definite dub aspect to Phil's playing (and the whole album, really), but the bass lines on songs like "British Disease" and "Ex-Teenage Rebel" are absolutely stellar. Lyrically, Dick consistently pokes and prods the status quo, British politics, getting old, farming and the state of the nuclear world.

The band goes off into some really great jams on several of the tracks and it clocks in at just under 43 minutes, which is long for a punk record. Worlds Apart has held up over the years, just as the Subhumans have. Originally, the band broke up right around the time this record was released, but over the past decade, they have been going strong again, just has their side project, Citizen Fish. In the words of Dick, "We carry on laughing."

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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