GBH started in Birmingham, England in 1980, gigging as often as possible around the area. According to the band, the initials GBH stood for "Grevious Bodily Harm", a term for assault used in the British courts (although some disparagingly referred to them as "Great Big Haircuts"). After they established a name for themselves on the local punk scene, they a metal band who had already taken the name "GBH", so they changed their name to "Charged GBH" to avoid a legal dispute (after the demise of the metal band, "Charged GBH" was once again shorted to "GBH"). In 1981, they were signed to Clay Records and released the Leather, Bristles, Studs & Acne 12" and then the No Survivors and Sick Boy EPs. After those went out of print, they released them all on one record entitled Leather, Bristles, No Survivors and Sick Boy. They released their first proper full legnth, City Baby Attacked by Rats in 1982, at the hight of the UK's ever-blossoming (at the time) hardcore punk scene.
The music was fast and furious, but what set them apart from their fast and furious contemporaries (Exploited, Discharge, Varukers, etc.) was the lyrical content. While other bands wrote about politics and war, GBH had songs about killing sprees, necrophilia, murder mysteries, even women with wombs made of glass so the world could see in. This set GBH apart from their contemporaries in the punk scene (for better or for worse). In 1983, they released the second album, a sequal called City Baby's Revenge and embarked on their first North American tour with Social Distortion. Later in the year, they released the singles, Catch 23 and Give me Fire.
In 1984, they released the 12" single which didn't do as well as the previous releases. Around this time, punk in the UK was dwindling rapidly and the future looked bleak for bands like GBH. On top of it, they had to replace their drummer, Wilf, and sign to Rough Justice. The band released a string of albums that did equally poorly as far as record sales, Midnight Madness and Beyond (1986), No Need to Panic (1987), Wot a Bargin in 1988, A Fridge Too Far (1989), From Here to Reality (1990) and Church of the Truely Warped (1992). Hey, at least they were consistant! The albums had more of a metal feel to them (blame the coke?) which might account for the poor reviews they were getting. It could also be that singer, Colin could no longer be known as the man with hair that defies gravity and the scene was really fashion oriented.
After two years of non-stop touring in support of the Church LP, they fired their manager and signed with We Bite Records in Germany and released Punk Junkies in 1996. The same year, Rough Justice released Punk Junkies in America. At this point, punk had started getting big again and many old bands re-united for the "Holidays in the Sun" festival. This event featured old bands, new bands, good bands, mediocre bands and just plain greedy dishonest bands. GBH was proud to say they kept playing through the hard times rather than quitting when the money ran out.
After this there was a long break in touring, despite playing most of the Holidays in the Sun festivals. Their next release was Punk Rock Ambulance in 2000, a split with Billyclub, followed by a tour of America. Their fanbase was still fairly large around the world. In 2002, they released HA HA on Go Kart Records and recently toured on the West Coast with the Circle Jerks.
LEATHER, BRISTLES, STUDS & ACNE 12" (Clay, 1981)
NO SURVIVORS EP (Clay, 1981)
SICK BOY EP (Clay, 1981)
CITY BABY ATTACKED BY RATS LP (Clay, 1982)
LIVE AT THE 100 CLUB tape (Chaos, 1982)
CITY BABY'S REVENGE LP (Clay, 1983)
CATCH 23 7" (Clay, 1983)
GIVE ME FIRE 7" (Clay, 1983)
DO WHAT YOU DO 12" (Clay, 1984)
OH NO, IT'S GBH AGAIN 12" (Rough Justice, 1986)
MIDNIGHT MADNESS AND BEYOND LP (Rough Justice, 1986)
NO NEED TO PANIC LP (Rough Justice, 1987)
WOT A BARGIN 12" (Rough Justice, 1988)
A FRIDGE TOO FAR LP (Rough Justice, 1989)
FROM HERE TO REALITY LP (Rough Justice, 1990)
CHURCH OF THE TRUELY WARPED LP (Rough Justice, 1992)
LIVE IN JAPAN LP (Rough Justice, 1993)
PUNK JUNKIES CD (We Bite, 1996)
PUNK AS FUCK CDEP (1999)
PUNK ROCK AMBULANCE split CDEP w/ BILLYCLUB (2001)
HA HA CD (Go Kart, 2002)
LEATHER, BRISTLES, NO SURVIVORS AND SICK BOYS LP (Clay, 1982)
THE CLAY YEARS 1981 TO 84 LP/CD (Clay, 1990)
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY CD (Rough Justice, 1990)
THE CLAY RECORDINGS '81 TO '84 CD (Clay, 1992)
THE CLAY PUNK SINGLES COLLECTION CD (Clay, 1995)
PUNK AND DISORDERLY LP (Abstract/Posh Boy, 1982) "City Baby Attacked by Rats"
PUNK AND DISORDERLY vol. 2 LP (Anagram, 1983)
DRIVEN TO DEATH LP (Clay, 1990)
Punk Junkies GBH Official Website
The band's official site, includes information on their current activities as well as a comprehensive discography with notes on each release, an interview, and members' notes on recent gigs.