Although their first gig – at The 100 Club’s ‘Punk Fest’ in September 1976 – was with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie and The Banshees, Subway Sect would later name check Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer.
The astute-minded Vic Godard (real name, Napper) liked ABBA and Debussy and cited his interests as “reading and listening to Radio 2” – and most of his lyrics were derived from his essays.
At the height of punk, Subway Sect (who were managed by Bernie Rhodes who also managed The Clash) would wear school pullovers on stage.
According to legend the band played in Paris lying on their backs with Vic dressed as a dolphin!
Godard broke up and re-formed Subway Sect three or four times between 1976 and 1980. After the last break-up in 1980 the band got sick of being messed around and went off to become JoBoxers.
Godard eventually got a job at an East Sheen burger bar and married the manageress. Most famously, he became a postman.
Subway Sect were undoubtedly the most intriguing of the original punks.