Gerry Hannah

Gerald Richard Hannah (also known as Gerry Useless) was the bass guitarist for the Canadian punk rock group The Subhumans.[1] Hannah was also a member of the armed revolutionary group known as the Squamish Five.[2][3]

Gerry Hannah
Gerry Hannah playing in Montreal, September 2010
Gerry Hannah playing in Montreal, September 2010
Background information
Birth nameGerald Richard Hannah
Also known asGerry Useless
GenresPunk, indie rock, folk rock
Instrument(s) Bass guitar, voice, rhythm guitar

Musical careerEdit

Hannah was a member of the Vancouver-based punk rock band The Subhumans from 1978 to 1981. He reunited with his ex-bandmates for a few shows in 1995 and was part of an extended reunion between 2005 and 2010. The Subhumans were best known for their 1980 album Incorrect Thoughts. The Subhumans also released New Dark Age Parade in 2006[4] and Death was too Kind in 2008.[5] Same Thoughts, Different Day, a re-recorded version of Incorrect Thoughts, came out in 2010.[6]

In December 2014, Hannah released a solo indie folk-rock record Coming Home. The album is a re-recording of selected tracks from Songs from Underground with some additional material. Most of the songs were written during his time with Direct Action and his imprisonment.[6] Hannah was an interviewee in Bloodied but Unbowed, Susanne Tabata's 2011 documentary about Vancouver's early punk scene.[7]

Squamish FiveEdit

Hannah was a member of the Squamish Five (known as the Vancouver Five in the alternative press and Direct Action internally), an anarchist group who carried out a political campaign of "direct actions", including the bombing of missile guidance system manufacturer Litton Industries. In 1983, Hannah was convicted of conspiracy to rob an armoured car and possession of a stolen weapon, for which he received a ten-year prison sentence in Matsqui Prison.[8] He was released on parole in 1988 after serving five years of his sentence.[9]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Biography: The Subhumans". AMG. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Squamish Five Backers Issue Threat". Ottawa Citizen. The Canadian Press. 29 July 1984. p. 48. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ Bussières, Ian (18 September 2010), "Déneigeur le jour, punk rocker la nuit", Le Soleil, retrieved 5 January 2015
  4. ^ Hynes, Cian (19 March 2008). "Doa, Street Dogs, Slackers, The Threat...". Riot 77 Magazine, Issue 12.
  5. ^ Ranta, Alan (3 February 2009). "Subhumans: Death Was Too Kind". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b MacInnis, Allan (2 December 2014), "Gerry Hannah – Coming Home (self released)", The Big Takeover, 66, archived from the original on 7 January 2015, retrieved 5 January 2015
  7. ^ Tabata, Susanne (Director) (2010). Bloodied but Unbowed (Documentary film). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Come out and jam Thursday nights at the Triple Play". Chilliwack Progress. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Bits of the World in Brief – Issue 328, Spring, 1988 – Fifth Estate Magazine". Retrieved 15 February 2021.

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