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Carter USM – You Fat Bastard

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – You Fat Bastard
Released: 15 October 2007.
Catalogue number: 5064082


Fucking Hell! I useta be into this dastardly duo of miscreants way back in the day!

I musta been about 6 years old then cos I’m 24 and very dyslexic now!!

Jim Bob and Fruitbat, aka Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, were Indie stalwarts of the late eighties / early nineties with great ironic wit and black humour in their songs of social unharmony, breaking down the bullshit of society into little music morsels.

We miss em!

Here’s a double CD collection of their many great moments.

You can see the fat bastards performing here; http://www.vimeo.com/150496

https://i0.wp.com/www.uncut.co.uk/media/images/carterusm050407_W.jpg

England: it’s rubbish, innit? Carter USM sound like England. The sound of football chants, nursery rhymes and bad puns. Their landscape is urban: grimy bedsits and abortion clinics, young offenders drunk down the pub, petty theft on litter strewn streets.

For about five years from 1987 Jim Bob and Fruitbat clawed their way up the ladder then called ‘indie’ from Rough Trade to Chrysalis to EMI and even scored a number one album. Carter were the Pet Shop Boys on the dole, replacing Neil Tennant’s West End elegance with South London grime and sarcasm, and sleek electronic pop with cheap synthesizers, punk guitars, a Roland drum machine, and primitive samples. They even covered the Pets Shop Boys “Rent” turning it into a scream of overdriven anguish.

This double CD pulls together their best songs. I was expecting two CDs to be far too much, but this is a well thought out selection that showcases the full range of their material. The drum machine sounds dated and the guitars mushy in places, but the quality of the songwriting shines through.

The righteous anger of “Bloodsport For All” a song attacking racist bullying in the army still has the power to stir the blood. “England”’s hurdy gurdy and sordid sex could have come from Brecht’s Beggar’s Opera. The delicate yearning pulse of “And God Created Brixton” IS the Pet Shop Boys, only with Billy Bragg on vocals. The stark passionate melodrama of “A Prince in A Pauper’s Grave” is crying out to be covered by some dark diva.

It’s only twenty years ago but it seems like light years away. Today’s ‘alternative’ music is too slick, too shiny, too designed. What we need is a Carter USM musical. Take the best songs here, orchestrate them and turn them into a show. A show about shattered dreams and ruined lives, a show as bleak as Chicago but with a London accent.

by Nick Reynolds
11 October 2007


martin, brighton
great band, great album, simple as that

Jimmy, Barnet
Great review. Jim’s snarling lyrics, great puns and fab vocals live on. Fruity’s guitar licks sound better than ever. Carter are true legends. If only there are more bands coming through like them, the world would be a better place. Fantastic!

Anna Southend
Amazing album, always loved Jim’s vocals and blinding lyrics – he was (and still is) the voice of my generation.New Carter USM album please? If it’s anything like Jim Bobs new album we could be looking at one of the best comebacks in a long long time.

Ian, Norwich
Their wit, irony and all round brilliance is equalled only by morrissey in my opinion. A fantastic band who I am looking forward to seeing in Brixton tonight!

Neil, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.
Couldn’t agree more, well worth my money! Took me back a few years, it’s like a rollercoaster from the last 20yrs.Nice review Nick.

Toby, liverpool
Saw the band on sat at glasgow- anticipating a mosh down memory lane. The songs still had the power to move.

JR London
Great review….spot on

Steve, Whitehaven
An often overlooked band, whose songs were under rated. They also beat up Philip Schofield, which was nice.

Dave, Brixton
Excellent review Nick.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/hb4h/

https://i1.wp.com/i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/PuttyUK/Pasty.jpg


Tracklisting:

Disc: 1

1. Surfin’ USM
2. 24 Minutes From Tulse Hill
3. After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)
4. Rent
5. Shopper’s Paradise
6. Midnight On The Murder Mile
7. Young Offender’s Mum
8. Always The Bridesmaid Never The Bride
9. Lenny And Terence
10. Let’s Get Tattoos
11. Johnny Cash
12. England
13. Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
14. RSPCE
15. Prince In A Pauper’s Grave
16. This Is How It Feels
17. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Everything
18. Falling On A Bruise


Disc: 2

1. Glam Rock Cops
2. Re-Educating Rita
3. Born On 5th November
4. Do Re Me So Far So Good
5. Rubbish
6. Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
7. Girls Can Keep A Secret
8. Only Living Boy In New Cross
9. Say It With Flowers
10. Bloodsport For All
11. Impossible Dream
12. Music That Nobody Likes
13. And God Created Brixton
14. Sheriff Fatman
15. Only Loony Left In Town
16. Perfect Day To Drop The Bomb
17. G I Blues

Here be the Sheriff Fatmen now;
pw – bringmetheheads

thanks to chopper!

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Carter USM, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

Carter USM – You Fat Bastard

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – You Fat Bastard
Released: 15 October 2007.
Catalogue number: 5064082


Fucking Hell! I useta be into this dastardly duo of miscreants way back in the day!

I musta been about 6 years old then cos I’m 24 and very dyslexic now!!

Jim Bob and Fruitbat, aka Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, were Indie stalwarts of the late eighties / early nineties with great ironic wit and black humour in their songs of social unharmony, breaking down the bullshit of society into little music morsels.

We miss em!

Here’s a double CD collection of their many great moments.

You can see the fat bastards performing here; http://www.vimeo.com/150496

https://i0.wp.com/www.uncut.co.uk/media/images/carterusm050407_W.jpg

England: it’s rubbish, innit? Carter USM sound like England. The sound of football chants, nursery rhymes and bad puns. Their landscape is urban: grimy bedsits and abortion clinics, young offenders drunk down the pub, petty theft on litter strewn streets.

For about five years from 1987 Jim Bob and Fruitbat clawed their way up the ladder then called ‘indie’ from Rough Trade to Chrysalis to EMI and even scored a number one album. Carter were the Pet Shop Boys on the dole, replacing Neil Tennant’s West End elegance with South London grime and sarcasm, and sleek electronic pop with cheap synthesizers, punk guitars, a Roland drum machine, and primitive samples. They even covered the Pets Shop Boys “Rent” turning it into a scream of overdriven anguish.

This double CD pulls together their best songs. I was expecting two CDs to be far too much, but this is a well thought out selection that showcases the full range of their material. The drum machine sounds dated and the guitars mushy in places, but the quality of the songwriting shines through.

The righteous anger of “Bloodsport For All” a song attacking racist bullying in the army still has the power to stir the blood. “England”’s hurdy gurdy and sordid sex could have come from Brecht’s Beggar’s Opera. The delicate yearning pulse of “And God Created Brixton” IS the Pet Shop Boys, only with Billy Bragg on vocals. The stark passionate melodrama of “A Prince in A Pauper’s Grave” is crying out to be covered by some dark diva.

It’s only twenty years ago but it seems like light years away. Today’s ‘alternative’ music is too slick, too shiny, too designed. What we need is a Carter USM musical. Take the best songs here, orchestrate them and turn them into a show. A show about shattered dreams and ruined lives, a show as bleak as Chicago but with a London accent.

by Nick Reynolds
11 October 2007


martin, brighton
great band, great album, simple as that

Jimmy, Barnet
Great review. Jim’s snarling lyrics, great puns and fab vocals live on. Fruity’s guitar licks sound better than ever. Carter are true legends. If only there are more bands coming through like them, the world would be a better place. Fantastic!

Anna Southend
Amazing album, always loved Jim’s vocals and blinding lyrics – he was (and still is) the voice of my generation.New Carter USM album please? If it’s anything like Jim Bobs new album we could be looking at one of the best comebacks in a long long time.

Ian, Norwich
Their wit, irony and all round brilliance is equalled only by morrissey in my opinion. A fantastic band who I am looking forward to seeing in Brixton tonight!

Neil, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.
Couldn’t agree more, well worth my money! Took me back a few years, it’s like a rollercoaster from the last 20yrs.Nice review Nick.

Toby, liverpool
Saw the band on sat at glasgow- anticipating a mosh down memory lane. The songs still had the power to move.

JR London
Great review….spot on

Steve, Whitehaven
An often overlooked band, whose songs were under rated. They also beat up Philip Schofield, which was nice.

Dave, Brixton
Excellent review Nick.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/hb4h/

https://i1.wp.com/i140.photobucket.com/albums/r27/PuttyUK/Pasty.jpg


Tracklisting:

Disc: 1

1. Surfin’ USM
2. 24 Minutes From Tulse Hill
3. After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)
4. Rent
5. Shopper’s Paradise
6. Midnight On The Murder Mile
7. Young Offender’s Mum
8. Always The Bridesmaid Never The Bride
9. Lenny And Terence
10. Let’s Get Tattoos
11. Johnny Cash
12. England
13. Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
14. RSPCE
15. Prince In A Pauper’s Grave
16. This Is How It Feels
17. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Everything
18. Falling On A Bruise


Disc: 2

1. Glam Rock Cops
2. Re-Educating Rita
3. Born On 5th November
4. Do Re Me So Far So Good
5. Rubbish
6. Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
7. Girls Can Keep A Secret
8. Only Living Boy In New Cross
9. Say It With Flowers
10. Bloodsport For All
11. Impossible Dream
12. Music That Nobody Likes
13. And God Created Brixton
14. Sheriff Fatman
15. Only Loony Left In Town
16. Perfect Day To Drop The Bomb
17. G I Blues

Here be the Sheriff Fatmen now;
pw – bringmetheheads

thanks to chopper!

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Carter USM, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment