Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine '101 Damnations' CD version
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine '101 Damnations' - now available on CD with extra tracks.
This is their 1990 breakthrough debut album. It went straight to #1 in the indie charts and then reached the UK top 30 on re-release, and features the top 40 chart hit Sheriff Fatman. Their subsequent four LPs were all UK Top 10, one at UK #1.
Based in Lambeth in South London, Carter and Morrison originally played in an indie band called Jamie Wednesday, which released two singles. Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (later shortened to Carter USM) was formed when Fruitbat and Jim Bob were the only band members to turn up for a gig at the London Astoria, and went on stage to perform as a duo with backing tapes.
After a low-key debut single in 1988, it was the second single 'Sheriff Fatman' in 1989 that gained the band recognition. The song was written about a South London slumlord and was followed by the album 101 Damnations – a critical account of life south of the River Thames, full of black humour, cynicism, wordplay and puns. The album went straight to the top of the indie charts.
The band's gigs became well known for a wall of white stage lights that threw off enormous heat and contributed to the sweaty, stage-diving crowd scenes that became part of the band's image. They went on to be signed to Rough Trade and then Chrysalis with a series of four UK top ten albums, and were latterly with Cooking Vinyl.
Still popular today, Jim Bob includes Carter songs acoustically at his gigs such as at a sold out Shepherds Bush Empire in March 2018, and Les Carter is constantly touring the UK and Europe with his two current bands.
Tracks: The Road To Domestos, Everytime A Churchbell Rings, Twenty Four Minutes From Tulse Hill, An All American National Sport, Sheriff Fatman, The Taking Of Peckham 123, Crimestoppers A' Go Go, Good Grief Charlie Brown, Midnight On The Murder Mile, A Perfect Day To Drop The Bomb, G.I. Blues, CD bonus tracks: RSPCE, Twintub with Guitar, Rubbish, Rent.
Big Cat (UK) Records (c/o Jungle)
CD cat.No: ABBCD101J 5013145710128
(Also on Record Store Day LP in white vinyl with black blobs; cat.No: ABBLP101J 5013145710111)Currently, Les 'Fruitbat' Carter and Jim 'Jim-Bob' Morrison are active in various solo and band projects. Jim Bob plays his gigs solo acoustically, whereas Les features in two bands: the heavily-touring folk-punk Ferocious Dog and the obscurely-named punk band Abdoujaparov.