Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - 'You Fat Bastard'
I used to make a pilgrimage from my home in Milford to Grand Rapids whenever Carter USM released a new single.
A 2 hour drive for a single that cost 12.00 and generally had 3 or 4 tracks, usually which 2 were forgettable.
Well that record store is gone and so apparently is what made Carter USM such a fascination.
After all, it was the 90's, and good music was hard to come by.
Carter mixed driving guitars, synthesizers, a drum machine with wry wit to make what seemed like music that would stand the test of time.
While the band registered 4 top 20 hits in England, they were barely a blip on the musical radar in the states. They often played to theaters less than 1/4 full.
Listening to the 36 songs on 'You Fat Bastard' brought me back to places I remembered but wanted to forget. Nothing good happened during my Carter ERA and apparently music is included there.
Although they recorded 7 albums and countless singels their music no longer resonanates and appears that the empty shows they played in the states were simply because the with did not transend the states well and the music was just plain bad.
Thanks for the awful memories Carter USM.
4 stars out of 10
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