RUBBISH

Only it’s anything but:-

mp3 : Carter USM – Rubbish

It’s actually quite astonishing to look back and realise how Carter USM did something so basic yet made themselves one of the biggest (certainly in the UK) and most exciting live bands of their time. It was, when you boil it all down, just two blokes who made a lot of noise with guitars together with some pre-programmed keyboards and drums as background to shouted out lyrics in the most London of accents. On paper it all sounds a bit naff. On record, it was hugely engaging listening – pop music with a social conscience – but live it was just a crazy communal sing-along and pogo-fest. The early 90s gigs were among the most frantic, energetic and fun I’ve ever experienced.

Rubbish was the band’s third single back in June 1990. It was, like their previous two singles, a flop but within a year they had cracked the singles and album charts. Rubbish was re-released in January 1992 and reached #14.

It’s b-side was and still is one of the greatest ever cover versions:-

mp3 : Carter USM – Rent

The Pet Shop Boys beautiful love song turned completely on its head; samples galore and added lyrics to detail the misery of depending on the welfare state to provide the most basic and essential of life’s needs. The final ninety seconds or so are among the angriest bits of music you will ever listen to as Jim Bob screams out the questions contained in the complicated paperwork that needed to be filled in to get a housing allowance while Fruitbat sarcastically croons ‘it’s so easy’. A reminder of the fact that the Thatcherites and her successor Tories were utter bastards to those who were poor.

JC

5 thoughts on “RUBBISH

  1. “The early 90s gigs were among the most frantic, energetic and fun I’ve ever experienced.”
    You’re damn right. The roughest, maddest sweat-pit I ever endured was at a Carter gig on the 30 Something tour. Brilliant stuff.

  2. Yeah, utter mayhem ruled at their gigs. Enjoyed your post, JC – they are a band a lot of people, myself included, retain much affection for. They sold a lot of t-shirts too, that’s for sure.

  3. Yeah the live shows around then were bonkers

    I loved them then but I find they are one of those bands from my youth that I can’t really listen to now

  4. ‘A reminder of the fact that the Thatcherites and her successor Tories were utter bastards to those who were poor.’
    ‘Were’? They still are. Always will be. It’s what Tory bastards do.
    Quite liked Carter USM, always been a sucker for cynically witty lyrics, I look on them now as a missing link between Half Man Half Biscuit and Sleaford Mods.

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