Carter USM have toured all over the world and have had many succesful albums. The names of which are questionable... Never the less they have a great history behind them, and over the years i have collected a couple albums that go down a treat at rock parties. Their music is all about the instruments, forget this singing about love nonsense, its all about the rock!!!
Their tracks do have vocals and the ones that do are usually quite sarcastic and funny. Carter USM has an unusual way of presenting their albums, for example "You Fat..." starts with a crazy shouting and hilarious conversation fro the lead singer. Then the music kicks in. Perfect start.
I will not sing all praises for these guys though, there are a few negatives i have to pick at. First of all they have songs that sound similar, and they dont mix up the riffs. They have off beat word play lyrics on some tracks during the chorus but when they are quiet the riffs on their own dont sound good, they are just pretty basic and generic.
The Unstopable Sex Machine has attarcted a great number of fans over the years and for me personally, i am a fan but not a huge fan. I like rock music with a dfference and Carter USM is certainly "different" in the way that when they first arrived on the rock scene, they establihed themselves in a controversial way. Never before had i heard a band make jokes and refrences like Carter USM.
Its all about having a laugh and enjoying the rock scene for these guys, nothing is serious. "Jim Bob" and "Fruitbat" nicknames clearly suggest this, and its nice to see a band take a back seat and enjoy the ride rather than take it so seriously like AC/DC or Gun's n Roses. Alright they arent as big and yes, they havent had as many tour sellouts or album sell outs but they have a passion, and they ae living their dream. Thats what make a real band.
Check out their albums - they last had a gig in 2007 and i dont think we will hear from them again so lets rememer the great band, and how they were way back when.
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine are an indie rock band that formed in the late 80's starting life as a 2 piece band with Jim Bob (Jim Morrison) on vocals and keyboard and Fruitbat (Les Carter) on guitar. in the mid 90's the group took on new members and ended up a 6 piece, they finally split in the late 90's and started there own ventures Jim Bob formed Jims super sterio world and Fruit Bat started Abdoujaparov, I saw both the 2 new bands play together and they were good but nowhere like the sounds of Carter. I believe Carter sometimes still play together in London but chances of seeing them nowadays is quite rare.
Carter USM fused guitar, drum machine beats and samples and added brilliant lyrics to make quite down trodden music, telling tales of real life as through the eyes of themselves and the people around them. Hailing from the Brixton area of London many of there songs were about life on the streets and were always full of very cleverly worded lyrics.
Best known for Sheriff Fatman off there 101 damnations album Carter released 16 albums and had 14 songs in the uk top 40 chart reaching number 7 with "The only living boy in New Cross" in 1992.
Carter were (and still are) very individual and never quite got the fame they deserved, that is maybe what made them so real in what they sang about.
I still class Carter as one of my favourite bands and if you have never heard them before why not look them up on youtube!