Attacking TV presenters, ruining Glastonbury and being banned through the BBC: how Carter USM was Britain’s unlikeliest chart-toppers

Back within the early 90s, two scruffy London punks with a drum device named Jim Bob and Fruitbat was probably the most not likely pop stars within the United Kingdom. They sat atop the United Kingdom album chart and had been booked to headline Glastonbury, the arena’s largest track pageant – however additionally they attacked kids’s tv presenters and had been banned through the BBC. Unsurprisingly, by the point they were given to Glasto itself, issues did not relatively cross to devise. 

Formed in 1987 when Les “Fruitbat” Carter and James “Jim Bob” Morrison had been the one individuals in their band, Jamie Wednesday, to show as much as a gig at London’s Astoria and had been compelled to accomplish as a duo, Carter USM’s upward push to indie prominence used to be swift. The band’s 2d unmarried, the slum-landlord baiting Sheriff Fatman, reached quantity 23 on the United Kingdom chart, and marked the band out as a singular proposition. The punk power of the pair’s guitars and Jim Bob’s sneering supply of sarcastic, hard-left-leaning and distinctly British lyrics had been offset through the HI-NRG digital drum and bass throb in their drum device loops. 

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