History[ edit ] Starting out: Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine was formed on Thursday 6 August  , when Fruitbat and Jim Bob were the only band members to turn up for a charity gig at the London Astoria , and went on stage to perform as a duo with backing tapes.
The song was written about a South London slumlord and was followed by the album 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.
One of the singles released from the album, "Bloodsport For All", an attack on racism and bullying in the army, was released at the start of the Gulf War and consequently banned by the BBC. The band also made its first Top Of The Pops appearance with the single "After the Watershed Early Learning The Hard Way ", a song about child abuse that would become more famous for its subsequent legal battle with The Rolling Stones ' publisher over the use of the lyrics "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday " in the chorus.
The band also hit the headlines when Fruitbat rugby tackled the children's TV presenter Phillip Schofield in front of millions of television viewers at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in That album, - The Love Album , went straight to number one in the UK charts, propelling the band to pop stardom. Also, in , the band headlined the Glastonbury Festival where Fruitbat , annoyed at the shortening of their headline set due to other bands overrunning insulted Michael Eavis and was subsequently banned from the festival forever.
The band was unhappy, however, and this came across in the anger and cynicism of their next record, Post Historic Monsters. In , Carter's friend Wez, from former support band Resque, joined the band on drums and the newly inspired trio played America, Japan and Europe, including a major concert in Croatia which was recorded and later released on video.
The recording was also given away as a free live album with Carter's fifth studio LP, Worry Bomb - a punk-pop album with upbeat material such as "Let's Get Tattoos" and slow acoustic songs such as "My Defeatist Attitude". The band then went back to Canada and the U. They decided to split shortly after their 10th anniversary, and their final studio album, I Blame The Government , was released in January Two further albums, Live! He is also a former presenter on the Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM , having presented a regular weekly show between and James Morrison's projects included the band Jim's Super Stereoworld before moving on to solo albums including Angelstrike!
He has also written four books: This reportedly annoyed the band as they were not consulted or even made aware of the release of the record. In two new Carter CDs were released: Echoing the earlier Starry Eyed And Bollock Naked , the sleeve features a Volkswagen Beetle - this time a bright green new model convertible.
Autumn saw the release of a band-authorised best of compilation album spanning their entire career on EMI, under the title, You Fat Bastard. The title came from a chant performed by the crowd at gigs. Jon "Fat" Beast died on 27 July Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The pair's two bands, Jim's Super Stereoworld and Abdoujaparov, would play a set each, after which the pair combined to perform a number of Carter USM songs.
Until , Who's The Daddy Now? On 4 March , almost ten years after the band last performed, Carter USM's original two-man line-up played a set of four songs as part of a gig to celebrate the life of Darren 'Wiz' Brown , former frontman of the Mega City Four , who had died in December The band had been booked to play acoustically but surprised the audience by playing a traditional electric set at the last moment.
Due to the success of this performance, Carter reunited for two 'farewell' gigs later that year. Another concert was later arranged, which took place at Glasgow Barrowlands on 20 October The reunion celebrated twenty years since the band's foundation and ten years since their split.
The gigs were performed as the original two-piece of Fruitbat and Jim Bob, who kept their promise to play "all the hits and all the favourites" with sets that lasted almost two hours. All 36 songs and running order were decided by Jim Bob and Fruitbat.
The artwork was also approved and developed with the band. The songs were digitally remastered at Abbey Road studios. This was released in conjunction with the majority of their back catalogue albums and promo videos being made available digitally for the first time by EMI.
On 6 February , Jim Bob and Fruitbat hinted at the possibility of further Carter USM gigs when they sent an e-mail to members of the band's mailing list. Two dates were then announced for Birmingham Academy and Brixton Academy for 21 and 22 November Support came from EMF at both gigs. EMI also announced re-mastered versions of classic albums 30 Something and — The Love Album to coincide with these concerts. Carter announced in February that they would play another one-off gig at the Brixton Academy on 22 November that year, billed as the final ever Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine live show - The Last Tango in Brixton.
Due to popular demand a further date was added at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 21 November.