101 Damnations (album)

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101 Damnations
Studio album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
Released 1990
Recorded Important Notice Studios, Mitcham
Genre Alternative dance, alternative rock
Label Big Cat UK, Chrysalis (Re-issue)
Producer Carter USM and Simon Painter
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine chronology
101 Damnations
(1990)
30 Something
(1991)
Singles from 101 Damnations
  1. "Sheriff Fatman"
    Released: November 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

101 Damnations is the debut album by Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.[2] Its title is a reference to 101 Dalmatians. It was originally released in 1990, on Big Cat Records, then reissued on Chrysalis Records peaking at number twenty-nine on the UK Albums Chart.[3]

The album - apparently recorded on a shoestring budget - was widely praised at the time of its release in the music press ("Staggering.." concluded the Melody Maker review for example) as a refreshing antidote - and a kick up the backside - to the drug-infused 'baggy' scene that was prevailing at the beginning of the 1990s. Whilst most of the chart contemporaries were extolling the virtues of ecstasy and loved-up hedonism, Carter USM offered a brutally bleak - but no less sardonic and cutting - worldview of social injustice, moral decay and urban violence, bringing the whole post-baggy party crashing back down to earth. Their twin guitar offensive, played over banks of keyboards, programmed sequencers and a particularly prominent drum-machine, drew comparisons in some critics' eyes to a 'punk Pet Shop Boys'...something which even one of the band members, Les "Fruitbat" Carter, happily agreed was indeed accurate.

One single was released from the album, "Sheriff Fatman" - a barbed social commentary on the unscrupulous antics of private landlords - which became a major indie hit before being reissued again a couple of years later and finally peaking at number 23 in the UK singles charts. A 2011 reissue featured five bonus tracks including the single which followed the release of the album, "Rubbish", plus their infamous cover version [and live favourite] of Pet Shop Boys' "Rent".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Morrison and Carter; except where indicated.

LP and Cassette[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Domestos"   0:46
2. "Everytime a Churchbell Rings"   4:13
3. "Twenty-Four Minutes from Tulse Hill"   3:26
4. "An All American National Sport"   3:55
5. "Sheriff Fatman"   4:43
6. "The Taking of Peckham 123"   4:22
Side Two
No. Title Length
7. "Crimestoppers A' Go Go"   2:48
8. "Good Grief Charlie Brown"   3:39
9. "Midnight on the Murder Mile"   3:30
10. "A Perfect Day to Drop the Bomb"   5:42
11. "G.I. Blues"   3:57

CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Domestos" / "Everytime a Churchbell Rings"   5:00
2. "Twenty-Four Minutes from Tulse Hill"   3:26
3. "An All American National Sport"   3:55
4. "Sheriff Fatman"   4:43
5. "The Taking of Peckham 123"   4:22
6. "Crimestoppers A' Go Go"   2:48
7. "Good Grief Charlie Brown"   3:39
8. "Midnight on the Murder Mile"   3:30
9. "A Perfect Day to Drop the Bomb"   5:42
10. "G.I. Blues"   3:57
2011 bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "RSPCE" (b-side of "Sheriff Fatman") 3:05
12. "Twintub with Guitar" (b-side of "Sheriff Fatman") 3:01
13. "Rubbish" (a-side) 3:02
14. "Rent" (Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe) (b-side of "Rubbish") 4:37
15. "Alternative Alf Garnett" (b-side of "Rubbish") 2:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Jim Bob - performer
  • Fruit Bat - performer
  • Sex Machine - producer
  • Simon Painter - producer, engineer
  • Rob Sheridan - piano solo ("G.I. Blues")
  • Carter - sleeve design
  • Dee Eff - sleeve design

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Canada 1991 Chrysalis Records CD VK 41881
United Kingdom 1990 Big Cat UK Records Vinyl ABB 101
1990 Big Cat UK Records Cassette ABB 101 C
1990 Big Cat UK Records CD ABBCD101
1991 Chrysalis Records CD 321874 2
2004 Big Cat CD ABB1009892
2011 Big Cat CD (expanded) ABB101CDX
United States 1991 Chrysalis Records CD F2 21881

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[3] 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "101 Damnations Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine at official site". carterusm.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "CARTER - THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE / Artist / Official Charts". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-08-28.