Leatherface (band)

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This article is about the British punk rock band. For The Texas Chainsaw Massacre character, see Leatherface. For other uses, see Leatherface (disambiguation).
Leatherface
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Background information
Origin Sunderland, United Kingdom
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1988–1994, 1998–2012
Labels Big Ugly Fish, No Idea, BYO, Meantime, Teichiku, Seed, King, Fire, Domino, Your Choice
Website leatherface.biz
Past members Frankie Stubbs
Andrew Laing
David Lee
Leighton Evans
Andy Crighton (deceased)
Steven 'Eagle' Charlton
Graeme Philiskirk
Steve 'Skruff' Owen
Andrew Duncan
Dickie Hammond

Leatherface were a British punk rock band from Sunderland, fronted by Frankie Stubbs. Trouser Press have called them "England's finest, most exciting punk band of the 90s"[1]

History and background[edit]

Formed in August 1988, Leatherface released four full-length albums before their initial split in 1993. Third album Mush was, according to Allmusic, "one of the most intense records of the 90s, with some of the fiercest playing and song dynamics.. considered one of the best albums of the decade."[2]

The band split in late 1993,[3] – releasing a posthumous mini album (The Last) the following year – but reformed in 1998, after the death of bass player Andy Crighton (also of Snuff). Four more albums followed between 1999 and 2012.[1]

Leatherface's music has been described as a cross between Hüsker Dü and Motörhead,[4] a notable element being Stubbs' rasping, "gravelly" vocals.[1] The lyrics often feature far-fetched similes, metaphors, word play and obscure allusions. Though never attaining much more than a cult following outside their native country, the band have been cited as an influence by higher-profile punk acts such as Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four.[5]

Rubber Factory Records released a tribute album to Leatherface in 2008, featuring 41 tracks by over 35 artists from several different countries who were influenced by the band, including Hot Water Music and The Sainte Catherines.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilation and live albums[edit]

  • Live in Oslo (1995), Rugger Bugger Discs
  • Discography Part One (1998), Rejected Records
  • Discography Part Two (1998), Rejected Records
  • Your Choice Live Series (1995) Your Choice Records, (split LP with Jawbox)
  • Boat in the Smoke (2004), Live DVD – Punkervision
  • Live in Melbourne – Viva La Arthouse (2011), Big Ugly Fish Recordings/No Idea Records/Poison City Records/Punk in Ya Face

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Beerpig" – Meantime Records (1990)
  • "Razor Blades And Aspirin" – Roughneck Records (1990)
  • "Smokey Joe" – Roughneck Records (1990)
  • "Not Superstitious" – Roughneck Records (1991)
  • "I Want The Moon" – Roughneck Records (1991)
  • "Compact & Bijou" – Roughneck Records (1992)
  • "Hops & Barley" – Clawfist Records (1992) (split 7" with Wat Tyler)
  • "Eagle" – Blackbox Records (1992)
  • "Do the Right Thing" – Roughneck Records (1993)
  • "Mackem Bastards" – Rugger Bugger Discs (1994)
  • "Little White God" – Domino Records (1994)
  • "Bonus Live" – Deranged Records (2003)

Promotional videos[edit]

  • Discipline (1989)
  • Peasant in Paradise (1990)
  • Razorblades and Aspirin (1990)
  • Talkin' 'bout a Revolution (1992)
  • Do the Right Thing (1993)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Seconds Out, Round One, Imaginary Records, 1992. Tracks:"Not Superstitious", "One To Say", "Discipline".
  • Going Underground, Eurostar Records, 1992. Track: "I Want the Moon".
  • The Pretty and the Vacant, Released Emotions. Track: "Melody Lee" (by The Damned)
  • Punk-Past, Present and Future, Released Emotions. Track: "Melody Lee" by The Damned
  • Another Kind Of Noise, Continental Records, 1992. Track: "I Want the Moon".
  • Kill The Flippers With Guitar, Vinyl Japan, 1992. Tracks: "Springtime" and "Colorado Joe / Leningrad Vlad".
  • Rough Trade Volume 5, Rough Trade Records, 1993. Track: "Do the Right Thing".
  • Independent Top 20, Beechwood Music, 1993. Track: "I Want the Moon".
  • Fire Is Good, Fire Records. Tracks: "Eagle" (by ABBA) and "Dreaming".
  • Weird and Wonderful, Rough Trade Records, 1993. Track: "Springtime".
  • Metal CD Volume 8, Mayking Records. Track: "Fat, Earthy, Flirt".
  • For A Fistful Of Yens!, Bitzcore Records, 1994. Track: "Animal Day".
  • Mackem Music – The Sound Of Sunderland. Track: "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (by Elvis).
  • Rejected Volume II, Rejected Records. Track: "Peasant In Paradise" (Live version recorded in Dublin in 1993)
  • Der F.C. St. Pauli ist schuld dass ich so bin, Bitzcore Records, 1998. Track: "Hops And St. Pauli!"
  • We Are The People : A Tribute to the Angelic Upstarts, Knock Out Records, 1998. Track: "Teenage Warning" (by Angelic Upstarts).
  • We Deliver The Goods, Cargo Records, 1999. Track: "Andy".
  • Greetings From The Welfare State, BYO Records, 1999. Track: "Boogie On Down".
  • Ritalin Riot 2, ADD Records. Track: "Grip".
  • I Wouldn't Piss On It If It Was On Fire, Fire Records, 2000. Track: "I Want the Moon".
  • BYO Records Sampler 2001, BYO Records, 2001. Track: Little White God".
  • Planet Of Punks Volume 2, Straight Ahead Record, 2002. Track: Little White God".
  • Sample This, Too!, BYO Records, 2002. Leatherface track: "Andy".
  • Rejected Volume III, Rejected Records, 2003. Track: "All I Need".
  • BYO Records 2004 Spring Sampler, BYO Records, 2004. Track: "Plastic Surgery".
  • Punk In Sunderland Volume 2, Stretch Records, 2004. Tracks: "Eagle" (by ABBA) and "Moon River" (by Andy Williams).
  • Poison The World, Poison City Records, 2005. Track: "Hoodlum".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Leatherface". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Alex Ogg. "Mush – Leatherface | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "BYO Leatherface Biography – Leatherface". Leatherface.biz. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Marcus, Andrew (21 April 2004). "Leatherface | Reviewed | San Francisco | San Francisco News and Events". SF Weekly. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "CD Reviews – The Stormy Petrel Leatherface". Blabbermouth.net. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 

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