101 Damnations (album)

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101 Damnations
101 Damnations (album) cover.jpg
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.