Sunday, 8 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Carter USM

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

Carter USM 
Qualifying Songs: Re-educating Rita, Surfin USM, Music That Nobody Likes

Probably the most obscure band in the Museum, Carter USM, had limited chart success but Jim Bob and Fruitbat didn't let that deter them and
and carried on with their buzzsaw guitars and clever lyrics to the record company remembered they were still there and terminated their contract.
Part of the Indie movement in the late 80s and early 90s, they suffered the fate of so many other similar bands of the time by becoming 'too mainstream' and their fickle audience moving on which is a shame because they should have been so much more than a indie band and they got better the longer they went on but by then the majority of fans had deserted them and it was just us rump of fans still buying
the albums.
Probably best remembered for rugby tackling Philip Schofield on live TV,  Surfin' USM is a breakneck speed instrumental of guitars and drum machines and what 10 on the Volume control is for.
'Music That Nobody Likes' is typical Carter, a high energy song about a grim subject in this case the depressing things going on around the world but then you have the up-tempo 'Re-Educating Rita' which, as far as i can tell, is about getting falling down drunk and the barman not letting you drive home.
Strangely, it was when they abandoned the drum machine and turned into a proper band and not just two blokes making a magnificent racket that they slipped away much to Philip Schofield's relief.

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