Warm Leatherette

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"A tear of petrol/ Is in your eye/ The hand brake/ Penetrates your thigh/ Quick -- Let's make love/ Before you die"

For the heck of it, just downloaded this one ... what a great song. I'm sure someone else here likes it. And compare "Warm Leatherette"'s lyrics to those in this rockin' chune. (Maybe Cannibal Corpse were also J.G. Ballard fans?)

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

this song is so ahead of its time. i always used make richard blade play it for flashback lunch.

chaki, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Covered by both Grace Jones and Chicks on Speed. IT MUST MEAN SOMETHING. And it also helped establish Mute Records and therefore gave Depeche Mode and Nick Cave a home, for which I am eternally grateful.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"T.V.O.D"' is great, too. They both got equal play on the dance floors of Manhattan in the early 80s.

Arthur, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Re Cannibal Corpse - I think the lyrics to "Shredded Humans" should be published widely as a PSA. Really, it's insane how people take driving so lightly, and road safety is seen as at best an annoyance to be avoided. I read a quote once from a highway patrolman which really changed my thinking, "When there's a shooting, the whole scene is swarmed with cops looking for evidence and everyone wants to catch the guy. Yet in a hit-and-run accident, the victim's just as dead, but people hate traffic cops even more than bad drivers!" (All that being said, it's good for everybody that my license expired years ago.)

dave q, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

And then there was the JBC Re sponse.

Dave225, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

And let's not forget the Silicon Teens!

Andy K., Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I tried rewriting it as "Moist Towelette" a few years ago.

Douglas, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"A spoodge of ketchup/Is on my thumb/The French fries/Were rather lukewarm/Quick-- let's wash up/Before heading home"

...I'm positive your version was much better, Douglas.

Andy K., Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Andy, you scare me, and you scare the small child in me (I had one for breakfast, on toast).

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

In a recent article for Uncut, Simon Reynolds tells how Daniel Miller was inspired to get a synth by reading a fanzine interview with Desperate Bicycles! Now that's rock n roll! Isn't it? I say it is!!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Andy, you scare me, and you scare the small child in me (I had one for breakfast, on toast).

A what? A small child or a moist towelette?

Andy K., Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I heart "G rey Flannelette". Thank you very much.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

here's what i said (since my blog decided to mysteriously delete all my old posts):

"disc one, track two: the normal - "warm leatherette"

if kraftwerk represent the elegant refinement which would mid-wife detroit techno into existence, feeding the bellville three's need for europhilia and class, then the normal were on some punk rock shit. wheezing and gallumphing like a contact-mic'ed iron lung, "warm leatherette" is of a piece with other proto-synth pop of the era like the human league of "being boiled" and reproduction. it sounds impossibly crude and barbarous now; when lounge-act cover bands like add n to x deliberately enfeeble their tracks with dirt, grit, noise and potholes, they're paying tribute less to a particular aesthetic than the fault-ridden static of newborn technology. chimes in perfectly with our glitch ridden times, no?, when the makers of synths like the wasp provide in-built noise functions and low-res filters to appeal to a new generation of feedback jockeys.

the cribbed ballard of the lyrics (with it's final exhortation to "join the car crash set") gave liscense to many a dark night of the black eyelinered soul. it's impossible to imagine depeche mode without the normal's prior influence. but depeche mode (like the human league, like cab volt, like the normal if he had continued to produce music we assume) went glossy when the technology caught up (or became available to them financially), never looked back, and generally released their best work after the fact (notable exception: cab volt.)) it's problematic at best to slot these bands in with the current love for digital (or analogue) distortion, because fetishizing a crippled sound wasn't their intention. they just wanted to play with their boxes and tape machines and keyboards. the mistakes they produced, the noise they brought...was incidental at best, even when it was exhillarating. pounding a juno or abusing a moog now is about as exciting as playing in a barroom sabbath cover band. when the internal metronome of cubase or protools starts to run out of time, when bootleg or sharewear crashes or freezes up, when files corrupt...are these the normal of the 21st century? if so, could we please get farmers manual some leather pants? it might make them a bit more interesting."

i luuuuuuv this stuff.

jess, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Merely one in a great l;ine of late '70's-early '80's synth-noir classics. "VOD", the other side is just as good as "Warm Leatherette" - lyrix:

I don't need no

TV screen

I just stick the aerial

into my skin

let the signal

flow through my veins

t v o d

t v o d

Also worth checking out in a similatr vein - "Ricky's Hand" by fad gadget - awesome times.

Norman Phay, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

er...that's "TVOD", not "VOD" (blush)

Norman Phay, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought for a while that Frank Tovey was saying 'break his hand' instead of 'Ricky's hand.' Not exactly a "Purple Haze" moment but heyyyyyy.

Andy K., Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

oversold precursor to numan as all agree

mark s, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I just can't win with you, can I Mr. Singer? ;-p

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Cabriolet

We leave the party at two or three
You hitch a lift in my Cabriolet
And though it's misty I'm just too tired or too lazy to close the soft top
And I don't stop you when you curl your body, cold in your little black mini
And hold against me

All night I've been flirting with everyone except you
How you explain my failure to find you as attractive as everyone else seems to
I just don t know
But there's wind in our hair and drink in our systems
Breaking the ordinary inhibitions
And on the cassette some Louisiana Creole music
And you decide you want a cigarette
And though it only takes a second to demonstrate the gadget in the dash
I miss the black and white chevrons of the steep bend warning
And there's the sound of something smashing
Then nothing beneath the tyres of the Cabriolet....

Maybe I'm drunk or hallucinating
Maybe this isn't happening
Maybe you aren't lying there with tears in your little party dress
At the waist and the breast
Because in real life I was never this aroused by you
I was never this impressed
Your face unharmed, unstained but drained pale
Is suddenly more strange and beautiful than anything I've ever seen or ever will
Bathed in the light of the morning star I see someone
I never took the trouble to know, someone
I only now begin to feel I could love or make love to
I'm moved and aroused to see you in this strange new way
In the starlight filtering through the myriad fragments
Of the freshly shattered windscreen of the Cabriolet

In the sudden shock of silence, with the morning star above you
Lying bizarre in the wreck of my car . . . I love you

Momus, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Jazz in the Ravine

Listen, is it you who's driving or me?
It's me, so shut up, let me be
There's whiskey in the glove compartment
And American cigarettes, just rummage around

Listen to this track, babe, it's hot!
I'd have to say this is my favourite cut
Go on, turn it up a bit louder for me
Don't worry, I won't crash into the scenery

Suddenly, just before Monte Carlo
The guy takes the shoulder a little too slow
The Jag shoots out over the ditch and is seen
To plunge into the depths of a sudden ravine

And while the two passengers lie there in agony
The radio continues tootling happily

Tomorrow they'll pick them up with little spoons

Serge Gainsbourg, 1958 (trans. Momus)

Momus, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Tomorrow they'll pick them up with little spoons

I get the image of Monsieur G. singing this line in a mid-seventies revival of said song on a TV production, picking up a spoon with what looks like some white ash, and then snorting it up. I would pay money.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"C'est comme en bagnole: Au compteur 180. A la borne 190: Effusion de sang!" - Serge Gainsbourg, "Un Poison violent c'est ca l'Amour".

Simon, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
revive -- T/S: the normal's original version v. grace jones's version.

(the chicks on speed version doesn't rate compared to either IMHO.)

Eisbär (llamasfur), Friday, 20 August 2004 04:42 (fifteen years ago) link

vs Transcendance's version (c. 1991)
The winner = the original and best ...
Jess' take up above is amazing ... bravo.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Friday, 20 August 2004 06:20 (fifteen years ago) link

also recommend the normal and robert rental live at west runton pavillion 12". also if you cana seek soulseek for the silicon teens mamphis tenessee video. it rocks. and has frank tovey on 'guest vocals'

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Friday, 20 August 2004 08:38 (fifteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
revive! this hits the spot when it comes on randomly.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 16 May 2005 21:35 (fourteen years ago) link

I think it may be the greatest song ever. Or, at least, that "Quick -- Let's make love/ Before you die" line is the best ever.. the way he says it is just perfect.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Monday, 16 May 2005 22:18 (fourteen years ago) link

The Norman

donut debonair (donut), Monday, 16 May 2005 22:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I am beating Soulseek to a bloody pulp trying to find the Vitalic cover of this song.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Monday, 16 May 2005 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link

isn't it just on the b-side of dario?

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Monday, 16 May 2005 23:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, but Soulseek is being assy for me at the moment.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 00:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Ellen Alien did a cover of this too, didn't she? I have a song by her that I am assuming is a cover of this.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 02:22 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

http://www.urthespokesperson.com/?page_id=69

Equally sexy with the same Mise-en-scène.

MParadis, Friday, 20 July 2007 04:03 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

holy shit this is so bad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16GDuWBlkQM

jaxon, Monday, 7 February 2011 22:36 (eight years ago) link

this one kinda makes me laugh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk_-qfvMDBs

jaxon, Monday, 7 February 2011 22:44 (eight years ago) link

Nice shiny suits.

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 February 2011 23:02 (eight years ago) link

loved this relevant song id thread

What Is This Kraut-ish Song?!

bouquet brigade (electricsound), Monday, 7 February 2011 23:09 (eight years ago) link

war... and the rat

scraping Doritos off the wheel (haitch), Monday, 7 February 2011 23:17 (eight years ago) link

Forgot Duran Duran even did that Kraftwerky set during their last tour.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 February 2011 23:33 (eight years ago) link

I only really came to appreciate how monumental this song was within the last few years. As said above, way way ahead of its time, I still find it fairly astonishing the way it sets this incredibly creepy yet compelling mood.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 8 February 2011 00:02 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

80s commercial that sounds like it was inspired by this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw1LfI5kATk&feature=share

hope daniel miller got royalties

Nothing less than the Spirit of the Age (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 16:08 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Great version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do-aFMySFos

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Monday, 9 September 2019 07:14 (six days ago) link


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