Number 82 – Hook Laden Magnificence from a band who once kipped on my Dads sofa.
Not Superstitious – Leatherface – Chosen by SWC – Taken from ‘Single of the Same Name’ (1991)
Yep, well two of them did. It was inevitably when I was at college and I had just seen them tear up the club in which I was DJing at in Maidstone. After the gig as I was packing up my stuff into my car, I saw singer Frankie Norman Warsaw Stubbs (that’s his real name, and I just loved typing it!) and guitarist Dickie Hammond eating chips besides their van. It had broken down, so I offered them a room for the night. Sadly it meant a floor in a room at my Dads, but he was cool with it. The following morning over breakfast Frankie and my Dad had a really cool discussion about football – because with some luck Sunderland (his team) were playing West Ham (my dad’s team) that day and my dad invited them to stay and watch it.
Leatherface were amazing both live and on record, they exploded onto the UK punk scene in the late eighties and quickly released four albums before suddenly imploding and splitting, Frankie Stubbs saying that Leatherface had turned into ‘The Ale Farce’. They have since reformed and subsequently split again.
Essentially they were the a four piece and were often compared to Husker Du, probably because at the time (and still today I think) they sounded like no other punk band in the UK at the time. The comparison is understandable as they excelled in delivering melodic hardcore tunes that were in the vein of the genius that is Mould and Hart.
‘Not Superstitious’ is my mind a classic – it is impossible excellent and still sounds as vital and as fresh as it ever did. The melody is infectious yet urgent and powerful. I’m amazed that they never crossed over into the proper mainstream, they certainly deserved it and to be honest Frankie Stubbs should be lauded as a Great British Pop Lyricist on the scale of Morrissey or Damon Albarn. Don’t believe me…Well then listen to the acoustic version of ‘Not Superstitious’ below and tell me that this is a) not beautiful and b) one of the great lost record of the last twenty years.
Here it is and it really is a treat
Not Superstitious – From the ‘Do The Right Thing EP’
Here are the B Sides to the Original 12”
Message In A Bottle – Yep that one and its only about three million times better than the original.
And here is another contender for the greatest cover version of all time (that only isn’t included in this list because its not as good as ‘Not Superstitious’)