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I went to see the Fat White Family live recently. I hadn't heard the album but people had been telling me that not checking it out was an oversight and they were passing through town so I thought why not? The spectacle I received for my efforts was sort of like Mumford & Sons doing a Birthday Party tribute they'd prepared for an episode of Nathan Barley, all choreographed spontaneity and hackn ...

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Touch Of Leather by The Fat White Family
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7/10 Mike Staff review, 06 March 2014

I went to see the Fat White Family live recently. I hadn't heard the album but people had been telling me that not checking it out was an oversight and they were passing through town so I thought why not? The spectacle I received for my efforts was sort of like Mumford & Sons doing a Birthday Party tribute they'd prepared for an episode of Nathan Barley, all choreographed spontaneity and hackneyed confrontational safeness. They were not the dangerous shambles I had been hoping for, but the dancefloor full of sixth-form girls ruddy loved it so what do I know?

On record, I actually find Fat White Family generally more agreeable, with a real tongue-in-cheek goofiness that didn't translate so well to the live show. 'Touch The Leather' is Cramps meets Electric 6, a simple twangy guitar riff and bubbling toms and some steadily-delivered call-and-response innuendo about "touching leather" which is by all accounts a good innuendo, innocent and filthy at the same time.

There's a "redux" version of the track straight after it on side A so it's almost like it's got a second movement with cheeky holiday resort synth and casio samba and the vocals delivered in a Kid Congo Powers snarl. B side 'Yellow Woman' seems a little throwaway, a wibbly bit of lo-fi pop from the Ariel Pink school of tape abuse, a psychedelically echoed vocal and some plinky muffled synth; a dreamy little number I can't really see myself wanting to listen to again. I suppose the jury's still out on these guys for me...I've heard worse but I've seen better.


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