Leatherface (band)


Leatherface (band)

Leatherface is critically acclaimed and highly influential (though not particularly commercially successful) British band from Sunderland fronted by Frankie Stubbs. The band is known for an eclectic style spanning American folk music, hardcore punk, post-hardcore and Dischord-style early emo. Formed in August 1988, Leatherface has released eight full-length albums [as of 2008] . Leatherface's music has been described as a cross between Hüsker Dü and Motörhead,Fact|date=May 2008 a notable element being Stubbs' rasping, "gravelly" vocals. The lyrics of the band often feature far-fetched similes, metaphors, wordplay and obscure allusions.

Though never attaining much more than a cult following outside their native country, the band has been cited as an influence by higher-profile hardcore punk acts such as Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four, and by pop-punk bands such as Lemuria [in [http://artofthepodcast.blogspot.com/2008/03/episode-10-sheena-from-lemuria.html "Art of the Underground" podcast #10] ] . Jack Rabid, music critic and publisher of the music magazine "Big Takeover", once listed Leatherface's 1992 release "Mush" as one of the fifty greatest punk albums of all time.Fact|date=February 2007

Rubber Factory Records released a tribute album to Leatherface in 2008 featuring 41 tracks by over 35 artists from several different countries who were influenced by the band including Hot Water Music, In The Red, Radon, The Sainte Catherines and The Dukes of Hillsborough. It was issued as a double cd in a card gatefold jacket and was limited to just 2000 copies.

Discography

Official Albums

* "Cherry Knowle" - Released by Meantime Records in 1989.:* Reissued by Bitzcore Records (1994), Rejected Records (1998) and BYO Records (1999).
*"Fill Your Boots" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1990.:* Reissued by Teichiku Records in 1991 with bonus tracks from the Smokey Joe EP.
*"Mush" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1991.:* Reissued by Seed Records (1993), Teichiku Records, Big Rock Records, and Fire Records (2002 - This version features 3 bonus tracks).
*"Minx" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1993.:* Reissued by King Records and Fire Records (2003).
*"The Last" - Released by Domino Records in 1994.:* Reissued by BYO Records in 2004 with bonus tracks from Pope's "JohnPaulGeorgeRingo" album.
*"Live in Oslo" - Released by Rugger Bugger Discs in 1995.
*"Discography Part One" - Released by Rejected Records in 1998.
*"Discography Part Two" - Released by Rejected Records in 1998.:* Reissued by Deranged Records in 2003.
*"Horsebox" - Released by BYO Records in 2000.
*"Dog Disco" - Released by BYO Records in 2004.

Official Videos & DVDs

*"Boat in the Smoke" Live DVD - Released by Punkervision in 2004.

Official Singles & EPs

*"Beerpig" - Released by Meantime Records in 1990.
*"Razor Blades And Aspirin" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1990.
*"Smokey Joe" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1990.
*"Not Superstitious" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1991.
*"I Want The Moon" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1991.
*"Seconds Out, Round One" - Released by Imaginary Records in 1992.:* This was a split release with The Boo Radleys, Doctor Phibes. and Scorpio Rising.
*"Compact & Bijou" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1992.
*"Hops & Barley" - Released by Clawfist Records in 1992.:* This was a split release with Wat Tyler.
*"Eagle" - Released by Blackbox Records in 1992.
*"Do the Right Thing" - Released by Roughneck Records in 1993.
*"Win Some, Lose Some" - Released by Rugger Bugger Discs in 1994.
*"Little White God" - Released by Domino Records in 1994.
*"Your Choice Live" - Released by Your Choice Records in 1995.:* This was a split release with Jawbox.
*"BYO Split Series, Vol. 1" - Released by BYO Records on 1999.:* This was a split release with Hot Water Music.
*"Bonus Live" - Released by Deranged Records in 2003.

Compilation Appearances

*"Going Underground" - Released by Eurostar Records in 1992. Leatherface track: "I Want the Moon".
*"The Pretty and the Vacant" - Released by Released Emotions. Leatherface track: "Melody Lee" (by The Damned)
*"Punk-Past, Present and Future" - Released by Released Emotions. Leatherface track: "Melody Lee" (by The Damned)
*"Another Kind Of Noise" - Released by Continental Records in 1992. Leatherface track: "I Want the Moon".
*"Kill The Flippers With Guitar" - Released by Vinyl Japan in 1992. Leatherface tracks: "Springtime" and "Colorado Joe / Leningrad Vlad".
*"Rough Trade Volume 5" - Released by Rough Trade Records in 1993. Leatherface track: "Do the Right Thing".
*"Independent Top 20" - Released by Beechwood Music in 1993. Leatherface track: "I Want the Moon".
*"Fire Is Good" - Released by Fire Records. Leatherface tracks: "Eagle" (by ABBA) and "Dreaming".
*"Weird and Wonderful" - Released by Rough Trade Records in 1993. Leatherface track: "Springtime".
*"Metal CD Volume 8" - Released by Mayking Records. Leatherface track: "Fat, Earthy, Flirt".
*"For A Fistful Of Yens!" - Released by Bitzcore Records in 1994. Leatherface track: "Animal Day".
*"Mackem Music - The Sound Of Sunderland" - Leatherface track: "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (by Elvis).
*"Rejected Volume II" - Released by Rejected Records. Leatherface track: "Peasant In Paradise" (Live version recorded in Dublin in 1993)
*"Der F.C. St. Pauli ist schuld dass ich so bin" - Released by Bitzcore Records in 1998. Leatherface track: "Hops And St. Pauli!"
*"We Are The People : A Tribute to the Angelic Upstarts" - Released by Knock Out Records in 1998. Leatherface track: "Teenage Warning" (by the Angelic Upstarts).
*"We Deliver The Goods" - Released by Cargo Records in 1999. Leatherface track: "Andy".
*"Greetings From The Welfare State" - Released by BYO Records in 1999. Leatherface track: "Boogie On Down".
*"Ritalin Riot 2" - Released by ADD Records. Leatherface track: "Grip".
*"I Wouldn't Piss On It If It Was On Fire" - Released by Fire Records in 2000. Leatherface track: "I Want the Moon".
*"BYO Records Sampler 2001" - Released by BYO Records in 2001. Leatherface track: Little White God".
*"Planet Of Punks Volume 2" - Released by Straight Ahead Records in 2002. Leatherface track: Little White God".
*"Sample This, Too!" - Released by BYO Records in 2002. Leatherface track: "Andy".
*"Rejected Volume III" - Released by Rejected Records in 2003. Leatherface track: "All I Need".
*"BYO Records 2004 Spring Sampler" - Released by BYO Records in 2004. Leatherface track: "Plastic Surgery".
*"Punk In Sunderland Volume 2" - Released by Stretch Records in 2004. Leatherface tracks: "Eagle" (by ABBA) and "Moon River" (by Andy Williams).
*"Poison The World" - Released by Poison City Records in 2005. Leatherface track: "Hoodlum".

References

External links

* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:njyvad1kv8w5~T0 All Music Guide]
* [http://www.leatherface.uk.com/ Leatherface official web site]
* [http://www.x1984x.com/shipyards The Shipyards - Unofficial Leatherface site]


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