Leatherface


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Cherry Knowle , 5/10
Fill Your Boots , 5/10
Mush , 6.5/10
Minx , 6/10
The Last , 6/10
Horsebox , 5/10
Dog Disco (2004), 5/10
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Frankie Stubbs' Leatherface were among the early 1990's punk-rockers (together with Senseless Things, Mega City Four , Ned's Atomic Dustbin ), that opposed the slide into trivial pop of British rock music.

Beerpig, from Cherry Knowle (Meantime, 1989), and Razor Blade And Asperin, from Fill Your Boots (Roughneck, 1990), laid the foundations for their epic anthem, I Want The Moon, the highlight of Mush (Roughneck, 1991 - Seed, 1992), one of punk-rock's great albums.

While inferior, Minx (Roughneck, 1993) boasts two more of their classics, Fat Earthy Flirt and Pale Moonlight. Little White God, perhaps their masterpiece, is on The Last (Domino, 1993), another impeccable punk album.

The band broke up, but then reformed, returning with the weak Horsebox (B.Y.O., 2000), whose standout track could be Lorrydrivers Son.

Leatherface became the leading punk-rock band of the decade in Britain, but more on moral than artistic grounds. Their epic songs were the covers. Very few originals were as successful in defining the zeitgeist. Stubbs' voice was for a while the "voice" of punk-rock in Britain, the same way that Henry Rollins was that voice in America, but his roar relaxed on the later albums.

Dog Disco (Byo, 2004) was still a dignified work, but even less poignant given the changing times.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Frankie Stubbs dei Leatherface fu tra i primi punk rocker degli anni '90 (insieme ai Senseless Things, ai Mega City Four e ai Ned's Atomic Dustbin) ad opporsi allo scivolamento nel banale pop della musica rock britannica.

Beerpig, da Cherry Knowle (Meantime, 1989) e Razor Blade And Asperin, da Fill Your Boots (Roughneck, 1990), gettarono le basi per il loro epico inno, I Want The Moon, il fiore all'occhiello di Mush (Roughneck, 1991 - Seed, 1992), uno dei pi¨ grandi album del punk rock.

Anche se meno bello, Minx (Roughneck, 1993) vanta altri due classici, Fat Earthy Flirt e Pale Moonlight. Little White God, forse il loro capolavoro, Ŕ in The Last (Domino, 1993), un altro impeccabile album punk.

La band si sciolse, ma poi si riform˛, tornando con il debole Horsebox (B.Y.O., 2000), la cui traccia principale potrebbe essere Lorrydrivers Son.

Leatherface divenne la principale band punk rock del decennio in Gran Bretagna, ma pi¨ per motivi morali che artistici. Le loro canzoni pi¨ epiche erano le copertine. Pochissimi originali hanno avuto altrettanto successo nella definizione dello zeitgeist. La voce di Stubbs fu per un po' la ôvoce" del punk rock in Gran Bretagna, allo stesso modo in cui Henry Rollins era quella voce in America, ma il suo ruggito si rilass˛ negli album successivi.

Dog Disco (Byo, 2004) era ancora un lavoro dignitoso, ma meno toccante visti i tempi che cambiano.

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