The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #8: Fat White Family

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Fat White Family

WHAT: Champagne Holocaust

WHEN: August 2014

WHERE: Fat Possum

WHY: Ah, the appeal of the agitator. The raw power of the rabble rouser. London's Fat White Family doesn't play nice, and the world is a better place for it. Landing somewhere between the salacious, raunchy sonic scintillation of Stranglers, Swell Maps, and the Nectarine No. 9, Fat White Family lampoons while they titillate. Playful in the not-quite-right way that The Black Lips have become known for, Champagne Holocaust is a warts and all kind of record, and it might just make you blush. And that's just the way it should be.  

My jams: "Auto Neutron," "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?," "Who Shot Lee Oswald?," "Without Consent," "Special Ape," "Wild American Prairie," "Borderline," "Heaven On Earth," "Bomb Disneyland," "Touch The Leather Redux"

[posted 5.12.15]


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