Fruitbat Reforms Carter USM

The guy who thwacked Philip Schofield is back!

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Carter USM, short for Unstoppable Sex Machine were the sampling pop band of indie infamy in the late 80s, early 90s.

Now the two original and constant members Jim Bob and Fruitbat, have announced that they will reform after ten years.

They will play a one-off gig at London’s Brixton Academy on November 2.


The former NME favourites, their big hits were “Sherrif Fatman”, “Only Living Boy In New Cross” and “After The Watershed.”

Watch the video for Sheriff Fatman here

Previous attempts at reuniting Carter USM happened in 2001 and 2002 when Jim Bob and Fruit Bat toured under the banner “Who’s The Daddy Now?” with the pair both playing with their own new bands at the time; Jim’s Super Stereo World and Abdoujaparov.


They would both team-up at the end of both sets to perform a handful of Carter songs.

The last album the group recorded was “I Blame The Government” for Cooking Vinyl in 1998, released after the band split.

Perhaps the most memorable image of Carter is when Fruit Bat ‘attacked’ presenter Philip Schofield at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in 1991.

Re-live that classic baseball bat incident here

Check out the band’s website here for future updates about the reunion


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