Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure

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Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure

Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure

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Notice to Internet Explorer users Server security: Please note Internet Explorer users with versions 9 and 10 now need to enable TLS 1. But as to it being a failure, I have to say it is the perfect soundtrack for this book, and after several plays I am liking it a bit more than I might have if I had not persevered. At a Glastonbury where Nathan has champagne chucked in his face by band hero Mark E Smith and retaliates by chucking some cider into Smith’s face! Shangri-La on their way down to the Hell Stage that night, my brother and I were accosted by ‘uber-producer’ Mark Ronson. They'd never been to the festival before and they were on a high, despite finding out that our set the next day clashed with Lionel Richie’s.

I liked them a lot, though they argued from start to finish, and Saul eventually stormed off, supposedly because he couldn’t stand to be in the interview any longer, but really because he needed to score. This man may be hugely wealthy and successful, but just wait until she catches a glimpse of my kebab-wheel torso turning in the fresh morning light!Apologies began seeping out, animosity began thawing into a kind of camaraderie, Mark obviously found it all quite amusing. Look, whatever happens over the remainder of this weekend, we might get separated, our phones will die . A gonzo biography of one of the most controversial cult bands of the moment - championed and reviled in equal measure. If one is into say the more experimental pop of The Beatles they may find them a curio, they also might be surprised about a very strong link to those musical superstars if they read/listened to this exceptional book.

As a fan of the band and its various shoot-offs I really enjoyed it, and I think I would have even if I wasn’t, but I suppose we’ll really never know on that front now. My jaw dropped in disbelief at times, internally I howled with laughter as I screenshot pages to share with friends. The Landlord had sent a festival stash down to the site with an old friend two weeks prior to its opening to the general public; his mate was building sets down there, so was given the parcel to avoid any run-in with security.No, but we've got crystal meth, you'll have to trek up the hill for a hit though, it’s frowned upon down here,’ replied the Landlord. the same pub -rock 101 black leather jackets: they looked heavy, despite sipping champagne out of ridiculous little cardboard cups. We hear about the Saoudis’ background: their mum, Michelle, grew up in working-class Huddersfield; their dad, Bashir, came to England from Algeria. Actually the Saoudi's family background was more compelling than the decadence, and the pre -FWF period was more involving even if it was less astonishing.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 'The story of a band that's always on the brink: of stardom, of madness, of brilliance, of disgrace' Miranda Sawyer, Observer 'You begin to wonder why more biographies aren't tackled with such invention' Record Collector 'This book is a rarity' Mark Lanegan 'One of the finest music books in aeons' Kevin Barry From the mountains of Algeria to the squats of South London via sectarian Northern Ireland, Ten Thousand Apologies is the sordid and thrilling story of the country's most notorious cult band, Fat White Family. There are some ridiculous levels of drug consumption that are occasionally hard to believe and it does become quite dark but there is always a funny scene/anecdote not far away. Since making the move his work has appeared online and in print for many of the worlds established music magazines including, Rolling Stone, Mojo and Clash. Though she has done her work, interviewing Nathan and Saul extensively, as well as others, this book both starts and ends with Lias. Just as the band finally seem to be breaking through to the mainstream, Covid lockdowns stop their momentum and they’re back on their uppers again, skint, nowhere to live.Having loved Adelle Stripe's Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, I was instantly attracted to Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure (2022). Photograph: Burak Çıngı/Redferns View image in fullscreen ‘Restless, without respite’: Lias Saoudi performing with Fat White Family at Crystal Palace Bowl, London, in 2021.



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