This special is about a song… one with an important impact on the electronic music you know nowadays.
It’s about “Warm Leatherette” by The Normal. The Normal was a project by Daniel Miller used to release his single “T.V.O.D / Warm Leatherette”.
The lyrics of “Warm Leatherette” reference J.G. Ballard’s novel “Crash” (1973), the music can described as electronic Post-punk with industrial sounds.
The front cover shows a crash test dummys sitting behind the steering wheel of car, on the back side of the 7 inch he put his own address and the sentence “this is a mute record”.
Impressed by the do-it-yourself attitude of the Punk scene, he wanted to release it by himself and without a label. So Daniel Miller offered it to a few independent music shops, including Rough Trade in London, where it would be played to customers.
So the legendary label Mute Records was founded….
The track became a small underground hit and has been covered by numerous artists. So we show you some of these cover version … right after a fan video of the original track.
Videos / Audio:
The Normal – “Warm Leatherette”
Laibach – “Warme Lederhaut”
Velocity Star ft Rose McDowall – “Warm Leatherette”
Trent Reznor, Jeordie White, Peter Murphy – “Warm Leatherette”
Chicks On speed – “Warm Leatherette”
Lost Children – “Warm Leatherette”
Ditto – “Warm Leatherette”
Prayer Tower – “Warm Leatherette”
Die Tödliche Doris – “Warm Leatherette”
Grace Jones – “Warm Leatherette (Live 1982)”
MDS51 – “Warm Leatherette”
Suzi Quatro – “Warm Leatherette”