[Special]: Warm Leatherette – A Song by Daniel Miller’s The Normal


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 feat. 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”

Grace Jones – “Warm Leatherette (Long Version)”

MDS51 – “Warm Leatherette”

Suzi Quatro – “Warm Leatherette”

DJ Hell – “Warm Leatherette”

Terence Fixmer – “Warm Leatherette”

Otto Von Schirach – “Warm Leatherette”

Cole Black – “Warm Leatherette”

Club 69 – “Warm Leatherette”


Club 69’s “Warm Leatherette” on Star 69 Records
The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.” on Mute
sampler “Warm Leatherette Re-Covered” on Mute


Daniel Miller @ novamute.co


NON – “Warm Leatherette”

Blizzfrizz – “Warm Leatherette”

Other Magazines:


2 thoughts on “[Special]: Warm Leatherette – A Song by Daniel Miller’s The Normal”

    1. Chicks On Speed is already there … we added the Grace Jones live version …. For sure this is just a small selection of Warm Leatherette cover versions.

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