May 16, 1992: Carter USM only UK No1 with 1992 – The Love Album

No1_Album-05-16-19921992 – The Love Album is an album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Released on Chrysalis Records, following the demise of Rough Trade Records, the album achieved commercial success and became the band’s first and only number 1 album in the UK album charts. It also contained their only Top 10 hit, “The Only Living Boy in New Cross”, which reached #7 in the UK charts. The album also included two further hit singles, “Do Re Me So Far So Good” (UK chart #22) and “The Impossible Dream” (UK chart #21). Initially, an earlier single, “After The Watershed” (UK chart #11) was also programmed to be included in the album track listing, but due to an injunction from the publishers of The Rolling Stones (who took exception to a line in the lyric quoted from their 60s hit single “Ruby Tuesday“), resulting in the band having to credit the composition to Morrison / Carter / Richards / Jagger, it was omitted from the album as they otherwise would have had to forego publishing royalties for every copy of the album sold.

A deluxe edition was released in 2012, featuring all of the b-sides, the “After the Watershed (Early Learning the Hard Way)” single reinserted into the original running order, a song from NME’s Ruby Trax compilation and live recordings from a performance at the Féile Festival, 31 July 1992.

The album was ranked at number 32 in NME‘s list of the top 50 “Albums of the Year” in 1992. [Wikipedia]

Listen to 1992 – The Love Album (Deluxe Edition) on Spotify.


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