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

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Ten Thousand Apologies” is quite cleverly structured, with Stripe offering a 3rd person narration of the band’s history (one pockmarked with self-destruction and squalor), while Saoudi interjects in the first person.

I think so, yeah, I replied, achingly proud that my mum was getting a chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. So starts 'Ten Thousand Apologies', the new fabricated, reimagined, alternative and embellished (and yet perhaps true) portrait of Fat White Family written by singer and front person Lias Saoudi and novelist and poet Adelle Stripe. While he may not be the most likeable, I think this book reenforces Saoudi as one of the most sincere, vulnerable, and non-commercialized musical talents today and I am thankful for that. I like Fat White Family, one of the best live bands around, with a relentless rhythm always good entertainment so I was well up for this book. 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.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. girlfriend, who also played synth for the group at the time, that he didn’t have another pair of trousers to change into. Aan de ene kant pijnlijk te lezen hoe destructief ze zijn, maar eigenlijk blijft het nooit lang triest in het boek. Frontman Lias Saoudi, with his occasional urge to smear his own shit on himself when playing live, offers his thoughts in short pieces punctuating the narrative, and his remarkably honest conclusion is they messed it up themselves.

He’s the main source of what happened when and to whom, and personally takes over the storytelling in the italicised parts of the book.A Graphic designer I then worked with enjoyed the more bizarre world of art and film and was insistent that I watch a rather Pythonish film clip with a fair bit of blood and gore. Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional that does not seek forgiveness.

The drugs taking is, as I've already hinted at, off the scale… heroin, cocaine, acid, meth, ketamine etc. While I would have been something of a fair-weather fan of FWF’s music beforehand, having exposed to the sheer depths of their selfishness across this book, I like them far less as people (God forbid that I had to share a flat or a tour van with them). That said Stripe’s clear narrative and Saoudi’s crisp prose do offer a warning that will undoubtedly be ignored by the next lot of chippy and mentally ill musicians who decide to self-medicate rather than actually make the most of a golden opportunity most people would die for. Shangri-La on their way down to the Hell Stage that night, my brother and I were accosted by ‘uber-producer’ Mark Ronson.Smith" that forms part of the blurb and by the fact that Adelle's previous work, 'Black Teeth', was spectacular, that Fat White Family are flippin' aces and that White Rabbit consistently put out the best music books to be found on our shelves. stick to your guns once they show you the slightest bit of attention; it goes too well with the cocaine you’re forever sniffing. The second is that given the toxic mix of massive egos, sibling rivalry and chronic insecurity that any music was actually recorded. From the astonishing tales of debauchery and degradation detailed in this book, it is clear that the existence of Fat White Family isn’t so much a career as an extended exercise in self-loathing. I would suggest that if one is into the fairly generic pop of say Taylor Swift, then one will not like this band's music one little bit.

Ten Thousand Apologies” is surely one of the most grimly compelling books ever written about the dehumanising effects of the music industry. As a mother myself, I would like to bend these bad, bad boys over my knee and give them all a well-deserved spanking.

Linda Troeller is an award-winning photographer acclaimed for her exhibitions about living at the legendary Hotel Chelsea. Across the pages of “Ten Thousand Apologies”, Fat White Family are a fairly disreputable bunch who, to paraphrase Lemmy from Motorhead, “if they moved in next door to you, your lawn would die”. Windows users should also consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, or switching to Firefox or Chrome. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. I have a soft spot for lo-fi having listened to such luminaries as the superb Kiwi Chris Knox through to US outsider musician Daniel Johnston.



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