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

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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.

The music is really just small moments connecting the binges of smack, gear, liquor, ketamine, hash, pills, etc. This was a period in my life when people that I’d previously only ever seen on the telly were suddenly swaggering into my reality on a semi-regular basis.It’s impossible to mythologise a band when they fit into a cascade of differing rock legends in the very same chapter. What is really refreshing about Ten Thousand Apologies is that it spares no one, nor attempts like most rock biogs to justify the (very) regular highs and depressing lows. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. By the end of this read you really get the sense that Lias, or any member of the FWF, might actually not be someone you would like or immediately recognize the ingenue in if you met them in person, which is the same to be said about every other stranger on the street.

The musician spoke in conversation with fellow musician, friend and collaborator Raf Rundell for NME‘s Friends Like These series, where they discussed their forthcoming projects.

It may not make for the best music but it certainly makes for a compelling story and repeatedly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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. No sane person will not be revolted or repulsed by at least a few parts of “Ten Thousand Apologies”, but like that crack-encrusted pipe so beloved by many members of Fat White Family, you won’t be able to put it down. FWF frontman Lias adds well written sections where he offers his version of different daft escapades and some industrial use of Class A's. The book covers an expansive period of time, ranging from Lias' youth in various towns, such as Cookstown and Knocknacarra, to his drug addled time spent within The Fat White Family. It was also understandable, because by the end of the book you don’t get the sense that anyone in it is a “good” person, but they are all far more interesting than that and I think far preferable to the cast of authors and main characters most contemporary memoirs or auto-fictions I’ve read recently are penned by/about.If you love what we do, you can help tQ to continue bringing you the best in cultural criticism and new music by joining one of our subscription tiers. From childhood traumas to adult squalor and critical success, it is a tale of bitterness, humour, excess, cruelty, and the vile affections that bind this exceptional pairing on their continued Orphean descent into the underworld. When he leaves, “clean and sober for the first time since he was 12”, according to Ten Thousand Apologies, he is welcomed back to the fold with a few lines of cocaine. Despite what is clearly a golden ticket out he manages to waste a big chance to break free of his working-class insecurities.

This is the definitive account of Fat White Family's disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era. Smith’, although I later found out from the Landlord that he’d stood and watched the whole thing, arms folded, the beginnings of a grin on his face. The Saoudis feel the disconnect of the offspring of an immigrant parent; Adamczewski is unsettled, in all senses.SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'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 BarryFrom 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. 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. which, on the other hand, when speaking about these punks, might actually be the most fitting endings of all.

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