“Warm Leatherette” was Mute Records founder Daniel Miller’s 1978 attempt to condense J.G. Ballard’s novel Crash into a two and a half minute pop song.
Here it is stretched out to 27 minutes:
In high school my friend Rob and I were listening to the Ramones, Pistols, Devo, Germs, whatever came out that was new interesting, aggressive, or subversive compared to the commercial shit of the day. When we picked up this 7" it was just kind of scary...
Thanks to Richard Metzger over at Dangerous Minds