Great reply from Jimbob from Carter USM manager to Never Mind the Buzzcocks offer of appearing on their ‘identity parade’For some musicians getting ridiculed is not the late period highlight that the TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks seem to think it is. Jimbob from Carter is hardly a has been ready to be put down the hungry wolves of humiliation TV. Here’s his manager’s firm, polite and amusing missive turning down the ‘offer’ to appear on the show…

Hello ***,

I hope you are well this sunny Friday.

Thank you for your email but I will cut to the chase like a man with a crazy axe. The answer is very much a ‘no’. And not any old ‘no’. A ‘no’ that is a little weary and sad. Perhaps this ‘no’ is even a tad disappointed.

You are probably wondering why Mr No. isn’t full of the joys of this late Summers day? It may be to do with the fact that this is the seventh (I am guessing this number, but it seems as good as any and I like the number seven) time Jim has been asked. That may explain the lethargy of his refusal? Who can tell? Numbers aren’t the easiest people to work out at times.

Anyway, I have always enjoyed ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (especially the Simon Amstell period – did you see his sitcom ‘Grandma’s House’? An underrated gem!). As a viewer though, and you as an exec producer I think we can both agree that the section of the show isn’t always that kind to the person on parade. At times it’s almost like laughing at a disabled person who has fallen out of a wheelchair. But don’t feel bad – it isn’t as bad or exploitative as The X Factor as you do things like pay expenses. Money can often change everything! You have to pay your own expenses to look like a banana on Simon Cowell’s cavalcade of cruelness.

In my humble opinion I think Jim is too good for this part of your show. That sounds arrogant but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. At times I don’t think the British are arrogant enough. We should say what we mean more perhaps? It hasn’t done the Americans any harm, but I digress. You may not know this (why would you? You aren’t God. You can’t know everything!) but Carter still play sell out gigs at venues like the Brixton Academy. 5,000 people pay £25 British pounds to see them, at just that one show. In Scotland we only charge £20 as they aren’t so flash with the cash up there. An amazing fact – they even headlined the Beautiful Days festival recently to 20,000 odd people. Don’t get me wrong it was full of old crusty dudes but they paid over a hundred quid to get in. So not to be sniffed at eh?

Jim also has a successful solo career and is about to release his eighth album (I probably have that figure wrong too and Jim will sack me. Numbers schmumbers). He may not sell as many compact discs as U2 but he does what I would class as ‘ok’. And unlike Bono he isn’t going bald. Nor does he always wear sunglasses. If he goes on the identity parade he may as well say on the show “This is the only bit of publicity I can get to push my new album that nobody cares about. Please mention my new album, it will make the hilarious jokes about my old haircut all be worthwhile.” But of course he couldn’t say that because I don’t think you allow the Identity Paraders to speak. Good job too ***. Most pop stars just talk rubbish! As it is though Jim already has a fair bit of publicity planned so I don’t think we need to do this. I won’t lie, it could be better. The One Show won’t book him and that gets six million viewers. They are fuckers quite frankly. Six Music are a lot more amenable you’ll be pleased to know.

The last thing to mention that Jim also is now an author and is onto his third novel, and his latest with a major publisher. This isn’t ‘Barry’s Books’ giving Jim 20p to write some load of old tosh. This is one of the big publishing guns giving him shit loads of money (he won’t tell me how much exactly to avoid paying me properly) to write his new tome. You wouldn’t find J K Rowling up on Parade. And now Jim is a published author I have a motto “Only do what the Harry Potter lady would do”. I think this will hold him in good stead.

That is it from me you’ll be pleased to know. Sorry for such a long response but before you emailed I was having to do something with numbers and budgets and it was hurting my noggin. I think I am doing that deflection thing my psychiatrist often talks about.

Anyway, have a great weekend ***. I hope it brings you happiness and general warm vibes.

Marc x
Jim’s Manager.

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  1. Dear Marc,

    I read your personal letter, please don’t be offended so but it was posted into public domain and therefor I wasn’t trespassing into your secrets, to the producer from the BBC television show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. You made several salient points to which I fully agree but there was one part that irked me very much.

    You said you only charged Scottish fans of the band you mange £20 to attend a concert as they weren’t so flash with the cash. I would like you to expand on this. Why do you believe Scottish people to not be so ‘flash with the cash’? In fact do you actually believe this to be true, or are you like one the panelists on the hit BBC comedy show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, making fun of someone (in this case a full nation of people) and someone (a nation of people) who can’t retort to your jibe, similar to those id parade contestants on the game show, the part of the game show which you so derided.

    If indeed the patrons of Scotland aren’t flash with the cash, then putting on shows cheaper to pacify this seems wrong. Are you therefor not punishing the fans in England by charging them more? Really though, I would imagine it to be far cheaper to put on a show in a city in Scotland than it would be to put one on in a city of England, like London for example. I use London as the base example of a city in England because you referred to the £25 show as being sold out in Brixton. I would think putting on an event in London would be pricier than any other town or city in the British Isles, I wonder if you charge £25 or £20 in places like Newcastle? Further to this, I would imagine that putting on pop concerts would vary in price in cities and states anywhere in the world, say in say France or America. Although I am not completely sure because I have never put on a pop concert in France or America and also, numbers confuse me.

    Really though Marc, my point is that I am upset and peeved with your cheap jibe and disregard for the people of Scotland. Maybe the residents of Scotland aren’t so flash with the cash because it is a poor country with many social and economic problems. Or maybe they have learned to be more prudent with their money. Or maybe they are actually flash with their cash. But why let any of that get in they way of a cheap gag.

    I hope you had a good weekend and that flashless Scots continue to part with their pound coins to give to your band in return for a song.


  2. Awesome letter! I always liked Carter though I had no idea they are still gigging (wonder if the drum machine is showing his age). Seems JimBob has good taste in managers, too.


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