Jon Fat Beast RIP – Carter USM compere and late 80s indie face dies







We are sad to hear that Jon Fat beast- the compere and rotund lunatic who was part of the Carter USM stage show has died.

Jon Fat Beast was a central figure in the baggy shorts and T shirts with band’s names on in big bold bright colours part of the indie scene of the late eighties and also promoted gigs in London at the Bull and Gate and other venues and kick started the career of many bands.

We knew him well and would bump into him in many dive club where he would have a certain presence looming large behind big Buggles glasses and rudely bright training shoes. He had a personality as big as his figure and was always up to something.

At Carter gigs he was showered with loveable insults when he went on stage- ‘You fat bastard’ the audience would chant and he loved every moment of it, so it seems fair to say ‘farewell you fat bastard and it was good to have known you…’

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. I had cause to know John Beast for reasons beyond his professional career. As such it comes as a genuine shock to me to learn of his unfortunate demise.
    John had certain unique issues that perplexed him for an inordinate part of his adult life, and brought me fleetingly into his life. I was privileged enough to lend assistance in trying to put things into some kind of meaningful perspective for him, and for a while it seemed to work. Sadly he later appeared to revert back into his former situation…and it is to my BITTER regret that we never made contact again thereafter and worked towards resolving that which plagued him the most in his private world.

    John…I really WAS a builder by occupation, as of course you now bloody well know. You now also now know a whole lot of other sh*t…along with the truth of your own feckin’ living dilemma…including the fact that neither I, nor any of my kind, ever had a ‘little black book’ of those in the same situation as you, ya’ dopey bastard!

    Love and total respect to you m’man,

    Rob (5/2/016)

  2. Jon Fat Beast supported so many up and coming bands through Timebox, and other incarnations, at the Bull & Gate in London. It is so sad to hear of his death as he was such a decent chap and he gave my band (V-Sor,X) numerous opportunities to play in what looked like a dive but was full of very lovely people and many fabulous bands.

    I am sorry our path diverged as I still owe him for his support.

    Jon you are greatly missed.



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