"Warm Leatherette" as written by and Daniel Otto Miller....
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

See the breaking glass
In the underpass

See the breaking glass
In the underpass

Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

Hear the crushing steel
Feel the steering wheel

Hear the crushing steel
Feel the steering wheel

Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

Break
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

Warm leatherette melts
On your burning flesh
You can see your reflection
In the luminescent dash

Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

A tear of petrol is in your eye
The hand brake penetrates your thigh
Quick lets make love before you die

Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette

Join the car crash set


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"Warm Leatherette" as written by Daniel Miller

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  • +1
    General CommentEverything in the song is in reference to JG Ballard's novel Crash - about a cult of people who share a sexual fetish for automobile accidents.

    Basically it's a description of two people making love as they burn to death in a crashed car.

    I'd assume the "car crash set" refers to the cult... or to a movie set (several of the characters are involved in the film industry, they get off on watching films of car crashes, and the plot focuses around orchestrating an elaborate car crash with the film star Elizabeth Taylor).

    The title/chorus, "warm leatherette" is in reference to a faux-leather material often used on car seats

    From the wikipedia entry on leatherette: "A disadvantage of plastic leatherette is that it is not porous and does not allow air to pass through it, thus sweat can accumulate if it is used for clothing, car seat coverings etc. It is also known that people exposed to extreme heat (eg: fire burn victims) may suffer additional serious skin damage by contact with burning or melting leatherette."
    By conveying images of sweat as well as of burning flesh, the title/chorus evokes both sexuality and death.

    The repetitive, mechanical nature of the music, and the singer's deadpan vocals also do a good job of mimicking Ballards cold, detatched style of prose.
    TeNon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually that just about covers it then. I did think of Ballard as soon as I read the lyrics.
    matthewsheffieldon December 10, 2011   Link

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