Ginger: Vocals, Guitar
Mercury Records PHCW-1064
Ginger & Tim Smith
This is Ginger Wildheart’s latest band. Unfortunately this CD is currently only available in Japan. Black Leather Mojo will eventually get a European release which will have a different track listing from this Japanese version… So is this CD worth the £22 import price?!
Well, if Ginger’s escapades with Clam Abuse, his last recorded outing, scared you off a little, then be afraid no more. This is a return to the Ginger of old. Not as good as Earth Vs The Wildhearts but better than Endless Nameless. If you loved the Wildhearts around the second release of Fishing For Luckies / PHUQ period then you can’t afford not to pay the asking price just to hear the likes of ‘Brain Sugar’ and ‘(Whatever Happened To) Rock’n’Roll Girls’.
The whole album has big traditional heavy rock overtones which are most apparent on ‘Girls Are Better Than Boys’ and ‘Divine Imperfection’. It also resurrects what I imagine must be a re-recording of the old unreleased Wildhearts track ‘Church Of The Broken Hearted’. And with the Cardiacs’ Jon Poole on bass and Tim Smith handling production there’s more than a twist of the Cardiacs about ‘Anyway But Maybe’. Yes! this is classic Ginger! Exciting and unmissable whatever the cost!!
Black Leather Mojo finally had its UK release in 2001 0n Infernal Records (INFERNAL 13CD). The UK edition included an exclusive song called ‘Too Many Hippies (In The Garden Of Love)’ and was initially released with a 15 track, 72 minute limited bonus disc titled Black Leather Bonus Disc. It featured previously unreleased live, acoustic and demo material, plus sleeve notes from Ginger.
Black Leather Bonus Disc track listing: