The Normal ‎– T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette

Mute ‎– MUTE 001
Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM


A T.V.O.D.
B Warm Leatherette

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"....feel the steering wheel...."
"....stick the aerial into...."

dp delga press limited

16 Decoy Avenue London N.W 11 England
Sole distributors ROUGH TRADE RECORDS

© 1978 Mute Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MUTE-001-A LYN-6023-ISC MAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MUTE-001-B LYN-6024-ISC MAX

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
INT 826.919, CD Mute 001 The Normal Warm Leatherette(CD, Mini, Single, RE) Mute, Mute INT 826.919, CD Mute 001 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
CDMUTE001 The Normal Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.(CD, Single, RE) Mute CDMUTE001 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7 71400-2, MUTE 001 The Normal Warm Leatherette(CD, Single, RE, Lon) Restless Records, Mute 7 71400-2, MUTE 001 USA, Canada & UK 1988 Sell This Version
INT 126.804, MUTE 001 The Normal T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette(12", Maxi, RE) Mute, Mute INT 126.804, MUTE 001 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
7 71400-3 The Normal T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette(CD, Mini, Single, RE) Restless Records, Mute 7 71400-3 US 1988 Sell This Version

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March 14, 2009
A dear friend of mine once wrote - "It is amazing what can be done with only one tone". The record itself sounds amazing in every bit as if an accidental outcome over one's desire to create an all electronic single after years of fascination with the likes of Kraftwerk. As with The Cure's Camus study in 'Killing an Arab', 'Warm Leatherette' sumarises J. G. Ballard in merely couple of minutes. The flipside of 'TVOD' is another astonishing instant, mass irony over mass consumerism.

An accomplishment by minimalism that even works as a pop record. Even though it never tried to sound like one. I wonder if the guy ever tried to stick the aerial. A synth masterpiece that still works. Grab it.


January 11, 2004
This is the single which started MUTE records, and has been re-released twice on CD by MUTE. After releasing this, Daniel Miller, aka The Normal, focused mainly on the MUTE label, with various small excursions back into music-making over the years.


June 18, 2003

This must be the most irritating monotone song ever. However this was in the late '70's, so I guess it was a milestone then. The song was covered by many artists, most notable: Grace Jones.