Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, a socially conscious DIY rock duo from south London who had four top 10 albums (including a No 1) and 12 top 40 singles over a 10-year career, played more than 800 gigs, headlined Glastonbury and were sued by the Rolling Stones, do not exist.
That will be empirically true after this Saturday’s instantly sold-out gig at London’s 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy, Carter’s farewell after an illustrious eight-year reunion. But it’s true in a broader sense, too. When BBC4 next retells the history of rock’n’roll and the story reaches the 1990s, after namechecking Madchester it will, with weary predictability, hymn grunge and then move straight on to Britpop. If you’re lucky, it might manage a brief shoe gazing montage.