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Here’s a look back at the official Creation Records website from 1997, the year Labour got into power and Oasis released ‘Be Here Now’. Click on the image below to view (opens in a new window).

Creation Online in 1997

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  • kingjarvis62:

    Creation LP 050 1989


    kingjarvis62: Creation LP 050 1989


  • stupefactionblog:

    WILD SUMMER WOW v/a LP 1984 Creation CRELP 002 Pastels Jas Minks Biff Bang Loft - http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/391434712093


    stupefactionblog: WILD SUMMER WOW v/a LP 1984 Creation CRELP...
  • elevenmusicmag:

    Various Artists / Cherry Red


    In 1983, when Alan McGee took out a loan of £1,000 to form a record label with his mates Dick Green and Joe Foster, Britain was in the midst of a series of musical movements. Amidst the dreariness of Thatcher’s England post-punk, New Wave and New Romantic movements were in motion.

    It was in this world that Creation Records was born. Few suspected it at the time, but this upstart label, which tended to operate on the fly, would become a fertile breeding ground for C86, dream pop, indie noise and what would come to be known as shoegaze.

    Creation Records had one hell of run, crafting some of the most rough-and-ready music of the decade. Their success spread into the next decade, seeing the success of a new slew of bands like House Of Love, My Bloody Valentine and Oasis. In 1999 the varnish was coming, and the label began to take an emotional and physical toll that culminated with McGee detaching himself from the label.

    Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records is the first real retrospective of the label and its artists that focuses on the formative years of the label. It was brought about in part by the ongoing relevance of the label combined with the success of a vinyl exclusive for Record Store Day in the UK. Spanning five discs and 124 tracks, there’s an awful lot to take in. It’s a balanced collection that comprehensively chronicles McGee’s vision for indie music of that period. There are cuts from bands like Primal Scream and The Jesus And Mary Chain who went on to bigger things, as well as indie favorites like The Pastels, The Loft, Jasmine Minks and the X-Men.

    Accompanying all of this is a foreword from McGee, a wonderful essay from music journalist Neil Taylor, extensive band biographies, newsclips, and recollections from those involved in these formative years.
    Overall, the box set really reveals how much promise bands like Meat Whiplash and The Loft possessed, two bands who enjoyed early success but split up in their prenatal stage of artistic growth. The inclusion of radio sessions and unearthed material from both of these offer us a glimmer of what could have been if they’d stuck around a bit longer. (Instead, Peter Astor of The Loft would later go on to form The Weather Prophets, and Meat Whiplash would later be joined by Alex Taylor of The Shop Assistants and change their name to The Motorcycle Boy.)

    The first two discs are pretty straightforward, collecting tracks released on 7” or 12” during the label’s first three years. Beginning with the skittish “73 in 83” by The Legend, it is obvious that things took a bit to really get going. There’s a psychedelic jangle to The Revolving Paint Dream, an outfit featuring McGee himself. “In The Afternoon” sounds nothing like the ’80s — it’s a completely retro affair — nor does “Something’s Going On” by The Pastels, which features tighter production. Aberdeen’s The Jasmine Minks have a more traditional working-class ethos in their music, which is brought out in their singles “Think” and “What’s Happening.” Their melodies and more modern vocals possess a new kind of frantic hurriedness. “Do the Ghost,” by The X-Men, indicates a bit of a change for Creation — it’s a legitimate single, loaded with garage hooks and Cramps-style harmonies.

    But it’s not until The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Upside Down” that the feedback comes squalling. That single ended up selling over 50,000 copies and helped secure the band a major label deal, with McGee as their manager. Meat Whiplash only released one single, 1985’s “Don’t Slip Up,” but man is it a doozie, giving up a majestic cacophony of noise. Primal Scream’s “All Fall Down” reveals itself as a sort of bridge record between the noisier aspects of Creation and the more jangled pop of the C86 movement.

    The third disc is a slice of heaven for Creation junkies, offering a collection of rare tracks and album cuts topped off with three excellent live numbers from Television Personalities. Fascinating early versions of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” and “Upside Down” are present along with two tracks from The Membranes, Mekons, and McGee’s band The Laughing Apple.  

    Disc Four collects twenty-four demos from The X-Men, Meat Whiplash, and The Moodists, amongst others. Disc Five consists of a series of BBC session tracks recorded especially for John Peel’s and Janice Long’s radio programs.

    Best of all: while the music on Artifact is a heaping pile of satisfaction, the liner notes are at least as amazing. In addition to being informative, they provide context for understanding Creation Records and how it took the glossy pop of that era and gave it a black eye, thus spawning an entirely new way of making and releasing records.

    Sadly, as Creation moved into the mid to late ’90s, it found itself serving as a bridge from the fresh sound of disillusioned youth culture of the early ’80s to the shinier and slicker Britpop. Luckily, this box set puts the record straight and rescues some grossly overlooked bands from obscurity.

    Rob Levy


    REVIEWS: Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records




  • temple-of-the-morningstar:

    Silverfleessshhh


    temple-of-the-morningstar: Silverfleessshhh


  • recordnerdz:

    Third round of my trip to the Utrecht Record Fair @recordplanet . A nice round of European pressings: Sugar - Copper Blue (original European pressing, Creation records)

    …….
    #vinyl #vinylwar #vinylporn #vinylcollective #nowplaying #nowspinning #vinylcollection #vinyligclub #recordnerdz #podcast #records #recordcollection #recordcollecting #podcast #records #recordsigclub #tapenerdz #sugar #bobmould


    recordnerdz: Third round of my trip to the Utrecht Record Fair...


  • fvrdrm:

    We have the honour of playing with Creation Records legends The Telescopes on May 20th at Underbelly, come say hi! https://www.facebook.com/events/991523644272382/


    fvrdrm: We have the honour of playing with Creation Records...


  • The Pastels and Ride gig advert from 1989


    The Pastels and Ride gig advert from 1989




  • kingjarvis62:

    Creation Records LP012. 1987


    kingjarvis62: Creation Records LP012. 1987




  • kingjarvis62:

    Creation Records. 1989.


    kingjarvis62: Creation Records. 1989.




  • kingjarvis62:

    David Westlake. Westlake. Creation Records 019. 1987


    kingjarvis62: David Westlake. Westlake. Creation Records 019....




  • kingjarvis62:

    Creation Records LP 045. 1989


    kingjarvis62: Creation Records LP 045. 1989



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  • cunty:

    Loveless vs Nowhere: Dawn of Shoegaze


    cunty: Loveless vs Nowhere: Dawn of Shoegaze


  • lahistoriadelamusicarock:

    5:34 AM EST Mar 25 2016:

    My Bloody Valentine - “Thorn"
    From the album EPs 1988-1991
    (May 4, 2012)

    Last song scrobbled from iTunes at Last.fm

    Originally track three on the You Made Me Realise EP


    lahistoriadelamusicarock: 5:34 AM EST Mar 25 2016: My Bloody...


  • lahistoriadelamusicarock:

    5:18 PM EST Mar 26 2016:

    My Bloody Valentine - “Slow"
    From the EP You Made Me Realise
    (August 8, 1988)

    Last song scrobbled from iTunes at Last.fm


    lahistoriadelamusicarock: 5:18 PM EST Mar 26 2016: My Bloody...


  • lahistoriadelamusicarock:

    My Bloody Valentine


    lahistoriadelamusicarock: My Bloody Valentine


  • deepskyobject:

    my bloody valentine @ primavera sound, barcelona, 2013.05.25
    #mbv #mybloodyvalentine #shoegaze #primaverasound #ps13 #shields #butcher #barcelona


    deepskyobject: my bloody valentine @ primavera sound,...


  • stupefactionblog:

    JASMINE MINKS One Two Three LP 1984 Creation CRELP-03 ORIG UK PRESS EX - http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301906066070


    stupefactionblog: JASMINE MINKS One Two Three LP 1984 Creation...



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