Starting during the long hot summer of 1990 and ending in the spring of 1991, this chapter in Creation sees a massive drift in direction with dance explosion of the late 80′s now having a huge effect on the label. In the UK this was also a time of massive change with the Poll Tax Riot which eventually saw Thatcher get the boot, the beginning of the Gulf War and a general feeling of euphoria that the 80′s was over. Tucked away between the dance tracks are also some of the labels most famous singles by the likes of Primal Sceam, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and Slowdive. Continue reading

Corin Ashley has just released his new single ‘Badfinger Bridge’ which features Ed Ball alongside Martin Carr and Rob Cieka from the Boo Radleys. The track was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios.

Corin Ashley

Here’s what Corin had to say about the recording:

“When I recorded this, I was thinking how much all the Creation fans (like myself) would enjoy it. I have purchased every single thing Ed has ever released, so it was a big thrill for me to get him on my record. And I was always a huge Boos fan, so to get those guys in the studio together for the first time in ten years meant a lot. We even invited Sice to sing the harmony, but he couldn’t make it and we had to “make do” with Ken Stringfellow. And to have it all happen in Studio 2 at Abbey Road, magical. I even just got a nice Facebook msg from Liam Gallagher saying the song is cool, so what more could a boy want?” Continue reading

Teenage Fanclub have been added to the Belle & Sebastian curated ATP this December.

Celebrating 10 years since the original Belle & Sebastian curated Bowlie, Bowlie 2 runs from 10th – 12th December at Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead. The weekend also features Belle & Sebastian / Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan / Julian Cope / The Vaselines / The New Pornographers / Vashti Bunyan / The Apples In Stereo / Frightened Rabbit / Field Music / Howlin’ Rain / Those Dancing Days / The Dutchess And The Duke / Silver Columns

Tickets are available from the ATP website by clicking here.

Sean Jackson

After more than a decade away, Sean Jackson of 18 Wheeler returns with his debut solo album.

We caught up with him to talk about his time on the label, upsetting Kate Moss, gigging with Kim Fowley, life since the 90’s heyday and working with Joe Foster again on his excellent new album.

You can also hear a track from his new album.

Click here to read the interview.

Malcolm Mclaren

Very sad news about Malcolm McLaren who has died aged 64 of cancer.

The world today would be so different without him. He made the dull 70′s exciting and later took Hip-Hop mainstream in the UK in the early 80′s. We are unlikely to see someone like him again.

McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s son, Joseph Corre, has paid tribute to his father who he stated was “the original punk rocker” who “revolutionised the world”. “He’s somebody I’m incredibly proud of. He’s a real beacon of a man for people to look up to,” he added.

The Guardian has also written a piece featuring his career in videos which you view here.

Tony Da Gatorra and Gruff Rhys
Tony Da Gatorra and Gruff Rhys have collaborated together on an album entitled ‘The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness’.

Tony explains: “Hello, peace my brothers, this record was made with lots of feelings and true love to bring consciousness and show a little bit of truth that needs to be said without hypocrisy. We are creatures of God, so there’s no death. Spirit is light, all evil won’t prevail – there’s no evil when it crashes with goodwill.”

The ‘experimental’ record will be released on 26th July supported by a handful of shows, including Camp Bestival and Field Day:

July
29 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
30 Camp Bestival, Dorset
31 Field Day Festival, London

Source: Clickmusic

In other Gryff Rhys news, his collaboration with De La Soul on the new Gorillaz album is released as a single today. You can find out details about that on Gorillaz.com.

Second mix featuring the singles in order of catalogue number, this chapter takes us from 1987 to 1990. This is where we first see the label dip its toes into the mainstream, firstly the House of Love and My Bloody Valentine grace the cover of the music papers in 1988 and then in 1990 Ride and Primal Scream give the label their first chart hits in the UK following the ‘Madchester’ explosion. Continue reading

Shadows

Teenage Fanclub have posted details about their new album online. The post states:

“It gives us great pleasure to finally announce the release of our new album Shadows. It will be available in Glasgow, Europe, Australasia and Japan on May 31st, and from Merge in North America from June 8th. Download options will be available in all territories.”

Tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Sometimes I Don’t Need To Believe In Anything
2. Baby Lee
3. The Fall
4. Into The City
5. Dark Clouds
6. The Past
7. Shock And Awe
8. When I Still Have Thee
9. Live With The Seasons
10. Sweet Days Waiting
11. The Back Of My Mind
12. Today Never Ends

You can hear a preview of Baby Lee’ by visiting their website [click].