Talking about ‘Going Blank Again’ as an album that is twenty years old seems unbelievable. In 1992 it was the twentieth anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, Exile on Main Street and Harvest, all brilliant life changing albums but it was music made by dinosaurs. Music during much of the 1980’s had been so, so terrible and the dinosaurs hadn’t changed anything… Continue reading
For a city of its size, Oxford seems to produce a large amount of bands. A film now has set out to give the history of the city’s music scene from Talulah Gosh in the 80’s to currently successful bands such as Radiohead and Foals. Along the way there were many other bands such as Five Thirty, Supergrass, Ride and Swervedriver. Continue reading
BBC Four is to host a Creation Records night next Friday (28 October 2011). Alongside ‘Upside Down’ there will also be a ‘Creation at the BBC’ compilation featuring performances from many of the labels acts. There will also be a repeat of the 2009 documentary about Rough Trade.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
21:00 – Upside Down: The Creation Story Profile of the UK’s most inspired and dissolute independent record label, Creation. Repeated at 3am
22:40 – Creation at the BBC With My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Oasis, Ride, Boo Radleys and Teenage Fanclub. Repeated at 2am
00:30 – Do it Yourself: The Story of Rough Trade Documenting the history of Rough Trade, from small record shop to successful record label. (R)
You can view the full schedule for the evening on the BBC website by clicking here.
Ride’s debut album ‘Nowhere’ is to reissued on December 21st to mark the albums 20th anniversary.
According to Pitchfork the new edition includes a remastered version of the original album’s U.S. edition, as well as the 1991 EP Today Forever and an unreleased 1991 live show. It’ll come packaged as a hardback book, along with a 40-page booklet featuring photos and an essay by critic Jim DeRogatis.
I’m sure you all know the tracklisting for the album and the ‘Today Forever’ EP. The tracklisting for CD2 ‘Live at the Roxy, 1991′ is as follows:
01 Polar Bear
04 Dreams Burn Down
05 Like a Daydream
06 Vapour Trail
07 In a Different Place
08 Perfect Time
11 Chelsea Girl
12 Drive Blind
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
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
Mark Gardener (Ride), Rachel Goswell and Mojave 3 (Slowdive) all feature on the long-awaited remix album by Ulrich Schnauss.
This is not one of your normal remix albums as he gives each track his own unqiue sound. Those of you who are unfamiliar with his work should definitely check this out. Currently playing keyboards for The Engineers, Ulrich is due to release his forth album later this year following 2007’s ‘Goodbye’ album.
Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Howling Bells – Setting Sun
2. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ghost in the Graveyard
3. Katharina Franck – Faithful Friend
4. Madrid – Out to Sea
5. Asobi Seksu – Strawberries
6. Dragons – Remembrance
7. Aus – Halo
8. Mahogany – Supervitesse
9. Lunz (Roedelius & Tim Story) – Lunz
10. Rachel Goswell – Coastline
11. High Violets – Chinese Letter
12. Mark Gardener – Story of the Eye
13. I’m Not A Gun – Make Sense and Loose
14. Mojave 3 – Bluebird of Happiness
Ride recently reunited in Oxford for a chat with the local Nightshift magazine. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut EP the band took some time to reflect on their early days in Oxford, signing to Creation and deny any responsibility for the bands that followed them from the city.
Here’s a section of the interview:
The big break, though, came with that tour support to The Soup Dragons, at the time pretty big favourites on the UK indie scene. Apart from exposing Ride to a national audience and national music press attention, it was here they met and formed a relationship with Alan McGee, head of Creation Records – home to many of Ride’s heroes and easily the coolest label around.
MARK: “I think Sean from the Soup Dragons asked us to support them and the link came through Dave and the Warners connection at that time. I remember feeling like we were blowing the Soup Dragons off the stage every night and this was also the time that Alan started coming to see us one night after another and talking to us after every concert. It was an amazing time.”
LOZ: “It was art college kids on tour, but with the usual touring antics, I suppose. Steve was so grown up he had something called a ‘girlfriend’. Andy and I would take photos, play tapes and often sketched in our sketchbooks; Mark seemed to be in a cosy state of preparation for impending stardom… it was all pleasantly odd.”
ANDY: “They let us use their gear, which was nice of them. So we were playing through Marshall Stacks instead of tiny little combo amps. We got our first national music press on that tour, in NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds. I remember that we played very loud!” Having Alan McGee as a fan must have been an incredible feeling.
ANDY: “In theory, we were aiming for 4AD because we felt that Creation was too obvious. But then, once there was an actual offer on the table from Creation we decided to take it. McGee seemed nice enough and was obviously mad on the band. But there was no relationship until later on.
We’d send Dave up with our recordings and sleeves and everything and he’d come back having got us what we wanted. Later on, McGee became one of my closest friends but that was after Ride finished.”
MARK: “Alan quickly became like family to me, and I still feel the same way about him now. He supported us in a big way and let us make the records that we wanted to make and from the sidelines also personally educated and turned me and all of us on to lots of other great music that had a big influence on us.”
I was looking through my vinyl this morning when I noticed a record I forgot I even owned, it is a test pressing of the debut EP from Ride. Scribbled on the label of the 12″ is the date 12th Dec 1989, exactly twenty years ago today!
Although the record wasn’t released until january 1990 I felt the need to share this utterly trivial fact with you. So here are both of the tracks from side 1 of that single. Enjoy! Continue reading
Super Furry Animals are set to play songs from their Creation back catalogue live in their home town of Cardiff on November 20.
The band will play the show, dubbed ‘Recreation’, at the Coal Exchange as part of the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival, which takes place in the Welsh capital on November 18-22. Former Ride man Mark Gardner will also be on the bill.
A screening of the band’s frontman Gruff Rhys’ film ‘Separado!’ will take place as part of the festival. The film saw the singer/guitarist travel to south America to trace his ancestry.
Former Velvet Underground member John Cale will play a solo show as part of the event, also at the Coal Exchange on November 21. See Soundtrackfilmfestival.com for more information.
Super Furry Animals released three albums on Creation – ‘Fuzzy Logic’ (1996), ‘Radiator’ (1997) and ‘Guerrilla’ (1999).