Creation Records 1988. CRELP 028 CD
I bought this the same day I bought my first CD player. As I left the shop I realised I had only one CD, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Smiths – a good start but listening to one single over and over was going to drive me nuts, so I rushed out and bought this and the New Order Substance compilation. As far as I know this was also the first CD Creation released – there are some with lower catalogue numbers, but with those the CD was issued some time after the vinyl.
Creation had a habit of putting out way too many compilation albums, usually when they were short of cash, and quality was often poor. This one works well though. It’s a retrospective of their early singles, although strangely the Revolving Paint Dream track it’s named after doesn’t appear. It has the artists you’d expect – Primal Scream in their jangly phase, House Of Love & Felt, as well as forgotten gems like The Loft. It works as a reminder of what made the label great in the first place – not that some of their later phases weren’t great too.
The Loft reformed, played a couple of gigs, split up and then reformed again, played a couple of gigs – you get the picture. I last saw them supporting another ex Creation Act (who have also reformed) The June Brides at the end of 2011. Cracking gig it was too.
I had no idea. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t reform the Weather Prophets instead – they were a good deal more successful as I recall. More Loft/Weather Prophets to come on this blog at some point.
I’ve got a few bit and pieces by the June Brides – they’ll probably get posted some time too – although none of what I have is on Creation.
The last reformed 80s Indie band I saw were Yeah Yeah Noh, which was kind of fun, but I didn’t think much of their new material.
My bad. The June Brides were not on Creation but frontman Phil Wilson was.
Talking about old bands reforming have you seen this.
I have, but only because Andy posted it somewhere here. I can’t go because I’m going to become a dad for the first time round about then. I used to hate this sort of thing though – 80s bands should stay in the 80s, but I’m mellowing a bit now because they can be a fun night out. I enjoyed seeing Yeah Yeah Noh a few months back.
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