Listen – The Creation – Making Time – MP3
The tune I bring you today is both a long time favorite and a major want-list item (that I doubted I’d ever score a copy of).
But first, a story.
Some weeks ago I was on an unexpected vinyl digging expedition (i.e. having arrived in a music store that I had no idea stocked vinyl), flipping through piles of old LPs (mostly crap) when what should come popping out of the store’s speakers, but ‘Making Time’ by the Creation.
My first instinct was surprise, along with just a touch of delight.
This was soon tempered by the realization – when ‘Concrete and Clay’ by Unit 4+2 came on – that this was not a shop of the hip, but rather of the hipster (or hipsteur as my Soulstrut brethren are wont to say). The gist being that some brave soul hadn’t put on a Creation CD, but rather the soundtrack to ‘Rushmore’.
Now don’t get me wrong…’Rushmore’ is one of my favorite films of recent years, and the soundtrack is excellent…
This particular soundtrack has become shorthand of a sort, with the bits and pieces presented therein – out of context – coming to represent not the music itself but the visual images from the film that have become represented by the music (have I lost you yet???).
I suppose that ideally this is what you want the soundtrack to do, so that the viewers/listeners are drawn into the movie, not outside of it by their memories of/ideas about the music.
I only belabor the point because now when I hear the opening chords of ‘Making Time’ I think not of Eddie Phillips but of Max Fischer.
This is quite the conundrum, because back in the day, when me any my pals were getting all drunk on the sweet wine of the Mod 60’s the music of the Creation loomed large indeed.
There was an Edsel comp (the title of which escapes me, but it was something like ‘Red with Purple Flashes’) that became pretty much required listening for the Mod revivalists.
Good thing too because for every band that someone has convinced you ought to have been much bigger than they were, the Creation were really that band.
Their time as the Creation was brief (just over two years) but during that period they created some truly amazing music, much of which fits the textbook definition of Freakbeat, i.e. still rooted in the earlier Beat era (however vaguely) but bearing the marks of what would become psychedelia both sonically (via fuzz guitar, echo etc) and lyrically.
They were – like the Who – the consummate ‘pop art’ band and managed to combine energetic performance with excellent songwriting (‘Biff Bang Pow!’, ‘Painterman’, ‘Life Is Just Beginning’ among others).
‘Making Time’ was their very first 45 for Shel Talmy’s Planet Records. Talmy, who was born in Chicago came to the UK in 1962 and changed the face of British rock with his innovative productions for the Kinks, Who and Creation among others, and issuing a number of great 45s on Planet by bands like the Creation, Thoughts (more on them soon) , the Untamed and the Wild Uncertainty.
Along with Talmy the Creation laid down some very heavy records, experimenting with rough guitar sounds and feedback, ‘Making Time’ being one of the finest examples.
That all said, if you’re not already hip to the Creation’s wider discography, go out there and get yourself some.