A few weeks back, when I posted John Wonderling’s original version of ‘Midway Down’, I started thinking about the Creation.
I eventually found my way back into the crates, and dug out the 45 you see before you today.
The other side of this record (‘Making Time’) saw the light of day in this space nearly six years ago, not long after I got my hands on it.
As I stated then, back in the garage/mod days of the 80s, the Creation loomed large with our set.
The subset of bands that intersected with the freakbeat vibe were a very big deal for us in that they covered the bases for the folks with a taste for pop, as well as those of us (often the same people) who liked things with a slightly harder edge.
Though they were only really a going concern for two years (1966-1967) the Creation laid down some of the finest 45s of that transitional era.
‘Try and Stop Me’, co-written by Kenny Pickett and Eddie Phillips is pure pop, but it’s all laid atop some heavy, gritty guitars.
The Creation are often compared – for fairly obvious reasons – with the Who, and when you sit down and listen to their records it is a favorable comparison indeed.
I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that anyone in the Creation had the creative reach of Pete Townshend, but for pure listenability, they were right up there.
Sadly, the Creation never had the kind of success that their music deserved, only charting twice in the UK (with Making Time and Painterman, both in 1966), though they had more success on the Continent.
Fortunately for everyone, the Creation’s recordings have been available in reissue fairly steadily since the 80s (you can even find them on iTunes!).
I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.