♪ Random Record A Day #3: The Creation – Making Time (SP, 1966)
The Creation – Making Time
b/w Try And Stop Me
SP, 1966, Planet
Apart from being vaguely aware that I have several of their singles in my collection, The Creation are a band that I previously had no knowledge of whatsoever – so after giving this 7″ a few whirls, it was off on an internet excursion to find out more. Now I’m going to try and sound like I knew this shit all along…
The Creation (1966 – 68, reformed mid-80s) started out as 60s mod-rockers, then went a bit psychedelic, and after a few line up changes (including Ronnie Wood on guitar, his second band) split up. They reformed in the mid-80s and presumably still gig to this day.
Interestingly, despite receiving decent press in Britain, especially with regard to their live appearances – which saw, allegedly, the first instance of a guitarist playing with a violin bow, along with acts of on-stage arson – they were never particularly successful at home, being more popular in Germany. In fact, the only proper album they released before splitting – 1967’s We Are Paintermen – was only issued in Germany, Holland, France and Sweden. A live album released the following year suffered a similar fate. They only charted in the British Top 50 twice.
Trivia fans (like me!) will love the fact that in 1996 – thirty years after their debut single – the reformed Creation released an album (Power Surge) on… Creation records. Ahhhh.
So anyway, the music. Well, it turns out Making Time was their debut single, and one of only two hits they had (the other being Painter Man, which I’m pretty sure also resides in my collection somewhere), charting at #49, though getting to #5 in Germany. Musically, this is mod-rock not dissimilar to the Small Faces, The Kinks or The Who of this period (they shared a producer – Shel Talmy – with the Who at this time, so its no surprise). A big rockin’ stop/start riff drives the song, the bass is chugging, it’s got a great Brit-r’n’b vocal, which reminds me of Steve Marriott, a strong chorus, and a tambourine.
Other than that there’s not really that much else to say about the track, other than that I really like it. See, this mission is paying off already!
The B Side, Try And Stop Me, reminds me even more of the Small Faces than the A, though that could be because a) the drum intro sounds like the opening of All Or Nothing (though predating that by two months) and b) I think all mod-rock sounds like the Small Faces.
Musically it’s a pleasant enough song – propelled by a heavy bass with a tinny staccato guitar thing going on – which lyrically seems to be about the singer’s quest to “take down” some girl he knows. So either its a revenge song, or its some 60s sex-lingo that I’m ignorant of. I don’t care either way, its a decent song.
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