The Creation

The CreationFrom: England

The Creation were a rock band out of England that formed in 1966. Most of the members of The Creation were initially members of The Mark Four, a British beat group out of Chestnut, Hertfordshire. In 1963, The Mark Four consisted of Kenny Picket (vocals), Eddie Phillips (guitar), Mick “Spud” Thompson (rhythm guitar), John Dalton (bass), and Jack Jones (drums). The band played regularly around the UK and Germany before releasing two singles for Mercury in 1964. Neither single charted. Dalton would leave the band soon after, joining The Kinks. He was replaced by Tony Cooke. At around this time, Thompson left the band and was not replaced. With this line-up, The Mark Four released two more non-charting singles: “Hurst Me (If You Will)” on Decca in 1965, and “Work All Day (Sleep All Night)” on Fontana in 1966. In April 1966, The Mark Four signed a management deal with Tony Stratton-Smith, who suggested the band drop Cooke and change their name. The band did both, bringing in Tony Sheridan bassist Bob Garner and changing their name to The Creation. Pickett came up with the name based on a reference he found in a book of Russian poetry.

Initially, The Creation’s style was loud pop art, similar to that of early records by The Who. Their first single was “Making Time,” a Pickett/Phillips original. The song was released in June 1966 on their producer Shel Talmy’s own label, Planet (distributed in the UK by Polydor and in the US by Jay-Gee). “Making Time” made it to #49 on the UK charts. Almost immediately after the single was released, The Creation went through another lineup change. Jones was fired and replaced by drummer Dave Preston. However, Preston’s time with the band was short-lived. Unimpressed with Preston’s live work, The Creation went back to Jones and asked if he would rejoin. The band released their second single in October 1966. “Painter Man” became The Creation’s biggest hit, reaching #36 in the UK and the Top 10 in Germany. The song features Phillips playing his electric guitar with a violin bow, and is reputedly the first guitarist to use this technique. The band took their pop art experimentation to an even greater level during live performances. During “Painter Man,” Pickett would spray-paint a canvas while the road crew set light to artwork on stage. “Painter Man” was later covered by Boney M who had a hit with the song, themselves. The song was the last single issued by the original lineup, and The Creation’s last to chart in the UK. In early 1967, they brought in Kim Gardner on bass and former bassist Bob Garner moved to lead vocals. This meant that Pickett was out of the band, at least for the time being.

The Creation released their first single with the new lineup in July 1967. “If I Stay Too Long” was unsuccessful in the UK, but faired alright in Germany, as did the German only follow-up “Tom Tom.” The band had created enough momentum to warrant an album. We Are Paintermen was issued in mid 1967 for the German and continental European market, compiled of previously unreleased singles and several newly recorded songs. By this time, The Creation were writing more typical mid 1960s psychedelic rock, commonly described as freakbeat. Between late 1966 and early 1967, The Creation released four singles in America, all of which failed commercially. “Life Has Just Begun” was released in the UK in late 1967, at which point Phillips announced he was leaving the band. He was replaced for several European tour dates by Tony Ollard, but within weeks, Garner also quit and The Creation had officially ceased to exist.

Despite being broken up, demand was still strong in continental Europe for Creation records and live shows. Almost immediately after the band had broken up, Jack Jones decided to form a new Creation lineup, brining back Kenny Pickett as singer. Kim Gardner returned as the bassist and brought in his old bandmate from The Birds, Ronnie Wood on guitar. The group released their debut single “Midway Down” in the UK and Germany in 1968. Things fell apart rather quickly, however, and the band split yet again. Two more singles were released posthumously in late 1968.

In the mid 1980s, The Creation re-formed with Phillips, Pickett, Dalton, and Mick Avory. They released a single on Jet Records in 1987 to minimal attention. The band also recorded material for a new album in a more contemporary rock style, but the project was never completed. The re-formed band continued to tour, with various lineup changes, capitalizing on their cult notoriety. In 1994, the original lineup got together to record the album Power Surge, which was issued on the UK indie label Creation Records, which was named in honour of the group. Pickett passed away in 1997, but the band continued on with Garner as lead vocalist. They performed in the US for the first time in 2001.

Artist Info: Wikipedia.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 album We Are Paintermen
We Are Paintermen

  • Cool Jerk
  • For All That I Am
  • How Does It Feel To Feel
  • I Am The Walker
  • If I Stay Too Long
  • Life Is Just Beginning
  • Like A Rolling Stone
  • Making Time
  • Nightmares
  • Painter Man
  • Through My Eyes
  • Tom Tom
  • Try And Stop Me

From the 1968 album The Best Of Creation
The Best Of Creation

  • Midway Down
  • The Girls Are Naked
  • Uncle Bert