Friday, January 3, 2014

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story

The rise and fall of the seminal British independent record label is outlined in this well-made documentary. Filled with interviews, concert clips, and nearly indecipherable Scottish brogues, Upside Down is a touch overlong. Drugs, partying, and mismanagement all brought down the influential label, but not before releasing several indispensable albums. Like with most rockumentaries, I found I wanted to hear more music from the bands and less talking. I'll take my own advice and just post some clips.

 The Jesus And Mary Chain being interviewed and footage from a riot at one of their shows.

Primal Scream performing Higher Than The Sun

Here's the enigmatic, reclusive band Felt performing live. Sadly, Felt only garnered a passing reference near the end of the film. Side note: A Creation pressing of Felt's cd Forever Breathes The Lonely Word is selling on Ebay for over $100. You can't have mine. Be mad all you want, you only have yourself to blame for owning the Top Gun Soundtrack. I tried to talk you out of it.

Ride performing Dreams Burn Down.

Teenage Fanclub performing The Concept. Did you know Spin Magazine voted their album Bandwagonesque Album Of The Year over Nirvana's Nevermind? Well, they did.

And finally, the landmark album which nearly bankrupted the company. Here's My Bloody Valentine performing Soon in 2013.

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