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January 08, 2013

The Creation - Making Time (1966)

Most remembered for their 1966 song “Painter Man,” this English band got their name from a Russian book of poetry, which was chosen by their lead singer, Kenny Pickett. Officially formed in early 1966, their beginnings could be traced back to The Mark Four, formed in 1963, where most of its members had played in. After making the change to this name, the “new” band’s early years were described as being similar to the early music of The Who, who was then briefly going by The High Numbers name. In live concerts, the band would sometimes spray-paint canvases as a form of art, only to have one of the roadies set it on fire and be burned to ashes. The band saw many members come and go in their few years as an entity, but finally called it quits in June 1968 after a failed reunion failed after their initial February 1968 breakup. Kenny Pickett went on to become Jimmy Page’s guitar technician and died in 1997; Jack Jones, the band’s original drummer, went on to become a cabaret singer; Bob Garner, the band’s original bassist, left the music business entirely; and Eddie Phillips, the band’s original guitarist, became the bass player for P.P. Arnold and later co-wrote Rockpile’s hit “Teacher Teacher” with Kenny Pickett.

This song, also written by Pickett and Phillips, was pretty clearly influenced by The Who. It was the band’s first single ever released and was produced by Shel Talmy, who produced the hits "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, "My Generation" by The Who, and "Friday on My Mind" by The Easybeats. It was released on Planet Records, also owned by Talmy, in June 1966 and reached number forty-nine on the UK charts. It would be followed by the group’s biggest hit “Painter Man”.

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The Creation - Making Time (1966)

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Lyrics:

Makin’ time
Shootin’ lines
For people to believe in
Things you say
Gone in a day
Everybody leavin’
Everybody leavin’

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

Tellin’ lies
Closin’ your eyes
Makin’ more excuses
Pullin’ the wool
Actin’ the fool
People have their uses
People have their uses

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

Lookin’ for
An open door
Never takin’ chances
Take your pick
Makes you sick
Seekin’ new advances
Seekin’ new advances

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

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