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Martin Glover

Martin Glover
Martin Glover performing at the 2009 Ilosaarirock festival.
Background information
Also known as Youth, Orion
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960
Farnworth, Lancashire, England
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Rock, post-punk, experimental rock, electronica, ambient, dub
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, synthesizer
Associated acts Killing Joke, The Verve, Brilliant, The Orb, The Fireman, Zodiac Youth, Celtic Cross, Transmission, Suns of Arqa, Vertical Smile, Paul McCartney

Martin Glover, also known as Youth or Orion,[1] (born 27 December 1960 in Farnworth, Lancashire) is a record producer and a founder member and bassist of Killing Joke. He is a member of The Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.


  • Early career 1
  • Later career 2
  • Production discography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early career

Glover originally named himself Pig Youth after the reggae chanter Big Youth, who was popular with late 1970s London punk bands. At age 15 he was in a punk band named The Rage, which toured with The Adverts.[2][3] Later he joined 4" Be 2" - a band formed by John Lydon's brother Jimmy Lydon - and recorded the "One of the Lads" single with them.[3][4]

Glover is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. He left the band in 1982, and soon after founded his own commercially orientated dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986 before later disbanding.

In 1989, Youth and Alex Paterson started the WAU! Mr. Modo label.[5] Their early releases of a selection of industrial techno dubs and heavy sound system dubs from artists such as Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman and Jah Warrior are long deleted and fetch high sums in private sales.

Youth's connections with dub continued in the mid-1990s when he was asked by Adrian Sherwood to remix some of Bim Sherman's tracks for a reworking of the Miracle album. He also recently appeared on a Ted Parsons/NIC dub album, contributing a remix which opens with a sample from Glen Brown's "Version '78", a track originally released on the South East label.

In the early nineties, Glover formed techno and house music duo Blue Pearl together with American singer Durga McBroom. They scored a handful of hit singles including their blue vinyl debut "Naked In The Rain", which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart and was also a #5 dance hit in the U.S. in 1990. It was followed by "Little Brother" and "(Can You) Feel the Passion".

Later career

Youth's Butterfly Records label has produced artists such as Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Tom Jones, The Orb, Maria McKee and Heather Nova. Youth was the co-producer of The Verve's Urban Hymns and Dolores O'Riordan's 'Are You Listening?'.[6] He has also worked, produced and remixed for bands including Kate Bush, Guns N' Roses, Primal Scream, Embrace, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Art of Noise, Crowded House, Zoe, P.M. Dawn, Yazoo, Erasure, U2, Bananarama, INXS, James, Suns of Arqa,[7] Depeche Mode, The Shamen, Misery Loves Co., Texas, Dido, Gravity Kills, Fake?, Pink Floyd and The Charlatans.[8]

Glover had also made plans to work with Duran Duran in the later stages of their lost album Reportage,[9] before it was shelved later in 2006.

In 2008, Glover produced the Delays album Everything's the Rush, the Futureheads' This Is Not The World and worked on the debut album of American band The Daylights. In 2013, Glover produced the debut album Collective by the DIY indie rock band Echotape,[10] followed by Meteorites by Echo and the Bunnymen and Lion by Peter Murphy (both set for release in 2014). The following year, Glover produced Culture Club's new album "Tribes" (set for release in early 2015), including first single "More Than Silence" which emerged in November 2014.

Glover is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records, as well as the Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records labels. He is well known on the psychedelic trance scene, collaborating with Simon Posford and Saul Davies as Celtic Cross, with Greg Hunter and Simon Posford as Dub Trees, and on the project Zodiac Youth. He has performed both full-on trance as well as chill-out DJ sets at several Return to the Source parties, and released the Ambient Meditations 3 mix album on their label in 2000. His Butterfly Studios were also home of the Return to the Source offices circa 1999-2002.

Glover is a member of the band Transmission, together with Simon Tong of The Verve, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. He also played guitar on several tracks on the 2007 Client album "Heartland."

In mid-2010, Glover teamed up with Alex Paterson (The Orb) to compile a retrospective compilation album of tracks from the WAU! Mr Modo label. The album titled "Impossible Oddities" was released on CD and double vinyl on 25 October 2010 via Year Zero records.

On 27 October 2012, during the International Festival of Music Producers and Sound Designers SOUNDEDIT, Glover was awarded The Man with the Golden Ear Award.[11][12]

Production discography

Taken from Martin Glover's Youth site.[13]

Artist Title Record company Credit
Alien Sex Fiend Who's Been Sleeping In My Brain? Anagram Records Produced
Art Of Noise Art Of Love China Production/Remix
Blue Pearl Blue Pearl Big Life Production
Blue Pearl Naked In The Rain Malarky Produced
The Charlatans[14] Who We Touch Frinck Recordings Produced
Edwyn Collins A Girl Like You Remix
Crowded House Together Alone EMI Production
The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Beggars Banquet Records Add Prod/Mix
Howie Day Stop All The World Now Sony (US) Produced
Dido Don't Think Of Me BMG Production
The Drum Club Drums Are Dangerous Instinct Production
Embrace All You Good Good People Producer
Embrace Come Back To What You Know Hut Records Producer
Embrace Forthcoming Title Tbc Independiente Produced
Embrace Good Will Out Independiente Produced/Mixed
Embrace Higher Sights Hut Producer
Erasure Chorus (single) Mute Records Produced/Mixed
FAKE? Switching on X MusicTaste Production
The Fireman The Fireman Hydra Writer/Producer
The Futureheads This Is Not The World Nul Records Produced
Missy Higgins Forthcoming Title Tbc Virgin Co-writer
James Seven Mercury Records Producer
Vanessa-Mae The Capulets and The Montagues Prod/Mix
Marilyn Manson Mobscene Interscope Records Add. Prod/Remix
The Music Come What May Virgin Produced
Heather Nova Oyster Big Life Production
Heather Nova Siren Sony Production
The Orb Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld Island Records Co-Prod/Co-Writer
Beth Orton Best Bit Heavenly Recordings Producer
P.M. Dawn Set Adrift On Memory Bliss Island Add Prod/Mix
The Prostitutes Deaf to the Call X Production Production
Sam Roberts Band Lo-Fantasy Secret Brain Produced
Shack HMS Fable London Producer
Sonido Vegetal Las Bases del Razonamiento Maldito Digital Producer
The Sugarcubes Vitamin One Little Indian Records 12" Remix
Symposium Bury You Infectious Records Producer
Symposium Paint The Stars Infectious Records Producer
Tribazik Data Warfare Skyride Mixing and additional production
U2 Night And Day Island 12" Remix
Vega 4 Love Is The Music Taste Media Produced
The Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony Hut Records Producer
The Verve Lucky Man Hut Records Producer
The Verve Sonnet Hut Records Producer
The Verve Urban Hymns Hut Records Co-Producer


  1. ^ "Albums by Youth: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Gaye Advert / Preview: "Beyond Punk" @ Signal Gallery « Arrested Motion". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b Glover, Martin. "Before Killing Joke, Youth tells us about his whole adventure in punk rock". Louder Than War. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ 4" Be 2" – One Of The Lads (Island Records, WIP 6530, Vinyl, 7") at Discogs
  5. ^ "Alex Paterson & Youth discuss "Impossible Oddities" Album OUT NOW".  
  6. ^ "Are You Listening?: Music". Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Suns Of Arqa - Jaggernaut Whirling Dub (CD) at Discogs". 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Charlatans, The - Who We Touch (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Exclusive Interview". 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  10. ^ """Echotape to release debut album "Collective. Rogue Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Słodkowski, Jędrzej (24 July 2012). "Pionier clubbingu, przyjaciel Bono, Brygada Kryzys... Znamy bohaterów Soundedit".  
  12. ^ "program - Soundedit 2012". SOUNDEDIT. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Youth's CV". Martin Glover. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Charlatans, The - Who We Touch". Discogs. 

External links

  • You Say It's Your Birthday: Youth of Killing Joke from VH1
  • Official Website
  • Martin Glover: Before Killing Joke, Youth tells us about his whole adventure in punk rock
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