The Creepers

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The Creepers
Also known as Marc Riley and The Creepers,
The Lost Soul Crusaders
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Rock, post-punk
Years active 1982 - 1988
Labels In-Tape, Red Rhino
Associated acts The Fall
Past members Marc Riley (1982-88)
Eddie Fenn (1982-88)
Paul Fletcher (1982-85)
Pete Keogh (1982-85)
Mark Tilton (1986-88)
Phil Roberts (1986-88)

The Creepers were an English rock music group, formed in Manchester in 1982, originally as Marc Riley & The Creepers.[1] After being dismissed from The Fall by Mark E. Smith, Marc Riley formed his own record label (In-Tape) with Jim Khambatta,[2] and his own band.[1] The first single "Favourite Sister" was followed up with "Jumper Clown", which poked fun at his previous band's singer. A Peel Session was the source of the next release in 1984, with a compilation of these early releases, Cull, following the same year. First album proper, Gross Out, appeared in June 1984. 1985 saw the release of second album Fancy Meeting God as well as a swansong live album Warts 'n' All towards the end of the year.

Riley then recruited ex-Membranes Mark Tilton and Phil Roberts of Shrubs, and carried on as simply "The Creepers".[1] With a more sophisticated sound, the first release under this name was a cover of Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire", with the album Miserable Sinners following later the same year. After signing to Red Rhino, a further single, Brute and album Rock 'n' Roll Liquorice Flavour appeared in 1987 and 1988 respectively. Sleeper: a retrospective, followed in 1989.

The band briefly became The Lost Soul Crusaders before splitting up.[1][2]

The band's name was referenced by The Midnight Creepers. A collaborative acid-skiffle ensemble formed in May 2013 in Ibiza, exclusively performing after midnight adorned in kitchenware.

Discography[edit]

(chart placings shown are from the UK independent chart)[3]

Singles[edit]

Marc Riley and The Creepers

  • Favourite Sister (Jul 1983, In-Tape, IT001 [7"])
  • Jumper Clown (Oct 1983, In-Tape, IT002 [7"])
  • Creeping at Maida Vale (Feb 1984, In-Tape, IT004 [7"]/IT004 [12"]) No. 5
  • Pollystiffs (May 1984, IT006, In-Tape, IT006 [7"]) No. 11
  • Shadow Figure (Sep 1984, In-Tape, IT009 [12"]) No. 5
  • 4 A's From Maida Vale (Oct 1985, In-Tape, IT025 [2 x 7"]/ITT025 [12"]) No. 7

The Creepers

  • Baby's On Fire (May 1986, In-Tape, IT033 [7"]/ITT033 [12"]) No. 8
  • Brute (Jun 1987, Red Rhino, RED079 [7"]/REDT079 [12"]) No. 29

Albums[edit]

Marc Riley and The Creepers

  • Cull (Apr 1984, In-Tape, IT005 [LP]) No. 9
  • Gross Out (Jun 1984, In-Tape, IT007 [LP]) No. 11
  • Fancy Meeting God (Mar 1985, In-Tape, IT015 [LP]) No. 23
  • Live - Warts 'n' All (Nov 1985, In-Tape, IT026 [LP]) No. 5

The Creepers

  • Miserable Sinners (Nov 1986, In-Tape, IT039 [LP]/IT039C [C]) No. 14
  • Rock 'N' Roll Liquorice Flavour (Jan 1988, Red Rhino, REDLP082 [LP]/REDC082 [C]/REDCD082 [CD])
  • Sleeper: a retrospective (1989, Bleed Records, DRY001 [double LP])

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C.:"The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Colin: "The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music", 1992, Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-579-4
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry:"Indie Hits 1980-1989", 1997, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4