Fiction Factory

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Fiction Factory
Origin Perth, Scotland
Genres New wave, synthpop
Years active 1983–1987, 2007, 2011
Labels CBS
Members Kevin Patterson
Chic Medley
Eddie Jordan
Graham McGregor
Past members Grant Taylor
Mike Ogletree
Paul Wishart

Fiction Factory were a Scottish new wave band from Perth, formed in 1983. The group are known solely to mainstream audiences for their debut single "(Feels Like) Heaven", which reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

History[edit]

Before they began Fiction Factory, Kevin Patterson (vocals), Eddie Jordan (keyboards), Grant Taylor (trumpet) and Chic Medley (guitar) played in skinhead ska band The Rude Boys (later shortened to The RB's). Asked by CBS to create a concert-playing band, they enlisted Graham McGregor (bass) and Mike Ogletree (drums and percussion), a former member of Simple Minds, and Café Jacques. The band's single "(Feels Like) Heaven" became a UK Top 10 hit in 1984 (also reaching the Top 10 in Germany and Switzerland).

Fiction Factory disbanded in 1987 after the release of their second album. Patterson later left the music industry. He currently works in the IT department at the University of Dundee. He has a wife and two children.[1][2] Patterson and Jordan reunited to perform "(Feels Like) Heaven" (with backing band) at Jordan's wedding in August 2007.[3] Medley went on to work with the Scottish world music project, Mouth Music.

"(Feels Like) Heaven" was used in a 2009 television advertisement for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

In 2011, Patterson, Medley, McGregor and Jordan reformed the band for the first time since 1987 for their performance at the 2011 Rewind Festival.[4]

Line-up[edit]

  • Kevin Patterson (born 5 March 1960): vocals (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Chic (Charles) Medley (born 4 November 1958): guitars (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Graham McGregor: bass (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Eddie (Edward) Jordan (born 14 March 1958): keyboards (1983, 2011)
  • Mike Ogletree: drums and percussion (1983–1987)
  • Grant Taylor: trumpet (1983–1984) (played on first album)
  • Paul Wishart: keyboards (1985–1987) (played on second album)
  • Graham Weir: trumpet (1985) (played on second album)
  • James Locke: drums and percussions (1985–1987) (played on second album)
  • Pim Jones: guitar (1985) (played on second album)
  • Marwenna Laidlaw (1985) (backing vocalist on second album)

Discography[edit]

Fiction Factory discography
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Cover of debut album Throw the Warped Wheel Out
Studio albums 2
Singles 6

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[5]
GER
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
Throw the Warped Wheel Out 98 57 34 23
Another Story
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Virgin
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
AUT
[10]
BEL
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
ITA
[14]
NED
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
1983 "(Feels Like) Heaven" 6 20 10 10 4 33 16 24 14 2 Throw the Warped Wheel Out
1984 "Ghost of Love" 64 49
"All or Nothing"
1985 "Not the Only One" Another Story
"No Time"
"Standing at the Top of the World"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Fiction Factory - feels like heaven". YouTube. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Rewind Festival". Rewind Festival. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Albums" (PDF). RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  6. ^ "German Albums". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Swedish Albums". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Swiss Albums". hitparade.ch.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  9. ^ "UK Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Austrian Singles". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Belgian Singles". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  12. ^ "German Singles". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  13. ^ "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Italian Singles". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Netherlands Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand Singles". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  17. ^ "Swedish Singles". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Swiss Singles". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 

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