Martin Glover

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Martin Glover
Martin Glover - Ilosaarirock 2009.jpg
Martin Glover performing at the 2009 Ilosaarirock festival.
Background information
Also known as Youth, Orion
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960 (age 54)
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

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[edit]

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 with them the "One of the Lads" single.[3][4]

Soon after exiting Killing Joke in 1982, Martin Glover founded his own commercially oriented dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986, but disbanded later.

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 like 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. The remix Youth contributes 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 with American female singer Durga McBroom, scoring a handful of hit singles including their debut "Naked In The Rain", originally issued on blue vinyl, 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[edit]

His Butterfly Records label has produced such artists 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 also worked, produced and remixed for other 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] Wet Wet Wet, Depeche Mode, The Shamen, Misery Loves Co., Texas, Dido, Dolores O'Riordan, Gravity Kills, Fake? and Pink Floyd.

Glover is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records. Youth formed other record labels such as Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records. He is well known on the psychedelic trance scene and participated in collaborations such as Celtic Cross with Simon Posford and Saul Davies, Dub Trees with Greg Hunter and Simon Posford, and Zodiac Youth.

He performed both full-on trance as well as chill-out DJ sets at several Return to the Source parties and released a mix album, Ambient Meditations 3 on their label in 2000. His Butterfly Studios were also home of the Return to the Source offices circa 1999 - 2002.

He is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. Glover had also made plans to work with Duran Duran in the later stages of their lost album, Reportage,[8] before it was shelved later in 2006.

He is a member of the band Transmission with Simon Tong of The Verve, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. He has also played guitar on several tracks on the 2007 Client album "Heartland." In 2008 he 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 mid-2010 Martin 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, he received The Man with the Golden Ear Award.[9][10]

In 2013, Glover produced the debut album Collective by the DIY indie rock band Echotape[11] followed by Meteorites by Echo and the Bunnymen, and Lion by Peter Murphy, both set for release in 2014.

In 2014 Glover produced Culture Club's new album "Tribes" set for release in early 2015. The new single, "More Than Silence" was released in November 2014.

Production discography[edit]

Taken from Martin Glover's Youth site.[12]

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


  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". Year Zero. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  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. ^ "Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Exclusive Interview". 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  9. ^ Słodkowski, Jędrzej (24 July 2012). "Pionier clubbingu, przyjaciel Bono, Brygada Kryzys... Znamy bohaterów Soundedit". Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "program - Soundedit 2012". SOUNDEDIT. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Echotape to release debut album "Collective"". Rogue Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Youth's CV". Martin Glover. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 

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