Creeping Bent Records showcase
When Andy Warhol said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, he wasn’t counting on the irresistible rise of the Creeping Bent Organisation, which this month celebrates 15 years carving out a parallel pop universe with two very special shows. Vic Godard and The Subway Sect first appeared in Edinburgh supporting The Clash during their 1977 White Riot tour, and duly inspired Edinburgh’s high-concept label Fast Product, while a young Davy Henderson would go on to form Fire Engines, Edinburgh’s incendiary post-punk jangular sensations that begat Win and The Nectarine No 9. Henderson’s latest combo, The Sexual Objects, play in tandem with Godard and co, while the Glasgow show features the Ze-Records styled avant-disco of Creeping Bent’s latest flame, Flesh.
‘Vic and Davy are the people that influenced and focused Creeping Bent,’ McIntyre explains. ‘A lot of it too came from Fast Product’s ideas about packaging and consumerism. So to still be here is quite an achievement in sheer bloody-mindedness.’
Creeping Bent was launched at A Leap Into the Void, an Yves Klein referencing multi-media happening at Tramway in Glasgow in 1994. Picking up where Fast Product left off, keeper of the flame and Creeping Bent prime mover Douglas McIntyre’s eclectic back-catalogue predicted a future whereby Franz Ferdinand took sounds patented at Bent and Fast into the mainstream. McIntyre is keen to do likewise with Flesh, an entryist idea masterminded with producer Steven Lironi, who has combined the voices of chanteuse Sharon Martin and Suicide’s Alan Vega to thrilling effect.
Now a digital only label, Creeping Bent plans to release long-lost archive material by the likes of The Leopards and The Nectarine No 9 online. ‘The whole beauty of digital releases,’ McIntyre says, ‘is that you don’t have to have money to release obscurities.’
Vic Godard & The Subway Sect and The Sexual Objects, Citrus Club, Edinburgh, Fri Dec 4; Stereo, Glasgow, Sat Dec 5 with Flesh