Martin “Youth” Glover

Martin "Youth" GloverMartin Glover, also known as Youth is a record producer and a founding member and bassist of Killing Joke. He is a member of The Fireman along with Paul McCartney 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. 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. 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. Their early releases of a selection of industrial techno dubs, and heavy sound system dubs from artists like Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman andJah 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”. 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?’. He also worked, produced and remixed for other bands including 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, Wet Wet Wet, Depeche Mode, The Shamen, Misery Loves Co, Texas, Dido, Dolores O’Riordan, Gravity Kills and Fake?. 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, 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. 

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