The Creation – Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes: #517 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Creation - Our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes

So why is The Creation’s Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

I first encountered The Creation by way of Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson, which has a stellar soundtrack in its own right. “Making Time” helped to set the movie’s super unique tone (think back to a time when a Wes Anderson movie wasn’t yet both a) a style unto itself b) a full on event!): whimsical, retro, arch, melancholy, and hilarious, often all at the same time.

“Making Time” at first sounds like early Who. But, wait, it’s great early Who. But then, wait again: it’s actually its own thing.

It’s The Creation. Dig it.

And here’s a really cool live recording of “Making Time” from 1966.

Just me or does The Creation’s lead singer, Kenny Pickett, remind you, looks-wise, a bit of mid-1990s Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame?

“Painter Man” showcases The Creation’s playful side, with its upbeat melody and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The chorus, which features the band members shouting, “He’s a painter man!” in unison, is both catchy and fun.

“How Does It Feel to Feel?” leans into the band’s psychedelic rock side, with its swirling guitars, dreamy vocals, and trippy lyrics.

Stuff that has something to do with The Creation’s Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes

Perhaps more than your average American*, I’m particularly obsessed with the differences in how the Brits versus we Yanks use our shared English language.

* I lived over in the UK, east of London in the town of Rochester, for six months during my early twenties, which has something to do with it. And of course my dear old American mum was always something of an Anglophile (and still is to this day).

And this is but just one small thing, but the “With Purple Flashes” in The Creation’s album title reminds that it completely delights me when Brits use the term flash e.g. that bloke was real flash like, or some such.

Some stats & info about The Creation – Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock Music, British Bands, British Invasion, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • When was Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes released? 1998
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #517 out of 1,000

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A lyrical snippet from The Creation’s Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

Why do we have to carry on? Always singing the same old song.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

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