After previously posting the Valentine’s set from this gig, I was incredibly excited to find out that many of the other bands sets from the ‘Doing It For The Kids’ All-Dayer in 1988 were recorded and even more excited that I’m able to share this with you now.
This day was a turning point for Creation, the following day they would release a handful of singles and a compilation that would give the label even more exposure. This was also to be one of the last Creation Records events.
Listening back to the night, one thing that stands out is the fact The House of Love are the stars of the night and at their peak with the loudest crowd reaction. Only the week before they were on the cover of the NME with journalists beginning to proclaiming them the next big thing. They clearly owned the day and listening to this highlights just how excited the audience were.
Primal Scream had been away from Creation for over two years after a stint on McGee’s major label spin-off Elevation the band were now back on Creation and included in their set today was ‘Ivy Ivy Ivy’, a song which would be their next single in 1989.
Another highlight is a guest appearance during Felt’s set by Rose McDowell of Strawberry Switchblade.
My Bloody Valentine had never even released a note on Creation at this point, but the strength of the You Made Me Realise EP had obviously given Creation the confidence that they would also be major stars soon, hence they headlined the show.
You can listen to the full sets below from (in order of appearance) Biff Bang Pow! The Jasmine Minks, The Jazz Butcher, Primal Scream, Felt, The House of Love and My Bloody Valentine.
Doing It For The Kids All-Dayer 1988 by Creation Records on Mixcloud
Read Simon Reynolds’ review for the Melody Maker of the gig here.
Many thanks to Steve Jones and Richard Pushong for recording the gig and sharing this today.