Martin Glover

Martin Glover

Martin Glover performing at the 2009 Ilosaarirock festival.
Background information
Also known as Youth
Born 27 December 1960 (1960-12-27) (age 50)
Origin UK
Occupations Musician, Music producer
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts Killing Joke, The Verve, Brilliant, The Orb, The Fireman, Zodiac Youth, Celtic Cross, Transmission, Vertical Smile

Martin Glover, also known as Youth, (born 27 December 1960) is a record producer and a founding member and bassist of the UK band Killing Joke. He is a member of The Fireman along with Paul McCartney. Glover was born in Africa.


Early career

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.[1]

Soon after exiting Killing Joke, Youth started the WAU! Mr Modo label, releasing a selection of industrial techno dubs, and heavy sound system dubs from artists like Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman and Jah Warrior. These disco mixes, released in the late 1980s, are long deleted and fetch high sums in private sales.

Also during that time, Glover founded his own commercially oriented dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986, but disbanded later.

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. Although they only charted two songs on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, both tracks are considered classic examples of early house music and they are still remixed and played in nightclubs today. "Naked In The Rain" was a #4 hit in the UK Singles Chart and a #5 dance hit in the U.S. in 1990, which was originally issued on blue vinyl. It was followed by "(Can You) Feel the Passion" (their response to Bizarre Inc's "Playing With Knives"), which hit #1 in 1992. They also had a minor hit in the UK Singles Chart in November 1990 with the #31 hit, "Little Brother".

Later career

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?'.[2]

He also produced and remixed for other bands including 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,[3] Wet Wet Wet, Depeche Mode, The Shamen, Texas, Dido, Dolores O'Riordan, Gravity Kills and Fake?. He also produces under the name Orion.[1]

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 also worked with Duran Duran at early stages of their lost album, Reportage,[4] sometime in 2005.

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.

Production discography


Artist Title Record company Credit
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
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
Heather Nova Oyster V2 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


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