Youth (musician)

Martin Glover, known by his stage name Youth, (born 27 December 1960) is an English record producer and a founding member and bassist of Killing Joke. He is a member of the Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.

Youth performing at the 2009 Ilosaarirock festival with Killing Joke.
Background information
Also known asYouth, Orion
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960
Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresRock, post-punk, experimental rock, electronica, ambient, dub
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, synthesizer
Associated actsKilling Joke, Brilliant, the Orb, Blue Pearl, the Fireman, Zodiac Youth, Celtic Cross, Transmission, Suns of Arqa, Vertical Smile, the Verve, Paul McCartney, Crowded House, Hypnopazūzu, David Gilmour

Early career

Martin Glover was born 27 December 1960 in Slough, England. He attended Kingham Hill School, an independent private school in Oxfordshire where he met Alex Paterson,[1] who would become a roadie for Glover's band Killing Joke, and later founder of The Orb. Naming himself "Pig Youth" after the reggae chanter Big Youth in 1977 he joined punk band the Rage, who toured with the Adverts.[2][3] Later he joined "4 Be 2", a band formed by John Lydon's brother Jimmy Lydon, and recorded the "One of the Lads" single with them.[3][4]

Youth also played bass on The Bollock Brothers discomix 12, The Slow Removal Of Vincent Van Gogh's Left Ear.

Youth is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. He left the band in 1982, and soon after founded his own commercially orientated dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986 before later disbanding.

In 1989, Youth and Alex Paterson started the WAU! Mr. Modo label.[5] Their early releases of a selection of industrial techno dubs and heavy sound system dubs from artists such as Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman and Jah 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, contributing a remix which opens with a sample from Glen Brown's "Version '78", a track originally released on the South East label.

In the early nineties, Youth formed techno and house music duo Blue Pearl together with American singer Durga McBroom. They scored a handful of hit singles including their blue vinyl debut "Naked in the Rain", which reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart and was also a No. 5 dance hit in the U.S. in 1990. It was followed by "Little Brother" and "(Can You) Feel the Passion". An album, Naked, was also released.

In 1994 Youth rejoined Killing Joke and their album Pandemonium was released on his Butterfly Recordings label, as was the 1996 follow-up, Democracy.

He is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records, as well as the Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records labels. He is well known on the psychedelic trance scene, collaborating with Simon Posford and Saul Davies as Celtic Cross, with Greg Hunter and Simon Posford as Dub Trees, and on the project Zodiac Youth. He has performed both full-on trance as well as chill-out DJ sets at several Return to the Source parties, and released the Ambient Meditations 3 mix album on their label in 2000. His Butterfly Studios were also home of the Return to the Source offices circa 1999–2002.

Later career

Youth's Butterfly Records label has produced artists such as Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Tom Jones, The Orb, System 7, Maria McKee and Heather Nova. Youth was the co-producer of The Verve's Urban Hymns and Dolores O'Riordan's 'Are You Listening?'.[6] He has also worked, produced and remixed for bands including Kate Bush, Guns N' Roses, Primal Scream, Embrace, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Art of Noise, Crowded House, Zoe, P.M. Dawn, Yazoo, Erasure, U2, Bananarama, INXS, Gaudi, James and Suns of Arqa.[7]

Youth had also made plans to work with Duran Duran in the later stages of their lost album Reportage,[8] before it was shelved later in 2006.

In 2008, Youth 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 2013, Glover produced the debut album Collective by the DIY indie rock band Echotape,[9] followed by Meteorites by Echo and the Bunnymen and Lion by Peter Murphy. The following year, Glover produced Culture Club's "Tribes" album.

Youth is a member of the band Transmission, together with Simon Tong of The Verve, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. He also played guitar on several tracks on the 2007 Client album "Heartland."

In mid-2010, he 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, Youth was awarded The Man with the Golden Ear Award.[10][11]

In 2016 he received the PPL Music Producers Guild Lifetime Achievement award and released the album Create Christ, Sailor Boy with David Tibet as Hypnopazūzu.[12]

In 2017 he teamed up with Gaudi for the release of their collaborative album 'Astronaut Alchemists', due for release on Liquid Sound Design in 2018.

In 2018 he recorded a collaborative album with Nik Turner. Pharaohs From Outer Space was released by Painted Word on 17 August 2018.[13]

Production discography

Taken from Martin Glover's Youth site.[14]

Artist Title Record company Credit
Alien Sex Fiend Who's Been Sleeping in My Brain Anagram Records Produced
Art of Noise Art of Love China Production/Remix
Blue Pearl Blue Pearl Big Life Production
Blue Pearl Naked in the Rain Malarky Produced
The Charlatans[15] Who We Touch Frinck Recordings Produced
Edwyn Collins A Girl Like You Remix
Crowded House Together Alone EMI Production
The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Beggars Banquet Records Add Prod/Mix
Howie Day Stop All the World Now Sony (US) Produced
Dido Don't Think of Me BMG Production
Drum Club Drums are Dangerous Instinct Production
Embrace All You Good Good People Producer
Embrace Come Back to What You Know Hut Records Producer
Embrace Forthcoming Title Tbc Independiente Produced
Embrace The Good Will Out Independiente Produced/Mixed
Embrace Higher Sights Hut Producer
Erasure Chorus (single) Mute Records Produced/Mixed
Faith No More A Small Victory Slash Records 12" Remix
FAKE? Switching on X MusicTaste Production
The Fireman Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest Hydra Writer/Co-Producer
The Fireman Rushes Hydra Writer/Co-Producer
The Fireman Electric Arguments Hydra Writer/Co-Producer
The Futureheads This Is Not The World Nul Records Produced
Melanie C Forthcoming Title Tbc Red Girl Records Produced
Missy Higgins Forthcoming Title Tbc Virgin Co-writer
James Seven Mercury Records Producer
Vanessa-Mae The Capulets and The Montagues Prod/Mix
Marilyn Manson Mobscene Interscope Records Add. Prod/Remix
The Music Come What May Virgin Produced
Heather Nova Oyster Big Life Production
Heather Nova Siren Sony Production
Heather Nova Pearl Saltwater Production
The Orb The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld Island Records Co-Prod/Co-Writer
Beth Orton Best Bit Heavenly Recordings Producer
P.M. Dawn Set Adrift on Memory Bliss Island Add Prod/Mix
The Prostitutes Deaf to the Call X Production Production
Sam Roberts Band Lo-Fantasy Secret Brain Produced
Shack H.M.S. Fable London Producer
Siouxsie and the Banshees Kiss Them for Me Wonderland 12" remix
Sonido Vegetal Las Bases del Razonamiento Maldito Digital Producer
Sonido Vegetal Verbena Calavera Octubre (Sony Music)[16] Producer
The Sugarcubes Vitamin One Little Indian Records 12" Remix
Symposium Bury You Infectious Records Producer
Symposium Paint The Stars Infectious Records Producer
Tribazik Data Warfare Skyride Mixing and additional production
U2 Night and Day Island 12" Remix
Vega 4 Love Is The Music Taste Media Produced
The Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony Hut Records Producer
The Verve Lucky Man Hut Records Producer
The Verve Sonnet Hut Records Producer
The Verve Urban Hymns Hut Records Co-Producer
Naturists Naked In the Rain Interactive Records Co_producer
Naturists Naturist composition inst Interactive Records Co_producer
Naturists Naked Interactive Records Co_producer


  1. "Families gather to Chill on the Hill".
  2. "Interview with Gaye Advert / Preview: "Beyond Punk" @ Signal Gallery « Arrested Motion". 11 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. Martin Glover. "Before Killing Joke, Youth tells us about his whole adventure in punk rock". Louder Than War. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  4. 4" Be 2" – One of the Lads (Island Records, WIP 6530, Vinyl, 7") at Discogs
  5. "Alex Paterson & Youth discuss "Impossible Oddities" Album OUT NOW". Year Zero Records. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. "Are You Listening?: Music". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. "Suns of Arqa - Jaggernaut Whirling Dub (CD) at Discogs". 22 May 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  8. "Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Exclusive Interview". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. "Echotape to release debut album "Collective"". Rogue Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  10. Słodkowski, Jędrzej (24 July 2012). "Pionier clubbingu, przyjaciel Bono, Brygada Kryzys... Znamy bohaterów Soundedit". Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  11. "program - Soundedit 2012". SOUNDEDIT. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  12. "CREATE CHRIST, SAILOR BOY: The New Album From DAVID TIBET & YOUTH As HYPNOPAZŪZU". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. "Nik Turner & Yoith - Pharaohs From Outer Space (Vinyl, LP,Album)". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. "Youth's CV". Martin Glover. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  15. "Charlatans, The - Who We Touch". Discogs.
  16. "Sonido Vegetal regresa con "Carromato Punk", single adelanto de su nuevo álbum que se publicará el 23 de Octubre - Sony Music España". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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