The traffic to the blog slows up over the Festive period, and it’s therefore something of an opportunity to take a bit of a breather.

Over a period of 26 days, I’ll be posting a single never previously featured on its own before – it might have sneaked in as part of an ICA or within a piece looking at various tracks – with the idea of an edited cut’n’paste from somewhere (most likely wiki) and then all the songs from either the vinyl or CD.

B is for Baby’s On Fire, released by The Creepers in 1986.

Marc Riley formed his own record label – In-Tape – and his own band, following his dismissal from The Fall, recruiting, in due course, Paul Fletcher (guitar), Pete Keogh (bass) and Eddie Fenn (drums), while Riley sang and played keyboards.  The band initially went by the name of Marc Riley and The Creepers, and later as Marc Riley with The Creepers.

The first single Favourite Sister (which featured his former bandmates Steve Hanley, Craig Scanlon and Paul Hanley) came out in July 1983 was followed up in October 1983 with Jumper Clown, which poked fun at Mark E Smith. A Peel Session was the source of the next release, with a compilation of all these early releases, Cull, being issued in April 1984

First album proper, Gross Out, appeared in June 1984, while the following year saw the release of the second album Fancy Meeting God as well as a live album Warts ‘n’ All.

In 1986, Mark Tilton and Phil Roberts came in as replacements for Fletcher and Keogh, with the combo now going under the name The Creepers.

The first release under this name was a 7″ single, Baby’s On Fire, a cover of a Brian Eno song

mp3: The Creepers – Baby’s On Fire
mp3: The Creepers – Another Song About Motorbikes

The album Miserable Sinners following later the same year. The band then added Simon Taylor as an extra guitarist and signed to Red Rhino, on which a further single, Brute, and an album, Rock ‘n’ Roll Liquorice Flavour, appeared in 1987 and 1988 respectively.



  1. Never heard this before. While it’s ok it doesn’t touch the absolute beauty of the original. The 1st 2 solo LPs by Eno = gold, pure gold.

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