Born in London in 1959, early musical influences were coloured by the tastes of his six older siblings and included the music at the tail end of the sixties, including the Beatles, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Simon And Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and John Lennon. Aged about 15, Stephen started writing his own songs. Moving to Edinburgh, and The College Of Art in 1977 he was a founder member of the Post-Punk band called Metropak. Metropak arrived at a very unique sound with unpredictable song structures, subtle rhythms and a captivating ambiguity. The band released three singles. In 1984 Stephen formed Heyday (from Edinburgh), a band in Edinburgh with Ronnie Torrance (drums), Bill Ayton (keyboards), Davie Waddell (Bass) and Robert Russell (guitar). The band broke up in 1985 and Stephen embarked on solo musical projects and has, since 2007, been releasing material on his own label called Close Up Records UK. The latest release (early 2012) is a ten track album called ‘Today Tomorrow’. He is interested in strong melodies and lyrics that alternate between the personal and the universal, communicated with clarity. Stephen Harrison is on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Harrison/155502732790
Discography of Stephen Harrison :
1979 : Metropak single : You’re A Rebel, Ok Let’s Go, Run Run Run. PAK records (001).
1980 : Metropak Single : Walking, Here’s Looking At You. PAK records (002).
1981 : Rhythm Of Life 7’’ single. ‘Soon’, ‘Summertime.’ Rational Records (Rate 6).
1984 : Heyday (from Edinburgh) 7 track unreleased recording. Released digitally in 2010 as a phsical CD album with an extra two tracks. Close Up Records UK. (Close 003).
1986 : ‘The Rough With The Smooth’. 12’’ compilation vinyl album. Includes the Stephen Harrison song Sad And Blue : Les Disques Du Crepuscule, TWI 651.
1988 : “I Know Everything’. 12’’ six track solo mini vinyl album. Telquel Records 001.
2007 : ‘The Fruit Of The Original Sin”. Double CD re-issue. Includes bonus tracks ‘Soon’ and ‘Summertime’. LTM Records LTMCD2497.
2007 : ‘Chips For Supper’. 19 track CD of Stephen Harrison songs. Close Up Records UK (001).
2008 : “Faded Colours”. 12 track CD of songs written and recorded during 2007. Close Up Records UK (Close 003).
2009 : ‘We Face Extinction’ 7 track album by Stephen Harrison. Close Up Records UK (Close 006).
2010 : ‘The Colour Of Black Is Black’. 9 track CD album. Close Up Records Uk. ( Close 011).
2011 : ‘I Know Everything’. Re-issue of the album first released on vinyl in 1988, and including a bonus track called ‘Glad It’s Over’.
201 : . ‘Today Tomorrow’. Ten track CD of new songs written and recorded by Stephen Harrison during 2011. Close Up Records UK (close 015)
Edited by 7saltire8 on 12 Jan 2012, 11:10
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