Fiction Factory

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Fiction Factory
OriginPerth, Scotland
GenresNew wave, synthpop
Years active1983–1987, 2007, 2011
LabelsCBS
Past membersEddie Jordan
Graham McGregor
Chic Medley
Mike Ogletree
Kevin Patterson
Grant Taylor
Paul Wishart

Fiction Factory were a Scottish new wave band from Perth. Formed in 1983, they are best known for their single "(Feels Like) Heaven", which peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Eddie Jordan and Kevin Patterson.

History[edit]

Before they began Fiction Factory, Kevin Patterson (vocals), Eddie Jordan (keyboards), Grant Taylor (trumpet) and Chic Medley (guitar) played in skinhead ska band The Rude Boys (later shortened to The RB's). Asked by CBS to create a concert-playing band, they enlisted Graham McGregor (bass) and Mike Ogletree (drums and percussion), a former member of Simple Minds and Café Jacques. The band's single "(Feels Like) Heaven" became a UK Top 10 hit in 1984 (also reaching the Top 10 in Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland).

Fiction Factory disbanded in 1987 after the release of their second album, and Patterson left the music industry soon afterwards. He now works in IT and is married with two children.[1][2] Patterson and Jordan reunited to perform "(Feels Like) Heaven" with a backing band at the latter's wedding in August 2007.[3] Medley went on to work with the Scottish world music project, Mouth Music.

In 2011, the original line-up reformed the band for the first time since 1984 for their performance at the 2011 Rewind Festival.[4]

In 2016, Manic Street Preachers covered "(Feels Like) Heaven" for the album "BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 80s, Volume 2".

In 2019, "(Feels Like) Heaven" was used in Episode 5 of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy".

Line-up[edit]

  • Kevin Patterson: vocals (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Chic (Charles) Medley: guitars (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Graham McGregor: bass (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Eddie (Edward) Jordan: keyboards (1983, 2011)
  • Mike Ogletree: drums and percussion (1983–1987, 2011)
  • Grant Taylor: trumpet (1983–1984) (played on first album)
  • Paul Wishart: keyboards (1985–1987) (played on second album)
  • Graham Weir: trumpet (1985) (played on second album)
  • James Locke: drums and percussions (1985–1987) (played on second album)
  • Pim Jones: guitar (1985) (played on second album)
  • Marwenna Laidlaw (1985) (backing vocalist on second album)

Discography[edit]

Fiction Factory discography
Studio albums2
Singles6

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[5]
GER
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
Throw the Warped Wheel Out 98 57 34 23
Another Story
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
AUT
[10]
BEL
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
ITA
[14]
NED
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
1983 "Ghost of Love" 64 49 Throw the Warped Wheel Out
"(Feels Like) Heaven" 6 20 10 10 4 33 16 24 14 2
1984 "All or Nothing"
1985 "Not the Only One" Another Story
"No Time"
"Standing at the Top of the World"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Fiction Factory - feels like heaven". YouTube. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Rewind Festival". Rewind Festival. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Canadian Albums" (PDF). RPM Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  6. ^ "German Albums". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Swedish Albums". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Swiss Albums". hitparade.ch.com. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "UK Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Austrian Singles". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Belgian Singles". ultratop.be. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  12. ^ "German Singles". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  14. ^ "Italian Singles". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Netherlands Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  16. ^ "New Zealand Singles". charts.nz. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Swedish Singles". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Swiss Singles". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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