Fiction Factory – Throw the Warped Wheel Out 35 Years Later

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Fiction Factory – Throw the Warped Wheel Out 35 Years Later

In the New Wave scene, Fiction Factory’s “(Feels Like) Heaven” remains one of the most distinguishable and loved among the genre’s enthusiasts. Unfortunately, its massive popularity eclipsed the band’s other equally lovable tracks, even making many journalists and casual listeners dismiss Fiction Factory as a one-hit wonder. What a shame!

Formed in 1983, in Perth, Scotland, Fiction Factory was Kevin Patterson (vocals), Eddie Jordan (keyboards), Grant Taylor (trumpet), Chic Medley (guitar), Graham McGregor (bass), and Mike Ogletree (drums/percussion). The album where their most popular song came from was Throw the Warped Wheel Out, also the Scottish band’s debut offering.

Released in 1984, via Columbia Records, Throw the Warped Wheel Out opened straightaway with the pristine and precious gem “(Feels Like) Heaven,” whose first-four keyboard notes were enough a signature that made the song easily recognizable. This was followed by the big bass thumps and synth-drenched sway of “Heart and Mind.” The ensuing “Panic” was among the album’s New Romantic ballads, whose Medley’s cyclical guitar ad-lib, Jordan’s sparkling keyboard lines, McGregor’s bouncing bass parts, Ogletree’s subtly syncopated drum beats, Taylor’s trumpet interlude, and Patterson’s snowy baritone and timbre and yearning yelps were the ingredients that comprised Fiction Factory’s trademark sound. The narrative then continued with the slow buildup of the melodramatic “The Hanging Gardens.”

Fiction Factory then returned the listener once again to the center of the dancefloor of many an ’80s promenade nights as “All or Nothing” played next—a showcase of Patterson’s low vocal register and high-pitched voice reminiscent of that of the mighty and legendary David Bowie (“China Girl”) and fellow Post-Punk New Wave luminaries such as Andy Overall of Blue Zoo (“Love Moves in Strange Ways”), Paul Simpson of The Wild Swans (“Whirlpool Heart”) and Care (“Whatever Possessed You”), Adrian Borland of The Sound (“Total Recall”), Cy Curnin of The Fixx (“Red Skies”), and Stephen Fellows of The Comsat Angels (“You Move Me”).

The mid-album track, “Hit the Mark” was a game changer with its steely percussive elements and Worldbeat sensibilities. Another shift in style came next with the Gothic gloom and slightly funky guitar strums and bass lines of “Ghost of Love.” Patterson and the rest of Fiction Factory then turned poignant again with the consecutive mid-tempo tracks, “Tales of Tears” and “The First Step,” dimming the lights and merging teenage bodies into one as the mirror ball spun more slowly than usual.

Finally, Fiction Factory finished off their debut album with the graceful and classy sentiments of “The Warped Wheel,” which prominently featured the bubbling bass slaps of McGregor and the ornate synthesizer arrangement of Jordan.

Thirty-five years later, Throw the Warped Wheel Out has truly earned its right to belong to the treasure chest of classic ’80s New Wave gems. Its finesse and beauty simply continued with the band’s sophomore album released the year that followed, but that was for another story. For the meantime, spin Fiction Factory’s wheel of time once again back to the heyday of this kind of music.

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature.In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music.As a means to further his passion for music, he formed the band haLf man haLf eLf. He now performs with another band, The Psychedelics.aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He began writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015.In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. He participates at various community events; and he explores the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever his schedule permits it.aLfie is a doting and dedicated father to his now ten-year-old son, Evawwen.

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