20 NOVEMBER 1966
The Creation’s ‘Painter Man’ was at its peak UK chart position of #36. It also reached #8 in Germany, a country where they established a larger fan base.
The similarities between this group - who had a background in loud pop art - and the Who are fairly obvious, and the two bands (along with the Kinks and the Easybeats) were produced by Shel Talmy. Guitarist Eddie Phillips used a violin bow to play his instrument on this song, allegedly the first guitarist to do so.
The Creation did not enjoy much commercial success (this was their biggest hit) and they disbanded in 1968, although they were later seen as an influential band and have reformed on a number of occasions.
'Painter Man' was covered by Boney M in 1979, when it made #10 in the UK.
B-side: 'Biff, Bang, Pow'
Released: October 1966
Highest chart position: #36 (UK)
Writers: Kenny Pickett, Eddie Phillips
Producer: Shel Talmy