Fiction Factory

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Fiction Factory
Origin Perth, Scotland
Genres New wave, synthpop
Years active1982–1987, 2007, 2011
Labels CBS
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 1982, 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.

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History

Before they began Fiction Factory in 1982, 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, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland).

The band frequented Bandwagon Music Supplies in Perth. "They would come into my shop wanting to hear their recording on my wee cassette recorder that turned out to be a number six single that still gets played today," said Pete Caban, the shop's owner. "I still see the guys, they still come in." The shop closed in 2020 after 37 years in business. [1]

"(Feels Like) Heaven" was the band's only success in the UK. The follow-up single "Ghost of Love" only reached no. 64 on the singles chart, while the parent album Throw the Warped Wheel Out did not reach the chart at all. [2] Fiction Factory had more success in Europe with "(Feels Like) Heaven" reaching no. 2 in Switzerland and the Top 20 in several countries, "Ghost of Love" spending 11 weeks on the German singles chart [3] and Throw the Warped Wheel Out charting in Switzerland (no. 23), [4] Sweden (no. 34) [5] and Germany (no. 57). [6]

In 1984 Fiction Factory toured Europe as support band for OMD, but the same year Jordan, McGregor and Ogletree departed from the band. Patterson and Medley recorded the next album with session musicians, including keyboardist Paul Wishart and brothers Graham and Neil Weir of OMD. [7]

Fiction Factory disbanded in 1987 after the release of their second album Another Story had become a commercial flop. [7] Patterson left the music industry soon afterwards. He now works in IT and is married with two children. [8] [9] Patterson and Jordan reunited to perform "(Feels Like) Heaven" with a backing band at the latter's wedding in August 2007. [10] Medley went on to work with the Scottish world music project, Mouth Music.

In 2011, the original line-up reformed for the first time since 1984 for their performance at that year's Rewind Festival. [11]

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

Discography

Fiction Factory discography
Studio albums2
Singles6

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
CAN
[12]
GER
[6]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[4]
Throw the Warped Wheel Out 98573423
Another Story
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[13]
AUS
[14]
AUT
[15]
BEL
[16]
GER
[17]
IRE
[18]
ITA
[19]
NED
[20]
NZ
[21]
SWE
[22]
SWI
[23]
1983"Ghost of Love"6449 Throw the Warped Wheel Out
"(Feels Like) Heaven"6512010104331624142
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.

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