Made Up in Blue

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Made Up in Blue
EP by The Bats
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded December 1985
Point Studio in London
Genre Dunedin sound, indie pop, alternative rock
Label Flying Nun
Producer The Bats
John Milton
The Bats chronology
And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside'
Made Up in Blue
Daddy's Highway

Made Up in Blue is a 1986 EP by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats.

Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.

The Bats are an influential New Zealand rock band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott and Kaye Woodward. Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin sound musicians that emerged in the early 1980s. The band has retained the same four members from 1982 to the present day.


Recording and release

In 1985, The Bats were touring Britain and Germany, including playing support for Alex Chilton. They recorded the Made Up in Blue EP at the 24 track Point Studio in London in December 1985.

Alex Chilton American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer, best known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star

William Alexander Chilton was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, best known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for The Box Tops was never repeated in later years with Big Star and in his subsequent indie music solo career on small labels, but he drew an intense following among indie and alternative music musicians. He is frequently cited as a seminal influence by influential rock artists and bands, some of whose testimonials appeared in the 2012 documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

'Made Up in Blue' was the first single ever released in the U.K. by Flying Nun. [1] It was awarded 'Single of the Week' by the influential British magazine, NME. [2]

Flying Nun Records is an independent record label formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1981 by music-store manager Roger Shepherd.

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Additional releases

In 1990, Flying Nun released the first three Bats EPs as Compiletely Bats. The three tracks from Made Up in Blue were also added to the 2010 reissue of the band's debut album, Daddy's Highway .

<i>Daddys Highway</i> 1987 studio album by The Bats

Daddy's Highway is the 1987 debut album by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats.

Track listing

1."Made Up in Blue"4:00
2."Trouble in This Town"2:25
3."Mad on You"2:30


Paul Kean is a New Zealand musician and music producer. He first played in the Basket Cases in 1977/78.

Robert Scott (musician) musician from new zealand (20th century)

Robert Scott is a New Zealand musician. He is a part of indie rock bands The Clean and The Bats, playing bass for The Clean, and guitar/vocals for The Bats, and writing songs for both. Other bands with which he has been involved include The Magick Heads, Electric Blood, Gina Rocco & the Rockettes, and Greg Franco & The Wandering Bear. Scott has also released several solo albums in several genres, including alternative rock, experimental instrumentals, and traditional folk music.

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  1. Kean, Paul. "The Bats: Media Update February 2009" (PDF). Pocket Music. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. Hogg, Colin. "Flying Nun Records - The Bats". Flying Nun Records. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.