Martin Glover, also known as Youth, (born 27 December 1960) is a record producer and a founding member and bassist of the UK band Killing Joke. He is a member of The Fireman along with Paul McCartney. Glover was born in Africa.
Bassist Martin Glover of Killing Joke
performing at the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland
Photo: Tuomas Vitikainen
Martin has been accociated with; Killing Joke, Paul McCartney, The Fireman, Zodiac Youth, Celtic Cross and Transmission
Glover originally named himself Pig Youth after the reggae chanter Big Youth, who was popular with late 70's London punk bands.
Soon after exiting Killing Joke, Youth started the WAU! Mr Modo label, releasing a selection of industrial techno dubs, and heavy sound system dubs from artists like Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman and Jah Warrior. These disco mixes, released in the late 80's, are long deleted and fetch high sums in private sales.
Also during that time, Glover founded his own commercially oriented dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986, but disbanded later.
Youth's connections with dub continued in the mid 90's when he was asked by Adrian Sherwood to remix some of Bim Sherman's tracks for a reworking of the "Miracle" album. He also recently appeared on a Ted Parsons/NIC dub album. The remix Youth contributes opens with a sample from Glen Brown's "Version '78", a track originally released on the South East label.
His Butterfly Records label has produced such artists as Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Tom Jones, The Orb, Maria McKee and Heather Nova. Youth was the co-producer of The Verve's Urban Hymns and Dolores O'Riordan's 'Are You Listening?'.
He also produced and remixed for other bands including Primal Scream, Embrace, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Art of Noise, Crowded House, Zoe, P.M. Dawn, Yazoo, Erasure, U2, Bananarama, INXS, James, Wet Wet Wet, Depeche Mode, The Shamen, Texas, Dido, Dolores O'Riordan, Gravity Kills and Fake?. He also produces under the name Orion.
Glover is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records. Youth formed other record labels such as Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records. He is well known on the psychedelic trance scene and participated in collaborations such as Celtic Cross with Simon Posford and Saul Davies, Dub Trees with Greg Hunter and Simon Posford, and Zodiac Youth.
However, he is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. Glover also worked with Duran Duran at early stages of their famous lost album, Reportage, sometime in 2005.
He is a member of the band Transmission with Simon Tong of The Verve, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. He has also played guitar on several tracks on the 2007 Client album "Heartland." In 2008 he produced the Delays album Everything's the Rush, the Futureheads' This Is Not The World and worked on the debut album of American band The Daylights.
He is currently working on the new Killing Joke album, with a tour to follow.