Making Time

The Creation

About Making Time

"Making Time" is The Creation's debut single, released in 1966, written by Kenny Pickett (lead singer) and Eddie Phillips (guitarist). It portrays the experience of working in a clock factory while co-workers listen to their favorites on the radio. It is featured on the 1998 Rushmore film soundtrack. The song was used in an Xfinity TV commercial in 2017. It was also used in an Audi USA commercial in 2018.


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Making time
Shooting lines
For people to believe in
Things you say
Gone in a day
Everybody leavin'
Everybody leavin'

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

Tellin' lies
Closing your eyes
Making more excuses
Pullin' the wool
Actin' the fool
People have their uses
People have their uses

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

Lookin' for
An open door
Never taking chances
Take your pick
Makes you sick
Seekin' new advances
Seekin' new advances

Why do we have to carry on?
Always singing the same old song
Same old song
The same old song

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The Creation

Creation were an English rock band, formed in 1966. The most popular Creation song was "Painter Man", which made the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1966, and reached #8 in the German chart in April 1967. It was later covered by Boney M in 1979, and reached the #10 position in the UK chart. Their song "Makin' Time" was used in the movie, Rushmore. Guitarist Eddie Phillips described their sound as: "Our music is red – with purple flashes."[citation needed] more »

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10 facts about this song

Historical Significance
"Making Time" is a debut single by The Creation, released in 1966. The song is an exemplary piece of British freakbeat, a genre that bridged the gap between the British Invasion and the psychedelic rock eras of the 1960s.
Band Members
The Creation was comprised of members Eddie Phillips, Kenny Pickett, Bob Garner, and Jack Jones at the time the song was released.
Unconventional Performance
Eddie Phillips, lead guitarist of band, is often credited with being the first to play a guitar with a violin bow. This distinctive technique was used in "Making Time". Later, this style was made famous by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.
Song Theme
"Making Time" is built upon the concept of assembly-line production, a central aspect of the industrial revolution in Britain, with its lyrics metaphorically referring to the concept of machines making homogeneous products in large quantities.
Commercial Success
Despite the relative obscurity of The Creation, "Making Time" was successful enough to reach number 49 on the UK Singles Chart.
Influence on Other Bands
The Creation and their song "Making Time" have been cited as influences by artists such as Paul Weller of The Jam and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Use in Popular Culture
"Making Time" has found enduring popularity through its use in multiple films and television series, including "Rushmore" and "Baby Driver".
The song has been re-recorded by The Creation multiple times, including a version in 1987 and another one in 1996.
Cover Versions
"Making Time" has been covered by various artists over the years. For instance, the popular indie rock band Guided By Voices covered it in 2003.
Innovative Recording Techniques
The Creation was known for their adventurous and innovative recording techniques, showcased in "Making Time". The song exemplifies their approach to music, combining driving, powerful rock 'n' roll riffs with unusual sonic elements, such as the sound of a watch ticking.

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