Born in London in 1959, Stephen Harrison is a singer and song writer currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has a natural way with words arrived at harmoniously with strong haunting melodies. His subject matter is sometimes autobiographical, self critical, touching upon a dreamlike unconscious, and often apparently concerning pessimism, unrequited or lost love. Some songs are about specific people or situations, others are from his imagination. He has been writing songs from an early age and this has always been a significant part of his self expression. Early musical influences included the bands at the tail end of the sixties, such as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel. In the late 70's He was a member of Edinburgh post punk band Metropak, which took on board many of the sounds of that era, in particular, The Fall, Pere Ubu, The Clash, Devo.
In recent years he has developed has own personal style of songwriting that has emphasis on strong melody and hook lines, clear and emotional vocals, and arrangemaents that feel right to him and to each song rather than a verse/chorus formula. He is currently releasing his material on his own label called Close Up Records UK and over the last nine years has released six albums, the latest of which is 'Today Tomorrow (Remastered)'. a new album will be released in Spring, 2016.
Discography of Stephen Harrison
1979 Metropak single : You're A Rebel, Ok Let's Go, Run Run Run. PAK records (001)
1979 Metropak Single : Walking, Here's Looking At You. PAK records (002)
1981 Rhythm Of Life 7'' single. Soon, Summertime (Harrison/Haig) Rational Records (Rate 6)
1984 'Edinburgh' A 9 track CD album, by Heyday (from Edinburgh) which was a band in which he was the singer and songwriter in 1984/5 in Edinburgh. This release comprises studio and live recordings made at that time and not released until 2010. Close Up Records Uk (close 003)
1986 The Rough With The Smooth. 12'' compilation album. Includes Stephen Harrison's song Sad And Blue produced by Paul Haig and Alan Rankine. Les Disques Du Crepuscule
1988. I Know Everything. 12'' Mini album. Sad And Blue, Let Go, Pack On Your Back (these three songs produced by Paul Haig and Alan Rankine). Never Say Die, Winter Sun, Love Like This, (these three songs produced by Ewan Burke) Telquel 001. Re-released in 2011 in CD and digital format by Close Up Records Uk (Close 0014)
2007 The Fruit Of The Original Sin. Double CD re-issue . Includes bonus tracks Soon and Summertime (Harrison/Haig) LTM Records LTMCD2497
2007 Chips For Supper. 19 track retrospective CD of Stephen Harrison songs. Close Up Records UK (Close 001)
2008 (February) 'Faded Colours' 12 track CD of songs written and recorded during 2007. Close Up records UK (Close 002)
2009. 22nd February. 'We Face Extinction' 7 track CD . Close Up Records UK (Close 006).
2010. 24th May 2010. 8 track CD album called 'The Colour Of Black Is Black' Close Up Records UK (Close 011)
2010. Track called 'Nobody There' written and performed by Stephen Harrison included on 'Seldom True' a CD album by Karen Edward. Close Up Records UK (Close 012)
2011 : 'I Know Everything' - CD and digital re-issue of the 1988 vinyl album. Close Up Records UK (close 014)
2012 : 'Today Tomorrow'. Ten track CD album and digital release of new songs written and recorded by Stephen Harrison. Close Up Records Uk (close 015). Release date January 2012
2013 ; 'Today Tomorrow - (Remastered). Close Up Records UK (close 016)