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Credit To The Nation - Biography
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Monday, 24 December 2007
Credit To The NationFormed by Matthew (Matty) David Hanson aka MC Fusion, with his dancers, Tyrone (T-Swing) and Kelvin (Mista-G), Credit To The Nation released their first single through Chumbawamba's’ label Agit Pop in September 1991 entitled 'Pay the Price'.

The following year they recorded 'Call It What You Want' through Rugabugger (local independent label), which sampled the guitar riff used by Nirvana on "Smells Like Teen Spirit". They printed 1000 7" singles and John Peel got hold of a copy and played it on his John Peel Session on Radio 1.

One Little Indian, the label of Bjork & The Shamen, heard the radio show and brought the rights from Ruggabugger and signed them to a 3 album deal within a week. On this label they sold over 80,000 albums world wide. The band became noted in 1993 when they recorded the joint single, "Enough Is Enough" with Chumbawamba. Since then they toured with such artists as Manic Street Preachers, The Levellers, Therapy, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and of course the band that intially saw their potential - Chumbawamba.

Their highest selling single was "Teenage Sensation" which reached number 22 in the UK charts in 1993 with strong support and backing from Mark Goodyear. Their subsequent single "Hear No Bullshit, See No Bullshit, Say No Bullshit" was followed by the release of their debut album "Take Dis".
Credit To The Nation have played live at The Glastonbury NME stage in 1994, Phoenix Festival in 1994 & 1995, and the Reading Festival Melody Maker Stage in 1994 to name a few.
Credit To The Nation went on to release two more albums, Daddy Always Wanted Me To Grow A Pair of Wings (1996) and Keep Your Mouth Shut (1998), however, they never acheived the heights of ther earlier singles. Remarkably for a Hip Hop group all Credit's singles got to No 1 in the Melody Maker and NME independent label charts, which just demonstrates their overall inde appeal.

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