In the summer of 1982 Champion Doug Veitch walked into Ariwa Sounds Studio – home of the legendary reggae producer Mad Professor. Selected purely by chance, the intention had been to record two tracks, “Lumiere Urban” and “Another Place” as the debut single for Drum Records, an alternative label Doug had started with Tony McDermott – onetime bass player with jazz funk outfit Stimulin.
On a miniscule budget, the two tracks were recorded and mixed in a day – no mean feat given the lengthy list of musicians and instruments in attendance. Particularly taken with the sounds emanating from Jim Craig’s Pedal Steel guitar, Mad Professor began playing with a dub version of “Lumiere Urban”.
The resultant mix, “Gone Train” became the B-side to “Lumiere Urban”, which was released as a 7 inch vinyl single in October 1982.
The eclectic Scottish-cajun-dub outing featuring brass, fiddle accordion and pedal steel, attained “Single of the Week” status in both Sounds and New Musical Express in the same week whilst appearing in publications as diverse as Black Echoes and The Face. The record was aired by renowned Capital Radio DJ Charlie Gillett, followed quickly by John Peel, Johnnie Walker, (who included it amongst his “best of the year”) and Stuart Colman.
The record made “Best of the Year” lists in Rolling Stone, Sounds and New Musical Express. With its fold-out poster sleeve and photography by Tim O’Sullivan, “Lumiere Urban” became a sought-after collector’s item. It was the first of six NME “Singles of the Week” for Champion Doug Veitch, believed to be a record to this day.