Martin Rushent, R.I.P.
Martin Rushent, the British music producer who worked with the likes of the Stranglers, XTC, and the Buzzcocks,passed away on Saturday
. Rushent's watershed moment likely came when he produced the Human League'sDare
, which spawned the still-pretty-inescapable "Don't You Want Me" (above);this 2010 interview about the genesis of that track
is a pretty great read (apparently Human League lead singer Phil Oakey's silky voice sounded especially great when recorded in the bathroom; "you get a sort of live, boxy resonance" in the loo thanks to all that tile, Rushent noted). Friend of SOTC Ned Raggett hascollected YouTube clips of Rushent's other production credits
, including the Go-Go's "Turn To You" (he produced their albumTalk Show
, which also includes the sterling"Head Over Heels"
) and Altered Images' "Happy Birthday." Rushent was 63.
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