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Produced: Morrissey, The La’s, Kirsty MacColl, U2

Steve Lillywhite’s breakthrough came with Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 1978 top 10 hit ‘Hong Kong Garden’, revolutionising the post-punk band’s sound with an innovative approach to laying down the drums. With his name made Lillywhite became Island’s in-house producer, capturing U2’s stadium echo on their early recordings and later overseeing Morrissey’s trio of mid-90s albums. It wasn’t all rosy – Lillywhite was in the chair for The La’s’ sole album, immediately disowned by loose cannon Lee Mavers. Recent years have seen him bring his solid rock grounding to Beady Eye’s debut and he’s now working on the fourth Killers album ‘Battle Born’. MH

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