Produced: Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey

Uncompromising hard rock, punk, grunge, you-name-it producer Steve Albini arrived with his own noise outfit Big Black in the early 80s and has continued to record since, for the last 20 years with Shellac. But his fame – whether sought or not, as he attempted to avoid major label advances – is down to his production work, whether boosting Pixies along the path to legend status on ‘Surfer Rosa’ or trying to keep Nirvana in one piece on ‘In Utero’. On this side of the pond, notable credits on PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ and The Wedding Present’s ‘Seamonsters’ have only reaffirmed his surefire spiky touch. MH

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