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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...


Produced: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Zack de la Rocha

Nine Inch Nails noisenik Trent Reznor has been draping his industrial squall over the US alternative scene for the best part of three decades, most commonly with NIN but most notoriously with shock-rock misfit Marilyn Manson. NIN’s 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine was a proto-grunge shot in the arm for hard rock, fusing cranium-caving industrial noise with samples to form an unlikely transatlantic hit, and greater...





Has worked as a self-producer

Prince Rogers Nelson was just a teenager when he released debut album ‘For You’ in 1978, displaying precocious dexterity in writing, producing and performing the whole record all on his tod. He would take on and discard additional musicians over the years but continued to produce his sleazy pop-funk himself, delving into psychedelia on 1985’s ‘Around The World In A Day’, taking care of almost every...


Produced: Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran

London fop Mark Ronson emerged blinking into the light with the frat boy hip-hop of his 2003 debut ‘Here Comes The Fuzz’ but was soon lined up for production work with Christina Aguilera and Lily Allen. But the championship move came with Amy Winehouse’s 2006 classic ‘Back To Black’ where Ronson’s natural old skool instincts provided the perfect bed for Winehouse’s retro soul obsessions and set a...


Produced: Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys

Max Martin is the Swedish pop producer with the almost unfailing Midas touch. In the game since the mid-90s, he’s presided over successes by R&B-tinged boybands Backstreet Boys and N’Sync and sprinkled his big ballsy hit dust over P!nk’s ‘So What’ and Kelly Clarkson’s awesome ‘Since U Been Gone’. Specialising in pop with the punchy dynamics of rock music, Martin can take (co-)credit for Britney...


Produced: The Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles, Regina Spektor

Beatles fandom has its own rewards. From drenching the Electric Light Orchestra in classic Fab pop in the 70s to masterminding George Harrison’s solo renaissance at the end of the 80s, Jeff Lynne has worn his Beatley heart on his sleeve. It led to some great MOR hits for ELO and a stint with supergroup The Traveling Wilburys as Lynne cornered the market in warm, plush production, effortlessly speaking to the...





Produced: Carl Douglas, Tina Charles, The Real Thing

The disco genius behind Carl Douglas’s immortal ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, Biddu Appaiah left Bangalore for England in 1967 to make his name as a singer. The background would soon claim him however, as recognition on the Northern Soul scene bled into success with Douglas before Biddu found himself scoring disco-soaked softcore Brit flicks The Stud and The Bitch. His none-more-commercial disco touch also lit up Tina...


Produced: The Black Keys, Gorillaz, Beck

Compulsive collaborator Danger Mouse (or Brian Burton in plain clothes) cemented his reputation fast with ‘The Grey Album’, his droll 2004 mash-up of Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ and The Beatles’ White Album. Burton’s sonic skills were in immediate demand, with his dusty, organic sound attracting Damon Albarn – Gorillaz’ ‘Demon Days’, ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’ – and sprucing up The...


Produced: U2, Simple Minds, Stevie Nicks

Music industry mogul Jimmy Iovine started out as an engineer on albums by Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon before breaking through as Patti Smith’s producer on ‘Easter’, containing the Springsteen song ‘Because The Night’. He excelled himself in the 80s, cornering the accomplished US AOR market with work for Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks, overseeing Dire Straits’ 1980 album ‘Makin’ Movies’ and...


Produced: Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield

Tom Dowd was an in-house engineer at Atlantic Records for 25 years, working the knobs for artists including JohnColtrane, Charlie Mingus and Ornette Coleman before stepping up to helm records by Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. In the 1970s he stepped into the rock sphere, shaping the blues boogie of The Allman Brothers and teaming up regularly with Eric Clapton – and putting them all together in Derek And...

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