Butch Vig: ‘George Martin is the greatest producer ever’

Nirvana's 'Nevermind' producer picks Beatles cohort as part of our Greatest Producers series

Garbage drummer Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, has picked George Martin as his favourite producer, as part of NME’s 50 Greatest Producers series.

Vig, who came ninth on the list himself, said The Beatles’ producer “broke so many boundaries” in his work, commenting: “I would have to say George Martin just because The Beatles records he did really broke so may boundaries, they completely changed the way records were produced, especially for rock bands.”

He added:

Obviously it helped that he was working with an amazing band and they wrote amazing songs but he was very instrumental on the way those records sounded.

Martin, who came second in NME’s 50 Greatest Producers list behind Joe Meek, scored a total of 30 Number Ones in the UK, 23 chart-toppers in the US and wrote the score for the film Yellow Submarine.

Meanwhile, Vig’s band Garbage will release their new album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’ on their own label Stunvolum on May 14. 

Vig has also been back in the studio with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic to work on the soundtrack for Grohl’s documentary on Sound City Studios, where Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was recorded.

Garbage will play London’s Troxy venue on May 9 before they head off on a full European tour. To check the availability of Garbage tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.