Achingly 80s - apparently this comp contains a super rare remix of Do or Die. Anyone have a copy..
Revisiting Martin Rushent's back catalogue following the sad news of his death, was something of a shock. Aside from the League, I'd had no idea his fairy-dust was sprinkled so broadly over such a formative chunk of my building-block buys: The Rezillos, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Generation X, XTC. Somehow I'd missed Martin's fingerprints across my collection, probably as these record were bought for the giddy rush of the song-and-the-sound rendered so perfectly together - not for studying the sleeve notes. Which, in it’s own way is a tribute to his skill as a producer - where the song, not the studio, is the star.
I'll leave the final words to Tronik who says everything so much better than I could ever hope to..
As a tribute, let's fire up a couple crafted from the Rushent back catalogue, where he applies gloss to new wave grit and acts as a home-grown Moroder to Sheffield electricians. Two tracks that are flip sides of similar styles: thudding back-beats, thunderous bass rumbles and heavy-level bleeps and squeaks
The Stranglers - Nice 'n' Sleazy
Human League - Hard Times (Love and Dancing version)
And some punky pop fun from the Buzzcocks..
The Martin Rushent discography is here