Martin Rushent 1948-2011 R.I.P.


The sonic brains
behind Human League’s classic album Dare.


By Fred Mills


Legendary UK producer Martin Rushent – who got his start as
an engineer in the early ‘70s with groups like Fleetwood Mac and T. Rex but
later earned that “legendary” status during the post-punk and New Wave era by
helming classic albums by the Stranglers, Buzzcocks, XTC, Generation X, Go-Go’s
and, most notably, Human League – passed away Saturday, June 4, of undisclosed
causes. He was 63.


According to Britain’s
The Guardian
, son James Rushent (of
Does It Offend You, Yeah?) initially posted the news via Facebook, with a
statement from the band reading, “Martin Rushent was not just James’s dad,
but also someone very involved with the shaping of DIOYY and countless other
musicians he worked with. He had an amazing character and was a great friend to
all of us. Rest in peace, sitting at your mixing desk in the sky.”


As noted above, Rushent’s career spanned several decades; an
early peer of another soon-to-be-legendary-producer, Tony Visconti, he was a
mainstay at London’s Advision Studios and worked with everyone from Yes and ELP
to Petula Clark and Jerry Lee Lewis. As punk gave way to synth-pop, however,
his talents came into even greater demand, and the Human League’s massive 1981 hit
album Dare brought him huge accolades
as well as a Brit Award. In more recent years he operated a studio out of his
home and produced his son’s band as well as the Pipettes.


[Photo Credit: Mattgirling, via Wikimedia Commons]



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