Martin Rushent RIP

Playlist from his groundbreaking career

For me the best producer of the punk period has died.

Rushent, born in 1948, produced the Stranglers first three albums – creating that classic sound that was clear, punchy, dark and sleazy and groundbreaking all at the same time. With The Stranglers third album, ‘Black And White’ Rushent with engineer Alan Winstanley created a soundscape that was post punk before the term was even thought of.

He had a trademark sound. Each instrument had its place. he could make the complex sound simple and harnessed The Stranglers weird imagination and pop nous into something totally original and very commercial making them the best selling band of their period with a bass sound that launched a generation of bass players.

He also produced Generation X, whose records sound far more clear cut and timeless that anyone dares to admit, perhaps sounding like the perfectly produced punk records – far better sounding than most of their hipper contemporaries. He made Gen X sound like a tough punk rock pop band with a razor sharp guitar sound that were also willing to experiment.

On top of this he also produced Buzzcocks – is this enough of a track record! Buzzcocks sound perfect to this day. He also worked with XTC and 999.

He started as an engineer in the early 1970s as an engineer working on records by T. Rex, David Essex, Fleetwood Mac, Yes and Shirley Bassey amongst others.
After he punk he produced the Human League’s multi million selling records, which when you listen to them now, have all the hallmarks of his sound that he perfected with the Stranglers; the seperation of the instruments, that chunky bass, the keyboards placed perfectly – the hallmarks of his genius sound.

Rushent leaves his wife, Ceri and their daughter Amy.

This weeks LTW Platlist is compiled entirely of Martin Rushent produced material Here

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  1. […] The news of Martin Rushent’s death brings this moment back in a rush. As time went on and I learned more about music and the past and Rushent, seeing his name crop up seemingly everywhere for a time on a lot of bands I grew to love made more sense — a classic go-to guy, someone who had gone up the established route working in the industry and was in the right place and right time to make a mark on his own when the late seventies rolled around in the UK. For a while there I almost confused Martin Hannett with Martin Rushent, not surprising given the timeframe and the fact that they sometimes worked with the same group at different points, but they each had their own clear stamp; one was not the other. […]

  2. listening to The League Unlimited Orchestra album now,a remix/DJ set album twenty years ahead of its time

  3. Very sad news. Condolences to Martin’s family. My brother and I used to listen to the League Unlimited Orchestra album over and over when it first came out and it sounded like the future. It still does. I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve raved to about this amazing music. RIP

  4. i recorded a cd with him , great guy and he helped with backing vocals , told me he did them on the buzzcocks album too !

  5. […] the sad news Sunday 5th June that Martin Rushent had died; this week we have a complied the Playlist entirely […]

  6. Was blasting Black And White through the PA after a soundcheck the day he died…me and monitor guy were annoying everyone by claiming the intro to Nice And Sleazy has never been bettered as a drum sound…big claim,i know..but that cannot be 33 years ago. that is an indication to how good he was…
    First 999 album(uncool,i know)check out the drum sound. Its 1978. People don’t sound that good now.
    Drum sound on first Generation X album…it goes on….

    Just get out Another Music In A Different Kitchen,999,Seperates,Generation X,Black & White and listen to them once more…then listen to a british ‘rock’ LP that came out in the last year.

    That should be enough.

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  16. He was really a legend. True to say, his master works sound as fresh now as it did then. May God rests his soul in peace.


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