Steve Brown (producer of The Cult, Manics and many more) RIPWe are sorry to hear of the death of Steve Brown. The producer was key in the eighties turning the likes of The Cult, Wham!, ABC  Manic Street Preachers and many others into hits without ruining their muse.

Young Guns (Go For It), She Sells Sanctuary (he suggested putting the classic guitar line into the beginning of the song as well as the middle), the original Tears Are Not Enough  and Motorcycle Emptiness all have his imprint on them. It’s like a guided tour of pop from that period.


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  1. It’s funny now, when you look back at how tribal (and often violent) youth culture could be in those years, that there were the people that not only stood outside of it (because the interest was primarily the love of the music) but also those like the greater number of musicians and associated professionals like Steve Brown who literally mastered those individual cultural strands of the pop music story. Eventually the teenage guardians of each ‘pure’ style of music would grow and recognise the names on the back of albums often crossed the divides that seemed so impassable when the fans were younger. RIP Mr Brown.

  2. Although I would probably be described as an ‘indie kid’, by anyone flicking through my record collection, the Love album by The Cult, produced by Steve in 1985, is one of my all time, top 5 favorite albums.

    Steve certainly produced a 10 out of 10 masterpiece, with The Cult IMO.

    Rest in peace Steve.

  3. Steve was a wonderful guy and a great producer my condolences to his family and friends He will be surely missed forever and his legacy will go on forever…. Rest In Peace

  4. A wonderful man. The world has lost a true talent. Love and prayers to his family and all that knew him. Fly high with the Angels dear Steve xxx missed but never forgotten xxx


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