Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Remember the Work of Martin Rushent

The music world lost a true genius behind the board last week with the death of 62-year-old producer Martin Rushent. His work with a who's who of punk pioneers and New Wave wizards is almost without peer, but he'll be most remembered for his labor on the Human League's 'Dare!' The 1981 album defined the synthpop genre and showed that New Romantics could not only be a critical success but a huge commercial success around the world as well. Decades later, Rushent realized the historical importance of the album and was even working on a new remix of the album at the time of his death. It was said to be 'Dare!' with conventional strings, brass, guitars and drums instead of synthesizers. The rumor on Human League message boards is that it will be released in October. I hope so. Sounds intriguing.

In the meantime, let's celebrate some of Rushent's finest moments. My apologies to Ian Gomm, Generation X, 999, Associates, Hazel O'Connor and scores of others Rushent worked with that could and should be on this mix.

Remembering Martin Rushent Mix
The Stranglers - Nice 'n' Sleazy (mp3) BUY
The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love? (mp3) BUY
Pete Shelley - Telephone Operator (mp3) BUY
The Human League - Love Action (I Believe in Love) (mp3) BUY
Altered Images - I Could Be Happy (mp3) BUY
The Go-Go's - Turn to You (mp3) BUY

No comments: