13 July 1947|
Brentford, Middlesex, England
|Died||15 January 2007(aged 59)|
|Occupations||Record producer, arranger|
|Associated acts||David Bowie
Born in Brentford, Middlesex, Thurston played in bands in London before he "bluffed his way" into audio engineering. After hooking up with Tony Visconti he co-engineered David Bowie's "Heroes" and Iggy Pop's Lust For Life (both 1977); he is also credited with co-producing the latter album with Bowie and Pop, under the collective pseudonym "Bewlay Bros".
Thurston's debut as a solo producer was Magazine's second album Secondhand Daylight (1979). He later recalled, "I think they were a bit nervous and so I didn't tell them it was my first production". The same year, he produced The Human League's first album, Reproduction and their single "I Don't Depend on You". His lesser-known productions around this time included the single "Move in Rhythm" by Airkraft (1980) on the Square record label, now a collector's piece.
He achieved widespread recognition with Duran Duran's debut album (1981) and the follow-up Rio (1982); bassist John Taylor later described Thurston as "a major catalyst for the Eighties sound". After working with Duran Duran he produced Talk Talk's The Party's Over (1982), and Kajagoogoo's White Feathers (1983), the latter with Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes. He also worked with Gary Numan on his 1985 album The Fury.
Thurston became an in-house producer for the Canadian independent record label Brouhaha in the late 1980s, working with acts such as Westwon, before the company dissolved. In 1999 he was again associated with Duran Duran for the Strange Behaviour remix compilation. He had been suffering from a long illness and doing occasional production work before he died on 15 January 2007.
- Pierre Perrone (24 January 2007). Colin Thurston obituary, The Independent Online
- Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: pp.383-384
- Dave Simpson (March 4, 1995). "Secondhand Daylight" retrospective, from a special Melody Maker insert cited on shotbybothsides.com fansite
- Cashmere, Paul, (January 19, 2007). "Duran Duran Producer Dies", Undercover Media Pty Ltd.