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Ian Button (born 1962) is an English guitarist best known for being in the band Death In Vegas (1994-2011) and The Thrashing Doves (1985-1991). Though Death In Vegas' main creative force Richard Fearless and Tim Holmes are often regarded as the only 2 permanent members of the band, Button's contribution was significant throughout the band's first four albums and in the live band.
Button's professional musical career began in the early 1980s shortly after he left Leeds University. In summer 1981 he had been in talks with The Sisters of Mercy in Leeds about becoming their drummer - in the event he returned to Kent after only a year of his studies, got a job at Pinnacle Records, and joined the band that would eventually become Thrashing Doves. (Button was approached again to play guitar for The Sisters of Mercy in 2001).
Alongside his long-term band projects his career includes a range of sessions and collaborations with artists such as Dot Allison, Cathy Dennis, Pete Doherty, and Arthur Baker - he also wrote and recorded the theme for BBC1's The Saturday Show in 2001.
He splits his current work between producing, performing and lecturing in music production. He has largely switched to drums as his main instrument and is involved in playing, production and recording for a number of projects including the antifolk bands Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, Lucy's Diary, Sargeant Buzfuz and David Cronenberg's Wife, D.I.V bassist Mat Flint's band Deep Cut, Robert Rotifer, Darren Hayman, Mary Epworth and Go Kart Mozart (the band fronted by Lawrence Hayward, formerly of Felt and Denim). Other recent projects include a songwriting and recording collaboration with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby.
Since 1993, Button has released his own material under various aliases: Motorcyclone, Ashley Flowers, and The Anthony Anderson Project (he used the name Anthony Anderson as his credit on the first D.I.V album Dead Elvis).
In December 2011, he began work on material for an album with a new band/project called Papernut Cambridge and, in 2012, began a project to design and build a range of boutique valve spring reverb units.
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