Andy Clark (musician)

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Andy Clark
Also known as Andrew Clark
Simon Clark
Simon Andrew Clark
Genres Progressive rock, glam rock, new wave, synthpop
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments keyboards, synthesizers
Labels Harvest, EMI
Associated acts Mother's Pride, Be-Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson's Red Noise, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel

Simon Andrew Clark[1][2] is an English keyboard and synthesizer player best known for working alongside guitarist Bill Nelson in art rock band Be-Bop Deluxe and their synthpop offshoot Red Noise.

One of his earlier involvements in music was as member of a progressive rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire, called Mother's Pride.[2][3]

His original involvement with Be Bop Deluxe was as keyboardist for the band's live concerts in 1975. He couldn't work for them in the recording of their second album Futurama, because he was still maintaining contractual relationship with Mother's Pride. Shortly after, he joined, recording with them the next three studio albums, Sunburst Finish (1976), Modern Music (1977) and Drastic Plastic (1978), as well as the live album, Live! In The Air Age, before their disbandment. He was the only full-time member of the band to survive into Nelson's post-Be-Bop Deluxe project Red Noise. He was known as Andrew rather than Simon because Be-Bop Deluxe drummer Simon Fox insisted that two Simons in the band would cause confusion.[4]

After his involvement with Bill Nelson, Clark played on David Bowie's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album (1980), notably its hit single "Ashes to Ashes", The dB's' Stands for Decibels (1981) and Repercussion (1982), Peter Gabriel's So (1986), contributing to "Big Time" and "Don't Give Up", two tracks which likewise became hit singles, and Tears For Fears' The Seeds Of Love (1989).[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billnelson.com/usarchives/history/wherearetheynow.htm
  2. ^ a b "B". badcatrecords.com. 
  3. ^ "www.billnelson.com". billnelson.com. 
  4. ^ Reeves, Paul Sutton Music In Dreamland Bill Nelson & Be-Bop Deluxe (2008) p. 98, Helter Skelter publishing ISBN 978-1-900924-04-7
  5. ^ http://www.billnelson.com/usarchives/history/wherearetheynow.htm Where Are They Now?
  6. ^ Reeves, Paul Sutton Music In Dreamland Bill Nelson & Be-Bop Deluxe (2008) p. 296, Helter Skelter publishing ISBN 978-1-900924-04-7

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