Ian Button

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Ian Button (born 16 April 1962) is an English guitarist best known for being in the bands Death In Vegas[1] (1994-2011) and The Thrashing Doves[2] (1985-1991). Though Death In Vegas' main creative force Richard Fearless remains its only permanent member, Button's contribution was significant throughout the band's first four albums and in the live band up to 2004.

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 through the 1980s and 90s his career included a range of sessions and collaborations with artists such as Dot Allison, Cathy Dennis, 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, recording and mixing for a number of projects including the antifolk bands Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, Lucy's Diary, Sergeant Buzfuz and David Cronenberg's Wife, D.I.V bassist Mat Flint's band Deep Cut, Wreckless Eric, Robert Rotifer, Picturebox, Darren Hayman, Mary Epworth and Go Kart Mozart (the band fronted by Lawrence, formerly of Felt and Denim).

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 project that would become Papernut Cambridge,[3] his current band/collective which has gone on to release a series of albums since 2013 on Gare Du Nord Records[4] - the label Button founded with Robert Rotifer and Ralegh Long.


  1. ^ Peter Buckley (28 October 2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ SPIN Media LLC (August 1987). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 68. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Papernut Cambridge, Allmusic biog.
  4. ^ Gare Du Nord Records, Bandcamp.