John Congleton

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John Congleton
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Congleton at Elmwood Recording
Background information
Occupation(s) Producer, engineer, mixer, writer, programmer
Associated acts The Paper Chase, The Nighty Nite, St. Vincent, Swans

John Congleton is a Grammy-winning American producer/engineer/mixer/writer.

In addition to his production work, Congleton fronted the indie rock band The Paper Chase, and writes music for a newer project entitled The Nighty Nite and music for various projects, including MTV's Jackass, the Discovery Channel, Friday Night Lights, Evil lives here, and several Halloween sound effects/music CDs.

In January 2016 it was announced that John Congleton and The Nighty Nite would be releasing a full length April 1 of that year.

Selected Production Work[edit]

Congleton has worked with St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, Angel Olsen, Swans, The Thermals, War on Drugs, Sigur Rós, Franz Ferdinand, Sparks, Chelsea Wolfe, Blondie, Nelly Furtado, Cloud Nothings, Spoon, Wild Beasts, Earl Sweatshirt, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Something for Kate, Okkervil River, Sarah Jaffe, David Byrne, Brian Wilson, Astronautalis, Bill Callahan, Smog, Xiu Xiu, Lower Dens, The Polyphonic Spree, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kirk Franklin, Explosions in the Sky, The Black Angels, Blood Red Shoes, Clinic, R. Kelly, The Mountain Goats, Swan Lake, The Octopus Project, Wye Oak, Rogue Wave, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Trash Talk, Amanda Palmer, Heartless Bastards, Sleater Kinney, Minus Story, Chairlift, Bitch Magnet, Maserati, 90 Day Men, Rubblebucket, Autopilot Off, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Marilyn Manson, John Grant, Suuns,[1] Elvis Perkins, Jens Lekman, Bono, Two Ton Boa, Pink Mountaintops, Hitch, Logh, Chin Up Chin Up, Sybris, Black Mountain, Baroness, Ximena Sarinana, Lightning Dust, Zzzz, John Vanderslice, Hagfish, Big Harp, Antony and the Johnsons, Mozella, The Toadies, Buddy Miles, MC Breed, William Elliott Whitmore, This Will Destroy You, Lymbyc Systym, Anna Calvi, Micah P. Hinson, Keren Ann, The Appleseed Cast, Port O'Brien, Land of Talk, Brutal Juice, Shearwater, The Good Life, Pattern is Movement, Treefight For Sunlight, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Black Joe Lewis, Pompeii, Waters, Knesset, Budos Band, Murder By Death, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Disappears, Two Gallants, We Ragazzi, Dismemberment Plan, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Monika, Mini Mansions, Strand Of Oaks, The Districts, and Civil Twilight.[2][3]

Selected Engineering Work[edit]

  • Dallas Symphony Orch. "A Dayful of Song"
  • Kirk Franklin & the Family Kingdom "Come - O.S.T."
  • Prince of Egypt -" O.S.T."
  • Bono (w/Kirk Franklin) "Lean On Me"[citation needed]
  • Nu Nation Project
  • Jackie McCullough "This is for You, Lord"
  • The Roots w/Erykah Badu "You Got Me" (Single)[citation needed]
  • R. Kelly[citation needed]
  • MC Breed Let's "Go To the Club"
  • Modest Mouse Float on/Bukowski
  • Erykah Badu[citation needed]


Band member[edit]

Musically, Congleton is best known for being a founding member of the band The Paper Chase, an alternative rock band formed in Dallas, TX in 1998. The band was signed to Kill Rock Stars and Southern Records. Their albums "God Bless Your Black Heart" and "Now You Are One Of Us" have been released on vinyl by the Austrian label Trost Records. [3] Congleton produced all the band's material to date. He also wrote all of the material, with a few exceptions: Bobby Weaver co-wrote "A Face That Could Launch a Thousand Ships" and "Off with Their Heads" from the album Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know. Mike Sanger co-wrote "Throw Your Body on the Apparatus", and Elliot Figg co-wrote "When You Least Expect It," both from the aforementioned album. Since the dissolution of The Paper Chase, he has formed The Nighty Nite with former Paper Chase bandmate Jason Garner.


  • David Byrne - Love This Giant
  • St. Vincent - Strange Mercy, St. Vincent, & Actor



  • Angel Olsen "Burn Your Fire For No Witness"
  • Swans "To Be Kind"
  • The New Transit Direction - Wonderful Defense Mechanisms
  • Micah P Hinson "Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra"


John Congleton's music is included in the soundtrack for the live action feature film Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012), based on the best selling graphic novel of the same name.[4]


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