John Leckie

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This article is about the English music producer. For the Australian politician, see John Leckie (Australian politician). For the Scottish football goalkeeper, see Jock Leckie. For the Scottish communist activist, see Jack Leckie.
John Leckie
Birth name John William Leckie
Born (1949-10-23) 23 October 1949 (age 67)
Paddington, London, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Record producer
Years active 1970–present
Website Official SJP Dodgy Productions Page

John William Leckie (born 23 October 1949 in Paddington, London[1][2]) is an English record producer and recording engineer.

Early career[edit]

Leckie began work at Abbey Road Studios on 15 February 1970 as a tape operator, later graduating to balance engineer.[3] During this early career he worked with artists such as John Lennon (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band), George Harrison, (All Things Must Pass), Syd Barrett (Barrett) and Pink Floyd (Meddle and Wish You Were Here).[4][5] With Paul McCartney's Wings Leckie worked on Red Rose Speedway and the single "Hi, Hi, Hi". He mixed Be-Bop Deluxe's début album Axe Victim.[6] His first job as producer was the same band's third album Sunburst Finish, which collaboration continued through Modern Music, Live! In The Air Age and Drastic Plastic.

Leckie left Abbey Road in 1978 and produced albums for Simple Minds (Life in a Day, Real to Real Cacophony and Empires and Dance) and Magazine (Real Life). For Be-Bop Deluxe founder Bill Nelson, he produced the Red Noise album Sound on Sound and Nelson's subsequent solo album Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam (the latter unreleased until 1981). Leckie recorded the début single, Public Image for Public Image Ltd. Leckie's work with XTC included their debut 3D single and EP, and first two studio albums, White Music and Go 2.[7] Later, he would produce 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot, which XTC issued under the pseudonym The Dukes of Stratosphear.[8]

1980s work[edit]

Album productions in the 1980s included work with The Fall, The Adult Net, The Lucy Show, The Doctor's Children, Gene Loves Jezebel, Bill Nelson, The Posies, The Dukes of Stratosphear, and Let's Active. For some of his work with The Dukes, The Adult Net and The Doctor's Children, all bands that had strong 1960s psychedelic overtones, Leckie adopted the pseudonym 'Swami Anand Nagara'.[9]

In 1984 he produced Felt's album The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories.

In 1989 Leckie produced The Stone Roses' debut album The Stone Roses.[10] The album was voted the best record of all time on a music poll taken by BBC Radio 6 Music and features as Number 1 on the Observer Music Monthly’s June 2004 “100 Greatest British Albums”.


Leckie was named Best Producer by Music Week (1995) and at the Q Awards (1996) and Brit Awards (1997).[7]

Notable production credits from this era include The Trashcan Sinatras' 1990 debut album Cake, The Posies' major-label debut Dear 23, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians' 1993 album Respect, the Stone Roses' album Second Coming, The Lilac Time's And Love For All, Ride's Carnival of Light, Elastica's 1995 eponymous debut album, Cast's albums All Change (1995) and Mother Nature Calls (1997), Kula Shaker's debut K (1996), and The Verve's A Storm in Heaven.[3] In 1995, Leckie worked on Radiohead's album, The Bends.[5]

Leckie's work during the 1990s widened considerably to include the work of Dr John (Anutha Zone).[11]

Recent career[edit]

In 1999 he produced the début album Showbiz for Taste Media’s then new signings Muse. This went platinum on the heels of the band's breakthrough 2001 second album Origin of Symmetry, also produced by Leckie, which reached No. 3 in the UK album Chart.[12] In 2000 he began production on "Wildflowers" the debut album from Northern Ireland band Relish. It attained platinum status in Ireland on release in 2001.[13] In 2002, Leckie produced a single for Suede (Positivity from the album New Morning).

In 2009 he travelled to Mexico to work again with Rodrigo y Gabriela on tracks for the album 11:11. Leckie then returned to Abbey Road to record and produce the jazz sounds of Portico Quartet and was also called in to remaster the Anniversary Edition Box Set of The Stone Roses eponymous first LP complete with his videos of the sessions and some long lost demos. Leckie also appeared in TV's Classic Album Series playing and commenting on tapes from Plastic Ono Band sessions he had worked on some 40 years previously at Abbey Road Studios.[citation needed] In 2010, Leckie produced The Coral's album, Butterfly House.[14] which went on to win Album of the Year at Music Producer's Guild Awards.


  1. ^ "John Leckie Music Limited". Creditgate. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Professor Footprint. "Dellam Corporate Information Limited, England". 51.350638;-0.19093: Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview - John Leckie, record producer - E & T Magazine". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "John Leckie - Producer — MusicTank". 15 February 1970. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cromer, Ben (3 June 1995). "Abbey Road was the Beginning for British Producer John Leckie". Billboard: 95. 
  6. ^ "John Leckie Q & A, Exclusive to Skids Fans Website". 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "True brit: John Leckie", Sound on Sound, May 1997, retrieved 7 November 2010
  8. ^ "Andy Partridge's Ape House Label » Andy Partridge Chats With John Leckie – Part One". 31 March 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Andy Partridge Chats With John Leckie - Part Two on Huffduffer". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Devlin, Louise (2009) "John Leckie: Producing the Goods", The Skinny, 19 May 2009, retrieved 7 November 2010
  11. ^ "John Leckie Interview" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ "John Leckie: Producing the Goods". The Skinny. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived 14 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  14. ^ "The Coral, Butterfly House (Deltasonic) 'I can't quite put my finger on th". The Independent. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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