John Mulligan

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Mulligan
Birth name John Joe Salvatore Martinez Marion Mulligan
Also known as John Mulligan, Mulligán, Muligan
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Post-punk, new wave, synthpop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, artist, designer
Years active 1978 – Present
Labels Fàshiön Music, I.R.S.
Associated acts Fashion

John Joe Salvatore Martinez Marion (John) Mulligan is a Birmingham, England-born new wave musician. He is most prominently known as the bassist and keyboardist of the band Fashion[1] from 1978-1984.

Biography[edit]

Salvatore Martinez Mulligan (AKA: Muligan] born The Sorrento, Moseley Birmingham. United Kingdom. John Joe Salvatore Martinez Marion Mulligan [a Latin Catholic].

He is most prominently known as the dreadlocked founder member of the band Fashion (1) as the bassist and keyboardist with Dik Davis on vocals and drums and Luke Skyscraper (Alan James) on vocals and guitar. They toured extensively with The Police, Squeeze, The Stranglers, The Ramones, B 52’s, Patti Smith & The Gang Of 4.

Product Perfect (1979) on IRS Records. Fashion [1] from 1978 – 1980.

Luke Skyscraper, the original singer left after an American tour and was replaced by Tony Dial on vocals and guitar and released the “Alien Tapes” on Fashion Music. Produced by Bob Lamb (UB40)

Fashion [2] from 1980 – 1981.

De Harris and Marlon Recci joined to form the most successful version of the band. De on lead vocals and guitar, with Marlon on bass.


Releasing the singles: Move On, Streetplayer, Love Shadow with Gina X and White Stuff. All produced by Zeus B. Held from the top 10 album Fabrique.

De left the act after the release of Fabrique to pursue a career as a session musician and producer.

Fabrique (1982) on Arista Fashion [3] from 1981 – 1982.

Troy Tate [Teardrop Explodes]replaced De on vocals and guitar.

Fashion [4] 1982

The final Fashion vocalist was Alan Darby

Twilight of Idols (1984) on De Stijl Records/CBS Fashion [5] 1983 - 1985

All the way through the various line-ups of Fashion, Muligan had been involved with the bands’ production assisting Bob Lamb and Zeus B. Held. Muligan also had developed a reputation for the bands distinctive artwork and latterly video.

Muligan began to feature on other artists work like supplying the arpeggio sequences for Duran Durans’ “The Chauffeur”, plus live session work with Visage before branching out in the late 80’s and early 90’s to become a session musician and producer, latterly as musical director with Bananarama and the Milli Vanilli Band.

One of Muligans’ earliest productions being Stephen (Tin Tin)Duffy’s first hits “Kiss Me” and “Loves Duet”. Both made on 16 tracks at Bob Lamb studio in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

It was his sound design and programming that found him fame with Hollywood Beyond with” What’s The Colour Of Money?” Soul II Soul, Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and Kym Mazelle. Also programming remixes with Ben Chapman, for Alison Moyet and Adamski.

In the 90’s Muligan worked with various management and record companies from storyboarding to filming and editing music videos for Instinctive Records, Dub TV and Freetown Records.

John Taylor of Duran Duran was deeply inspired by Mulligan and his early approach to the Birmingham scene. At the end of 2007 beginning of 2008, Luke (Sky) James, the original guitarist and singer of Mulligan's Fashion, launched a Myspace site devoted to the band. On the site James wrote of the original line-up: "2 Dead" (Davis and Cottrell) / "1 living" (James) and "1 missing" (referring to Mulligan.)

A citate of Paul Edmond's in July 2008 - the famous photographer of the early DURAN DURAN's - comes closer to the truth of Mulligan whereabouts: "Mulligan makes soundtracks and films these days and is based in London".

The actual truth is he writes and performs music with ‘The League Of Hedonists’ and ‘Star Chamber Orchestra’. Has retired to paint large realist oil painting and designs 1930’s inspired clothing for ‘Commonwealth Classics’ with his wife Lucy Muligan-Lei.

Equipment[edit]

Synthesizers used in Fashion from 1981 onward

  • Roland Jupiter-8- Primary keyboard
  • Moog Source
  • PPG Wave
  • Oberheim-OB-Xa

Discography of Fashion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gimarc, George (1 July 2005). Punk diary: the ultimate trainspotter's guide to underground rock, 1970-1982. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-87930-848-3. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 

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