Mark Saunders (record producer)

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Mark Saunders
Birth nameMark Saunders
Born (1959-03-20) 20 March 1959 (age 62)
GenresPop, trip hop, electronic, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Record producer
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1982–present
Associated actsThe Cure, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Bomb the Bass, Erasure, Shiny Toy Guns

Mark Saunders (born 1959) is a British record producer and audio engineer who has worked on a number of albums since the 1980s, with artists including the Cure, David Byrne, Erasure, and Tricky.


Saunders's professional music career started as a drummer playing with Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash's stepdaughter, in 1982. The first time he went into a recording studio with her to record some demos, he was excited by the whole recording process and after the stint with Carlene finished in 1984, he landed a job as an assistant at West Side Studios, London working with production pair Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley who produced for Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, Elvis Costello and later Bush.

In 1985, Saunders engineered the hit record "Dancing in the Street" by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. A year later, he became a freelance engineer and was discovered by Rhythm King, a label at the forefront of British dance music. Working on a couple of Bomb the Bass mixes led to co-producing Neneh Cherry's No. 2 US Billboard hit "Buffalo Stance" and the subsequent seminal multi-platinum album Raw Like Sushi. Following this, he worked on many pop/dance acts including Erasure, Depeche Mode, Lisa Stansfield and Yazz as well as Ian McCulloch, the Mission, the Farm, the Heart Throbs, Texas and the Sugarcubes. Robert Smith of the Cure employed Saunders's radio friendly skills to mix all singles from the album Disintegration. "Lovesong" became the Cure's highest charting single, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Saunders went on to work on further Cure albums - UK No. 1 Wish, Mixed Up and Wild Mood Swings.

Tricky, a big fan of Saunders's work for the Cure, asked him to program, co-produce and mix his critically acclaimed 1995 debut album Maxinquaye, one of the definitive trip hop releases of the time. This, in turn, led to Tricky fans John Lydon, David Byrne, Cathy Dennis and Cyndi Lauper hiring Saunders to work on their albums.

In 1996, Saunders moved his studio to Hell's Kitchen, NYC and side-stepped into writing and producing music for big brand campaigns for companies such as Nike, Inc., Lowe's, Reebok and Motorola although he continued to work on select artist projects for Erasure, Femi Kuti and Marilyn Manson (From Hell film soundtrack). While diversifying into TV/film work, Saunders became an early adopter of the surround sound format and has been brought on board to consult, record and mix surround projects for PBS, EMI, David Byrne, film director Luc Besson as well as an exclusive project for Apple as part of a their major product release of Logic 8.


Year Artist Record Credit
1985 David Bowie and Mick Jagger "Dancing in the Street" Engineer
1986 David Bowie "Absolute Beginners" Engineer (title track of the Absolute Beginners soundtrack)
1986 David Bowie "That's Motivation" Engineer (from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack)
1986 The Chameleons Strange Times Engineer (album)
1988 Depeche Mode "Strangelove '88" Remixer (with Tim Simenon from Bomb the Bass)
1989 Depeche Mode "Everything Counts" (Remixed by Tim Simenon & Mark Saunders) Remixer
1989 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions "Her Last Fling" Mixer (from the album '1984-1989')
1989 Erasure Wild! Producer [1]
1989 Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi Producer [2]
1990 The Cure Mixed Up Remixer, Producer
1992 The Mission Masque Producer
1992 The Cure Wish Mixer [3]
1995 Tricky Maxinquaye Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Mixer [4][failed verification][5]
1996 Cathy Dennis Am I the Kinda Girl? Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming[6]
1996 Cyndi Lauper Sisters of Avalon Producer
1997 Gravity Kills Manipulated Remix
2006 Shiny Toy Guns We Are Pilots Producer


  1. ^ Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (8 October 1989). "Neneh Cherry 'Raw like Sushi' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hunter, James (14 May 1992). "The Cure 'Wish' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Fadele, Dele (18 February 1995). "Tricky 'Maxinequaye' Album Review". The NME.
  5. ^ "CLASSIC TRACKS: Tricky 'Black Steel'". SoundOnSound. Retrieved 17 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Am I The Kinda Girl? credits". Discogs. Retrieved 1 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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