Martin Rushent

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Martin Rushent
Rushent in February 2011
Rushent in February 2011
Background information
Birth nameMartin Charles Rushent[1]
Born(1948-07-11)11 July 1948
Enfield, Middlesex, United Kingdom
OriginLondon, England
Died4 June 2011(2011-06-04) (aged 62)
Upper Basildon, Berkshire, United Kingdom
GenresPunk rock, synthpop, new wave, electro, progressive rock[2]
Occupation(s)Record producer, arranger
Instrument(s)Synthesizer, vocals[2]
Years active1968–2011
LabelsEMI, Virgin
WebsiteMartin Rushent Myspace

Martin Charles Rushent (11 July 1948 – 4 June 2011)[1][3] was an English record producer, best known for his work with the Human League, the Stranglers and Buzzcocks.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rushent was born on 11 July 1948 in Enfield, Middlesex. His father was a car salesman. Rushent attended Minchenden Grammar School in Southgate, Middlesex.[1]

Rushent left school and started working at a local chemical factory and then with his father before embarking on his music career in the early 1970s as a studio engineer.[5]


Early career[edit]

Rushent's first experience in a recording studio was at EMI House in London's Manchester Square, when his school band (of which he was the lead singer) had the opportunity to record a demo.[6] After leaving school, Rushent, who had already experimented with his father's 4-track recorder, worked at a chemical factory before working for his father while applying for studio jobs. After numerous rejections, Rushent was employed by Advision Studios as a 35mm film projectionist. After approximately three months, Rushent began working in the audio department as a tape operator alongside Tony Visconti. He worked on sessions for Fleetwood Mac,[7] T.Rex, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Petula Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis and Osibisa.[8] Rushent stated that while at Advision, Jerry Lee Lewis threw a tantrum as Yes had been booked into the studio when he was not ready to leave, and chased the studio staff around the complex until they locked themselves in a different studio.[9]

Rushent progressed to senior assistant engineer, staff engineer, and eventually head engineer. He then began working freelance, where he built his reputation and was employed by United Artists (UA).[6] While with UA, Rushent recorded sessions alongside Martin Davies, recording artists such as Shirley Bassey and Buzzcocks, as well as convincing the company to sign the Stranglers provided that he produced the band's material. Rushent produced the group's Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White albums and recorded demos for Joy Division, before tiring of his commute to London and leaving UA at the end of the 1970s.[1][6]


Rushent expressed a desire to move away from guitar bands, and bought a Linn LM-1 drum machine,[9] Roland MC-8 Microcomposer and Jupiter-8 synthesiser to learn sequencing and synthesis techniques.[6] In 1980, Rushent set up his own studio, Genetic, designed by renowned studio designer Eddie Veale, with Synclavier and Fairlight CMI synthesisers[6] and an MCI console.[8] He spent £35,000 on air conditioning alone, and had a Mitsubishi Electric digital recorder costing £75,000.[6]

Rushent used his Roland equipment to record Pete Shelley's first solo album, Homosapien. Originally demos for the planned fourth Buzzcocks album, Shelley and Rushent deemed the recordings releasable, and Shelley was signed to Island Records. They were heard by Simon Draper of Virgin Records, who asked Rushent to produce for the Human League. Rushent's work on the group's 1981 album Dare earned him a BRIT Award in 1982 for Best British producer.[10]

Rushent's production on Dare frustrated the group's guitarist Jo Callis, as the only guitar on the album was used to trigger a gate on the synthesiser. Singer Susanne Sulley was also frustrated by the lengthy process of Rushent's synth programming. In 1983, Rushent walked out of his own studio after Sulley made an off-the-cuff comment toward him.[6]

Rushent also produced albums by Generation X, Altered Images and the Go-Go's in the 1980s.[11]

Rushent decided to take a break from production in the 1990s,[12] and sold his assets – including Genetic Studios. He briefly took up a consultancy position with Virgin, but retired from the industry to raise his children.[6]

Later career[edit]

Rushent returned to the music industry in the mid-1990s when he established Gush, a dance club on Greenham Common. The club's opening night was headlined by the Prodigy with support from Mad Professor and LTJ Bukem.[6] Rushent soon began redeveloping his interest in recording, and decided to catch up on the technological advances he had missed.[6]

Rushent built a home studio around a Mackie console, Alesis ADAT HD24 recorder and Cubase 5,[8] with which he produced music by the Pipettes,[10] Does It Offend You, Yeah?[9] and Killa Kela.[13] In 2005, he produced Hazel O'Connor's album Hidden Heart.[6] The following year, he was involved with the BBC Electric Proms when he recorded Enid Blitz, winners in the Brighton area, at a 15th-century manor house in Brentford, using a BBC truck as the control room.[6]

In 2007, Rushent produced the recording Cherry Vanilla by the (Fabulous) Cult of John Harley. The recording was used by the American singer and actress Cherry Vanilla in the launch of her autobiography Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla.[14]

At the time of his death, Rushent was working on a 30th anniversary version of Dare, remixed like Love and Dancing but using traditional musical instruments instead of synthesisers.[6][8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, Rushent married Linda Trodd, with whom he had three children – daughter Joanne and sons Tim and James.[1] They separated in the 1980s, and Rushent later married Ceri Davis, with whom he had a daughter named Amy.[1] Rushent lived with Ceri and Amy in the Berkshire village of Upper Basildon.[1][15] Rushent's son James is the lead singer of the dance-punk band Does It Offend You, Yeah?.[3] Rushent died on 4 June 2011, at his home in Berkshire. No cause was specified.[3][16]


Year Artist Record Type Role Reference
1970 Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar Studio album Engineer [2]
1971 T-Rex Electric Warrior Studio album Engineer [17]
Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste Studio album Engineer [2]
Compost Compost Studio album Engineer, producer [2]
Stone the Crows Teenage Licks Studio album Engineer [2]
Fleetwood Mac Future Games Studio album Engineer [2]
1972 Groundhogs Hogwash Studio album Engineer [2]
Gentle Giant Three Friends Studio album Engineer [2]
Gentle Giant Octopus Studio album Engineer [2]
Stone the Crows Ontinuous Performance Studio album Engineer [2]
Shirley Bassey I Capricorn Studio album Engineer [2]
1973 Curved Air Air Cut Studio album Producer [18]
Chaos Down At The Club/You Could Be My Girl Studio single Composer, producer [citation needed]
Johnny Harris All to Bring You Morning Studio album Engineer, remixing [2]
Badger One Live Badger Live album Engineer [2]
1974 Riff Raff Original Man Studio album Engineer [19]
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band The Impossible Dream Studio album Engineer [2]
Snafu Situation Normal Studio album Engineer [2]
Premiata Forneria Marconi The World Became the World Studio album Engineer [2]
1975 Danny Kirwan Second Chapter Studio album Producer [20]
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Banco Studio album Engineer [2]
Shirley Bassey Good, Bad but Beautiful Studio album Engineer [2]
Zzebra Panic Studio album Engineer [2]
1976 Roderick Falconer New Nation Studio album Engineer [2]
McKendree Spring Too Young to Feel This Old Studio album Engineer [2]
1977 The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus Studio album Producer [6]
Shirley Bassey You Take My Heart Away Studio album Engineer [2]
The Stranglers No More Heroes Studio album Producer [6]
Téléphone Téléphone Studio album Producer [2]
Trickster Find the Lady Studio album Producer
1978 The Stranglers Black and White Studio album Producer [6]
Buzzcocks Another Music in a Different Kitchen Studio album Producer [21]
Generation X Generation X Studio album Producer [22]
Buzzcocks Love Bites Studio album Producer [17]
999 Separates Studio album Producer [23]
Ian Gomm Gomm with the Wind Studio album Producer [2]
Dr Feelgood Private Practice Studio album Producer [2]
Ian Gomm Summer Holiday Studio album Producer [2]
1979 The Stranglers Live (X Cert) Live album Producer [6]
Téléphone Crache Ton Venin Studio album Producer [24]
Buzzcocks A Different Kind of Tension Studio album Producer [25]
Jean-Jacques Burnel Euroman Cometh Studio album Producer [26]
1980 Téléphone Au Cœur De La Nuit Studio album Producer [24]
Rachel Sweet Protect the Innocent Studio album Producer [27]
1981 The Human League Dare Studio album Producer [6]
Pete Shelley Homosapien Studio album Producer [6]
The Raybeats Guitar Beat Studio album Producer [28]
Altered Images Happy Birthday Studio album Engineer, producer [2]
Deke Leonard Before Your Very Eyes Studio album Engineer, producer [2]
The dB's Stands for Decibels Studio album Mixing [2]
1982 The Human League Love and Dancing Remix album Producer [6]
Altered Images Pinky Blue Studio album Producer [29]
The Members Uprhythm, Downbeat Studio album Producer [30]
1983 The Human League Fascination! E.P. Producer [6]
Pete Shelley XL1 Studio album Producer [31]
Intaferon Get Out Of London Single/12" Producer [32]
1984 The Human League Hysteria Studio album Programming [2]
Hazel O'Connor Smile Studio album Producer [2]
The Go-Go's Talk Show Studio album Engineer, producer [33]
1985 Associates Perhaps Studio album Producer [34]
1988 Do-Re-Mi The Happiest Place in Town Studio album Producer [33]
Associates Heart of Glass Single Producer [33]
1990 The Human League Heart Like a Wheel Single Producer
Hard Corps Metal + Flesh Studio Album Producer
1993 Flop Whenever You're Ready Studio album Producer
1993 The Beautiful Babies Serenade Studio album Producer
1997 Ian Gomm Come On Single Producer [33]
2005 Hazel O'Connor Hidden Heart Studio album Producer [6]
Carl Barat Under the Influence Studio album Producer [33]
2009 Killa Kela Amplified Studio Album Producer [35]
2010 The Pipettes Earth vs. The Pipettes Studio album Producer [36]
2011 Does It Offend You, Yeah? Don't Say We Didn't Warn You Studio album Producer [33]
2011 The Pipettes Boo Shuffle Single Producer [33]


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