Spot (producer)

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Spot (born Glen Lockett in 1951[1]) is an American record producer best known for being the house producer and engineer for the influential independent punk record label SST Records.[2]

Early life[edit]

Glen Lockett was born to a Caucasian mother and an African-American father in 1951 and raised in upper-middle-class Hollywood.[1] Lockett's father was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen in WW II.[3] Lockett moved from Hollywood to Hermosa Beach in the mid-1970s, where he met Greg Ginn while working at a vegetarian restaurant called Garden of Eden.[3] Lockett also freelanced for Easy Reader, authoring record reviews under the name Spot.[3]

Befriending Ginn, Spot was briefly bassist for Panic, the band which would soon become Black Flag.[3]


Spot recorded, mixed, produced or co-produced most of SST's pivotal acts between 1979 and 1986. He is credited on albums by such notable bands as Black Flag,[2] Minutemen,[2] Mood of Defiance,[4] Meat Puppets,[2] Hüsker Dü,[2] Saint Vitus,[2] Misfits (Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood) and Descendents.[2] After leaving SST in 1986, Spot moved to Austin, Texas.[2]

Spot is an accomplished photographer[2] and has published a book of his work entitled Sounds of Two Eyes Opening.[5]


  1. ^ a b Earles, Andrew (2010-11-18). Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-pop Pioneers who Launched Modern Rock. Voyageur Press. pp. 88–. ISBN 9780760335048. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Backer, Sam (November 9, 2018). "Behind the Sound Of American Punk". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Chick, Stevie (2011). Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag. PM Press. pp. 33-36. ISBN 978-1-60486-418-2.
  4. ^ "Mood of Defiance". ReverbNation. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Cosgrove, Ben (November 24, 2014). "Edge of the World: Photos of SoCal's Skate, Beach and Punk Scenes, 1969 – 1982". Time. Retrieved October 21, 2019.

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