Warne Livesey, 2012
|Born||12 February 1959|
Life and career
Warne Livesey started his career in London, England as a musician and sound engineer, working with producers like David Lord and Rhett Davies. This led to early production work during London's expanding independent music scene in the early 1980s. In 1986 he teamed up with Matt Johnson to work on his The The album Infected. Livesey worked closely with Johnson on the record also contributing on bass and keyboards as well as arranging for strings. The album sold more than a million copies worldwide. He also worked on the follow up album Mind Bomb in 1989. Following that he produced Saint Julian by Julian Cope before going to Australia to work with Midnight Oil on their album Diesel and Dust. The record sold 5 million copies worldwide and in 2010 was named the best Australian album of all time. The opening track, Beds Are Burning, was an international hit and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll. Livesey went on to produce three more records with the band; Blue Sky Mining, Redneck Wonderland and their last album Capricornia in 2001.
During the 1990s he also produced: Paul Young, Jesus Jones, The Big Dish and House of Love, whose album Babe Rainbow he also co-wrote songs for. He also collaborated with Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis co-writing most of the songs on his only solo album.
Relocation to Canada
In 1997 Livesey starting working with Canadian alternative rock artist the Matthew Good Band on their second album Underdogs. He produced the band's next two albums including the Juno Award-winning number 1 album, Beautiful Midnight. After the band broke up in 2002 Livesey continued working with Matthew Good and to date has produced five of his solo records, including Lights of Endangered Species in 2011, Chaotic Neutral in 2015 and Something Like a Storm in 2017. He now lives and works out of Toronto.
producer [p], mixer [m], engineer [e], songwriter [s]
- 2020: Matthew Good (Moving Walls) [p.m]
- 2017: Matthew Good (Something Like a Storm) [p.m.s]
- 2017: Kim Churchill (Breakneck Speed) [p.e.s]
- 2016: Rykka (Beatitudes) [p.m.e.s]
- 2016: Matthew Good (I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited EP) [p.m.e]
- 2015: Matthew Good (Chaotic Neutral) [p,m,e]
- 2015: Rykka (The Last of Our Kind) [p,m,e,s]
- 2014: Crystal Shawanda (The Whole World's Got the Blues) [m]
- 2014: Kim Churchill (Silence/Win) [p,m,e,s]
- 2013: Paul Young (Remixes & Rarities) [p]
- 2013: Rykka (Kodiak) [m]
- 2013: No Sinner (Boo Hoo Hoo) [p,m,e]
- 2013: Kandle (In Flames) [m]
- 2012: Midnight Oil (Essential Oils) [p,m,e]
- 2012: The Dudes (Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders) [m]
- 2011: Matthew Good (Lights of Endangered Species) [p,m,e]
- 2010: Xavier Rudd (Koonyum Sun) [m]
- 2009: Acres of Lions (Working) [m]
- 2008: Chris Walla (Field Manual) [p,m,e]
- 2008: Theset (Never Odd or Even) [p,m,e]
- 2008: 54-40 (Northern Soul) [m]
- 2008: Mark Hildreth (Complex State of Attachment) [p,m,e]
- 2007: Armchair Cynics (Killing the Romance) [m]
- 2007: Cara Luft (The Light Fantastic) [m]
- 2007: In-Flight Safety (Coast Is Clear) [p,m,e]
- 2006: Jets Overhead (Bridges) [m]
- 2006: Paul Young (Collections) [p]
- 2006: Deacon Blue (Singles) [p,e]
- 2005: Sinéad O'Connor (Collaborations) [p,m,e]
- 2005: Matthew Good (In a Coma: The Best of Matthew Good 1995–2005) [p,m,e]
- 2005: Mick Stevens (The River / The Englishman) [p]
- 2005: 54-40 (Yes to Everything) [p,m,e]
- 2004: Matthew Good (White Light Rock & Roll Review) [p,m,e]
- 2004: Mick Stevens (See the Morning / No Savage Word) [p]
- 2004: In-Flight Safety (Vacation Land) [m]
- 2003: Matthew Good (Avalanche) [p,m,e]
- 2003: 54-40 (Goodbye Flatland) [m]
- 2003: Holly McNarland (Home Is Where My Feet Are) [p,m,e]
- 2003: Icehouse (Measure for Measure / Primitive Man) [m,e]
- 2003: Paul Young (Love Songs) [p]
- 2002: The The (45 RPM: The Singles of The The) [p,m,e]
- 2002: Midnight Oil (Capricornia) [p,m,e]
- 2002: The The (London Town 1983–1993) [p,m,e]
- 2001: Matthew Good Band (Audio of Being) [p,m,e]
- 2000: Sarah Cracknell (Kelly's Locker) [p,m,e]
- 2000: Deacon Blue (Our Town: The Greatest Hits) [p,e]
- 2000: Hooverphonic (The Magnificent Tree) [p,m,e]
- 1999: The Creatures (Anima Animus) [p,m,e]
- 1999: Matthew Good Band (Beautiful Midnight) [p,m,e]
- 1999: Julian Cope (Leper Skin: An Introduction to Julian Cope) [p,m,e]
- 1998: The House of Love (Best Of) [p,s]
- 1998: Mark Hollis (Mark Hollis) [s]
- 1998: Emm Gryner (Public) [p,m,e]
- 1998: Midnight Oil (Redneck Wonderland) [p,m,e]
- 1998: All About Eve (Winter Words: Hits & Rarities) [p,m,e]
- 1997: Midnight Oil (20,000 Watt RSL: Greatest Hits) [p,m]
- 1997: Jesus Jones (Chemical # 1) [p,m]
- 1997: Sarah Cracknell (Lipslide) [p,m,e]
- 1997: Jesus Jones (Next Big Thing) [p,m]
- 1997: Julian Cope (The Followers of Saint Julian) [p,m]
- 1997: Matthew Good Band (Underdogs) [p,m,e]
- 1996: Ghostwriters (Second Skin) [m]
- 1995: Whipping Boy (Heartworm) [p]
- 1995: Prick (Prick) [p]
- 1995: Suddenly, Tammy! (We Get There When We Do) [p,m,e]
- 1993: Jesus Jones (Perverse) [p,m]
- 1992: The House of Love (Babe Rainbow) [p,s]
- 1991: Paul Young (From Time to Time: The Singles Collection) [p]
- 1991: The Big Dish (Satellites) [p,m]
- 1991: All About Eve (Touched by Jesus) [p,m]
- 1990: Midnight Oil (Blue Sky Mining) [p,m]
- 1990: Paul Young (Other Voices) [p]
- 1989: The The (Mind Bomb) [p,m,e]
- 1989: Deacon Blue (When the World Knows Your Name) [p,e]
- 1988: Midnight Oil (Diesel and Dust) [p,m]
- 1987: Julian Cope (Saint Julian) [p,m]
- 1987: How We Live (Dry Land) [p,m,e]
- 1987: Colin Hay (Looking For Jack) [m]
- 1986: The The (Infected) [p,m,e]
- 1986: Icehouse (Measure for Measure) [m,e]
- 1985: Scraping Foetus off the Wheel (Nail) [p,m,e]
- 1985: Coil (Panic/Tainted Love) [m,e]
- 1985: Thomas Dolby (May the Cube Be With You) [m]
- 1985: Martha and the Muffins (The World Is a Ball) [m,e]
- 1984: Scraping Foetus off the Wheel (Hole) [p,m,e]
- 1984: Coil (Scatology) [m,e]
- 1984: The Europeans (Recurring Dreams) [m,e]
- 1984: The Specials (In the Studio) [m,e]
- 1983: The Higsons (The Curse of the Higsons) [p,m,e]
- 1982: The Apollinaires (Envy The Love) [p,e]
- WCM Award for Outstanding Producer 2003.
- Juno Award for Best Rock Album: Beautiful Midnight, Matthew Good Band
- ARIA Award for Single of the Year 1988: Beds Are Burning, Midnight Oil.
- ARIA Award for Album of the Year 1991: Blue Sky Mining, Midnight Oil.
- Biographical data on Warne Livesey in:. International Who's Who in Popular Music. 11th. Edition. Routledge/Taylor Francis Group, 2009. Editor: Robert J. Elster. ISBN 978-1-85743-514-6 , p 321.
- Warne Livesey In:. The Encyclopedia of Record Producers. Eric Olsen, Paul Verna, Carlo Wolff. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1999. ISBN 0-8230-7607-5 , p 479-480. (Review on: Review on Good Reads
- Profile: Warne Livesey by Kevin Young in Professional Sound Magazine. Norris-Whitney Communications. Vol. XV No.5. October 2004. p18.
- Warne Livesey in:. "Tips From 2011", Canadian Musician. Vol. xxxiii No. 5, Sept/Oct 2011) p52.
- Official The The biography, Sony Music. Reprinted here.
- "The Peak Performance Project". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
- The 100 Best Australian Albums. John O'Donnell, Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson. Hardie Grant Books, 2010. ISBN 174066955X, ISBN 978-1740669559, p 17/19. Read Excerpts here.
- "Midnight Oil ~ Albums Discography". midnight-oil.info. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
- Are We Still Rolling?: Studios, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll. Phil Brown. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010. ISBN 9781476856094.
- Matthew Good Band Biography at Musicians Guide
- Matthew Good gets experimental on Lights of Endangered Species. Sean Plumber. MSN Entertainment Canada, 2011.  Archived 19 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Matthew Good's Chaotic Neutral: An album build of trust. Leslie Ken Chu. Vancouver Weekly, 2015. 
- Thrills, Adrian (11 December 1982). "Black and White Reunite". New Musical Express. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
- Warne Livesey at AllMusic.com
- Warne Livesey at Discogs.com
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- "ARIA Award Winners By Category". 16 March 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
- Beds Are Burning: Midnight Oil, The Journey. Mark Dobshon. Penguin Books. 2005. ISBN 0143003674 ISBN 978-0143003670