Sunday, October 24, 2004

Martin Hannett: a retrospective

Martin Hannett was one of the greatest producers of the late 1970s and early 1980s, a man whose genius behind the controls left a distinct stamp on the recordings he made with Joy Division, New Order and a veritable who's who of post-punk bands.

Hannett is most famous for his production duties on Joy Division's first two albums and their celebrated single "Love Will Tear Us Apart." This work led to other production work for U2 (he produced the band's first single), Magazine, The Duritti Column, A Certain Ratio, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, among others. Sadly, Hannett's descent into heroin addiction sidelined his studio work for much of the 1980s (aside from some work with the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses towards the end of the decade), and led to his death in 1991 at the tender age of 42.

This playlist offers a look back at some of the groundbreaking recordings Hannett produced. Enjoy.


Blogger Robert 0f The Radish said...

Excellent Matt, truly excellent. This playlist has been radished.

Listening to this list really brings into focus just how much Mr. Hannett influenced the sound of the 80's.
Not to mention that it brought me happily back to high school!

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