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Various Artists – Genetic Engineering: Produced by Martin Rushent

Various Artists
“Genetic Engineering: Produced by Martin Rushent”
1977 – 1984

01. The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
02. Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
03. Joy Division – Transmission (Demo)
04. Pete Shelley – Homosapien
05. Altered Images – Happy Birthday
06. Intaferon – Get Out Of London
07. The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
08. Go-Go’s – Head Over Heels

INFO > To honor the memory and legacy of Martin Rushent, here’s a selection of songs showcasing his versatile production talents.

GENETIC ENGINEERING

Martin Rushent (1948 – 2011)

A prominent punk and new wave record producer, Martin Rushent began crafting his studio skills as a recording engineer in the mid-1970s, working on albums by T.Rex, Yes, Fleetwood Mac, and Shirley Bassey. He was instrumental in getting The Stranglers signed to United Artists, and produced the band’s first three albums and several singles. During punk’s heyday, he worked with Buzzcocks, Generation X, 999, and Yachts. But Rushent looked to forge the sound of the future, and so invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology—synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, and samplers—to set up his own studio, Genetic, in Bershire.

Among the first productions recorded at Genetic was the solo debut of former Buzzcock Pete Shelley. With an emphasis on electronic instrumentation, the album was vastly different from Shelley’s prior punk output. Upon hearing “Homosapien”, Virgin’s Simon Draper contacted Rushent about working with The Human League. That partnership would result in one of the most successful and influential releases of the 1980s, “Dare.” When Virgin pressed for more material in the wake of the League’s newfound success, Rushent re-edited tracks from “Dare” into dance-friendly dubs, effectively pioneering the concept of the remix album.

Rushent went on to produce material by Altered Images, Go-Go’s, Hazel O’Connor, The Associates, and others; however, personal problems would force a premature departure from the industry in the mid-1980s. He sold Genetic and worked sporadically afterwards, as Rushent’s main focus became the raising of his children.

Martin Rushent passed away on 4 June 2011 at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Ceri, and four children.