Album artwork for Autonomy - The Productions of Martin Rushent by Various

Autonomy is a sensational addition to Ace’s long-standing Producer Series. After cutting his teeth as a recording engineer for artists from T.Rex to Shirley Bassey, Martin Rushent broke through in 1977, producing the Stranglers. From that point, he helped give new wave bands a delicious pop edge, helming seminal recordings by 999, Buzzcocks, XTC, Generation X and the Rezillos to name just a few. As the 80s dawned he set up Genetic Sound and, armed with the latest technology, his pioneering work with the Human League on Dare defined the sound of UK synthpop and brought him international recognition. After that, the hits and cutting production work continued.

Curated by DJ Gary Crowley, Autonomy takes a welcome look at Rushent’s production career. Kicking off with the Stranglers’ ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ it powers through some of his finest post punk work including Buzzcocks’ ‘Autonomy’, 999’s ‘Homicide’ and XTC’s ‘Are You Receiving Me?’. Ian Gomm’s US hit ‘Hold On’ rubs shoulders with the Human League’s ‘Hard Times’, Altered Images’ ‘I Could Be Happy’ and the Members’ ‘Working Girl’. There are hidden gems as well, such as the Go-Go’s ‘Beneath The Blue Sky’, the Associates’ ‘Breakfast’ and the electronic perfection of Hard Corps’ ‘Je Suis Passée’. All told, these 19 tracks give a perfect overview of Martin Rushent’s finest years.

 Along with Crowley’s liner notes, the CD booklet includes quotes from many musicians and producers who worked with Rushent including Ian Gomm, Jo Callis, Steve Diggle, Stephen Street, Claire Grogan, Belinda Carlisle, Andy Partridge and Jean-Jacques Burnel.

Finally, there are poignant memories penned by his children, along with some candid photos that show Rushent inside and outside his beloved studio habitat.

1. (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) - The Stranglers

2. AUTONOMY - Buzzcocks

3. KISS ME DEADLY - Generation X

4. HOMICIDE - 999

5. DESTINATION VENUS - The Rezillos

6. ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? - XTC

7. HOLD ON - Ian Gomm

8. TONIGHT - Rachel Sweet

9. GUITAR BEAT - Raybeats

10. HARD TIMES (INSTRUMENTAL) - Human League

11. A WAY YOU'LL NEVER BE (12'' VERSION) – Leisure Process

12. I COULD BE HAPPY (MARTIN RUSHENT REMIX) - Altered Images

13. WORKING GIRL - The Members

14. STEAMHAMMER SONG - Intaferon

15. BENEATH THE BLUE SKY – Go-Go’s

16. DON'T TOUCH ME - Hazel O'Connor

17. BREAKFAST - The Associates\

18. JE SUIS PASSÉE (7'' VERSION) - Hard Corps 1

9. BIG SWEEP (CLUB MIX) (1985) - Then Jerico

Various

Autonomy - The Productions of Martin Rushent

Ace Records
Album artwork for Autonomy - The Productions of Martin Rushent by Various
CD

£11.99

Released 28/07/2023Catalogue Number

CDTOP1636

Various

Autonomy - The Productions of Martin Rushent

Ace Records
Album artwork for Autonomy - The Productions of Martin Rushent by Various
CD

£11.99

Released 28/07/2023Catalogue Number

CDTOP1636

Autonomy is a sensational addition to Ace’s long-standing Producer Series. After cutting his teeth as a recording engineer for artists from T.Rex to Shirley Bassey, Martin Rushent broke through in 1977, producing the Stranglers. From that point, he helped give new wave bands a delicious pop edge, helming seminal recordings by 999, Buzzcocks, XTC, Generation X and the Rezillos to name just a few. As the 80s dawned he set up Genetic Sound and, armed with the latest technology, his pioneering work with the Human League on Dare defined the sound of UK synthpop and brought him international recognition. After that, the hits and cutting production work continued.

Curated by DJ Gary Crowley, Autonomy takes a welcome look at Rushent’s production career. Kicking off with the Stranglers’ ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ it powers through some of his finest post punk work including Buzzcocks’ ‘Autonomy’, 999’s ‘Homicide’ and XTC’s ‘Are You Receiving Me?’. Ian Gomm’s US hit ‘Hold On’ rubs shoulders with the Human League’s ‘Hard Times’, Altered Images’ ‘I Could Be Happy’ and the Members’ ‘Working Girl’. There are hidden gems as well, such as the Go-Go’s ‘Beneath The Blue Sky’, the Associates’ ‘Breakfast’ and the electronic perfection of Hard Corps’ ‘Je Suis Passée’. All told, these 19 tracks give a perfect overview of Martin Rushent’s finest years.

 Along with Crowley’s liner notes, the CD booklet includes quotes from many musicians and producers who worked with Rushent including Ian Gomm, Jo Callis, Steve Diggle, Stephen Street, Claire Grogan, Belinda Carlisle, Andy Partridge and Jean-Jacques Burnel.

Finally, there are poignant memories penned by his children, along with some candid photos that show Rushent inside and outside his beloved studio habitat.

1. (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) - The Stranglers

2. AUTONOMY - Buzzcocks

3. KISS ME DEADLY - Generation X

4. HOMICIDE - 999

5. DESTINATION VENUS - The Rezillos

6. ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? - XTC

7. HOLD ON - Ian Gomm

8. TONIGHT - Rachel Sweet

9. GUITAR BEAT - Raybeats

10. HARD TIMES (INSTRUMENTAL) - Human League

11. A WAY YOU'LL NEVER BE (12'' VERSION) – Leisure Process

12. I COULD BE HAPPY (MARTIN RUSHENT REMIX) - Altered Images

13. WORKING GIRL - The Members

14. STEAMHAMMER SONG - Intaferon

15. BENEATH THE BLUE SKY – Go-Go’s

16. DON'T TOUCH ME - Hazel O'Connor

17. BREAKFAST - The Associates\

18. JE SUIS PASSÉE (7'' VERSION) - Hard Corps 1

9. BIG SWEEP (CLUB MIX) (1985) - Then Jerico