Saturday, 30 October 2010
God Like Genius - Trevor Horn
Trevor Horn deserves god like genius status simply by producing Lexicon of Love for which I'd even forgive him Tatu. Add to this the wonderful 80s Video Killed the Radio Star (although thankfully it didn't inspire me to swap my national health glasses for a pair of big red frames) and even making a Yes song that sounded okay (Owner of a Lonely Heart) and you've got a producer who although coming at it from the opposite direction to Brain Eno (you feel that with one less is more and the other more is more) also can sparkle magic dust on otherwise okay material
Even without the perfect 4 mins that are All of my Heart, his god like status comes from 3 of the most excessive over the top tracks you can think of.
Die Tausend Des Mabuse - Propaganda
Although Horn didn't produce the Secret Wish lp ( he handed things over to Stephen Lipson whilst he focused on Frankie Goes to Hollywood) he did produce the lead off single Dr Mabuse as well as various extended versions including this one
Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Although the self combusted after complete over exposure, I still don't tire of hearing the title track of their first lp , here in one of the many remixed versions
Left to My Own Devises - Pet Shop Boys
Hysterically over the top without lapsing into cartoon camp
Just to show that he can do the straight forward as well. He somehow ended up producing the Belle and Sebastian lp Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Apparently he agreed as his daughter really liked them and having heard all their stuff it irked him that he felt the vocal was never well produced. It is my favourite B and S lp despite getting mixed reviews (some reviewers missed the point by complaining that he hadn't got them making something like Two Tribes!).
If She Wants Me - Belle and Sebastian
This is one of the slower songs and I don't think Stuart Murdoch's vocal has sounded better.