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Monday, September 22, 2014

Zero: A Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991 by Martin Hannett

Despite the fact that he died 15 years ago, Martin Hannett is responsible for a large proportion of your record collection. This is not to say that you only own records that were released on Factory or some early singles by U2, but that the mad Mancunian's unique production tecniques are still very influential today. Editors? They wouldn't have that cold, metallic echo without Joy Division's ‘Transmission’. The poetic, punk groove of Arctic Monkeys? Well, John Cooper Clarke's ‘I Don't Want To Be Nice’ always sounded good on the dancefloor. The Killers’ precision tooled anthems? They wouldn't have filled stadiums without ‘Pretty In Pink‘ by The Psychedelic Furs. Throw in some Happy Mondays and New Order too and this really is an indispensable collection.

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