Stephen Alan Lillywhite, ( born 15 March 1955 ) is a british record manufacturer. [ 1 ] Since he began his career in 1977, Lillywhite has been credited on over 500 records, and has collaborated with a variety show of musicians including new wave acts XTC, Big Country, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, the Psychedelic Furs, Toyah, David Byrne, Talking Heads and Kirsty MacColl, ampere well as U2, the Rolling Stones, The Pogues, Blue October, Steel Pulse, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, the Killers, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading. He has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the year, Non-Classical in 2006. In 2012, he was made a Commander of the Order of The british Empire ( CBE ) for his contributions to music.
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career [edit ]
early years [edit ]
Lillywhite entered the music industry in 1972, when he worked as a record operator for PolyGram. He produced a demonstration recording for Ultravox, which led to them being offered a recording narrow with Island Records. Lillywhite soon joined Island as a staff manufacturer, where he worked with many of the leading new wave musicians, including his brother ‘s band, The Members, and guitarist Johnny Thunders, for whom he produced a solo album, So Alone. His first commercial success came in August 1978 as the manufacturer of “ Hong Kong Garden “, the debut single from Siouxsie and the Banshees. He besides produced “ Ku Klux Klan ”, the first one that Steel Pulse released on Island Records in 1978. In 1979, he scored two hits for Virgin Records with The Members : the Surrey anthem “ Sound of the Suburbs ” and protest reggae authoritative “ offshore Banking Business ”. Lillywhite along with engineer Hugh Padgham began working with the band XTC in June and July 1979 at Townhouse Studios in London for Virgin Records. The resulting album, Drums and Wires, was released on 17 August 1979 and “ Making Plans for Nigel “, the single taken from the album, reached # 17 on the UK Singles Chart in the hang of that year .
1980s [edit ]
In February 1980, the Psychedelic Furs ‘ self-titled debut album was released, produced by Lillywhite. He besides produced Peter Gabriel ‘s critically acclaim third solo album Peter Gabriel ( besides known as III or Melt ), which was released in May 1980 and topped the UK album chart. It established Gabriel as “ one of rock ‘s most ambitious, advanced musicians ” and “ raised well ” Lillywhite ‘s visibility. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] During the recording of the album, he pioneered ( with Gabriel and engineer Hugh Padgham ) the gate reverb drum heavy which became a authentication of Phil Collins ‘ solo career. [ 4 ] Later in the year, Boy, the introduction album of U2, was released, produced by Lillywhite. Lillywhite ‘s collaboration with U2 continued with the albums October and War. He moved on to produce work by Bruce Foxton ( of The Jam ), Big Country, XTC, The Chameleons, Toyah, Talking Heads, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Morrissey, The Rolling Stones and the Shine album by the former ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Lillywhite was besides hired by Rush to produce their 1984 album, Grace Under Pressure but, much to their frustration, withdrew from the project to work with simple Minds. Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart referred to Lillywhite as a serviceman not of his give voice for not following through on what had already been scheduled. [ 5 ] In 1987, Lillywhite worked with the Pogues, producing “ Fairytale of New York “. His wife, Kirsty MacColl, provided the tip female vocal for the song, which became the band ‘s biggest hit. The single narrowly missed being the UK Christmas numeral one single, but was placid one of the biggest sell records that year. The song “ Cotton Fields ”, from the Pogues ‘ 1989 album Peace and Love ( besides produced by Lillywhite ), includes a reference to “ Steve Lillywhite ‘s bibulous mix “ .
1990s [edit ]
During the 1990s, Lillywhite produced the multi platinum albums Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, and Before These Crowded Streets by the Dave Matthews Band. In 1991, he continued to produce Morrissey and co-produced songs from U2 ‘s Achtung Baby, working aboard Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Flood. That same year he returned to Dublin to produce Engine Alley ‘s introduction album entitled A Sonic Holiday, and Kirsty MacColl again provided extra vocals, this clock time for the single “ Song for person ”. He besides produced albums by Travis and the debut ( and only album ) by The La ‘s. In 1996, he produced Phish ‘s Billy Breathes, and he returned to produce Joy in 2009. [ 6 ] Lilywhite was featured as the subject for a BBC Radio 1 documentary series on record producers. In 1999, he produced the US band Guster ‘s Lost and Gone Forever .
2000s [edit ]
In 2000, Lillywhite was fired from the fourth album by the Dave Matthews Band after band members cited creative differences. In 2001, a number of their recordings emerged on a bootleg album, known now as The Lillywhite Sessions ; many of the songs from those recordings followed former, on the Dave Matthews Band ‘s album Busted Stuff. The unfinished tracks appeared on-line, and the majority of the tracks were re-recorded, without Lillywhite, with Stephen Harris as the preferable choice by the ring. [ 7 ] In 2002, Universal Music Group head Lucian Grainge invited Lillywhite to become managing director. Lillywhite signed singer-songwriter Darius Danesh and served as executive producer for his introduction album Dive In, which spawned three Top 10 hits, and Mercury Records ‘ first phone number one in eighteen years. He besides signed Razorlight, and besides produced Jason Mraz ‘s Mr. A-Z. In September 2005, Lillywhite joined Columbia Records as a Senior Vice-president of A & R. During his tenure he signed MGMT. He left the label at the end of 2006. Lillywhite collected consecutive Grammy Awards for Record of the year with U2 ‘s “ Beautiful Day “ and “ Walk On ”. In 2006, Lillywhite won three more Grammys : manufacturer of the Year ( Non-Classical ), Best Rock Album besides with U2 ‘s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb ; and a partial derivative win for Album of the year, besides for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. In late 2006, he worked with Chris Cornell on his album Carry On, and besides produced two songs on Switchfoot ‘s album, Oh! Gravity.. In February 2007, Lillywhite began work with Crowded House on tracks for Time on Earth, the band ‘s first studio album in fourteen years. The majority of the album was produced by Ethan Johns, but Lillywhite produced four songs with the fully tour line-up, including newly drummer Matt Sherrod american samoa well as studio apartment guest guitarist Johnny Marr. Lillywhite ‘s future project was working with Matchbox Twenty on an EP that comprised a assign of Exile on Mainstream, a two-disc album that entered the US charts at No. 3 and australian charts at No. 1. In 2008, Lillywhite again worked aboard Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois on U2 ‘s No Line on the Horizon. He besides worked on Blue October ‘s Approaching Normal, and rejoined Flood to work with Thirty Seconds to Mars on This Is War. In 2008, Lillywhite produced a total of recordings for the World Cafe radio receiver usher on NPR. This admit sessions at Avatar Studios in New York with Fleet Foxes, She & Him, Bell X1, Dr. Dog, and Mercury Rev. In November 2009, he began presenting his own weekly radio prove on East Village Radio called “ The Lillywhite Sessions ”. [ 8 ]
2010s [edit ]
On 25 May 2010, the official Oasis web site announced that Lillywhite was working with Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock on material for their modern band Beady Eye. Lillywhite produced an album for evanescence at MSR Studios from February 2010 to April that year, [ 9 ] [ 10 ] but was scrapped in early 2011. [ 11 ] On his exercise with Evanescence, Lillywhite said : “ what happened was a few people lost their heart. I do n’t even think it was her [ Amy Lee ]. It was people at the record party who truly had no other band. They were thinking more in terms of the commerce rather than the art. ” [ 12 ] In 2011, Bono and the Edge brought Lillywhite in to produce the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark cast read for Interscope. In 2012, Lillywhite was appointed Commander of the Order of the british Empire ( CBE ) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to music. [ 13 ] On 16 July 2012, the Irish Examiner reported that Lillywhite was attached to a fresh television show entitled ’ ‘ The Hit . Lillywhite reunited with Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2012, co-producing the band ‘s fourth studio album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, aboard Jared Leto. In 2015, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Lillywhite was awarded his sixth Grammy Award for his work on Juanes ‘s album Loco De Amor. That lapp year, he was credited as a producer on Amy Lee ‘s cover of Chris Isaak ‘s “ Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing ” for her Recover, Vol. 1 EP. The traverse was primitively recorded for Evanescence ‘s original third album produced by Lillywhite in 2010 but it was rejected by their tag. [ 15 ] In 2016, Lillywhite produced an album by Thai rock candy band Slot Machine. In April 2017, musician and writer Jon Regen wrote an article for The New York Times profiling Lillywhite and his sour bundling recorded CDs with fry chicken in indonesian KFC restaurants. [ 16 ] Lillywhite worked with a japanese dissemble for the inaugural time when he co-produced Luna Sea ‘s 2019 album Cross. In interviews about the album, the manufacturer has stated that he is semi-retired know in Jakarta for the past five years and now only works with blue-ribbon artists. [ 17 ]
personal life [edit ]
Lillywhite was born in Surrey, England. From 1984 to 1994, he was married to Kirsty MacColl, with whom he had two sons, Jamie and Louis. [ 18 ] He married Patricia Louise Galluzzi on 29 May 2004 ; they divorced ten years late. He has lived in Indonesia since 2014, where he besides produces records for local artists. He was made a Commander of the Order of The british Empire ( CBE ) in 2012 for his contributions to music. [ 19 ]