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“I had worked with Dead Or Alive on an album called Sophisticated Boom-Boom, on which we recorded a cover of That’s The Way I Like It. This became the band’s first chart hit. Wayne Hussey, the singer and guitar player from The Mission, was the guitar player in Dead Or Alive, so we became friends.
“Later, after being frustrated in Dead Or Alive, he went off to do his own thing, and he asked me to get involved in the production. This was fantastic opportunity for me as it was the first time I was associated with something so cool and alternative.
“If you listen to it now, it sounds very ‘80s, with all the big snare reverbs. Guitar-wise, we would get pretty crazy with the treatments and would often record four or five tracks of a clean sound and then overlay many dirty tracks, building and layering the parts. We would then double again with acoustic guitars – a lot of layers, a lot of fun.
“If I had to sum up the record in one word, it would be ‘speedy,’ and I mean that it more ways than one. We recorded the whole album in five weeks. The record was pretty successful and went silver in the UK. I figured I was a shoe-in for the production of their follow-up album, but they went off and recorded with John Paul Jones. I was gutted. Of course, it was a good feeling when they made their third album and returned to me for production duties.”