Clive Langer - Producer
Clive Langer is among the top British producers of the new wave era, helming records for Madness, Elvis Costello and Lloyd Cole. He began his music career during the mid-1970s as a guitarist in the band Deaf School, going solo with backing band the Boxes in 1979 with the album I Want the Whole World. With Madness’ 1979 debut LP One Step Beyond, Langer and Winstanley teamed for the first time as co-producers, inaugurating a partnership which continued for several decades. After collaborating on Madness’ 1980 record Absolutely, the duo moved on to the Teardrops Explode Kilimanjaro ; a year later, they helmed Seven for the former group and Wilder for the latter before teaming with Costello for 1983’s Punch the Clock , the album which launched his first American hit, Everyday I Write the Book.
A year later, Langer and Winstanley reunited with Costello for Goodbye Cruel World . China Crisis What Price Paradise? followed in 1986, and as the decade drew to a close their most notable new partnership was with the group Hothouse Flowers, for whom they produced 1988’s People as well as 1990’s Home. The new decade also saw Langer and Winstanley teaming up with Morrissey for his Bona Drag LP; a year later, they contributed several tracks to his Kill Uncle . Singles with Costello and Tim Finn were among the duo’s most notable projects over the next several years, but in 1994 they returned to the charts in style with Bush’s best-selling Sixteen Stone.
Langer and Winstanley also teamed up to make the First Dogs Die in Cars album for V2; and Clive last year also arranged many of the songs on the new album for the second Dogs Die album.
Recently Langer & Winstanley have produced The Holloways – their first single going in the top 40 – the album is currently being mixed and will be released shortly.
Clive Langer has also written and produced all original material for the new Film 4/ Potboiler film Brothers of the Head (Milan/WEA) which has received rave reviews in the States, it is due to be released September 2006. He is currently co/producing the new Madness album with Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at Toe Rag Studios.
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