John Ashton on producing “Alice” by the Sisters of Mercy (video)

som_7_alice_1Another video from the excellent Sex WAX n Rock n Roll stable, following hot on the heels of the 30 minute video on Big Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke’s drummer).

This time, its a 20 minute interview with John Aston, guitarist/producer of the Psychedelic Furs, who produced the seminal ‘Alice’ by the Sisters of Mercy, and here he talks in depth about the Sisters and lifts the lid on the way the band write and produce, with plenty of details on equipment and process.  A fantastic video – can’t wait for more.

Disco has always been about the dance floor.

However, especially during the 80s, there was another form of music that was packing an untold number of dance-clubs around the world in just the same way. It wasnt necessarily made for dancing specifically (in fact, a lot of it probably had the opposite intention), but the power to send you racing to the dance-floor was inescapable. For lack of a better name, let’s just call it ALTERNATIVE. If you’re reading this you most certainly know what that means.

1983’s “ALICE” by Sisters of Mercy was one such record (of many) cited in the book.

“Sex WAX n Rock n Roll” is an autobiography by former Miami/Miami Beach alt-DJ, Mont Sherar who was instrumental in the creation of both “Fire & Ice” and “The Kitchen Club” between the years 1982-1989.

Throughout the book, there are references to various records that had special merit on the dancefloor. Naturally, Mont has referenced this music from his own unique perspective behind the turntables. And as a fantastic supplement to all this, Mont has been fortunate to garner a long list of those musicians who actually performed, wrote, and or produced this amazing music! An exclusive insight into both sides of the fence, during a magical time that will never again be duplicated.

Here is but one ‘sample’ of input from one of these great artists. Quite different than a general look-up on Wikipedia!

JOHN ASHTON, producer/guitarist/songwriter/PSYCHEDELI­C FURS/Satellite Paradiso, provides fabulous insight into his production of 1983’s ground-breaking single, “Alice” by SISTERS OF MERCY.

Thanks to John and all the amazing musicians for their generosity and kindness in sharing these stories to Mont’s book. Much respect.


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