Here's a little secret I must confess... I've had a bit of a crush on Hugh Padgham since the mid-80s when I saw him win a Grammy for - I'd been thinking it was Synchronicity - but if you look at his resumé it could have been for No Jacket Required. Either way, to one girl's fevered teenage mind came the man who was producing all the best music of the era and since then Padgham's career has been varied as he's worked with everyone from Kate Bush to Brian Wilson to Van der Graaf Generator.
These days Hugh hangs out with his famous dog Stanley (who is regularly featured in his wife's design catalogs), continues to produce, and always puts his left shoe on first.
Oh, and he hates celery. And used to own a race car team.
He's coming to SXSW to speak on The Evolution of the Record Producer panel which is full on don't miss, methinks.
And without further ado, here's his take on...
The LP Questionnaire
Name: Hugh Padgham
Do you have any nicknames? a) Huge b) H. Pizzle
1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you'd put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend. Born 1955 so it was 1970 when I was 15. The 3 songs for my girlfriend would have been:
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel - Girls loved this song.
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum - Brilliant sound. We were all trying to be hippies at that time (don't forget we were only 15).
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder - We absolutely adored all of the Motown records - danced to them all night.
2. Which evil villain would make the best President? Difficult question! Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). He was so charming, intelligent & charismatic but..........
3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? The Flintstones
4. What superpower do you wish you had? The ability to disappear or become transparent - think what great places you could go to without being seen, be a fly on the wall etc etc.
5. What would the title of your autobiography be? Right Place, Right Time
The Zombies: I loved their singles when I was growing up. Then I loved Argent, the group the Zombies keyboard player Rod Argent formed after they split up which was more 'rocky' and that appealed to me a lot. It's great to see that they have re-formed as Colin Blunstone has one of the best ever voices in pop music.
The Weeks: I was turned onto them by my manager Joe D'Ambrosio and I saw them play in the studio recently in London for a live BBC radio show. They are great musicians and it is so good to see young bands of this calibre emerging again. I would love to work with them in some way or another.
Butch Walker and the Black Widows: Butch was in some great bands in the 80's & 90's never really getting the success he deserved. He then has done some amazing production work, producing many pop hits (Avril Lavigne, Pink etc). Now he has his own band again and I'm really looking forward to seeing it as he is an exceptionally talented guy.
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