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Martin Hannett (May 1948 - April 18, 1991) was an innovative record producer who helped discover Joy Division and cofounded Factory Records with Tony Wilson. His trademark sound, most obvious on Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures, was spare and eerie, yet sensual.
He was infamously difficult to work with; legend has it he once forced Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris to take apart his drum kit during a recording session and reassemble it to include parts from a toilet.
A rift formed with Factory and he sued them in 1982 over a financial dispute. At this point Hannett's career had spiralled into decline due to his massive drug use. Hannett died of heart failure in 1991 at age 42.
Hannett also used the pseudonym "Martin Zero."
He was portrayed by actor Andy Serkis in the 2002 film "Twenty Four Hour Party People," which was based on Wilson's career as the co-founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda electronica dance club. Wilson was played by comedian Steve Coogan.
Selected discography as producer
- Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures 1979
- The Durutti Column, The Return of Durruti Column 1979
- Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls , Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls 1979
- The Psychedelic Furs, The Psychedelic Furs 1980 (songs "Susan's Strange" and "Soap Commercial")
- Joy Division, Closer 1980
- Joy Division, Still 1981
- Dead Kennedys, In God We Trust, Inc. 1981
- Magazine, The Correct Use of Soap
- New Order, Movement 1982
- The Stone Roses, Garage Flower 1985
- Happy Mondays, Bummed 1988
- Various, 1992
- The Buzzcocks, Spiral Scratch 1977
- U2, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" 1980
- ESG , "ESG" 1981
- New Order, "Everything's Gone Green" 1982
- Kitchens of Distinction , "Quick as Rainbows" 1990
- The 24 Hour Party People movie website contains an extensive biography of Martin.
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