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(born 11 June 1958, Moss Side, Manchester) is a British rock musician
who has worked with rock bands such as Magazine, Visage, The Birthday
Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the electronic musicians Pan
sonic. Adamson has also remixed Grinderman, The Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion and Depeche Mode. He created the seven-minute opus "Useless
(Escape From Wherever: Pts. 1 & 2)" remix for the latter band in
1997. He has also worked on the soundtrack for David Lynch's Lost
Highway, and released numerous solo recordings.
Adamson left school and shifted into graphic design attending
Stockport Art College but quit shortly after, preferring to venture into
the exploding punk rock scene of the late 1970s. He joined ex-Buzzcocks
singer Howard Devoto's band Magazine, playing bass guitar, scoring one
chart single, "Shot by Both Sides"; in late 1977, he also joined
Buzzcocks, as a short-term replacement for Garth Smith. He played on all
of Magazine's albums, and contributed to Devoto's solo album and his
next band, Luxuria. He also contributed to the studio-based band Visage,
playing on the ensemble's first two albums, Visage and The Anvil.
After Magazine broke up, Adamson worked with another ex-Buzzcock, Pete Shelley, before joining Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He appeared on four of that band's albums: From Her to Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against the Pricks and Your Funeral, My Trial. After his stint in the band, he went solo, releasing an EP, The Man with the Golden Arm in 1988, and his first solo album, Moss Side Story, the following year, the soundtrack to a non-existent film noir. The album incorporated newscasts and sampled sound effects and featured guest musicians Marcia Schofield (of The Fall), Diamanda Galas, and former colleagues from the Bad Seeds. Adamson's second solo album was the soundtrack to a real film this time – Carl Colpaert's Delusion, and he would go on to provide soundtracks for several other films.
Adamson's third album, Soul Murder, was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize in 1992.
His solo work is influenced by John Barry, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone. Later works have included jazz, electronica, soul, funk, and dub styles.
In 1996, Adamson contributed to the AIDS benefit album, Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip, produced by the Red Hot Organization. His own album that year, Oedipus Schmoedipus, reached #51 in the UK Albums Chart.
In 2002, Adamson left his long-term label, Mute Records, and started his own 'production home', Central Control International. In 2006, he released Stranger on the Sofa, first for his Central Control International imprint, to critical acclaim. Back To The Cat, his second album for the label, was released in March 2008.
In 2007 it was announced that Magazine would reform for concerts in 2008. Adamson took part in the same band line-up that recorded Secondhand Daylight, with the exception of the late John McGeoch, who was replaced by Apollo 440 member Noko. However, Adamson has since withdrawn from the reunion and new recordings.
On 27 August 2010, Adamson released "Rag and Bone", as a digital download and as a 12 inch vinyl record. He then released his latest studio album, I Will Set You Free, on 30 January 2012.
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