Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson

Infobox musical artist
Name = Barry Adamson

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Born = birth date and age|1958|6|1
Moss Side, Manchester, England
Background = solo_singer
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Genre = Alternative pop/rock
Years_active = 1977–present
Label = Central Control International, Mute
Associated_acts = Magazine, Visage, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pan Sonic
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Notable_instruments = Rickenbacker bass

Barry Adamson (born 1 June 1958) is an English rock musician who has worked with rock bands such as Magazine, Visage, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Pan Sonic. He has also worked on film soundtracks for David Lynch, and released numerous solo recordings.

Early life

Born in Moss Side, Manchester, [ All music Guide biography] ] Adamson read comic books from an early age. In school he absorbed himself in art, music and film, writing his first song, "Brain Pain", at the age of 10. His musical influences were diverse, ranging from Alice Cooper to Motown to David Bowie.


Adamson left school and shifted into graphic design but quit shortly after, favouring 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". 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 studiobased 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 in 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 released his first solo album, "Moss Side Story".

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 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.

Film soundtracks

His "Refugee Song" was included in Derek Jarman's "The Last of England". Adamson contributed soundtrack material to "Gas Food Lodging" and David Lynch's "Lost Highway".

Personal life


Accoding to some fans, during his days in Magazine and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, he used a Rickenbacker JG, but it could be a 4001 or 4003 model.





External links

* []
* [ - Barry's art-house]
* [ - Unofficial Magazine Site]
* [ Unofficial Adamson Site]
* [ Barry Adamson at IMDB]
* [ Review of "Stranger on the Sofa"]
* [ January 2007 Interview]
* [ Back To The Cat Review]

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