Scottish Music producer, Howie B, is perhaps best known for being the man behind the production of U2’s Pop and Bjork’s Homogenic, two of the most iconic albums of the 90s. But his prowess is not limited to just that. Today, he is one of the most sought after trip-hop and electronica artists in the world. He tells us about the tracks that influenced him and why they still rock.
20th Century Boy by T-Rex
Marc Bolan’s voice is simply phenomenal in this 70s song. It was one of my inspirations to start making my own music. The best part is that, in spite of being recorded 30 years ago, it sounds like a new age production.
Stiff Little Fingers
by Alternative Ulster
If you ever think about discovering 70s punk rock music, this song is must listen. It is a two and a half minute long in-your-face display of powerful songwriting. Also, later on in life, I learnt a lot of useful production techniques from this song.
You+Me+Love by Undisputed Truth
What I love about this song is its exceptional lyrics and grooves. It takes me back to my younger days when I was filled with dreams and high hopes. I used to listen to it a lot as a teenager.
Hong Kong Garden
by Siouxsie and the Banshees
I can never forget the guitar solos in this nonsensical alternative punk song about skinheads terrorising local Chinese restaurants during thelate 70s.
Why Can’t We Live Together?
by Timmy Thomas
I have always liked songs that are simple. This song is one of them. It contains only three instruments but the sound Timmy produces in it is simply breathtaking.