Iain Burgess

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Iain Burgess
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Background information
Birth name Iain Burgess
Born(1953-11-24)24 November 1953
Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Died 11 February 2010(2010-02-11) (aged 56)
France
Genres alternative rock
Occupation(s) Record producer and audio engineer
Years active 1980–2010
Associated acts Big Black, Naked Raygun, The Effigies, Get Smart!, Ministry, Pegboy, Poster Children, Bhopal Stiffs, the Cows, the Didjits, Breaking Circus, Jawbox, ONO, Green

Iain Burgess (24 November 1953 – 11 February 2010) was an English record producer and audio engineer. He helped define the sound of the Chicago post-punk music scene in the 1980s and early 1990s, [1] working with a number of key underground bands, including Big Black, Naked Raygun, The Effigies, Get Smart!, Ministry, Green, Bloodsport, Pegboy, Poster Children, and Bhopal Stiffs. [2] [3]

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A native of Weymouth, Dorset, England, Burgess defined a "Chicago sound", described by the Chicago Tribune as "built on no-nonsense elements: powerhouse drumming, prominent bass lines, bold guitars that split the difference between anthemic and anarchic"; [2] the Chicago Sun-Times described it as a "massive, crunching, live-and-in-your-face sound". [4] It was a sound that influenced Burgess' friend and student, Steve Albini.

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Burgess also worked with the Defoliants, Heavy Manners, the Cows, the Didjits, Breaking Circus, Jawbox, Heliogabale, Daria, Les Vilains clowns, Papier Tigre and many others. [4] Burgess moved to Europe in the early 1990s, working at Black Box, his own recording studio in rural France. [5]

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Burgess died in France on 11 February 2010 of a pulmonary embolism, a complication of pancreatic and liver cancer. [2]

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