Music Producers Guild honours producing duo with Outstanding Contribution prize for 2018 awards

The production duo behind hits for artists such as Madness, Elvis Costello and Bush will receive this accolade at the 2018 MPG Awards ceremony in London next March
By Tara Lepore,

The duo behind an array of bestselling albums from the past four decades have been awarded the Music Producers Guild (MPG) award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.

Producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley credit list includes Elvis Costello’s Punch The Clock, Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Too-Rye-Ay and Bush’s best-selling album Sixteen Stone.

Langer and Winstanley will be presented with their award at the MPG’s 2018 Awards Ceremony, which takes place on March 1 2018, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

"These are two guys who exemplify the role of music producer,” said Tony Platt, MPG Awards Group managing director. “Their collaborations across so many genres have been an outstanding example to all those upcoming music makers that we have seen building their careers over recent years.”

It was while at art college in Liverpool during the 1970s that Clive Langer formed the cult rock band Deaf School – a band that released three albums and was described by Mojo founder Paul Du Noyer as one of the “only two bands that mattered” in the history of Liverpool’s famous musical heritage.

Langer met Alan Winstanley while recording a demo session at TW studios in London where Winstanley was working sessions as an engineer. Fascinated by the sound of Phil Spector, Winstanley spent the late 1970s learning his craft and was employed on numerous sessions for acts such as The Buzzcocks, Generation X, Joe Jackson and various Stiff Records artists including Wreckless Eric, Lena Lovich and Rachel Sweet. His switch from engineering to production came in the late 1970s when he produced The Stranglers fourth album, The Raven.

Langer and Winstanley’s first venture into co-production was for Madness and resulted in the band’s 1979 debut album One Step Beyond, which was recorded and mixed in less than four weeks and spent over a year in the UK album charts. This inaugurated a partnership that has resulted in numerous hit records for artists such as David Bowie (for whom the pair produced the Live Aid single Dancing In the Street), Morrissey, The Teardrop Explodes, Catatonia, They Might Be Giants and Hothouse Flowers.

As sponsors of the MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, industry organisation PPL says it is delighted that Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley have been chosen as the 2018 recipients.

Peter Leathem, chief executive at PPL, said: "A huge congratulations to Clive and Alan, one of the most successful and acclaimed production duos of the past four decades, on receiving the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2018 MPG Awards. A quick look at their production back catalogue and you realise how many seminal hits they’ve been involved in the making of. They are both thoroughly deserving recipients and have well and truly made their mark on popular music in recent years.”

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2018 are now available to order. For full details please visit www.mpg.org.uk/mpg-awards/tickets.