Colin Thurston
Background information
Born 1947
Origin Singapore
Died 15 January 2007
Occupation Music producer, recording engineer
Years active 1977-2007
Associated Acts Duran Duran
Talk Talk
David Bowie

Colin Thurston (1947 – 15 January 2007) was a British recording engineer and producer.


Born in Singapore, Thurston played in bands in London before he "bluffed his way" into audio engineering. After hooking up with Tony Visconti he co-engineered David Bowie's Heroes and Iggy Pop's Lust For Life (both 1977); he is also credited with co-producing the latter album with Bowie and Pop, under the collective pseudonym "Bewlay Bros".

Thurston's debut as a solo producer was Magazine's second album Secondhand Daylight (1979). He later recalled, "I think they were a bit nervous and so I didn't tell them it was my first production". The same year, he produced The Human League's first album, Reproduction and their single "I Don't Depend on You". His lesser-known productions around this time included the single "Move in Rhythm" by Airkraft (1980) on the Square record label, now a collector's piece.

He achieved widespread recognition with Duran Duran's debut album Duran Duran (1981) and the follow-up Rio (1982); bassist John Taylor later described Thurston as "a major catalyst for the Eighties sound" After working with Duran Duran he produced Talk Talk's The Party's Over (1982), and Kajagoogoo's White Feathers (1983), the latter with Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes. He also worked with Gary Numan on his 1985 album The Fury.

Thurston became an in-house producer for the Canadian independent record label Brouhaha in the late 1980s before the company dissolved. In 1999 he was again associated with Duran Duran for the Strange Behaviour remix compilation. He had been suffering from a long illness and doing occasional production work before he died on 15 January 2007.

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