|Occupation||Musician, Music Producer|
|Associated acts||Duran Duran|
The Rolling Stones
|Musician / Music Producer|
Long's musical career began in 1973 when he formed the Canadian progressive rock group Klaatu, with John Woloschuk. The duo named themselves after the extraterrestrial Klaatu portrayed by Michael Rennie in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. After recording two non-charting singles, drummer Terry Draper was added to the line-up; this trio would comprise Klaatu throughout the rest of the band's recording career.
In Canada, the band is remembered for several hits, including "California Jam" (1974), "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" (1977) and "Knee Deep In Love" (1980). In the U.S. "Calling Occupants" b/w "Sub-Rosa Subway" was a minor double-sided hit and their only chart entry, peaking at no.62 in 1977.
In 1980, Long, John Jones and friends built the ESP Studios located north of Toronto in Buttonville. The studio was based around a Fairlight CMI and was a pioneer in the use of computers and MIDI in the recording process. During this period Long and Jones worked on many productions for Klaatu, Alice Cooper, Strange Advance, Rational Youth, Red Rider, and Glass Tiger.
In 1985 Long and Jones relocated to AIR Studios in London, setting up a Computer Music studio with George Martin and John Burgess, working on productions for Martin, Yes, The Rolling Stones, Paul Rogers, Paul McCartney, Terence Trent D'Arby, The Outfield, Mark Knopfler, Roy Wood, and Duran Duran.