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Michael Donald "Mike" Chapman OAM born 13 April is an Australian record producer and songwriter who was a major force in the British pop music industry in the s. He created a string of hit singles for artists including The Hold Me - Various - Sweet & Smokie & Mud Suzi QuatroSmokieMud and Racey with business partner Nicky Chinncreating a sound that became identified with the "Chinnichap" brand.
He later produced breakthrough albums for Blondie and The Knack. In he met Nicky Chinn while working as a waiter at a London nightclub, Tramp. From until Chapman and Chinn scored a run of hit singles.
From to alone the pair Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden - France 2003 19 hits in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chartincluding five number ones.
The pair's dominance of the charts in Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand outlasted the decline of Glam rockand waned in line with the fading fortunes of Smokie and Suzi Quatro.
Chapman exerted a tight grip on the output of the bands whose works he produced, determining the content of all albums. Deborah Harry has referred to Chapman as a dictator,  and for the photo shoot for one magazine interview he insisted on dressing up as US wartime General George S. Patton, Jr. Together with Chinn he formed the Dreamland record label inbut it lasted only two years.
When I moved to Beverly Hills in to put the Atlantic Ocean between us, he moved soon after and bought a house on the same street. He continued to put his name on Under Wraps #2 - Jethro Tull - Under Wraps song I wrote, insisting that his name appear first in every case.
Dreamland Records was a last gasp effort on my part to give him a real job Hold Me - Various - Sweet & Smokie & Mud finally remove his presence from my hard work and success. Hold Me - Various - Sweet & Smokie & Mud I anticipated, the label failed, he was entirely out of his depth and showing his real colours to everyone who encountered him. I was finally free to pursue my career in peace, without having my skills compromised and my royalties diverted.
I sold Chinnchap Publishing in That was the end of the Chinnichap nightmare for me. I have been happily developing as a writer, publisher, record producer and mentor to many, since that day.
Chinn's involvement in production was always minimal and Chapman continued Lolita - Lana Del Rey - Born To Die produce alone after moving to the U. He produced Nick Gilder 's City Nights album in which yielded the " Hot Child in the City " hit with Peter Coleman, his long-time recording engineer and in May the same year began working with Blondie to record their third album in New York. Chapman was a fan of their music but was dissatisfied with the production of their albums.
The Parallel Lines session lasted three months. Singer Deborah Harry was struck by the intensity of Chapman's working methods. She said:. Employing the same skills he had applied to records by Smokie and Gilder, Chapman produced a more polished guitar and keyboard sound than the band had ever achieved, topped with layered vocals.
The focal point of the album and the breakthrough single, was Heart of Glass. The source of its driving disco beat is a matter of contention: Chapman claimed he had created the sound after the band had presented it as a slower, reggae -style song; band members insist it had always been known as their disco song and that they had created the sound by combining the influences of Kraftwerk Paradoxes - One Spirit - Pré-médité Saturday Night Fever.
Chapman relished the praise heaped on his work on Parallel Linescommenting soon after its release:. Within months of Parallel Lines ' release, Chapman was working with another band for which he would achieve a career high-water mark: power pop outfit The Knack.
The band's website  notes that in November13 record companies were The Space To Be - Stream Angel - Love & Imagination in a fierce bidding war for the band's services, with Capitol Records finally signing the band. Producers clamoured to offer their services and even Phil Spector was anxious to participate. The album and the single My Sharona hit No.
Its follow-up, But the Little Girls Understandwas less successful. Featuring a producer credit as "Commander Chapman" and liner notes in which Chapman boasted, "This record is very dear to me and my bank manager", it prompted a bitter falling-out between Various - First Chips Volume I (A Collection Of Early Recordings From Clay Pigeon Productions) and producer.
Chapman claimed the album cost him his reputation. In the book Off the RecordChapman said he and the band made the second album under the heady impression that they could do no wrong.
Fieger, in a interview,  responded: "Mike Chapman is one of the bigger assholes that you'll ever meet on the planet.
Unfortunately, Mike Chapman was not in any psychological or physical shape to produce that second album when we really needed a producer.
In an article in Creem magazine Chris Stein marveled at Chapman's attention to detail, noting that the percussion for "The Tide Is High" also included "eight tracks of drum sticks tapping on a piano bench.
Chapman hunches over the console into the wee hours. People are pressed flat against the back wall by his playback volume. Gallons of Jose Cuervo Gold are consumed Finally, the basic tracks wind down, and we move a block down the Strip to Studio B. The move marks the Hold Me - Various - Sweet & Smokie & Mud Stretch; the vocals, overdubs and finally the orchestral horns and what have you.
Here is Mike Chapman's little Magic Room. The control room is filled with a gigantic blue console that's hooked up to computers, satellites and atomic submarines off the coast of Maine. Here the songs get the 'chrome' put on.
Chinn and Chapman delivered their songs rapidly, often conceiving and completing them overnight. They claimed they created their songs by first thinking of a title, around which they then wrote the lyrics. In a interview with The GuardianChapman reflected that writing hit songs was an art to which many aspired but few achieved: "It's always a gamble.
We'd written something like eight top 10 hits for Sweet when we heard that they'd entered the studio to record their own songs. After that, it was over for them. The bottom line is this — writing songs might be easy to do, but it's incredibly hard to do well. Chapman remained in demand through the s and s as a songwriter and producer.
Between andChapman wrote and produced Babyphetaminean album by the teenager Erin Evermore for the Tigerstar label, owned by the former Chrysalis Records head, Terry Ellis. The band's lead singer, Matt Starr, flew to Chapman's East Coast home in an attempt to meet the producer. The bold move worked, with Chapman flying to Los Angeles a month later to see the band perform live and ultimately agreeing to produce their first album.
In SeptemberHold Me - Various - Sweet & Smokie & Mud met Haimand started producing an album with the band, which is still under construction [ citation needed ]. In NovemberChapman also After Youve Gone - Louis Armstrong - Roy Eldridge - Jazz Masterpieces writing with, and producing a solo album for Sarah Jeanette, singer with The Mulhollands.
He is also currently writing with and co-producing Abisha. A podcast of the show is being prepared. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Australian songwriter and record producer. HxC Hero - Up Yours - Up Yours Chapman OAM. Retrieved 14 July Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford Music Online. Retrieved 29 January Churchie: The Centenary Register. Retrieved 5 March Archived from the original on 28 February Retrieved 4 September The Guardian.
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He gave it to New World and it was a Top 5 record. It was diametrically opposite from working with former producer Richard Gottehrer. He's very laid back and Mike is a real hot chili pepper and very energetic and enthusiastic. Mike would strive for the technically impeccable take so we would do take after take whereas Richard always went for the inspired take.
He was a very good producer, a very good producer.
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