Today Torched Magazine has pulled together a few of our favorite tracks from John Fryer’s impressive back catalogue of work for your listening pleasure. For those who do or don’t know, John is a multi-platinum selling record producer and musician. Starting in 1980 at London’s Blackwing Studios, he worked for some of the most prestigious indie labels at the time like 4AD, Mute, and Rough Trade.
He has produced and worked with many influential artists for which the list is both extensive and impressive including; Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode, Wire, NIN and Love and Rockets. John has also had his own bands over the years including; DarkDriveClinic, Muricidae, Silver Ghost Shimmer and now Black Needle Noise. The list is endless, if fact when asked what their influencers are, many musicians today include a list of bands that John has worked with. “It’s very flattering and I’m very honored for them to say that.” “I hope people will be saying that about Black Needle Noise too,” says John.
Don’t forget to check out John Fryer’s latest project Black Needle Noise which is a 50/50 partnership between Fryer and many different talented singer/songwriters, including Attasalina, Mimi Page, ZiaLand, Omniflux, Jarboe,Betsy Martin, Andrea Kerr, Ledfoot, Spectra Paris, Jennie Vee, Ana Breton, Kendra Frost,Elena Alice Fossi, Antic Clay, Andreas Elvenes, Bill Leeb, Sivert Høyem and Fakeba.
John Fryer photo by Hanna Røskaft
Fad Gadget – Incontinent (1981)
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
Cocteau Twins – Sugar Hiccup (1983)
Xmal Deutschland – Orient (1983)
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren (1984)
The Wolfgang Press – Hammer The Halo (1986)
Peter Murphy – Final Solution (1986)
Swans – New Mind (1987)
Clan of Xymox – Michelle (1987)
Fields of the Nephilim – Power (1987)
Love and Rockets – No Big Deal (1989)
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole (1989)
Wire – The Drill (1991)
Jesus Jones – Doubt-I’m Burning (1991)
Black Needle Noise – Neon Noir (with Dr. Strangefryer)