Lipson started out as an engineer for The Rolling Stones and later went on to become the producer of some very memorable recordings. His career as a producer really began during his time with the infamously famous Trevor Horn at ZTT Records (Zang Tuum Tumb).
During the Nineteen Eighties, S.J. Lipson performed production and engineering duties for a number of artists, including Grace Jones (Slave To The Rhythm, 1985), Propaganda (A Secret Wish, 1985), Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Liverpool, 1986), Pet Shop Boys (Introspective, 1988), Paul McCartney (Flowers in the Dirt, 1989) and Annie Lennox (Diva, 1992, Medusa, 1995). Lipson also produced Ballad Of The Streets (1989 EP) and Real Life (1991) for Simple Minds, Street Fighting Years (1989) with Trevor Horn.
Highlights from the busy ZTT period might include Horn & Lipson's "Relax" recorded without FGTH (Frankie had Gone to Liverpool). Look elsewhere to read about the inevitable lawsuit.
More in the role of an artist, Lipson co-wrote Slave To The Rhythm in addition to playing lead guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, with Trevor Horn handling production. A close look at liner notes reveals that he often contributed more than just his technical skills to a production.
He also pioneered a tapeless sequencing technique which he shared with Horn. The complex process was prone to horrendous crashes, especially during the work on "Dr. Mabuse", a fact verified in an interview with Ralf Dörper years later.
It may be hard to imagine now that Propaganda's A Secret Wish was assembled without the benefit of MIDI (initially developed in August 1983). MIDI inevitably led to the development of hardware and computer-based sequencers which are routinely used to record, edit and play back performances. Now it's even possible to emulate the physical devices in software and perform multi-track recording and mixing within a home computer.
It's useful to keep in mind that early Propaganda and Art of Noise material released on ZTT were done "the hard way." It makes these recordings all the more remarkable.
He's a bit of an elusive character to nail down these days; there's a number of other releases and artists which mention Stephen Lipson as producer (even Geri Halliwell), but until a reliable dossier surfaces, his impact cannot be fully known.
Stephen Lipson Discography
- 22 Remix
- 4 Vocals
- 90 Instruments & Performance
- 150 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 434 Production
- 146 Technical
- 2 Visual
- 2 Acting, Literary & Spoken
|92 02520||Wang Chung||Wait (Extended Dance Remix) Wang Chung - Don't Be My Enemy / Wait (Maxi)||Geffen Records||92 02520||Canada||1984||Sell This Version|
|TA 4550||Wang Chung||Wait (Remix) Wang Chung - Wait (Single, Maxi)||Geffen Records||TA 4550||UK||1984||Sell This Version|
|BUY IT 197||Tracey Ullman||My Guy's Mad At Me (Extended Version) Tracey Ullman - My Guy's Mad At Me (12")||Stiff Records||BUY IT 197||UK||1984||Sell This Version|
|12 ZTAX 22||Frankie Goes To Hollywood||Rage Hard (++) [Broad] Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard (++) (12", Single)||ZTT||12 ZTAX 22||UK||1986||Sell This Version|
|12 ZTAS 25, R15D-2054||Frankie Goes To Hollywood||Warriors (Twelve Wild Disciples Mix) (as Steven Lipson) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Warriors (Of The Wasteland) (Single, Maxi)||ZTT, Island Records, Polystar||12 ZTAS 25, R15D-2054||Japan||1986||Sell This Version|
|886 192-7||The Communards||Tomorrow (as S. Lipson) The Communards - Tomorrow (Single, Comp, Maxi)||London Records||886 192-7||Italy||1987||Sell This Version|
|RM-R11||Various||Warriors (as Stephen Lipton) Various - Razormaid R-11||Razormaid Records||RM-R11||US||1987||Sell This Version|
|12 ZTAX 26||Frankie Goes To Hollywood||Watching The Wildlife (Movement 2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Watching The Wildlife (Single, Maxi)||ZTT||12 ZTAX 26||UK||1987||Sell This Version|
|18627||Pet Shop Boys||Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix) Pet Shop Boys - Left To My Own Devices (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum)||Parlophone, Parlophone||18627||Argentina||1988||Sell This Version|
|SMXCDT 5, 662 495-211||Simple Minds||Waterfront ('89 Remix) Simple Minds - Kick It In (Maxi, Single, EP)||Virgin, Virgin||SMXCDT 5, 662 495-211||UK||1989||Sell This Version|
|SMTCD 4, 353 904||Simple Minds||Waterfront (89 Remix) and 1 more… Simple Minds - Themes - Volume 4 : February 89 - May 90 (Comp + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP)||Virgin, Virgin||SMTCD 4, 353 904||Europe||1990||Sell This Version|
|CDWIK 102||Sniff 'n' the Tears||Driver's Seat (12 and 1 more… Sniff 'n' the Tears - A Best Of (Comp)||Chiswick Records||CDWIK 102||UK||1991||Sell This Version|
|PSB 012, PSB 012A, PSB O12B||PSB²*||Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix) PSB²* - The Menagerie Mixes (12", Unofficial)||ON-USound, ON-USound, ON-USound||PSB 012, PSB 012A, PSB O12B||US||1991||Sell This Version|
|PZCD 211, 863045-2||The Adventures||Raining All Over The World The Adventures - Raining All Over The World (CD, Single)||Polydor, Polydor||PZCD 211, 863045-2||UK||1992||Sell This Version|
|ESK 4940, DISP 001814||Prefab Sprout||If You Don't Love Me (Extended Mix) and 2 more… Prefab Sprout - If You Don't Love Me (CD, Single, Promo)||Epic, Epic||ESK 4940, DISP 001814||US||1992||Sell This Version|
|EK 53437||Various||If You Don't Love Me (Extended Version) Various - Are You Ready To Dance? The 3rd Compilation (Comp)||Epic||EK 53437||US||1993||Sell This Version|
|581 891-2||Sting||I Was Brought To My Senses (Steve Lipson Remix) Sting - I Was Brought To My Senses (Maxi, Single)||A&M Records||581 891-2||UK||1996||Sell This Version|
|REACH3||S Club 7||Reach (Original Version) S Club 7 - Reach (12", Promo)||Polydor||REACH3||UK||2000||Sell This Version|
|none||Geri Halliwell||Calling (Frenglish Steve Lipson Mix) (as Steve Lipson) Geri Halliwell - Calling (CDr, Promo)||EMI Chrysalis||none||UK & Europe||2001||Sell This Version|
|R2 73796||Yes||Leave It (Single Remix) Yes - 90125 (Album)||Elektra, Rhino Records (2)||R2 73796||US||2004||Sell This Version|
|5099921646225, SMTBOX1||Simple Minds||Kick It In (Unauthorised Mix) Simple Minds - Themes - Volumes 1-5 : March 79 - September 92 (Box, Comp + Comp, RE, The + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, )||Virgin, Virgin||5099921646225, SMTBOX1||UK & Europe||2008||Sell This Version|
|XECZ-1045-1046||Frankie Goes To Hollywood||Watching The Wildlife (Movement 2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Frankie Said (2xCD, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, RM, Gat)||ZTT Japan, U/M/A/A Inc.||XECZ-1045-1046||Japan||2012||Sell This Version|
|204 140-270, 204 140||Sally Oldfield||Sally Oldfield - Playing In The Flame (Album)||Bronze, Bronze||204 140-270, 204 140||Europe||1981||Sell This Version|
|MHS-91150||Grace Jones||Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (Album)||Manhattan Records||MHS-91150||Japan||1985||Sell This Version|
|610 540, 610 540-222, 90 288-2, 90288-2, CID 126||Propaganda||Propaganda - A Secret Wish (Album, Comp)||Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records||610 540, 610 540-222, 90 288-2, 90288-2, CID 126||UK, Europe & US||1985||Sell This Version|