- Don Dixon (musician)
Don Dixon (born December 13, 1950) is a record producer, songwriter, musician, bass guitarist, and very occasional actor. He is originally from South Carolina.
Don Dixon was born on December 13, 1950 in Lancaster, South Carolina. His college roommate was the writer Bruce Brooks.
Dixon is considered to be one of the key producers of what is called the jangle pop movement of the early 1980s. He spent thirteen years as a member of North Carolina cult heroes Arrogance. Around 1983, Dixon attracted attention by co-producing with Mitch Easter, R.E.M.'s landmark debut LP Murmur and in 1984 R.E.M.'s follow-up LP "Reckoning", also with Mitch Easter (both credited in the Reckoning liner notes as "Machinists"). He then spent several years producing the work of varied artists including Chris Stamey (formerly of The dB's), The Smithereens, Fetchin Bones and Richard Barone. Considered to be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene's Run Now EP. This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut Most of the Girls Like to Dance But Only Some of the Boys Like To, a further affirmation of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky, Nick Lowe-inspired word play. A book of his song lyrics, Songs 101: the Lyrics of Don Dixon was released in 2009 by VanZeno press.
Dixon is married to the singer/artist Marti Jones.
In 2006, Dixon released his first new album in six years, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room.
In 2008, Dixon released an album with his bandmates of 20 years, Jamie Hoover of The Spongetones, and Jim Brock. Dubbing the band THE JUMP RABBITS, the collection is called The Nu-Look.
Although Dixon and wife, Marti Jones, have collaborated on each others albums for years; in 2011 they released the first true Jones/Dixon album. Entitled Living Stereo, it is a collection of duets.
Artist Title Label Year Other notes Dumptruck Positively Dumptruck Enigma Fetchin Bones Cabin Flounder DB 1984 Fetchin Bones Bad Pumpkin Capitol 1985 Guadalcanal Diary Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man DB 1984 Guadalcanal Diary 2x4 Elektra 1987 Guadalcanal Diary Flip-Flop Elektra 1989 R.E.M. Murmur IRS 1983 co-produced with Mitch Easter R.E.M. Reckoning IRS 1984 co-produced with Mitch Easter The Smithereens Especially for You Enigma 1986 The Smithereens Green Thoughts Capitol 1988 The Smithereens A Date with the Smithereens RCA 1994 Chris Stamey Instant Excitement Coyote 1985 Wednesday Week What We Had Enigma The Red Clay Ramblers Yonder RCR Records 2001
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Artist Title Label, Other notes Rod Abernethy Solo Avanti The Accelerators The Accelerators Profile Chris Allen Goodbye Girl and the Big Apple Circus Rosa Chris Allen Things Unbroken Rosa Arrogance Give Us A Break Sugarbush Arrogance Prolepsis Sugarbush Arrogance Lively Moonlight The Backsliders Southern Lines Mammoth Richard Barone Primal Dream Paradox/MCA Matt Barrett The Ruse Moonlight Beat Rodeo Staying Out Late with Beat Rodeo Zensor/IRS Bell & Cooper Forty Words for Fear Gaff Bell & Cooper Postcards Out of the Blue Dogjaw The Blazers Ten Easy Lessons Moonlight Jim Brock Tropic Affaire Reference Brotherhood Of Peace Cuttin' Loose Avanti Mark Bryan 30 On A Rail Atlantic The Buzz of Delight (Matthew Sweet) Sound Castles DB Kim Carnes Gypsy Honeymoon EMI The Carpenter Ants Picnic with the Lord The Carpenter Ants Insect Ball Alpo The Carpenter Ants Ants in Your Pants Andrew Cash Boomtown Island Canada David Childers and
the Modern Don Juans
Room 23 John Cody Zelig Belmondo Duke Street/MCA Canada The Connells Darker Days TVT Marshall Crenshaw Mary Jean & Nine Others Warner Bros. Kyle Davis Raising Heroes N2K Encoded Music Pat DiNizio Songs And Sounds VelVel/BMG Don Dixon Most of The Girls Like To Dance... Mega DK / Demon UK / Enigma US Don Dixon Romeo at Juilliard Enigma Don Dixon EEE Enigma Don Dixon Romantic Depressive Sugar Hill Don Dixon The Invisible Man Gadfly Don Dixon Notepad #38 DAR Don Dixon The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room 125 Records Dumptruck Positively Dumptruck Big Time/RCA emmet swimming Arlington To Boston Epic/Sony The Fabulous Knobs The Fabulous Knobs Moonlight Fast Annie Unsafe At Any Speed Chelsea Fetchin Bones Cabin Flounder DB/Capitol Fetchin Bones Bad Pumpkin DB/Capitol Fetchin Bones Galaxie 500 DB/Capitol Moxy Fruvous Thornhill Bottom Line/BMG G.B. Leighton Shake Them Ghosts Sallycat The Graphic People In Glass Dolphin Greer Between Two Worlds Sugarbush; collector’s item in the UK; value US$300+ Guadalcanal Diary Walking In The Shadow of The Big Man Elektra Guadalcanal Diary 2 x 4 Elektra Guadalcanal Diary Flip Flop Elektra The Hangups Second Story Restless/BMG Hey Mavis Red Wine 2010 Self-Release Hootie & the Blowfish "City By A River" Hootie & the Blowfish Scattered Covered & Smothered Atlantic Hootie & the Blowfish "Use Me" In Tua Nua The Long Acre Virgin UK Jesus: The Epic Mini-series CBS TV soundtrack Sparrow/Capitol Marti Jones Unsophisticated Time A & M Marti Jones Match Game A & M Marti Jones Used Guitars A & M Marti Jones Any Kind of Lie RCA Marti Jones Live At Spirit Square Sugar Hill Marti Jones My Long-Haired Life Sugar Hill Marti Jones My Tidy Doily Dream DAR Tommy Keene Places That Are Gone Dolphin Tommy Keene Back Again...Try Dolphin The Killer Whales The Killer Whales Moonlight Toby King Operator Josie Let's Active Cypress IRS Original Cast Recording King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running Sugar Hill Michael McDermott Gethsemane SBK James McMurtry Where'd You Hide The Body Columbia/Sony Jeff O’Kelley Just Passing Through Buddy Dog Records The Pinetops Above Ground And Vertical Soundproof/Monolyth The Pressure Boys Rangledoon Root-a-Doot R.E.M. Murmur IRS R.E.M. Reckoning IRS R.E.M. Dead Letter Office IRS The Reivers Saturday DB/Capitol Rosavelt The Story of Gasoline Gaff Bland Simpson Follow You All Over the World Gaff Madison Smartt Bell & Wyn Cooper 40 Words for Fear Gaff; with Jim Brock The Smithereens Especially for You Enigma The Smithereens Green Thoughts Enigma/Capitol The Smithereens A Date with The Smithereens RCA Sneakers In The Red Carnivorous Treva Spontaine S'il Vous Plait Moonlight Chris Stamey InstantExcitement Coyote/TwinTone/A & M Surfaholics Tiki-A-Go-Go Pixler Discs Matthew Sweet Inside Columbia US Secret Service US Secret Service Moonlight Jim Wann Sings Johnny Mercer;
Pardon My Southern Accent vol 1
Creekmore Jim Wann Sings Jim Wann;
Pardon My Southern Accent vol 2
Creekmore Wednesday Week What We Had Enigma X-teens Big Boy's Dream Moonlight X-teens X-teens Dolphin X-teens Love & Politics Dolphin
Including co-production, engineering, etc.
Artist Title Label, Other notes Mike Cross Born in the Country TGS The Spongetones WhereEver Land Rebecca Rippy Telling Stories vocals
- Played an alcoholic director in Todd Graff's 2003 film Camp .
- Appeared onstage in the musical King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the North Carolina Coast, co-created with Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinettes) and Bland Simpson (of The Red Clay Ramblers).
Title Year Label Most of the Girls Like to Dance 1985 Enigma Romeo at Juilliard 1987 Enigma Chi-Town Budget Show 1988 Restless EEE 1989 Restless / Capitol (If) I'm A Ham, Well You're A Sausage 1992 Restless Romantic Depressive 1995 Sugarhill The Invisible Man 2000 Gadfly Note Pad #38 2001 Dixon Archival The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room 2006 125 Records The Nu-Look 2008 D.A.R. Don Dixon Sings the Jeffords Brothers 2010 Arcade Records Living Stereo (with Marti Jones) 2011 D.A.R.
Rod Abernethy · Scott Davison · Don Dixon · Robert Kirkland · Marty Stout
- ^ Biography
- ^ Fetchin' Bones Album Reviews
- ^ Songs101: The Lyrics of Don Dixon, VanZeno Press
- ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Don Dixon". AMG. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4107/biography. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
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