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Studio wizard launches solo career

A studio wizard behind hits from acts such as Madness, Morrissey and Elvis Costello is launching a music career in his own right - at the age of 60.

Record producer and songwriter Clive Langer has now teamed up with former Roxy Music star Andy Mackay among others to front a new band, The Clang Group.

Clive - who is the guitarist and singer - has spent 35 years polishing the work of others with collaborator Alan Winstanley, producing albums by The Teardrop Explodes, Bush, Catatonia and the enduring hit Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

He said: "After so many years in windowless control rooms it was time to open the doors and breathe again. At 60 I realised I still wanted to make a noise - so we recorded it."

Clive was at a dinner in February this year when the idea of a group was floated by drummer Gregg Braden, who is also in the five-piece.

In the 1970s, Clive was in the celebrated Liverpool art-rock act Deaf School, using the name Cliff Hanger, and then Big In Japan - a band whose line-up included Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Holly Johnson, Lightning Seeds star Ian Broudie and KLF's Bill Drummond.

The Clang Group has now recorded an EP to be released by Domino Records in February, which includes a version of Shipbuilding, the song about the Falklands conflict which Clive wrote with Costello and became a hit for Robert Wyatt in 1982.

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