Steve Mackey (born 10 November 1966) is an English musician and record producer best known as the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Pulp, which he joined in 1989. As a record producer, he has produced songs and albums by M.I.A., Florence + the Machine, The Long Blondes and Arcade Fire.
Mackey performing at the 2011 On the Bright Side Festival
|Birth name||Stephen Patrick Mackey|
|Born||10 November 1966|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bassist|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar|
Trolley Dog Shag
Mackey was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In his early years he attended Hucklow First and Middle Schools with friend Richard Hawley. They would later play together as members of Pulp. He schooled at Hinde House Comprehensive in Sheffield before undertaking further studies at Richmond College of Further Education. Before joining Pulp, he played bass for another Sheffield band called Trolley Dog Shag, who were featured alongside Pulp on a Dolebusters compilation album in 1987. He moved to London in 1988 to pursue an interest in film-making and graduated from London's Royal College of Art, in 1992, MA Film.
Joining Pulp in 1989, he played on Separations, released on Fire Records. He continued to write, record and tour with the band as they found success in the 1990s. Subsequent albums recorded included Intro – The Gift Recordings, His 'n' Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life. After an 8-year hiatus Mackey returned to activity with Pulp in 2010 and their subsequent world tours in 2011 and 2012 and the release of their single "After You", working with producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
Forming a songwriting/production partnership with Ross Orton (known as Cavemen), he met Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) and co-wrote and produced "Galang" and "Sunshowers" which led to MIA securing a deal with Interscope Records and releasing "Arular". They worked together again on "Bird Flu" from her subsequent album Kala. Mackey and Orton continued to produce and remix for artists including Kelis, Cornershop, The Kills and The Horrors. Mackey also produced and co-wrote songs for Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs", including "Kiss With a Fist", "Girl With One Eye" and " Swimming" and also The Long Blondes debut album Someone to Drive you Home. During this period he continued to record and tour with Jarvis Cocker, in 2006 for his debut solo album for Rough Trade Records (Jarvis) and again in 2008 recording the album Further Complications at Electrical Studios, Chicago with Steve Albini.
In 2011 Mackey produced Summer Camp's "Welcome to Condale" album and in 2012 he again worked as producer for Palma Violets debut album on Rough Trade Records, "180", released in February 2013. Also in 2012 he was produced "Railroad Track" by Willy Moon released on Jack White's Third Man Records.
In 2014 he recorded and mixed for Dean Blunts "Black Metal" album and in 2015 began working with Yak, recording their single "No" released on Third Man. He mixed Danny Goffey of Supergrass "Take Your Jacket Off and Get into It " LP. Yaks "Alas Salvation " LP was recorded with him during the rest of 2015 and released in early 2016 
In 2017 he was awarded an Ivor Novello Award along with the other members of Pulp for Outstanding Song Collection presented by Peter Saville, graphic designer of record sleeves for Joy Division, New Order and Pulp
Mackey has also worked with John Gosling (formerly of Psychic TV) as a music director and sound designer creating mixes and original compositions for films, museums and other commercial projects including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Louvre Paris, and the Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai
In 2005 Mackey played a cameo role as one of The Weird Sisters, rock band in the film of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. The fictitious group also featured Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.
In 2006, Mackey and Cocker curated an acclaimed 2 CD Compilation called The Trip featuring music from various eras including Moondog, Carl Orff, The Birthday Party, The Fall and the theme to Radio 4's Shipping Forecast.
From 2003 to 2008 Mackey co-curated the music program of London's annual Frieze International Art Fair which included performances from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sunn O))), Glenn Branca, and Rodney Graham.
In 2012 he played with drummer Seb Rochford as rhythm section for tracks on Serafina Steers "The Moths are Real" LP.
In 2016 he began the Call This Number guerrilla TV project with Jeannette Lee formerly of Public Image Ltd. and Douglas Hart, former bassist of the Jesus and Mary Chain making erratic film broadcasts from a North London garage. Artists he recorded for this included Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dennis Bovell, Sleaford Mods, Primal Scream, and Gruff Rhys. 
In 2009, Mackey married his longtime girlfriend, stylist and fashion journalist, Katie Grand. He lives in North London with his wife, and son, Marley (born 1996). He's also friends with the Beedster.
|UK Singles Chart|
|"My Legendary Girlfriend" / "Is This House?" / "This House Is Condemned" (remix)||Mar 1991||-|
|"Countdown" (single version) / "Death Goes to the Disco" / "Countdown" (extended)||Aug 1991||-|
|"O.U. (Gone, Gone)" (radio edit) / "O.U. (Gone, Gone)" (12" mix) / "Space"||Jun 1992||-|
|"My Legendary Girlfriend" (live) / "Sickly Grin" (demo) / "Back in L.A." (demo)||Aug 1992||-|
|"Babies" / "Styloroc (Nights of Suburbia)" / "Sheffield: Sex City"||Oct 1992||-|
|"Razzmatazz" / "Stacks" / "Inside Susan" / "59, Lyndhurst Grove"||Feb 1993||80|
|"Lipgloss" / "You're a Nightmare" / "Deep Fried in Kelvin"||Nov 1993||50|
|"Do You Remember the First Time" / "Street Lites" / "The Babysitter"||Apr 1994||33|
|The Sisters EP ("Babies" / "Your Sister's Clothes" / "Seconds" / "His 'n' Hers")||Jun 1994||19|
|"Common People" / "Underwear"||Jun 1995||2|
|"Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz" / "P.T.A." (Parent Teacher Association) / "Common People" (Live at Glastonbury)||Oct 1995||2|
|"Disco 2000" (7" mix) / "Disco 2000" (album mix) / "Ansaphone" / "Live Bed Show" (extended)||Dec 1995||7|
|"Disco 2000" (album mix) / "Disco 2000" (7" mix) / "Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Discoid Mix) / "Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Gimp Dub)||Dec 1995||7|
|"Something Changed" / "Mile End"||Apr 1996||10|
|"Help the Aged" / "Tomorrow Never Lies" / "Laughing Boy"||Nov 1997||8|
|"This Is Hardcore" / "Ladies' Man" / "The Professional" / "This Is Hardcore" (end of the line remix)||Mar 1998||12|
|"This Is Hardcore (original version)" / "This Is Hardcore (Hero remix)" / "This Is Hardcore (Swedish Erotica remix)" / "This Is Hardcore" (Stock, Hausen and Walkman's remix)||Mar 1998||12|
|"Like a Friend" (US promo)||Mar 1998||-|
|"A Little Soul" / "Cocaine Socialism" / "Like a Friend"||Jun 1998||22|
|"A Little Soul" / "A Little Soul" (Lafayette Velvet revisited mix) / "That Boy's Evil"||Jun 1998||22|
|"Party Hard" / "We Are the Boyz" / "The Fear" (The Complete and Utter Breakdown Version)||Sep 1998||29|
|"Sunrise" / "The Trees" / "Sunrise" (Fat Truckers/Scott free mix)||Oct 2001||23|
|"The Trees" / "Sunrise" / "The Trees" (felled by I Monster)||Oct 2001||23|
|"Bad Cover Version" / "Yesterday" / "Forever in My Dreams"||Apr 2002||27|
Steve Mackey has also made appearances on the following albums as a musician:
Steve Mackey has appeared on the following albums as a Producer:
Steve Mackey is also known for his remixes, and he has remixed the following tracks (among others):
"A Little Soul" is a song by British alternative rock band Pulp, from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. It was released on 8 June 1998 as the third single from the album, charting at number twenty-two in the UK Singles Chart (see 1998 in British music).
B-side "Like a Friend" was featured in the 1998 film Great Expectations, and a music video for the song was produced for US music television networks featuring footage from the film. Two versions of the song exist: the "film version" (as featured on the CD1 single at 4:33 in length) and an edited version (at 3:58 in length). The song was also used in the season 4 finale of The Venture Bros. and the Daria episode "Depth Takes a Holiday".
B-side "Cocaine Socialism" surfaced as a "proper recorded version" on the 2006 deluxe edition reissue of the This Is Hardcore album. The song features very similar music but completely different lyrics to the song "Glory Days" which features on the album.
CD two b-side "That Boy's Evil" features no vocals from Jarvis Cocker and was originally released as a white label vinyl by Cocker and Mackey's side project The Chocolate Layers and features spoken word samples from other media in a similar style to Black Box Recorders' "The Facts Of Life (Chocolate Layers Remix)"After You (Pulp song)
"After You" is a song by British band Pulp released as a single in January 2013, the first new single by the band in eleven years.Babies (song)
"Babies" is a song and single by British rock group Pulp. It was released as a single for Gift Records in 1992, and was later remixed for the Sisters EP in 1994. The remixed version is featured on the His 'n' Hers album and the original single mix on the Intro – The Gift Recordings and Hits compilations. The song failed to chart in 1992, but became a Top 20 hit when re-released in 1994, peaking at #19 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2005, Freaky Trigger placed it at number 84 in their list of "The Top 100 Songs of All Time".Bad Cover Version
"Bad Cover Version" is a song by British rock band Pulp, from their 2001 album We Love Life. It was released 15 April 2002 as the second single from the album, charting at number 27 in the UK Singles Chart (see 2002 in British music). It was the band's last single before their eight-year hiatus, which ended in 2011. CD1's B-sides appear as bonus tracks on the US release of We Love Life. The B-sides to CD2 are cover versions of Pulp songs performed by other artists.Common People (song)
"Common People" is a song by English alternative rock band Pulp, released in May 1995 as the lead single off their fifth studio album Different Class. It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming a defining track of the Britpop movement and Pulp's signature song in the process. In 2014, BBC Radio 6 Music listeners voted it their favourite Britpop song in an online poll. In 2015, Rolling Stone readers voted it the greatest Britpop song in a poll.
The song is about those who were perceived by the songwriter as wanting to be "like common people" and who ascribe glamour to poverty. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as slumming or "class tourism". The song was written by the band members Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior. In 2004, a Ben Folds-produced William Shatner cover version brought "Common People" to new audiences outside Europe.Creature Comfort
"Creature Comfort" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released on June 16, 2017, as the second single from the band's fifth studio album, Everything Now. The song was co-produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey.Do You Remember the First Time?
"Do You Remember the First Time?" is a song by British rock band Pulp, taken from their 1994 album His 'n' Hers. It was released 21 March 1994 as the second single from the album, charting at #33 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1994 in British music). It was the first Pulp single to reach the UK Top 40.
The song's lyrics are not necessarily about first sexual encounters, but rather a plea from the singer for his lover not to return to her partner, no matter how much it "makes good sense" for her and her straight-laced partner to be together. In the end, the singer resigns himself to losing his lover, if only for the night, as long as she "saves a piece" of her heart for him.
Sometimes a "sanitised" version of the song was aired on TV and radio, with the lyric "I don't care if you screw him" changed to "I don't care if you knew him".
The b-sides to the French single - acoustic versions of "Joyriders", "Dogs are Everywhere" and "Razzmatazz" - were later released in the UK as the b-sides of CD2 of "Common People".
To promote the release of the track, lead singer Jarvis Cocker asked fans to recount stories of their own "first time" sexual experiences. A short film was produced by Cocker and Steve Mackey, featuring loss of virginity stories from celebrities including Justine Frischmann, Jo Brand and John Peel. This was made available on the Sorted for Films & Vids video, and later the Pulp Hits DVD.
"Do You Remember The First Time?" was covered by British singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor for a BBC Radio 2 evening session to celebrate 20 years of Britpop. The song was performed and recorded at the Maida Vale Studios on 10 April 2014.Everything Now
Everything Now is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on July 28, 2017, through Sonovox Records (physical release) and Columbia Records. The album was produced by Arcade Fire alongside Thomas Bangalter of the electronic-house duo Daft Punk and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey. Previous collaborator Markus Dravs provides co-production, with additional production by Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Eric Heigle.The album is a departure from the sound of their previous records, influenced by synth-pop, dance-rock, and other derivatives of electronic music. The result came as an album that was considered more "digestible" than their previous output. It was promoted through an elaborate marketing campaign, as well as five singles: the title track, "Creature Comfort", "Signs of Life", "Electric Blue", and "Put Your Money on Me".
On release, the album received positive reviews from critics, albeit less enthusiastic than their previous work. It was named as one of the year's best albums, while others were divisive over the band's new sound. It reached number one in several countries, including their home country of Canada, as well as the US and the UK.Everything Now (song)
"Everything Now" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released on June 1, 2017, as the first single from the band's fifth studio album, Everything Now (2017). It was produced by Thomas Bangalter, Steve Mackey and the band itself. The song samples "The Coffee Cola Song" by Francis Bebey. "Everything Now" is Arcade Fire's first number-one hit on a Billboard chart.Help the Aged (song)
"Help the Aged" is a song by British alternative rock band Pulp, and was released on 11 November 1997 as the lead single from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. The single charted at no. 8 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1997 in British music), becoming the band's fifth consecutive top ten single.
B-side "Tomorrow Never Lies" was intended to be used as the theme to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. The song was ultimately rejected in favour of a song by Sheryl Crow, and was renamed after the film's working title. The original version of the song, with the name "Tomorrow Never Dies", is featured on LP version of the album, even though it is listed as "Tomorrow Never Lies". It surfaced on the bonus disc of the This Is Hardcore special edition in 2006.
During Da Ali G Show, Jarvis Cocker performed the song, which soon transitioned into a distinctly more urban take on things, added by Ali G, with lines such as "help the motherfuckin' aged".Lipgloss (song)
"Lipgloss" is a song by British rock band Pulp, from their 1994 album His 'n' Hers. It was released on 15 November 1993 as the first single from the album, charting at number 50 in the UK Singles Chart.
The lyrics are about a woman who cannot seduce her boyfriend anymore because she has "lost her lipgloss". This appears to be a metaphor for losing 'it', her sex appeal.Mis-Shapes
"Mis-Shapes" is a song by Sheffield band Pulp. Taken from the number-one album Different Class, it was released as a double A-sided single with "Sorted for E's & Wizz" in September 1995, and reached number two in the UK charts.
The single was Pulp's second successive number two hit in 1995, "Common People" having reached the same position in June.
Despite being Pulp's second biggest hit it did not feature on their best of album Hits.O.U. (Gone, Gone)
"O.U. (Gone, Gone)" is a single released by British pop band Pulp in 1992. The song was later included on the compilation album Intro – The Gift Recordings in 1993.Party Hard (Pulp song)
"Party Hard" is a song by British alternative rock band Pulp. The song was released on 7 September 1998 as the fourth and final single from the album This Is Hardcore, charting at #29 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1998 in British music). This song is marked by Jarvis Cocker's David Bowie-esque baritone.
B-side "We Are the Boyz" was featured in the 1998 film Velvet Goldmine.Razzmatazz (song)
"Razzmatazz" is a song by the British rock group Pulp. It was their final single for Gift Records and received much critical acclaim. It was released independently of an album, although it appeared as a bonus track at the end of the US version of His 'n' Hers.
All the tracks on the single were re-released within eight months by Island Records on their Intro – The Gift Recordings compilation.
"Razzmatazz" has been voted as the fourth best indie song of all time in the 'All Time Indie Top 50'.Someone to Drive You Home
Someone To Drive You Home is the debut album by The Long Blondes. It was released on November 6, 2006. It received widespread critical praise and was placed 7th in the NME's best 50 albums of 2006 list  and features in many other best of lists for 2006.
The predominant theme of the album is relationships from a female perspective, although 10 of the tracks on the album were written by male guitarist Dorian Cox. Themes dealt with include competition between females, isolation, sexual exploration and deceit. Influences of Pulp, Elastica, Morrissey and Blondie have been frequently quoted when the album is discussed in the media.The title of the album comes from a line in the song "You Could Have Both".
The album's artwork is a painting by lead singer Kate Jackson; it is an image of Faye Dunaway in the film Bonnie and Clyde, with a Mark 3 Ford Cortina as her getaway car.
The artwork inside the album sleeve is a painting of Nicolas Cage & Laura Dern in the film Wild At Heart.Something Changed
"Something Changed" is the fourth and final single taken from the album Different Class by British pop band Pulp, released in 1996 with two different sleeves (a "boy" and "girl" version), but with identical track listings. It is also their fourth consecutive top ten single, peaking at #10 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was included on the compilation Hits released in 2002. The B-side, "Mile End" appeared on the Trainspotting soundtrack album.Sunrise/The Trees
"Sunrise / The Trees" is a double A-side single by British rock band Pulp, from their 2001 album We Love Life. It was released 8 October 2001 ahead of the album, charting at #23 in the UK Singles Chart. "Sunrise" is also used in the award-winning BBC animated satirical comedy sketch show Monkey Dust.
The instrumental parts in the song bear a strong resemblance to the Lou Reed song "Set the Twilight Reeling", from the album of the same name.The Fat Truckers remix of "Sunrise" is notable for removing the instrumentation from the original recording and using loops and quick-cuts of Jarvis Cocker sighing and breathing heavily to replace it.This Is Hardcore (song)
"This Is Hardcore" is a song by British indie band Pulp, and was released as the second single from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. It was released on 9 March 1998 and charted at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart (see 1998 in British music). It was also the band's only top 50 hit in New Zealand, reaching number 38 on the RIANZ chart in April. The song uses a sample of "Bolero on the Moon Rocks" by the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 120 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". Three years later they ranked it at number 254 on "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Pitchfork Media also named its music video the 16th best of the 1990s.