Gary Barnacle

born in 1955 in Dover, England, United Kingdom

Gary Barnacle

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Gary Barnacle
Born 1955 (age 54–55)
Dover, Kent, England
Origin London, England
Genres Jazz, Pop, rock, electropop
Occupations Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, composer
Instruments Saxophone, brass instrument, flute, keyboards
Years active 1975 present
Associated acts Level 42, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Madness, Jamiroquai, The Ruts, Paul Hardcastle, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, The Clash, Topper Headon, Leisure Process, John Thirkell, Visage, Rick Astley, Public Image Ltd., Pet Shop Boys, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Björk, ABC

Gary Barnacle (born 1955, Dover, England) is a saxophonist and brass instrument arranger primarily noted for session work, during the 1980s, with a large number of popular music acts, including pop singer, Kim Wilde (whom he dated in the mid 80s). He was also in an electropop duo called Leisure Process, with ex-Positive Noise singer, Ross Middleton.

Barnacle performed the saxophone part in The Clash's song, "1-2 Crush On You," which can be heard on their album, Super Black Market Clash, and also played on their later albums Sandinista! and "Combat Rock". He was introduced to The Clash through their drummer (and school friend of Barnacle's) Topper Headon, and reportedly became involved in The Clash's infamous 1978 "pigeon shooting" incident.

One of Barnacle's longest associations has been with Level 42, with whom he has played on several albums, including the band's 1981 debut. The horn section he formed with British trumpet and fluegelhorn player, John Thirkell, for Level 42 is known as the Henpecked Horns. Barnacle and Thirkell have also backed Swing Out Sister. Barnacle also recorded "A Way You'll Never Be" with Mark King and Phil Gould.

Other acts for whom Barnacle has contributed session work have included Big Fun, Paul Hardcastle, Visage, The Beautiful South, Rick Astley, Public Image Ltd., Barry Adamson, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Kim Wilde, Jamiroquai, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Tim Finn, Björk, Tina Turner, Carlene Carter, The Ruts, Phil Collins, T'Pau, ABC, Guru and Billie Ray Martin (on her 1995 debut Deadline For My Memories, his name is mis-spelled as "Gary Barnickle"). He worked frequently with Stock Aitken Waterman as a session musician in their PWL studios. Barnacle is frequently credited as an arranger of woodwinds and brass on his session work.

Barnacle also plays flute (as evidenced on Hardcastle's first Jazzmasters album) and keyboards.

He returned to the music industry in 2002, releasing his first solo album, Paradise. He is currently producing indie/dance band propeller.

See also

  • Touring and studio musicians of Phil Collins
  • Members of Public Image Ltd.


External links

  • Gary Barnacle at a Level 42 website

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