Douglas Hart

Summary

Douglas Alexander Hart (born 2 May 1965) is a British musician and music video director.

Douglas Hart
Born (1965-05-02) 2 May 1965 (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, director
InstrumentsBass
Years active1984–present
LabelsCreation, Blanco Y Negro
Associated actsThe Jesus and Mary Chain

CareerEdit

Hart was the first bassist and founding member of the Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain, and played with the group from 1984 to 1991. He is noted for wearing black sunglasses and usually playing with fewer than four strings on his bass guitar.[1]

In 1988, he branched out, releasing the solo acid house single "Speed Speed Ecstasy" using the name Acid Angels.[2]

While in the band, Hart started to direct music videos for other acts. He founded his own video company and has directed over 80 music videos. The videos include many for Creation Records, such as My Bloody Valentine's "You Made Me Realise" and "Feed Me with Your Kiss", and he directed concert videos for The Stone Roses, including Live Blackpool. He directed "For Lovers" for Wolfman, featuring Pete Doherty; The Libertines' "Can't Stand Me Now"; three promos for Babyshambles, including "Killamangiro" and "Delivery"; videos for Primal Scream (including the Screamadelica video album); and videos for Paul Weller. He also worked as producer for Jesse Garon and The Desperadoes and Baby Lemonade from Glasgow on the Narodnik Records Label. Hart also directed the film Brazil 70, the Sexiest Kick Off for BBC Television.

In 2007, Hart took up the bass guitar again and played with Sian Alice Group, touring with Spiritualized.

In early 2009, Hart directed the music video for The Horrors' "Sea Within a Sea" as well as Pet Shop Boys' "Did You See Me Coming?".

Hart also wrote directed a semi-autobiographical short film titled Long Distance Information with Peter Mullan in a leading role. It was screened at the 2011 London Film Festival.

In 2016, along with Jeannette Lee, formerly of Public Image Ltd. and Steve Mackey, former bassist of Pulp, Hart began Call This Number, a guerrilla TV project making erratic film broadcasts from a North London garage. [3]

In August 2018, Hart directed Miu Miu's Autumn/Winter 2018 campaign. [4]

Political viewsEdit

In November 2019, along with 34 other musicians, Hart signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2019 UK general election with a call to end austerity.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "april skies - the jesus and mary chain". Aprilskies.amniisia.com. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Disses". Exclaim. Hart teams up with Peter "Pinko" Fowler under the name Acid Angels to release a one-off single, "Speed Speed Ecstasy," which samples Donna Summer's "I Feel Love."
  3. ^ "Call This Number plots live analogue broadcast takeover this weekend". thevinylfactory.com. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Up-Closer and Personal with the Girls of Miu Miu A/W18". anothermag.com. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Musicians backing Jeremy Corbyn's Labour". The Guardian. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. ^ Gayle, Damien (25 November 2019). "Stormzy backs Labour in election with call to end austerity". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Douglas Hart at IMDb