(William Orbit,Laurie Mayer and Grant Gilbert) are
launched by IRS records with their first single
"Prepare to Energize". Prior to that they had been
writing and performing since 1981 and setup a
24-track studio in the garage of their house in
Little Venice of London IRS also release an E.P. by
the group Crown of Thorns produced by William Orbit
and Rikki Sylvan. Torch song are also credited for
the production of a single by Kate Gardner.
first album Wish Thing is released, and singles
Don't look now & Tattered Dress.
IRS chairman Miles Copeland (Manager of the 80's
group Police, and brother to Stewart) plans Torch
Song to produce Sting's Album, (Nothing happens
until 1985). Other productions include a single by
Sonja Kristina (ex-wife of Copeland's).
William begins his recording sessions of what will
become his now famous Cargo highway.
co-produces Sting's single "If You Love Somebody
Set Them Free", Mixed by Rico Conning.
The first soundtrack gets the Orbit treatment with
the opening track on Youngblood.
Torch Song release single Ode to Billy Joe and the
now rare album Ecstasy.
William remixes tracks by Stan Ridgeway.
and engineers Belinda Carlisle's album "Belinda",
followed by some of his first famous remixes on the
chart-topping singles by Belinda Circle In The Sand
& Mad About You. Torch Song release the singles
White Night & Can't Find My Way Home, and
soundtrack of Texas Chainsaw Massacre III gets the
track White Night.
final single Don't Look Now (re-issued in the UK)
is followed by the compilation album Exhibit A.
orch Song break-up but William salvages Guerilla
Studios and retains a contract with IRS Records and
William's Orbit's solo career is launched with
Miles Copeland fully backing him. The albums
"Orbit" (now William's most hated project) and the
first Strange Cargo album are released. The first
solo single Feel Like Jumping is followed by
another Love My Way.
Docter & the Medics, Belinda Carlisle, Derek B,
Kid Can't Dance and Well Red
Plays Guitar on ColourBox's album "Manic"
include Wishbone Ash and his worst track EVER!, a
British Comedy single for
Harry Enfiel "Loadsamoney"
productive year of remixes, Mark Moore from
S'Express (a fan of William and Torch Song) asks
William to do a remix for him, they form an instant
friendship and when Mark gets asked by Prince to do
a remix he turns to William, the two of them
together remix three of Prince's tracks 'The
Future', 'Electric Chair' and 'Batdance'. On his
own some of his other famous remixes appear with
the likes of Erasure and other acts such as Human
League, Jimmy Sommerville , Julian Lennon,
Shakespear's Sister, Gary Numan and some of the
less well known: Camouflage, Les Negresses Vertes,
Les Rita Mitsouko, MC Twix and Nietzer Ebb. He also
remixes for one of his own Musical heroes Malcolm
One of the
busiest years for Orbit Collectors, if you hadn't
heard of William Orbit by now you would with his
remixes of Madonna's "Justify My Love" and Seal's
"Crazy" which still remain to be his most famous
and popular remixes.
Remixes include Oleta Adams, Betty Boo, Erasure,
Human League, Les Rita Mitsouko, Malcolm McLaren,
Propaganda and The Shamen
IRS Records release William's 3rd Solo Album
Strange Cargo 2
Guerilla Records a launched by William Orbit and
Dick O'Dell, the First Guerilla release is
BassOmatic's first single "In The Realm Of The
Senses" and album "Set The Controls For The Heart
Of The Bass".
The Guerilla releases are as Promo's whilst a
contract with Virgin Records sees that they are
released commercially and sees his highest charting
position and appearance on prime time TV (Top of
the Pops etc) with "Fascinating Rhythm".
3 singles are released from the album which
includes "Ease on By"
A Christmas Compilation from IRS sees one more last
release from Torch Song "Hark".
BassOmatic into the U.S.
The next set of Bassomatic releases come from the
album "Science and Melody" with the singles
"Science And Melody", "Funky Love Vibrations" and
"Go Getta Nutha Man".
Remixes include Cactus Rain, The Cure, Kraftwerk,
React to Rhythm, Scritti Politti, Lizzie Tear,
Wendy and Lisa (Sidekicks to Prince), Yothu Yindi
and the "KILLER" of all remixes of Seal's big
Guerilla releases compilation "Guerilla Grooves
The 3 O's get
together, Dick O'Dell managing Beth Orton and
William Orbit in a partnership called SPILL, a
single is released Don't Wanna Know 'Bout Evil on
Guerilla and Virgin. A following album is also
planned although fails to appear in the UK (later
released in Japan under Beth's name).
Guerilla artists Fuzzy Logic get the remix treament
from William with "Obsession", and William
Co-Produces 2 album tracks on The Christians "Happy
2 Orbit remixes appear, Yothi Yindi's "Treaty" and
the famous deep & moody remix of Madonna's
The release of
Strange Cargo III, and the Strange Cargo III Video
(UK only) by Virgin.
Also in the UK the single "Water From A Vine Leaf"
is released (June 7th) and almost reaches the UK
Meanwhile the SPILL project fails and the album is
released under Beth Orton's name with the album
"Superpinkymandy" in Japan only. The album includes
2 tracks which later emerge on the HinterLand Cargo
album "Montok point" and "She cries your name".
Remixes this year include Depeche Mode "Walking In
My Shoes", Les Negresses Vertes "Zobi La Mouche"
and Les Rita Mitsouko "Y'a d'la Haine!".
William teams up with Peter Gabriel with production
and session work on Peter's album "US", 3 remixes
appear on the singles: "Mercy Street", "Kiss That
Frog" and "Digging in the Dirt".
William also teams up with Spooky and they both
remix Sven Vath's "Accident in Paradise".
A quiet Year,
IRS Records release "Water From A Vine Leaf" In the
William takes time in Los Angeles (in his second
studio, Guerilla Beach) to remix Madonna's "I'll
Another solo Orbit track emerges in a compilation
CD: "Trance Europe Express 3" with "Barbarik"
Remixes out this year are only Epaule Tattoo by
most ambitious year to date, The Launch of N-Gram
recordings is unveiled with the backing of Warners
and a U.S contract with Discovery Records
The first releases on N-Gram are William's Solo
work: Strange Cargo "Hinterland", and his first
single since 1993 Strange Cargo "Million Town".
His other solo work of Classical pieces is released
under the alias of The Electric Chamber with
"Pieces In A Modern Style". However in the week of
release the publishers of Arvo Part and Henryk
Gorecki blocked its release. Even the special Royal
Festival Hall concert which included all four acts
on N-Gram had to be rearranged.
The Other 2 acts included Torch Song reformed with
the new album "Toward The Unknown Region", and
Cello player and Vocalist Caroline Lavelle has the
album "Spirit" and Singles "A case of you" &
"Moorlough Shore" are produced by William.
Remixes this year only include Sacred Spirit with a
remix of "Yo-Hee-O-Hey" and released on a Virgin
The last chance
to get taste Electric Chamber when one of it's
tracks appears on a N-Gram 4-Track Sampler.
IRS Records get ready to launch a re-issue /
Compilation of Torch Song material (and remixes),
William Orbit spends time to remix some of his old
tracks and a few of them appear on The best of
Strange Cargo. Shortly that release IRS records go
out of business before anything else is
A compilation CD Northern Exposure sees 2 of
William's past work ("Vine Leaf" Acid Bath mix
& Fuzzy Logic's "Obsession") in a mix. Remixes
are non-existent and only a collaboration with Matt
Ducasse with Skylab "The Trip" appears. Several
Strange Cargo tracks appear in the film "Heat" but
fail to appear on the Soundtrack album.
collaboration with Matt Ducasse sees the release of
a track William had previously performed live in
London's Astoria called "Scream", this time it is
released on record label Excession with the alias
of Invisible. William gets busy remixing again with
one of his best remixes to date: Bridget Boden's
"Must Go On" Scottish band 18 Wheeler gets 2
singles remixed with "The Hours and the Times" (1
remix) & "Stay" (3 remixes). Blur also get the
treatment with "On you own", "Death of a party" and
"Movin' On". The Camouflage track "Love Is A Shield
(Orbit remix)" becomes available on CD on "Best Of
Other remixes include Dreadzone's "Earth Angel",
Olive "Outlaw", Pierre Henry Michel Colombier
"Psyhe Rock", Rick Wright (of Pink Floyd) "A night
of a thousand furry toys".
3 tracks from Bassomatic's album 'Science and
Melody' are slightly remixed and made instrumental
for the German film "Harald" and appear on the
William spends the end of 1997 working with
everyone hears the name William Orbit.
His career is radically put in the public eye with
the production of a long-awaited Madonna album "Ray
of Light", the results are stunning. Most of the
album is produced, and many of the tracks are
co-written by William, he also is the main musician
throughout the album. After the Madonna work he
moves onto producing Blur's next studio album at
(Sarm West in London) up until November 1998. He
leaves Crouch End and moves both home and Studio to
Santa Monica to start work on other projects
(including solo material) in 1999.
The much awaited Orbit produced Blur album "13" is
released in March and is followed by single hits
such as "Tender".
William returns back to working on his solo
material and adds new tracks to the original
version of the "Pieces in a modern style"CD
(withdrawn due to legal problems). William also
works on new mixes of Damon Albarn & Michael
Nyman's soundtrack for the film Ravenous (released
Remixes released this year include Madonna's Ray Of
Light, the long awaited Morgan King "I'm Free" on
Excession records, Sarah McLachlan's "Black"
(released on the X-Files Soundtrack).
Live performances with Madonna on the UK Lottery
show, and in the US with Oprah , Rosie and MTV.
Other work this year includes editing and mixing on
a track from the album "Trip of a lifetime" by Kim
Fowley, as a musician on Seals album "Human Being"
(produced by Trevor Horn).
year, Madonna picks up 4 awards at the 1999 Grammy
awards and drags William onto stage, they share the
award for Best PopAlbum & Best Dance Recording,
Madonna also picks up grammies for Best Short Form
Music Video & Best Recording Package.
Remixes this year brings Beth Orton & William
Ørbit back together again to work on Central
Reservation with Mark "Spike" Stent (released
First solo track release for a long time is 'Ogive'
by Erik Satie (previously released on "Pieces in a
modern style") which gets released on the "Human
Sept 99 - Ravenous Soundtrack is released (UK
copies only include 3 tracks with additional
production & mixes by William Orbit: Boyd's
Beauty Pt A, The Pit & Screech Jam).
Production work: Madonna's Beautiful Stranger
single is released (Co-Written & Produced by
William Orbit) which sets new records for amount of
radio play in July.
August, works with Mel C. on her debut album
'Northern Star' (released in October 1999) with the
track "Go" and then with All Saints on the new
soundtrack to "The Beach" directed by Danny Boyle
and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
October - November 1999, William Ørbit and
Madonna back in the studio for the next Madonna
album, this time recording is in London.
November 1999, William wins Q Award's BEST PRODUCER
for Blur's "13" album.
But as 1999 ends, William Orbit storms with chart
with his first solo single release since 1995 :
"Barber's Adagio for Strings" released with a remix
by Ferry Corsten. It hits number 1 in the dance
charts, and number 4 in the UK singles chart at the
most competitive time : Christmas.
As the year ends, the single slips to number
11..... but 2000 has a surprise in
single "Barber's Adagio for Strings" rises back up
the UK single charts to number 7.
With many great reviews, and a long wait since it's
original release (in 1995), "Pieces in a modern
style" gets released.
"American Pie" single released, (produced with
William Orbit & with Rupert Everett providing
backup vocals) a remake of Don McLean's classic
from the soundtrack of "The Next Best Thing" in
which Madonna stars, the soundtrack also includes
another Orbit-Madonna track "All stood Still"
All Saints single released, "Pure Shores" is
co-produced by William Orbit and soundtrack to the
flim "The Beach".
1983 Prepare to
1984 Don't look
now/Prepare to energise (Single)
1984 Wish Thing
1985 Ode to
Billy Joe (Single)
1986 Can't find
my way home (Single)
1987 Exhibit A
(Album of selected tracks from above)
1995 Toward the
Unknown Region (Album)
1990 In the
realm of the senses (Single)
1990 Ease on by
1990 Set the
controls for the heart of the bass (Album)
1991 Funky love
1991 Science and
1991 Science and
1992 Go getta
nutha man (Single)
Cargo II (Album)
Cargo III (Album)
1993 Water from
a vine leaf (Single)
Cargo III (PC/Mac CDROM) - Not Released.
Cargo Hinterland (Album)
Cargos (best of) (Album)
Cargo 1-3 (box set)
1995 Pieces in a
modern style (Album)
Note: This album
is now unavailable due to legal problems (see
re-released version under William Orbit
1987 Love My Way
1987 Feel Like
(Single, released 6/Oct 1997) - alias
2000 Pieces in a
modern style (album)
Adagio for Strings (single)
Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
Spill / Beth
William Orbit & Beth Orton,
1992 Don't Wanna
Know 'Bout Evil (Single)
Superpinkymandy (Album) Only available in Japan
& under Beth Orton's name.
Remix & Production work
1984 KATE GARNER
"Love Me Like A Rocket"
1985 STING "If
you love some body set them free"
CARLISLE "Belinda" (Album).
Album track: "Manic" & "Manic II"
DAHO "Pop Sartori" (Album)
CARLISLE "Circle In The Sand"
CARLISLE "Mad About You"
O'CLOCK "Suzie's On The Ball Now"
1987 DEREK B
"Bad Young Brother"
DAHO "Pop Satori" Album
MAYER "Dust In The Wind"
1987 LIZZIE TEAR
"Life Won't Be The Same"
CARLISLE "World Without You"
1988 KID CAN'T
DANCE "Peace and Understanding"
1988 WELL RED
1988 WELL RED
"Rocketship of love"
LENNON "Now You're In Heaven"
NEGRESSES VERTES "Zobi La Mouche"
LEAGUE "Romantic" (Album tracks)
1989 LES RITA
MITSOUKO "Tongue Dance"
1989 MC TWIX
"Devastatin 2 Yo Ear"
1989 NITZER EBB
"Backlash", "Captivate", "Shame"
1989 GARY NUMAN
"My Dying Machine"
SHAKESPEAR'S SISTER "Run Silent, Run Deep"
SOMMERVILLE "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"
McLAREN "Deep In Vogue"
McLAREN "Somethings Jumpin In Your Shirt"
"Hey Music Lover"
"Mantra For A State Of Mind"
1989 NITZER EBB
SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER "Run Silent Run Deep"
LEAGUE "Heart Like A Wheel"
"Heaven Give Me Words"
1990 OLETA ADAMS
"Rhythm Of Life"
1990 BETTY BOO
1990 PRINCE "The
1990 THE CURE
1990 LES RITA
MITSOUKO "Hip Kit" & "Singing in the Shower"
LEAGUE "Soundtrack To A Generation"
1991 REACT TO
1991 WENDY AND
LISA "Lolly Lolly"
POLITTI (Featuring Shabba Ranks) "She's A Woman"
1991 CACTUS RAIN
"Love Is A Shield"
1992 FUZZY LOGIC
FEATURING ERIRE "Obsession"
GABRIEL "Mercy Street"
GABRIEL "Kiss That Frog"
GABRIEL "Digging In The Dirt"
GABRIEL "US" (Album)
"Justify My Love"
1992 YOTHU YINDI
CHRISTIANS "Happy in Hell" (Album tracks)
1993 LES RITA
MITSOUKO "Y'a d'la Haine!"
1993 ONE DOVE
1993 SVEN VATH
"Accident In Paradise"
MODE "Walking in my shoes"
Additional Production on 2nd Album
DAHO "Epaule Tattoo" - Orbit: Remix
ZAZOU "Adventures In The Scandanavian Skin Trade"
LAVELLE "Dream of Picasso"
1996 RICK WRIGHT
"A night of a thousand furry toys"
1997 18 WHEELER
BODEN "Must go on"
HENRY MICHEL COLOMBIER "Psyche Rock"
1997 18 WHEELER
"The Hours and the Times"
1997 BLUR "On My
1997 BLUR "Death
of a Party"
"Bustin n Dronin" (Includes 4 remixes)
"Frozen" (Single), Co-Produced by W.O. + Remixes)
"Ray Of Light" (Album), (Co-Produced by W.O.)
"Ray Of Light" (Single), Co-Written/Produced by
W.O. + Remixes)
"The Soundtrack" (Includes remix of Sarah
"Drowned World" (Single), Co-Written/Produced by
W.O. - No Remixes)
"The Power of Goodbye" (Single),
Co-Written/Produced by W.O. - No Remixes)
Beautiful Stranger (single,
1999 Blur, 13
Tender (single, production)
1999 Mel C, Go
(album track, co-written/produced)
American Pie (single, production)
2000 All Saints,
Pure Shores (single,
2000 Madonna, 4
album tracks on "Music" (co-produced by William
2000 All Saints,
Black Coffee (single, produced by William
2000 All Saints,
4 album tracks on "Saints & Sinners" (produced
by William Orbit)