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The Dust Brothers

Influential Los Angeles-based record producing team of Mike Simpson (b. circa 1965) and John King (b. circa 1965). Known for hip-hop-inflected rock records, the Dust Brothers have seen two of their albums acclaimed as contemporary classics: Paul’s Boutique (1989) by the Beastie Boys, and the Grammy-winning Odelay (1996), by Beck. Simpson and King met in 1983 at the radio station of Pomona College, and then studied their beats as party DJs before connecting with Los Angeles label Delicious Vinyl in the late 1980s.

Initially successful with debut albums by Delicious Vinyl’s pop-rap crossovers Tone Loc and Young MC (both 1989), the Dust Brothers have also worked for Howard Stern, Korn, and White Zombie; in 1997 their work on tracks for the Rolling Stones’ Bridges To Babylon album was criticized publicly by that band’s guitarist Keith Richards.

The Dust Brothers produced their first number one single in 1997, Hanson’s bubblegum smash… Continue reading