M People

Genres: Dance
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


The key force behind this popular pop/dance crossover outfit was Mike Pickering (Michael Duncan Pickering, 24 February 1958, Accrington, Lancashire, England; keyboards/programming), a former DJ at the Factory Records’ owned Haçienda club in Manchester. His activities there once encouraged The Face magazine to proclaim him as ‘England’s most revered DJ’. After school, Pickering worked in a fish factory and engineering warehouse, becoming a big fan of northern soul. He played saxophone and sang for mid-80s indie/dance forerunners Quando Quango, and had various connections with New Order, including sharing a flat with their manager, Rob Gretton. He also had the distinction of booking the Smiths for their first Manchester gig, and signing both James and the Happy Mondays in his role as Factory’s A&R representative. After leaving Factory Pickering became a junior director at Deconstruction Records, to whom he brought Black Box and...

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