Rupert Hine

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Rupert Hine
Born 1947
Origin London, UK
Occupations Producer, musician, songwriter
Associated acts Tina Turner, Howard Jones, Suzanne Vega, Bob Geldof, Fixx, Rush, Stevie Nicks, Spin 1ne 2wo, Duncan Sheik
Notable instruments
keyboards, harmonica, guitar, drums

Rupert Neville Hine (born 1947 in London) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, having produced albums for artists including Kevin Ayers,[1] Tina Turner,[2] Howard Jones,[2] Saga, The Fixx, Bob Geldof, Thompson Twins, Stevie Nicks,[2] Chris de Burgh, Suzanne Vega, Rush, Underworld, Duncan Sheik, Formula and Eleanor McEvoy.[3] In addition, Hine has recorded eleven albums, including ones billed under his own name, the pseudo-band name Thinkman, and with the group Quantum Jump.

Biography[edit]

As a recording artist[edit]

In the early sixties, Hine formed half of the folk duo Rupert & David. The duo performed in pubs and clubs and occasionally shared the stage with a then-unknown Paul Simon. The duo's one released single (on the Decca label in 1965) was a cover of Simon's "The Sounds of Silence". The single was not a success, but was notable for featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar and Herbie Flowers on bass.[4]

Hine released two albums under his own name in the early 70s: Pick Up a Bone (1971) and Unfinished Picture (1973).

In 1973, Hine, along with guitarist Mark Warner, bassist John G. Perry (then of Caravan) and drummer Trevor Morais (formerly of The Peddlers) formed the band Quantum Jump, releasing two albums, Quantum Jump (1976) and Barracuda (1977). After a re-release of the track "Lone Ranger" (from Quantum Jump) became an unexpected UK Top Ten hit in 1979, a third album – Mixing, a reworking of tracks selected from the first two Quantum Jump albums – was released.

After Quantum Jump disbanded, Hine released a trilogy of albums under his own name, including Immunity (1981); Waving Not Drowning (1982); and The Wildest Wish to Fly (1983). The American release of Wildest Wish dropped two tracks, radically reworked two others and incorporated two tracks from 1981's Immunity – including "Misplaced Love", which featured a guest vocal by Marianne Faithfull and had been a minor hit in Australia, reaching number 14 on the charts.[5] In 1985, Hine wrote and produced much of the soundtrack for the black comedy film Better Off Dead.

Hine subsequently recorded three albums under the name Thinkman, which was conceived as a "virtual band" – essentially a solo Hine project with actors (including a then-unknown Julian Clary) employed to give the illusion of a larger group. Thinkman's debut, The Formula, was released in 1985. Though the actors portraying the band did not appear on the album, it did feature contributions from Jamie West-Oram from The Fixx and Stewart Copeland from The Police. Lisa Dalbello provided guest vocals on the title track. A second album, Life is a Full-Time Occupation, was released in 1988. A third and final album, Hard Hat Zone, was released in 1990.

In 1994, Hine released The Deep End. In 1995 he joined with guitarist Phil Palmer, Paul Carrack, Steve Ferrone and Tony Levin to form the band Spin 1ne 2wo. The group released a self-titled project, made up rock covers of songs by artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Blind Faith, Steely Dan and Bob Dylan.

In 2008, Hine oversaw the direction of the compilation album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace, and also contributed to it a remixed version of his song, "The Heart of the Matter" (from The Deep End). In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, the album was iTunes third most downloaded around the globe.

Hine wrote two songs for Le Cheshire Cat et moi, a 2009 CD by Nolwenn Leroy which was produced by Teitur Lassen.

In 2011 Rupert Hine, launched Auditorius, a joint music publishing project with BMG Rights Management. In November the same year, following a glowing citation from Bob Geldof, Rupert was honoured by the APRS with a Sound Fellowship Award; presented to recognise special contributions to the 'Art, Science and Business of Recording'. Hine joined Joe Boyd, Clive Green, Bob Ludwig, Jimmy Page and Chris Thomas to receive the award from Sir George Martin, APRS President, who together with an elite group of past recipients; sound and music innovators, including Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Chris Blackwell, also holds a Fellowship Award.

Discography:

  • The Wildest Wish to Fly (1983)
  • Better Off Dead (Soundtrack)
  • The Formula (as Thinkman) (1985)
  • Life is a Full-Time Occupation (as Thinkman) (1988)
  • Hard Hat Zone (as Thinkman) (1990)
  • The Deep End (1994)
  • Spin 1ne 2wo (1995)

As a producer[edit]

Hine's many producer credits include:

  • Jon Pertwee – "Who Is the Doctor" (single) (1972)
  • Rupert Hine and Simon JeffesScore (TV music) (1973)
  • Yvonne EllimanFood of Love (album) (1973)
  • Various Artists – Colditz Breakpoint (album) (1973)
  • Jonesy – Growing (album) (1974)
  • Kevin AyersThe Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories (album) (1974)
  • Quantum Jump – Quantum Jump (album) (1974)
  • John G. Perry – Sunset Wading (album) (1975)
  • Nova – Blink (album) (1976)
  • Rupert Hine – "Snakes Don't Dance Fast" (single) (1976)
  • Dave GreensladeCactus Choir (album) (1976)
  • John G. Perry – Seabird (album) (1976)
  • Café JacquesRound the Back (album) (1977)
  • Quantum Jump – Barracuda (album) (1977)
  • Anthony PhillipsWise After the Event (album) (1977)
  • Anthony Phillips – Sides (album) (1978)
  • Rupert Hine and Simon Jeffes – The Kenny Everett Video Show (TV music) (1978)
  • Café Jacques – International (album) (1978)
  • After the FireLaser Love (album) (1978)
  • Rupert Hine – The Shout (soundtrack) (1979)
  • Murray HeadBetween Us (album) (1979)
  • Quantum Jump – Mixing (album) (1979)
  • CamelI Can See Your House from Here (album) (1979)
  • Wildlife – Burning (album) (1979)
  • The Members – The Choice is Yours (album) (1980)
  • Various Artists – First Offenders (album) (1980)
  • Rupert Hine – Immunity (album) (1981)
  • SagaWorlds Apart (album) (1981)
  • Jona LewieHeart Skips Beat (album) (1981)
  • The FixxShuttered Room (album) (1981)
  • Rupert Hine – Waving Not Drowning (album) (1982)
  • The Waterboys – "A Girl Called Johnny" (single) (1983)
  • The Fixx – Reach the Beach (album) (1983)
  • Saga – Heads or Tales (album) (1983)
  • The Little Heroes – Watch the World (album) (1983)
  • Chris De BurghThe Getaway (album) (1982)
  • Rupert Hine – The Wildest Wish to Fly (album) (1983)
  • The Fixx – Phantoms (album) (1984)
  • Tina TurnerPrivate Dancer (tracks) (1984)
  • Howard JonesHuman's Lib (album) (1984)
  • Howard Jones – The 12" Album (album) (1984)
  • Chris De Burgh – Man on the Line (album) (1984)
  • Martin Ansell – An Englishman Abroad (album) (1985)
  • Howard Jones – Dream into Action (album) (1985)
  • Rupert Hine and Various Artists – Better Off Dead (soundtrack) (1985)
  • Thinkman – The Formula (album) (1986)
  • The Fixx – Walkabout (album) (1986)
  • Eight SecondsAlmacantar (album) (1986)
  • Howard Jones – Action Replay (album) (1986)
  • Tina Turner – Break Every Rule (tracks) (1986)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ringo's Fourth Lacks Luster: Music Notes by Ralph Smith". 
  2. ^ a b c "Rupert Hine". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ "T a m b o o – The Rupert Hine Official web site". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "1981...Rocks On". Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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