Mike Hedges

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Mike Hedges is a British audio producer/engineer. Starting his career as a freelance engineer and producer in 1981, Mike helped to craft the sounds of The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees from his own facility in Camden, the now legendary Playground.

Since then Mike has worked with an eclectic roster of artists ranging from rock and pop heavyweights such as U2, Dido, Manic Street Preachers, Travis, Texas, The Beautiful South and Everything But The Girl to cult-indie icons The Cooper Temple Clause and classically orientated projects, The Priests & Sarah Brightman.

Hedges' first major collaboration was with The Cure, and resulted in their debut single "Killing an Arab". Hedges opened his own facility, the Playground, designed by Acoustician Andy Munro, in nearby Camden Town where he continued to work with The Cure as well as with the Associates and Siouxsie and the Banshees.


Career[edit]

Mike Hedges started as a tape-op at Morgan Studios in London in the late 1970s. Having graduated to engineer, he went freelance in 1981 and became an engineer/producer.

His subsequent credits have included Siouxsie & the Banshees, U2, Dido, The Undertones, Manic Street Preachers, Travis, Texas, The Beautiful South, and The Priests.[1] He produced Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must Go, which was voted best album of 1996 by Q, Vox, Select and Music Week, and won the BRIT Award for Album Of The Year.[2]

In 1990, Hedges opened his own recording studio, Chateau de la Rouge Motte, in Normandy, France. The studio is equipped with a 16 track EMI Mark IV mixing desk which was originally installed in Abbey Road Studios, and had been used to record The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.[1]

Mike Hedges has worked as part of the musical team for the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Between 1996 and 2000, Hedges' work was continuously nominated for the Grammy awards for four successive years, which no other British producer has done.

Discography[edit]

1976[edit]

  • Original London Cast, Evita [Original London Cast], Assistant Engineer

1977[edit]

  • Heatwave, Central Heating, Assistant Engineer

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

1980[edit]

  • The Beat, I Just Can't Stop It, Engineer
  • Associates, Affectionate Punch [Bonus Tracks], Engineer, Producer
  • The Cure, Seventeen Seconds, Producer, Engineer [2]
  • The Cure, Seventeen Seconds [Deluxe Edition], Engineer, Producer
  • The Cure, Boys Don't Cry, Engineer

1981[edit]

  • Associates, Fourth Drawer Down, Producer
  • Bauhaus, Mask, Engineer
  • Bauhaus, Mask [Omnibus Edition], Engineer
  • The Cure, Faith, Engineer, Producer
  • The Cure, Faith [Deluxe Edition], Producer, Engineer
  • The Cure, ...Happily Ever After, Engineer, Producer

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

1986[edit]

1987[edit]

1988[edit]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

  • Associates Popera: The Singles Collection Producer
  • The Beautiful South, Choke, Producer
  • The La's, La's, Audio Production
  • The La's, La's [Deluxe Edition], Audio Production
  • The La's, La's [UK Bonus Tracks], Producer
  • Various Artists, Follow Our Trax, Vol. 5: Detour Over the Edge, Producer
  • A House, I Want Too Much, Producer

1992[edit]

1993[edit]

  • Various Artists, Deafening Divinities with Aural Affinities: The Beggars Banquet Collection 1993 Producer

1994[edit]

1995[edit]

1996[edit]

  • Various Artists, Huge Hits 1996, Producer
  • Manic Street Preachers, Everything Must Go, Producer
  • Manic Street Preachers, Everything Must Go [10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] Producer
  • Various Artists, Best of Indie Top 20, Producer,
  • Various Artists, Our Friends Electric [2 CDs], Producer
  • McAlmont & Butler, Sound of...McAlmont & Butler, Producer
  • Heatwave, Best of Heatwave: Always & Forever, Engineer
  • Various Artists, In Bed with Marina, Engineer
  • A House, No More Apologies, Producer

1997[edit]

  • Geneva, Further, Producer
  • Various Artists, Once in a Lifetime, Producer
  • Geneva, Best Regrets [#1], Producer
  • Geneva, Best Regrets [#2], Producer
  • Atomic Swing, Fluff, Producer,
  • Various Artists, Spring Collection '97, Producer

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

  • The Undertones, True Confessions (Singles = A's & B's), Producer
  • U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind, Producer, Mixing
  • U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind [Bonus CD], Mixing, Producer
  • U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind [Import Bonus Track], Producer, Mixing
  • Texas, Greatest Hits, Producer
  • Texas, Greatest Hits [Bonus Tracks], Producer
  • Texas, Song Book: Best of Texas, Producer
  • Travis, Turn, Producer
  • Various Artists, Best Anthems...Ever! [2000], Producer
  • Various Artists, Best Anthems...Ever! [2000], Producer
  • The Mighty Wah!, Songs of Strength & Heartbreak, Producer
  • The Wannadies, Yeah [Japan Bonus Tracks], Producer

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

  • Various Artists, Rough Trade Shops: Indiepop, Producer
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees, Downside Up, Producer
  • Travis, Singles, Producer
  • Various Artists, Heroes [Sony], Producer
  • Various Artists, Q Awards: The Album, Producer
  • Various Artists, Best of Acoustic [Echo/V2], Producer
  • The Cure, Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001, Mixing, Producer
  • The Cooper Temple Clause, Blind Pilots, Programming, Executive Producer
  • The Cooper Temple Clause, Blind Pilots [Enhanced Single], Programming, Executive Producer
  • Various Artists, Album [EMI], Producer
  • Dido, Don't Leave Home [CD #1], Producer
  • Izabo, Morning Hero [EP+2], Mixing

2005[edit]

  • Patrick Doyle, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], 2005, Producer, Audio Production
  • Texas, Red Book, Mixing
  • Texas, Red Book [Enhanced], Mixing
  • Faithless, Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits, Mixing, Producer
  • Faithless, Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits [Sony], Producer, Mixing
  • Robert Post, Robert Post, Producer, Clapping, Mixing, Programming
  • Faithless, Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits [DVD], Mixing, Producer
  • Revenge, No Pain No Gain: Live 1991, Performer

2006[edit]

  • Driveblind, Driveblind, Producer
  • Lorraine, Heaven, Producer
  • Various Artists, John Peel: Right Time Wrong Speed, Producer
  • Various Artists, Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box, Producer
  • Faithless Renaissance Presents 3D, Producer
  • Texas, Sleep, Pt. 2, Mixing
  • Various Artists, Ave Marina: Ten Years of Marina Records, Producer
  • Texas, Sleep, Mixing
  • Texas, Sleep [DVD Single], Mixing

2007[edit]

  • The Beautiful South, Soup, Producer
  • Various Artists, Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World, Producer
  • Various Artists, Headliners: The Ultimate Festival Line Up, Engineer
  • Various Artists, CBGB Forever, Producer, Audio Production
  • Travis, Boy with No Name, Engineer, Producer
  • Various Artists, Mute Audio Documents, Producer
  • Xanther, 8060, Layout Design

2008[edit]

  • Faithless, Forever Faithless/Forever Faithless [CD/DVD], Producer, Mixing
  • The Priests, Priests, Producer, Arranger
  • The Undertones, Anthology, Producer
  • Martha Wainwright, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, Mixing, Producer
  • Martha Wainwright, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too [13 Tracks], Mixing, Producer
  • Martha Wainwright, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too [Bonus Track], Mixing, Producer
  • Various Artists, Edge of the 80's, Producer

2009[edit]

  • The Priests, Harmony, Album Sequence, Producer, Arranger
  • The Priests, Harmony [Barnes & Noble Exclusive], Producer, Arranger, Album Sequence
  • The Priests, Harmony [French Edition], Producer, Arranger, Album Sequence
  • The Priests, Harmony [Spanish Edition], Album Sequence, Producer, Arranger
  • Camilla Kerslake, Camilla Kerslake, Vocal Arrangement, Producer, Arranger
  • Various Artists, Match of the Day: The Album, Producer
  • Various Artists, Hallelujah: Songs of Love, Hope & Inspiration, Producer
  • Various Artists, Essential Great Voices, Arreglos

2010[edit]

  • The Priests, Noël, Arranger, Producer
  • The Priests, Noël [B&N Exclusive], Arranger, Producer
  • The La's, Callin' All, Quotation Author, Producer
  • Heatwave, Too Hot to Handle/Central Heating, Assistant Engineer
  • Various Artists, Essential: The 90s, Producer
  • Russell Watson, La Voce, Producer

2013[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tingen, Paul (April 10, 2011). "Mike Hedges: That's what I call a home studio". manics.rawkstar.net. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "CLASSIC TRACKS: The Cure 'A Forest'". SoundOnSound. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Strange, Steve (2002). Blitzed! The Autobiography of Steve Strange. London: Orion Publishing Group. p. 118. ISBN 0-75284-936-0. 
  4. ^ Dan LeRoy. "Strange Cruise - Strange Cruise : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 

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