Mike Thorne

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Mike Thorne
Born 1948 (age 67–68)
Sunderland, England
Genres Rock, punk rock, post-punk, jazz fusion, pop
Occupation(s) Record producer
Instruments Keyboards

Mike Thorne (born 1948 in Sunderland, England) is a British record producer. He started playing piano at age of 10.[1] After studying physics at Hertford College, Oxford, in the late 1960s he worked as a tape operator in London with Deep Purple and many others.[2] Later he worked as a music journalist, A&R man and in the late 1970s he became a record producer.

As a producer, Thorne worked on albums by musicians of various genres of rock, including punk, post-punk, jazz fusion and also pop. He produced artists including Roger Daltrey, John Cale, Bronski Beat, Soft Cell, Nina Hagen, Laurie Anderson and Soft Machine.

His more notable productions include the seminal first three records by Wire, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 and Soft Cell's cover of "Tainted Love" (which was a UK number 1 single for two weeks). He also contributed to Michael Tippett's opera New Year, providing electronic elements for the music.


  1. ^ "Mike Thorne". Stereo Society. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Neate, Wilson. "Mike Thorne". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 August 2013.