Rupert Hine

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Rupert Hine
Birth nameRupert Neville Hine
Born (1947-09-21) 21 September 1947 (age 72)
OriginWimbledon, London, England
Occupation(s)Producer, musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, various instruments
LabelsAriola Records
A&M Records
Purple Records

Rupert Neville Hine (born 21 September 1947, Wimbledon) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, having produced albums for artists including Rush, Kevin Ayers,[1] Tina Turner,[2] Howard Jones,[2] Saga, The Fixx, Bob Geldof, Thompson Twins, Stevie Nicks,[2] Chris de Burgh, Suzanne Vega, Underworld, Duncan Sheik, Formula and Eleanor McEvoy.[3] In addition, Hine has recorded eleven albums, including those billed under his own name, the pseudo-band name Thinkman, and as a member of the band Quantum Jump.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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 of 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.

In March 2015 Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) issued "Unshy on the Skyline",[6] a compilation from a trio of albums Hine made between 1981 and 1983, Immunity, Waving Not Drowning and The Wildest Wish to Fly, complemented by the lyrics of poet and artist Jeannette-Thérèse Obstoj, and featuring guest contributions from musicians Robert Palmer, Phil Collins and guitarist Phil Palmer. The album has been re-mastered by Hine's long time friend and sound engineer Stephen W Tayler, who had recorded, mixed and co-produced the original albums.

To recognise the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday in July 2015, the Art of Peace Foundation commissioned Hine to produce Songs for Tibet II, to celebrate and honour the Dalai Lama's vision. A follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Songs for Tibet that Hine produced in 2008, artist contributions came from Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lorde, Kate Bush, Elbow, Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones, The Family Crest, Ed Prosek, Of Monsters & Men, Bob Geldof, Crystal Method, Rival Sons, Eleanor McEvoy and Hine himself.

On August 30th 2019, Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) are issuing "Fighting Apathy With Shock", a "best of" chosen by Hine from his Thinkman project, the albums The Forumla(1986), Life Is A Full Time Occupation(1988) and Hard Hat Zone(1990) all with lyrics by Jeannette Obstöj (1949-2015). Re-mastering of the collection is by Stephen W Tayler who co-produced the original albums.

Although Rupert performed nearly all the music himself, there are notable contributions from The Fixx's Jamie West-Oram, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Café Jacque's vocalist Chris Thomson. Followers of Rupert Hine’s prior projects were intrigued to see him fronting the group: a departure from his earlier solo work. The four-piece, which appeared on television programmes across Europe in support of the record, combined its music with a mission to call out the dangers of the all-too-powerful Media. Unusually, and with a finely judged sense of irony, the men who accompanied Rupert in public appearances were actors, not musicians (Greg Crutwell, Andy Baker and Julian Clary). And Thinkman was not a real band at all. By the time the last album was released the band's message had shifted away from media topics and onto environmental issues (the track "Take Them to the Traitors' Gate", was dedicated to Prince Charles) and a new team of supporting players were deployed for appearances; the line-up included Karl Hyde and Rick Smith of Underworld.


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 FixxReach the Beach (album) (1983)
  • SagaHeads 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 FixxPhantoms (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)
  • Thompson TwinsClose to the Bone (album) (1987)
  • Bob GeldofDeep in the Heart of Nowhere (tracks) (1986)
  • Various Artists – Secret Policeman's Third Ball (tracks) (1987)
  • Underworld – Underneath the Radar (album) (1987)
  • On Rebel Heels – One by One by One (album) (1987) see: [1]
  • Thinkman – Life Is a Full Time Occupation (album) (1988)
  • The Joan Collins Fan Club – "Leader of the Pack" (single) (1988)
  • Stevie NicksThe Other Side of the Mirror (album) (1989)
  • Tina Turner – Foreign Affair (tracks) (1989)
  • RushPresto (album) (1989)
  • Thinkman – Hard Hat Zone (album) (1990)
  • Various Artists – One World One Voice (album) (1990)
  • The Fixx – Ink (tracks) (1990)
  • Bliss – A Change in the Weather (album) (1990)
  • Bob Geldof – The Vegetarians of Love (album) (1990)
  • Rush – Roll the Bones (album) (1991)
  • Remmy Ongala – Mambo (album) (1992)
  • Chris De Burgh – Power of Ten (album) (1992)
  • Howard Jones – In the Running (album) (1992)
  • Bob Geldof – The Happy Club (album) (1992)
  • Spin 1ne 2wo – Spin 1ne 2wo (album) (1993)
  • Rupert Hine – The Deep End (album) (1994)
  • Katey SagalWell... (album) (1994)
  • Various Artists – One Week or Two in the Real World (tracks) (1994)
  • Milla JovovichThe Divine Comedy (tracks) (1994)
  • Les Négresses VertesZig Zague (album) (1994)
  • Touch! – Marche avec moi (album) (1994)
  • This PictureCity of Sin (tracks) (1994)
  • EzioBlack Boots on Latin Feet (album) (1995)
  • Éric SerraGoldenEye (tracks) (1996)
  • NoaCalling (album) (1996)
  • Duncan SheikDuncan Sheik (album) (1996)
  • Marian GoldUnited (album) (1996)
  • Éric Serra – The Fifth Element (tracks) (1997)
  • Celtus – Moonchild (album) (1997)
  • Thanks to Gravity – Start (album) (1997)
  • Various Artists – Welcome to Woop-Woop (tracks) (1998)
  • Éric Serra – RXRA (album) (1998)
  • Duncan Sheik – Humming (album) (1998)
  • Eleanor McEvoySnapshots (album) (1999)
  • Stroke 9Nasty Little Thoughts (album) (1999)
  • Rat Bat Blue – Greatest Hits – Vol. 2 (The Hungry Years) (album) (1999)
  • Geoffrey OryemaSpirit (album) (2000)
  • Suzanne VegaSongs in Red and Gray (album) (2001)
  • RaFrom One (album, uncredited) (2002)
  • TeiturPoetry & Aeroplanes (album) (2003)
  • Martin GrechUnholy (album) (2005)
  • Amanda Ghost – "Time Machine" (single) (2006)
  • Stuart DavisStuart Davis (album) (2006)
  • T.D. Lind – Let's Get Lost (album) (2007)
  • Songs for Tibet, album plus underlying remix The Heart of the Matter (2008)
  • Echo Echo – Fall Like You're Flying (album) (2010)
  • Rupert Hine - "Unshy on the Skyline" (album) (2015)
  • Songs for Tibet II, album plus You Can't Be Chased, Ostinato Mix (2015)
  • Rupert Hine - "Fighting Apathy With Shock" (album) (2019)


  1. ^ "Ringo's Fourth Lacks Luster: Music Notes by Ralph Smith".
  2. ^ a b c "Rupert Hine". 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.
  6. ^ "Cherry Red Records - Esoteric Recordings - 'Unshy On The Skyline'".[permanent dead link]

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