Rupert Hine

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Rupert Hine
Hine in 1982
Hine in 1982
Background information
Birth nameRupert Neville Hine
Born(1947-09-21)21 September 1947
Wimbledon, London, England
Died4 June 2020(2020-06-04) (aged 72)
Wiltshire, England
Occupation(s)Producer, musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, various instruments
LabelsAriola, A&M, Purple

Rupert Neville Hine (21 September 1947 – 4 June 2020) was an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He is especially recognised as the producer on some outstanding albums of the 1980s. He 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] He also recorded eleven albums, including those billed under his own name, the pseudo-band name Thinkman, and as a member of the band Quantum Jump. Additionally, he composed for film and television soundtracks, including the James Bond film Goldeneye and the black comedy Better Off Dead.[4]


Hine was born in Wimbledon, London on 21 September 1947.[5] He was the son of Maurice, a timber merchant, and Joan (nee Harris), a Red Cross nurse. He grew up in a house full of music, his mother was an amateur ballet dancer and his father an amateur musician who also played drums in a jazz band when he was young. Hine's mother was convinced he would be an architect, but Hine’s early ambition was to become a cartographer. Hine started playing in the school band at age 14 and played the mouth organ, mostly because it was the cheapest instrument to buy.[6][7] He attended St John’s school in Horsham, West Sussex, before he came to King’s College School in Wimbledon. He was musically self-taught.[8]

In the early 1960s, Hine formed half of the folk duo Rupert & David with David MacIver. 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 Sound of Silence". The single was not a success, but was notable for featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar and Herbie Flowers on bass.[9] For several years Hine wrote songs with MacIver while working at temporary jobs, until he was helped by Deep Purple’s bassist Roger Glover, whom Hine knew from Glover’s previous band Episode 6. Hine and MacIver were signed to Deep Purple’s Purple label. Glover produced Hine’s first solo album, Pick Up a Bone (1971). Unfinished Picture (1973) followed, but neither album was successful. However, Hine now became increasingly in demand as an independent producer, first with the 1972 single "Who Is the Doctor", featuring Jon Pertwee narrating over the theme music from TV’s Doctor Who. He then produced Yvonne Elliman’s album Food of Love (1973), a second world war-themed compilation album called Colditz (1973), and Kevin Ayers’s The Confessions of Dr Dream and Other Stories (1974).[10]

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 the re-release of the track "Lone Ranger" (from Quantum Jump) became an unexpected UK Top five 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 chart.[11] In 1985, Hine wrote and produced much of the soundtrack for the black comedy film Better Off Dead.[citation needed] Later he and composer Eric Serra wrote "The Experience of Love", the end title song for Goldeneye. His film soundtrack credits also include The Fifth Element (composed by Serra), and The Addams Family.[12]

Hine obtained a huge number of credits with some of the biggest artists of his era. In 1984 he topped the UK chart with Howard Jones’s debut album, Human’s Lib, and that same year enjoyed his most high-profile achievement with his work on Tina Turner’s album Private Dancer, which established Turner as a solo star and sold 20 million copies. Hine produced the Grammy-winning single "Better Be Good to Me" as well as co-writing "I Might Have Been Queen".[13]

In 1990 Hine and Kevin Godley worked together on the project "One World One Voice", a musical chain letter that travelled the world starting with Sting and Afrika Bambaataa in New York and ending 300 artists/musicians later, in Moscow. It was an environmental awareness album, and a two-hour television program, broadcast the same day to 650 million people worldwide.[14][15]

In 1993 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 1994, Hine released The Deep End. 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 of 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",[16] 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.

In 2017 Rupert Hine was appointed Chairman of the Ivor Novello Awards, presented annually by The Ivors Academy (formerly the BASCA).[17]

On 30 August 2019, Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) issued "Fighting Apathy With Shock", a "best of" chosen by Hine from his Thinkman project, the albums The Formula (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 Hine performed nearly all the music himself, there are notable contributions from The Fixx's Jamie West-Oram, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Café Jacques' vocalist Chris Thomson. Followers of 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 Hine 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.

Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Wilson-Phillips and Dusty Springfield are among the artists who have recorded Hine's songs. Hine has also directed many videos for the artists he has produced.[18].He was an early adopter of electronic music production techniques, and Hine was a founding member of Music Producers Guild, the International MIDI Association and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the US. He has sat on the boards of committees for BASCA and the Ivors Academy.[19]

Hine suffered from a number of medical problems, including renal cancer and heart arrhythmia. He died at his home in Wiltshire on 4 June 2020 at the age of 72.[5][20] He is survived by his wife Fay and his son Kingsley from a previous marriage.[21]



Studio albums
Compilation album
  • Unshy on the Skyline - The Best of Rupert Hine (2015)


Studio albums
  • The Formula (1986)
  • Life is a Full-Time Occupation (1988)
  • Hard Hat Zone (1990)
Compilation album
  • Fighting Apathy With Shock - The Best of Rupert Hine as Thinkman (2019)

Quantum Jump[edit]

Studio album
  • Quantum Jump (1975)
  • Barracuda (1977)
  • Mixing (1979)

Spin 1ne 2wo[edit]

  • Spin 1ne 2wo (1995)

Production credits[edit]


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  3. ^ "Movies". Retrieved 5 June 2020.
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  6. ^ Interview with Rupert Hine, Producer for Many '80s Hits Including Howard Jones, The Fixx, and Tina Turner, Rediscover The 80s, 28 juni 2019
  7. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020
  8. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020
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  10. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020
  11. ^ "1981...Rocks On". Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  12. ^ Rupert Hine, lyricist for "The Experience of Love", dies at 72, The Goldeye Dossier, 6 June 2020
  13. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020
  14. ^ Interview with Rupert Hine, Producer for Many '80s Hits Including Howard Jones, The Fixx, and Tina Turner, Rediscover The 80s, 28 juni 2019
  15. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020
  16. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Rupert Hine appointed Chairman of the Ivor Novello Awards, Rupert Hine News, 1 June 2017
  18. ^ Rupert Hine, bio
  19. ^ Rock Producer Rupert Hine, Who Worked Alongside Tina Turner, The Fixx and Rush, Dies at 72, Billboard,com, 5 June 2020
  20. ^ "Rupert Hine Dies: Producer Who Worked Alongside Tina Turner, The Fixx and Rush Was 72". 4 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  21. ^ Rupert Hine obituary, The Guardian, 11 June 2020

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