Stephen Hague

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Stephen Hague (born Portland, Maine, 1960)[1] is an American music producer[2][3] most active with various British acts in the 1980s. He was an influential figure in the synthpop movement.

Early career[edit]

Starting his career as a member of the band Jules and the Polar Bears, Hague simultaneously started his production career by producing (with Jules Shear) the 2 albums and one EP by that band released between 1978 and 1980. He then branched out into producing work by other artists, including 1980s Sparks offshoot band Gleaming Spires, their first album being recorded on Hague's home 4 track. This 1981 album spawned the L.A. radio hit "Are You Ready For The Sex Girls" on the Posh Boy label, a recording subsequently featured in Hollywood features The Last American Virgin, and Revenge of the Nerds. Hague and Shear teamed up to produce both albums by new-wavers Slow Children in 1981 and '82; Hague also co-produced Elliott Easton's 1985 solo album Change No Change.

Influence on UK acts[edit]

Hague's first noted UK production was on Malcolm McLaren's "Madam Butterfly" single. His later worked on Crush by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, as well as with Public Image Ltd., Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Melanie C, Peter Gabriel, Dubstar,[4] Erasure and Robbie Robertson, producing the hits "West End Girls", "True Faith", "Regret", "Star" and "A Little Respect." He was also the producer responsible for the biggest success Siouxsie and the Banshees had in the US, with their 1991 single "Kiss Them For Me".

Production credits[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000-11-01). Alternative rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 773–. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Massey, Howard (2000-01-01). Behind the glass: top record producers tell how they craft the hits. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 259–. ISBN 978-0-87930-614-4. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Black, Johnny (2004-06-01). Reveal: the story of R.E.M. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 72–. ISBN 978-0-87930-776-9. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003-10-28). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. pp. 321–. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 

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