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]

1980s[edit]

Year Artist Title Additional information
1980 Bob Beland Stealing Cars b/w "I Can Walk Away" 7" single
Roger Swallow CUT LP
1981 Slow Children Slow Children
Gleaming Spires "Are You Ready For The Sex Girls" Rodney On The Roq 2 compilation
Gleaming Spires Songs of The Spires LP
1982 Bob Beland Bob Beland EP
1983 Gleaming Spires Walk On Well Lighted Streets LP
Rock Steady Crew "Hey you, the rock steady crew" album written and produced
1984 Malcolm McLaren "Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)"
Andy Pratt "Fun in the First World"
1985 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Crush
Andy Pratt "Not Just for Dancing" now "Age of Goodbye"
1986 Pet Shop Boys Please
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark The Pacific Age
Pete Shelley Heaven & the Sea
1987 New Order "True Faith" / "1963" single
Pet Shop Boys Actually "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", "It's a Sin", "King's Cross"
Communards Red
Various Artists Some Kind of Wonderful
1988 The Apartments The Shyest Time
Climie Fisher Everything
Erasure The Innocents
Jane Wiedlin Fur
1989 Pere Ubu Cloudland
Holly Johnson Blast "Love Train" & "Heaven's Here"
New Order "Round & Round" 7" & 12" single versions
Public Image Ltd. 9

1990s[edit]

Year Artist Title Additional information
1990 Jimmy Somerville Read My Lips
Marc Almond "A Lover Spurned" Single from the album Enchanted
England New Order "World in Motion"
Robbie Robertson Storyville
1991 Banderas "This Is Your Life"
Siouxsie and the Banshees Superstition
Chapterhouse "Falling Down"
Electronic "Feel Every Beat" single, additional production and remix
Pet Shop Boys "DJ Culture" single, additional production and mix of 7”
1992 Electronic "Disappointed" single, additional production and mix of 7”
1993 One Dove "Morning Dove White"
New Order Republic
The Other Two The Other Two & You
Morten Harket "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Pet Shop Boys Very additional production
1994 Blur "To The End"
1995 Dubstar Disgraceful co-produced with Graeme Robinson
Jimmy Somerville "Heartbeat"
Gregory Gray "Euroflake in Silverlake"
Frances Ruffelle "God Watch Over You" single
1996 Robbie Williams "Freedom" single
Dicte Voodoo Vibe
1997 Dubstar Goodbye
James Whiplash co-produced with Brian Eno
ManBREAK "Come and See"
Sarah Cracknell "Anymore"
1998 Ace of Base "Cruel Summer" coproduced
Pretenders Viva el Amor
1999 Technique Pop Philosophy

2000-present[edit]

Year Artist Title Additional information
2000 Tom Jones Reloaded
2001 Afro Celt Sound System Volume 3: Further in Time
Closer to Heaven Original London Cast Closer to Heaven (Original Cast Recording) co-produced with Pet Shop Boys
2002 a-ha Lifelines
2004 Peter Gabriel UP co-produced with Peter Gabriel
2005 The Modern Life In A Modern World unreleased album (See Matinée Club below)
David Mead Wherever You Are EP
2007 Client Heartland few songs
The Cinematics "A Strange Education"
Melanie C This Time "What If I Stay", "Forever Again", "Don't Let Me Go", "Immune", "May Your Heart", "I Want Candy"
Melanie C "Understand" (remix)
2008 Peter Gabriel and Various Artists Big Blue Ball co-produced with Peter Gabriel
Fryars singles
2009 Robbie Williams
2010 Akira the Don The Life Equation
2011 Joseph Arthur
Claudia Brücken The Lost Are Found
2012 Creature Sick Imagination
Low Sea Remote Viewing
2013 Tristen Caves album
2014 James Varnish V EP

References[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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