Rupert Hine

5-29-12          Rupert Hine

Folklorist Harry Smith born 1923, Oingo Boingo Singer / Songwriter / Film Music guy Danny Elfman born 1953; Smith produced the debut Fugs’ record.

Rupert Hine made two trios of records 1981 – 1990 that are worthy of your attention:

1)     Immunity (1981)

2)     Waving Not Drowning (1982)

3)     Wildest Wish To Fly (1983)

Followed by three works from his ‘band’ Thinkman:

1)     The Formula (1986)

2)     Life Is A Full-Time Occupation (1988)

3)     Hard Hat Zone (1990)

“Immunity” is simply one of the best releases of 1981.  The single “Misplaced Love” (with Marianne Faithfull) is wonderful.  I just saw the video for it for the first time, recently.   Rumor has it that Mr. Hine intended to tour the album suspended upside down on a platform – on stage!

“Waving Not Drowning” was excellent, too – but not quire as good as “Immunity”.  The law of diminishing returns:  “Wildest Wish To Fly” is the least of the 3 x A&M UK Ruper Hine albums, but it’s still pretty good!  It’s debut single, “Living In Sin” featured Robert Palmer on co-lead vocals.

The debut Thinkman album, “The Formula” raised a few eyebrows – mostly because Mr. Hine used comedian Julian Clary as a model, in photos of the ‘band members’.  The singles “Best Adventures” and “The Formula’ are both great – and both have interesting music videos.

Both “Life Is A Full-Time Occupation’ and “Hard Hat Zone” were only released in Germany, initially.  I guess their ‘style’ appealed to the Germans?  I do not know of their release outside of Germany.

Rupert Hine released a ‘post-script’ album in 1994, “The Deep End” – as far as I know, it was CD-only and Germany-only.  And there have been no further solo albums from him ever since.

Hine also famously produced Tina Turner (“Private Dancer”) in 1984; his production work with The Fixx was very well received in the U.S.A., largely due to their exposure on MTV.  One Thing Leads To Another?  That’s right.

Also of interest is Hine’s work as a producer of somewhat ‘commercial’ UK 70’s progressive rock albums:

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)

Dave GreensladeCactus Choir (album) (1976)

John G. Perry – Seabird (album) (1976)

Café Jacques – Round the Back (album) (1977)

Quantum Jump – Barracuda (album) (1977)

Anthony PhillipsWise After the Event (album) (1977)

Anthony Phillips – Sides (album) (1978)

Café Jacques – International (album) (1978)

CamelI Can See Your House from Here (album) (1979)

The Kevin Ayers’ album that he produced is excellent!  And I do remember liking this Jonesy album.  The “Um and Urgh” 45 for Anthony Phillips was good, too.

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3 Responses to Rupert Hine

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    Love Rupert Hine. His productions? Hardly at all. The bad: The Fixx. Chris DeBurgh. Howard Jones. Saga. Tina Turner. Thompson Twins [late period]. Stevie Nicks. The good: Jona Lewie. Rush. Underworld [Mk I]. But even the good stuff pales next to his own, great material. Too bad the bad ones make him so much money. It means we’re less likely to have such great music from him! I wanted “Immunity” from when it came out but didn’t bite until the 1st CD pressing. I was current on all three Thinkman albums, but still need “Waving Not Drowning” and “The Wildest Wish To Fly” while they are now available on CD again. I’ve wanted them for so long, I missed out on the first pressings and could not afford their OOP costs. I also need the final [?] “Deep End” album. He looks like he’s retired. His last decade of credits are all on g-hits comps for the aforementioned artists.

    Here’s a record Charles would surely want, if he could afford it:
    http://www.discogs.com/Jon-Pertwee-Who-Is-The-Doctor/release/250290
    Rupert’s first production from 1972!

  2. Ron Kane says:

    Yes, he does seem to be retired. His A&M albums got a more recent re-issue in Japan, looking great and sounding great. No idea how to find the latter day Thinkmans – I bought them when they came out. Same goes for “Deep End”. I do not collect his productions – the list is too vast.

  3. Brian Ware says:

    I concur on his Rush productions. I suggest “Presto” and particularly “Roll The Bones” for folks who “can’t stand Rush”.

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