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)
Quantum Jump – Quantum Jump (album) (1974)
John G. Perry – Sunset Wading (album) (1975)
Nova – Blink (album) (1976)
Dave Greenslade – Cactus Choir (album) (1976)
John G. Perry – Seabird (album) (1976)
Café Jacques – Round the Back (album) (1977)
Quantum Jump – Barracuda (album) (1977)
Anthony Phillips – Sides (album) (1978)
Café Jacques – International (album) (1978)
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.