Stowaway Heroes – Stephen Hague

If you know anything about pop music from the last three or four decades, you have probably come across Stephen Hague‘s name. Producer of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkPet Shop BoysCommunardsErasureSiouxsie and the Banshees, and many more, his impact on music really is immense.

Here’s one of his biggest hits from the 1980s, and a fantastic video to boot – this is New Order‘s True Faith:

In the 1990s, Hague was to be found producing Electronic‘s DisappointedBlur‘s lovely To the End, and Dubstar‘s brilliant debut Disgraceful. Here’s Stars:

In the 2000s and 2010s, Hague has worked with Afro Celt Sound Systema-haRobbie WilliamsClient, and this astonishing comeback from Claudia Brücken:

Yes, we owe a lot to Stephen Hague, and he’s a very worthy stowaway hero.

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Bizarre search engine terms – 2018 edition

I don’t often look at the statistics for this blog, but occasionally it tells me one or two interesting facts. One of the more revealing is the search engine terms that bring people here. These are a selection of the ones that brought you here in the last year or so!

b.e.f. ‎– music for stowaways torrent

No. Just no. I say this every time, but if you want illegal music, this is not the right place to look. Stream, buy second hand, or best, buy the original in some form. Most of B.E.F.‘s debut album is available on the 1981-2011 box set.

“stephen hague” produce

A search which has brought people here on an astonishing nine different occasions. Stephen Hague turns up a lot on this blog, of course, and not always by name. Over a four-decade career, he’s been responsible for producing many of our favourite acts around here, including Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkPet Shop BoysNew OrderErasureMarc AlmondElectronicBlurDubstarSarah CracknellAfro Celt Sound Systema-haPeter GabrielClientClaudia Brücken and more. A future stowaway hero for sure.

location of the first brit award in 1981 [and 1981 brits awards]

A lot of people seem to come here now looking for information about the BRIT Awards. As you’ll see from this article, the first BRIT Awards was not in 1981 – there wasn’t even a ceremony that year. The first was in 1977, at Wembley Conference Centre. The first regular ceremony was in 1982, at Grosvenor House.

best kraftwerk album to start with

Everyone will have their own opinion on this, but I gave mine when Kraftwerk appeared on the Beginner’s guide feature three years ago. I’d stand by that judgement – start with Trans Europa Express or The Mix. It’s worth paying extra for the German releases.

vangelis aimless noodling

This might be one of my favourite web searches ever. Honestly, yes, a good chunk of Vangelis‘s music is aimless noodling, and rather amusingly it turns out that I actually used those exact words when I reviewed the Metropolis soundtrack in 2014, although at the time I wasn’t referring to the man himself.

If you want more, here’s the 2017 edition.

Chart for stowaways – 6 December 2014

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, we’re the most up-to-date we’ve been in about a year with the chart! Well, we’ll catch up again soon, but for now, here are the top ten albums:

  1. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  2. David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed
  3. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  4. David Bowie – Reality
  5. Maps – Turning the Mind
  6. The Human League – Dare
  7. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  8. Sparks – In Outer Space
  9. Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 2: Release
  10. The Wolfgang Press – Queer

Chart for stowaways – 8 November 2014

As we gradually get up to speed with the charts, the second week in November found Röyksopp and Robyn still at the top of the singles chart with Do it Again, and simultaneously riding high with Monument too. Here are the albums:

  1. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  2. Sparks – No. 1 in Heaven
  3. William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5
  4. Sparks – In Outer Space
  5. Massive Attack – Heligoland
  6. Maps – Turning the Mind
  7. Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 2: Release
  8. Pet Shop Boys – Battleship Potemkin
  9. Télépopmusik – Angel Milk
  10. Télépopmusik – Genetic World