Well, if you’re into our favorite band, you should have, because this is a musician with multiple Genesis connections :
- He produced Anthony Philips’ Sides
- He produced electronics for the Jerzy Skolimowski film The Shout, which Tony and Mike scored
- Phil is credited on two of his solo albums
- He produced Songs From Tibet : The Art of Peace, on which Peter collaborated
In fact, I discovered Rupert Hine thanks to Phil.
As an avid Genesis fan in 1980, I was looking for everything Phil, Tony or Mike were (even remotely) associated with. So I came upon this weird album called Immunity who featured Phil. And I was hooked right away.
Hine, as an ex-producer, wanted to avoid comparisons with producer-turned-solo-artists such as Alan Parsons and even today, its first album is a real landmark of musical and technical ingenuity. It is indeed very close to the sonic experiments of Peter Gabriel’s third and fourth album. Hine recorded and manipulated sounds much in the way Peter did, creating loops from ambiant noises.
Immunity was followed by Waving Not Drowning in 1982 (on which Phil played as well) and The Wildest Wish To Fly in 1983. Those two albums were less daring, sonically speaking, but are still very strong thanks to Hine’s songwriting talents.
In 1986, in order to mock the musical industry who produced « false » groups such as Milli Vanilli, he assembled Thinkman, a group made of actors, while he assumed alone all the songwriting and producing process. Curiously, the group was quite successful, and the debut album, The Formula, was followed by two others Life is a Full Time Occupation and Hard Hat Zone. The albums were less interesting and audacious than its solo work, but they still stand thanks to Hine’s unique craft.
In 2008, he supervised the album Songs For Tibet : The Art of Peace, which lead him to collaborate with Peter Gabriel. In the meantime, he was a sought-after producer, working with Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Rush, Suzanne Vega, Underworld, The Fixx, Howard Jones and Chris De Burgh.
Sadly, Rupert Hine passed away in 2020, at 72.
Peter Gabriel posted a very touching obituary on Facebook :
If you want to discover :
The Immunity album :
« Unshy On The Skyline » : The Best of Rupert Hine
« Fighting Apathy With Shock » : The Best of Thinkman
A TV appearance, (The Set-Up, from his second album) featuring Phil Collins :
Any thoughts ?
I searched the forum with the keyword Immunity, but the only posts I found were COVID-related
Hope that some of you know his work, cause it's really worth it !