Where are they now? - Trevor Horn

This page last updated: 6 Apr 2018

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On this page: The Trevor Horn Band - The Buggles - Musicals & soundtracks - Production work - Re-releases

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In a Mar 2018 interview, Horn said: "I've been playing bass a lot lately. I've been doing less producing. There's not much around I'm prepared to spend the time on really. An interesting-sounding record takes a long time, y'know? Listen to a regular mic stuck in front of a regular drum kit. Then listen to Queen. Y'know? It's a lot of work. You have to believe in the material, and the people."

Horn worked on Fly from Here - Return Trip, recording new vocals for the album: see on the main page for more. Horn continues to work on a number of projects with Geoff Downes, including more from The Buggles, which are also expected to involve Steve Howe in some form.

In two Mar 2018 radio interviews, Horn described working on a project called The Eighties Reimagined where he is working with a 65-piece orchestra and various guest singers, playing his favourite songs from the '80s. The album is expected this year.

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The Trevor Horn Band toured the UK summer 2017, based around a core of Horn (bass, vocals) and Lol Crème (Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal; guitar, vocals, keys). They played various festivals, with Matt Cardle (former The X Factor winner) as guest vocalist, including the Rewind Festivals. Rewind Scotland (21-3 Jul) saw a ~20,000 audience: the Trevor Horn Band were a 10-piece, including 3 singers, and their set opened with their instrumental version of "Two Tribes", while the set also included "Waterfront" with guest vocalist Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), "Slave to the Rhythm", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Rubber Bullets" and "Relax" (sung by Cardle). Horn had described the expected set beforehand as "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Relax". The set at Rewind North (4-6 Aug) included "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (sung by Cardle). They then played Fairport's Cropredy Convention on 10 Aug 2017, with a band including Jamie Squire (no relation; vocals, keys, guitar), Simon Bloor (lead guitar, lead piano), Cameron Gower Poole (samples), Julian Hinton (musical director, keys), Jonah Summerfield (drums), Izzy Chase (worked with Ellie Goulding, Kim Wilde, Boy George; vocals), Hayley Sanderson (worked with Rick Wakeman; vocals) and a further guest of Russ Ballard (ex-Argent). The set was: "Two Tribes" (with some vocals), "Video Killed the Radio Star" with "Check It Out" insert (Horn on lead vocals), "All the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets" (Crème on lead vocals), "Cry" (originally by Goldey & Creme; live première; Squire on lead vocals), "Country Dancing" extract (guitar solo by Ballard, with some percussion backing)/"Since You've Been Gone" (Ballard on lead vocals), "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (originally by Argent; Ballard on lead vocals), "Slave to the Rhythm" (Chase on lead vocals), "Living in the Plastic Age" (Horn on lead vocals), "I'm Not in Love" (Crème on piano, Squire on lead vocals), "Kiss from a Rose", "The Power of Love" (Cardle on lead vocals), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Cardle on lead vocals; with the original guitar solo as opposed to a keyboard solo the band has sometimes done previously), "Relax".

The band then played Japan in Aug 2017, including at the Summer Sonic Tokyo festival on 20 Aug, and 2 nights each on 22-3 Aug in Tokyo. At least 2 of the Tokyo shows sold out. The band line-up was similar, with Horn, Crème, Bloor, Gower Poole, Chase, Sanderson and Squire, but Ash Soan (Sinéad O'Connor, Adele, Will Young, Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, ex-Del Amitri, ex-Squeeze, worked with Seal, Robbie Williams) was back on drums. The 20 Aug set list was: "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "All the Things She Said" (Chase/Sanderson on lead vocals), "Rubber Bullets", "Cry", "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "The Power of Love" (Squire on lead vocals), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Squire on lead vocals), "I'm Not in Love", "Sky Show" (this and the next are from Horn's soundtrack for The Reflection), "SunSunSunrise" (with 9nine), "Relax" (Squire on lead vocals). The 22 Aug second show went: "Two Tribes" (Squire on lead vocals), "Video Killed the Radio Star", "All the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets", "Cry", "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "The Power of Love", "Can't Fight the Moonlight", "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Rick Astley on vocals), "Kiss from a Rose" (planned, but not played), "I'm Not in Love", "Sky Show", "Future Boyfriends" (English-language version of "SunSunSunshine"), "Relax"; encore: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Squire on lead vocals). The 23 Aug second show went: "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "All the Things She Said", "Cry", "The Dean and I" (Crème on lead vocals), "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "Rubber Bullets", "Can't Fight the Moonlight", "The Power of Love", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Kiss from a Rose" (planned, but not played), "Sky Show", "Future Boyfriends", "Relax"; encore: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Message in a Bottle" (planned, but not played). The planned set for the first show was similar, but with "I'm Not in Love" planned as the first encore instead of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World".

The Trevor Horn Band acted as the house band at the Roundhouse Gala on 16 Mar 2017, with Guy Pratt (worked with Pink Floyd) on bass and Horn on tambourine for at least some of the show. This was a charity event raising money for the Roundhouse's activities with young people. Also performing with them were Cardle, Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones, ex-Faces)/Imelda May duetting, and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson closed the evening, but I don't know if this was with the Trevor Horn Band or their usual backing, i.e. with Dylan Howe on drums.

The Trevor Horn Band had previously consisted of Horn, Crème, Steve Lipson (Twitter; working with Ultravox, Ronan Keating, worked with Grace Jones, S Club 7, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Annie Lennox, Will Young; guitar) and Ashley 'Ash' Soan (Sinéad O'Connor, Adele, Will Young, Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, ex-Del Amitri, ex-Squeeze, worked with Seal, Robbie Williams; drums), plus various extra musicians. Horn/Crème/Lipson/Soan were earlier performing as Producers. The band played the Wickham Festival, Hampshire in Aug 2016, with Cardle as guest vocalist. The 1 hour set included "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Living in the Plastic Age" and, sung by Cardle, "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Kiss from a Rose" and, as the closer, "Relax". They then played the Rewind South Festival, Henley that month, again with Cardle and a set including "Relax". The band included Julian Hinton and Simon Bloor.

They played 3 European dates in Jul 2015, with a line-up including Horn, Crème, Lipson, Soan, Seal, Jamie Squire (no relation), Julian Hinton, Kirsten Joy, Vula Malinga (Twitter; backing vocals) and another instrumentalist (possibly Simon Bloor?); plus Jaz Ellington (backing vocals) on 12 Jul. 13 Jul set: "Welcome to the Pleasuredome", "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "The Plastic Age", "All the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets", "Louise" (originally by Jett Rebel); Seal then joined the band and sang "Slave to the Rhythm", "Kiss from a Rose", "Prayer for the Dying", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Crazy"; then, without Seal, "Relax"; encore: "Message in a Bottle" (originally by The Police), "Leave Right Now". One date included "Video Killed the Radio Star" inc. "Check It Out" insert. The 12 Jul show included "Message in a Bottle" with Police drummer Stewart Copeland guesting.

Horn (bass, lead & backing vocals), Lipson (guitar), Crème (guitar, lead & backing vocals, keys), Soan (drums) plus Geoff Downes (keys), Luis Jardim (percussion), Hinton (keys), Kate Westall (working with Nitin Sawhney; lead & backing vocals), Joy (lead & backing vocals), J Squire (lead & backing vocals, percussion), Phil Palmer (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton; electric & acoustic guitars) and Bloor (keys, guitar) played London on 5 Mar 2014. Seal was due to guest, but appeared on stage to explain he was unable to due to flu. Other guests were Gabrielle Aplin, Mr Probz and Ella Eyre. Set: "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" opening (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; lead vocals shared by Westall/Joy/Squire), "The Plastic Age" (The Buggles; Horn lead vocals, although Seal had asked to sing it), Seal then came out to apologise for not being able to perform, "Slave to the Rhythm" (Grace Jones; Westall lead vocals), "All the Things She Said" (t.A.T.u.; Westall/Joy lead vocals), "Rubber Bullets" (10cc; Crème lead vocals), "The Power of Love" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Aplin lead vocals, synth piano), "Why" (Annie Lennox; Aplin lead vocals, Horn electric upright bass), "Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; instrumental), "Soon" excerpt (Yes; Westall lead vocals)/"Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal), "Heart" (on the band's set list, but crossed out), "Waves" (Mr Probz; Mr Probz lead vocals), "Gravity" (DJ Fresh feat. Ella Eyre; Eyre lead vocals), "I'm Not in Love" (10cc; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal; Crème on synth piano), "Prayer for the Dying" (Seal; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal; further Seal songs planned for the set cancelled—"Crazy" and "Kiss from a Rose" had been implied in advertising for the show), "Video Killed the Radio Star" inc. "Check It Out" insert (The Buggles; Horn lead vocals), "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Squire lead vocals), encore: "Downtown Train" (Tom Waits, produced by Horn when covered by Rod Stewart; on the band's set list, but not played), "Leave Right Now" (Will Young; Squire lead vocals). In an Apr 2015 interview, Horn said he would "love to come play in America".

2 tracks ("Man on the Moon" and "Every Single Night in Jamaica") from the Producers album, Made in Basing Street, are included on 10cc's 3CD Before During After (and the 2CD version, During After), which also covers projects by the band members from before and after 10cc. There are also two Art of Noise tracks and Godley & Creme's "Cry" that Horn co-produced. The collection came out in the UK in Jul 2017.

Lipson, Crème and Soan all commonly appear on Horn's productions. Horn, Crème, Braide and Soan were all in The Buggles line-up for a 2010 show, while Lipson and Crème were there for a 2011 show, and The Buggles' set contained elements from The Producers' usual set (see above).
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The Buggles
The Buggles are back with plans for re-issues and  possibly live work, although the Sep 2016 issue of Prog quotes their management as saying, "Nothing is set in stone." A new album is also in the works, as is a musical based on "Video Killed the Radio Star" (see next subsection). On 21 Feb 2016, Geoff Downes tweeted, "heading out to LA to do some work with my old chum, Trevor Horn. #thebuggles". Then on 25 Feb came this: "Been really great working this week with my old Buggles buddy, Trevor H. Got some new tunes on the go! More news to follow... 👍🏻😃" In a late Mar 2016 interview with BBC Radio Oxford, after the interviewer talked about Yes, Asia and The Buggles, Downes, "I'm still involved with all three bands today. […] I was working with Trevor Horn a couple of weeks ago in L.A." And in this Apr 2016 interview: "I've been doing some more stuff with Trevor and the Buggles recently". In a Sep 2016 interview, Horn said, "We might be going out touring with The Buggles, me and Geoffrey, just the first two albums". A tweet on 7 Dec 2016 from Downes said: "Down The Docklands this week working with my old Buggles chum, Trevor H. Expect to see some "shake-up" stuff coming your way!" In a Feb 2017 interview, Downes said, "I think Trevor and I may want to do something with The Buggles in the future." Asked on Twitter that month whether they were any closer to some Buggles gigs, he replied, "Not yet [...] but watch this space!" In an Apr 2017 interview, Downes said, "We still do stuff together as The Buggles. [...] We've been doing a bit of writing this last year." In a Jul 2017 interview, Horn said he is, "Currently [...] getting together another version of Video Killed the Radio Star, so that should be fun." In a 4 Nov 2017 radio interview (The Magic Bus, Marlow FM, UK radio), Downes said, "I'm going to be working with Trevor Horn next week on a small project" that they have been working on for the "last year or so". He tweeted on 9 Nov 2017, "Great two days in the studio with my oldest and amazing chum, @Trevor_Horn_ CBE. Some killer songs and ideas in the mix. Says muchly that The Buggles still working together 40 years on!" Asked about keyboards, he followed this up with: "All very early vintage in our world. Rhodes, Solina, Minimoog, Clavinet, Polymoog, Prophet V, etc #thebuggles". To the Feb 2018 issue of Prog, Downes said, "I've been working with Trevor Horn on some stuff and we're thinking that maybe we might do some one-off shows with Buggles." In an early Mar 2018 interview, Downes said, "myself and Trevor Horn are trying to carry on with Buggles. We're kicking around a few ideas and we hope to release something."

A Mar 2016 article quoted Downes as saying, "We're looking at releasing some of the old Buggles stuff at some point and we worked on another couple songs fairly recently[.] There's the option of maybe putting some more stuff out. [...] next year [2017] we might do some gigs. We'll take it as it comes, really." Although one of those prior quotes refers to "new tunes", Prog describes 2016 sessions as "to work up demos from around the making of [...] Adventures in Modern Recording"; they also say there will be further sessions in the autumn. Downes is quoted: "Trevor and I were in Los Angeles working for a week on some stuff, such as our old track Dion." While Horn says he wants to re-make "Vermillion Sands" as "a duet with a [...] jazz singer." Downes is described as saying an album of new material "can't be ruled out".

Prog also describe a "more extensive concert schedule" than recent one-off live shows, and Steve Howe is strongly implied to be on the tour, as well maybe as additional Yes members. The article reads: "It is also believed that members of Yes are likely to be involved. "Especially certain guitar players," Horn told Prog, possibly hinting at [...] Howe." (This ties in with an earlier Howe interview when he talks of a "surprise" involving Horn: see here.) A report in Sep 2016 has that Howe will appear on some of the album too, but that he will probably only guest on selected tour dates. Horn has also been working with Yes on a project re-visiting Yes's Fly from Here, which was of course built around demos from around the making of Adventures in Modern Recording and before: see under Yes for details.

Horn has also been working with original Buggle Bruce Woolley on a project. Woolley also released two new versions of "Video Killed the Radio Star": see below.

There was a vinyl re-release of "Video Killed the Radio Star" (UMC/Island UK/MCA) for Record Store Day 2017, which was the 15th best-selling single of the day.

Horn sat in with Steve Hogarth (Marillion) at Hogarth's 10 Dec 2017 solo show in Paris, to perform "Video Killed the Radio Star", as captured on YouTube. Horn also performed "Video Killed the Radio Star" at the Sunday for Sammy charity concert, Newcastle, UK in Feb 2018. A DVD of the show is due Apr 2018, along with a one-off cinema screening on 15 Apr in North Shields.

(Dire Straits) Legacy
Dire Straits Legacy is a band created by former Dire Straits guitarist Phil Palmer (Trevor Horn Band, Eric Clapton). Several other former members of Dire Straits have been involved in the project. Trevor Horn has now joined the band on bass and backing vocals. The rest of the band are Palmer (guitar, vocals, musical director), Alan Clark (Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits, ex-Tina Turner; keys), Danny Cummings (ex-Dire Straits, ex-Mark Knopfler, ex-Tina Turner; percussion, vocals), Mel Collins (King Crimson, worked with Chris Squire, Eric Clapton; sax), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Marco Caviglia (vocals, guitar) and Primiano Di Biase (keys). Horn debuted with the band on their 6-date Brazilian tour 19-27 Jan 2018. Sets included "Money for Nothing". Other pieces expected included "Tunnel of Love", "Walk of Life", "When It Comes to You", "You and Your Friend", and "On Every Street". The band play the Fronterizo Fest 2018, Tijuana, 27-9 Apr. They then have 8 dates 20 Nov-5 Dec 2018 dates in Italy, with a set to include material from 3 Chord Trick (see immediately below).

The band, as just Legacy, also have a new studio album, 3 Chord Trick (Forward Music Italy), released digitally 24 Nov 2017; physical release followed. Recordings began Nov 2016 at Ferrone's LA studio and continued in Rome. The line-up on the album is listed as Clark (piano, keys, vocals, orchestral arrangements), Palmer (guitars, vocals), Caviglia (guitars, vocals), Ferrone (drums, percussion), Cummings (percussion, vocals), Collins (sax), Horn (bass) and Di Biase (accordion, additional keys). Pino Palladino and James East have additional bass credits. Palmer and Clark produced. Details in Yescography. Tracks:

  1.  "Epiphany" [Clark/Palmer] (4:39)
  2. "Here and Now" [Clark/Palmer] (5:00)
  3. "Jesus Street" [Clark] (3:52), released as a single, and possibly with Michel Féat on bass; video
  4. "3 Chord Trick" [Palmer] (4:12)
  5. "Looking for America" [Clark] (6:20)
  6. "Magdalene" [Clark] (4:15)
  7. "Bounty Hunter" [Clark/Caviglia/Palmer] (3:58)
  8. "Tell Me Why" [Clark/Caviglia/Palmer] (4:01)
  9. "Twisting the Knife" [Palmer (3:43)
  10. "God's Land" [Clark] (4:00)
  11. "Two Days Off" [Clark] (4:12)
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Musicals & soundtracks
Horn and former Buggle Bruce Woolley are developing a musical, provisionally called The Robot Sings; Mar 2017 reports described it as in "early initial development". The musical will feature "Video Killed the Radio Star" (which was by Woolley, Horn and Downes) and original music. Geoff Downes contributes additional music, the script is by Jack Woolley, with graphic designer and illustrator Paul Sizer also involved. The story is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest: it entails a world where robots obediently serve humans and reflects the work of Brain Aldiss, JG Ballard and Isaac Asimov. An orphan, Jay, see his robot guardian shut down: his attempts to save her could lead to reconciliation between robots and humans, or to war. This appears to be the project that the Sep 2016 issue of Prog called Mirrors on the Sea and indeed probably the project that Horn mentioned in a Yahoo chat in Oct 1999 ("I'm writing a musical [...] about Robots.")

Woolley & vocalist Polly Scattergood with The Radio Science Orchestra released a new version of "Video Killed the Radio Star" tying in with the Mar 2017 announcement. 25 Aug 2017 then saw a remix by Steve Dub (worked with The Chemical Brothers) digitally released as the "Dub Science" version. Both releases are on Gramophone Records.

Horn is working on another musical, with the Sep 2016 Prog suggesting both would only come after the Buggles reunion (above). The other is set in a recording studio: A Day in the Life of a Recording Studio is written with Lol Crème (Producers, Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal). A Jan 2014 interview with Horn described him as currently writing the project, while one the following month said the pair had "just finished writing a musical about a day in the studio." An Aug 2013 interview had more, describing "a stage production set appropriately enough in a recording studio", with Horn saying, "I've nearly finished it[.] I'm a big fan of musicals."

Horn has done the music for the anime series The Reflection. An initial season of 12 episodes premieres 22 Jul 2017 on NHK. Crunchyroll have a streaming subtitled version available, while an English-language version is forthcoming. The series was co-created by writer Stan Lee (created or co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men, Thor) and director Hiroshi Nagahama (directed Mushishi, The Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City), and is a collaboration with Lee's Pow! Entertainment company and Studio DEEN. Character design is by Yoshiko Umakoshi (worked on Mushishi, Digimon). Others working on the series are scriptwriter Yasuyuki Suzuki (worked on Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh!), animation chief Kouichirou Sohtome, animation director Umakoshi Yoshihiko, in-between director Kanako Sato, colour design director Hiroko Umezaki, art director Hishaharu Iijima, and photographic director Norito Kondo. The English script is by Matt Murray (worked with Lee), who also co-directs the English voice recordings. In a Sep 2016 interview, Horn said he had "done a few songs and a lot of music for" the production, which includes the end credits theme, "SunSunRise", for Japanese girl group 9nine (Uki Satake, Sayaka Nishiwaki, Kanae Yoshii, and Hirona Murata; signed to Sony Music). The Reflection Wave One—Original Soundtrack (U/M/A/A Inc.) by Trevor Horn, the first album released just under his name, was released 16 Aug in Japan, as a regular edition (UMA-1095) and as a limited edition (UMA-9095) in a 'mini-LP' sleeve with a bonus DVD, bonus CD tracks and an expanded booklet. The regular album is also available digitally in the US and UK (iTunes, Spotify). Details in Yescography and see my review here. Tracks:

  1. "Sky Show" [lyr: Horn; mus: Horn/Chris Braide (Downes Braide Association, ex-Producers)/Tim Weidner (worked with Yes)/Lol Crème (Producers, Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal)] (3:23), theme song; the song in this trailer, while there is also a demo online sung by Braide
  2. "Battle Begins" [Horn/Julian Hinton (The Trevor Horn Band)] (2:30)
  3. "Reflection" [Horn/Jamie Muhoberac (worked with Seal)] (0:46)
  4. "Hear Them Come" [Horn/Muhoberac] (1:33)
  5. "In Chaos and Confusion" [Horn/Hinton] (3:55)
  6. "From on High" [Horn/Hinton] (3:16)
  7. "My Daily Life" [Horn/Muhoberac] (2:07)
  8. "Reflected" [Horn/Muhoberac] (0:52)
  9. "Peace in Blue" [Horn/Christopher Tin/Crème/Weidner] (1:36)
  10. "In a World of Unreason" [Horn/Hinton] (2:54)
  11. "I am Alone with Sadness" [Horn/Muhoberac] (2:26)
  12. "Loneliness and Solitude (Dialogue Version)" [Horn/Weidner] (2:28)
  13. "Main Theme" [Horn/Hinton] (1:34)
  14. "Hear Them Come [Again]" [Horn/Muhoberac] (1:24)
  15. "Left in a Bleak and Desolate Land" [Horn/Crème] (2:06)
  16. "The Transition" [Horn/Hinton] (2:56)
  17. "From Battle to Flight" [Horn/Hinton] (1:40)
  18. "The Future of Happiness" [Horn/Tin] (1:34)
  19. "Greater Expectations" [Horn/Tin] (2:10)
  20. "Reflection [Reprise]" (0:35)
  21. "SunSunSunrise [TV Edit]" feat. 9nine [lyr: Kohei Tsunami; mus: Horn/Simon Bloor (The Trevor Horn Band)/Cameron Gower Poole (The Trevor Horn Band)] (1:29)
  22. "Sky Show ["Bel Air" Reflected & Extended Mix]" (5:13), limited edition bonus track
  23. "Future Boyfriends" [lyr: Horn; Horn/Bloor/Gower Poole] (4:07), English-language version of "SunSunSunrise", limited edition bonus track
  24. "Sky Show [Unplugged]" (0:51), limited edition bonus track


The limited edition DVD includes two interviews with Horn (one filmed in LA; the other in London with director Hiroshi Nagahama) and "Sky Show", "Battle Begins", "In Chaos and Confusion", "Main Theme", "The Transition", "My Daily Life" and "SunSunSunrise" (104 second version) in 5.1 Surround Sound. The album was produced by Horn, engineered by Gower Poole/Joel Martin Peters/Weidner, and mixed by Gower Poole/Peters.

There is also a digital-only "Sky Show" single (U/M/A/A Inc.) with "Sky Show" plus the three limited edition bonus tracks, again available in the US/UK. (One can thus replicate the limited edition release by getting the regular album and the single.)

9nine's "SunSunRise" is also released as a CD single and in a version with a DVD on 16 Aug, backed with "ゆるとぴあ" and " ケセアセラヴ" plus instrumental versions of the latter songs and the TV edit of "SunSunSunrise". Horn and team wrote the song, with Horn singing the original demo and 9nine then recording the final vocal without him in Japan. 9nine previously sampled Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" on their song, "Why Don't You Relax?", released 12 May 2017.

The anime gets a Blu-ray release on 23 Jan 2018, with 30 minutes of bonus content, including promotional videos, audio commentary, and interviews with Horn (unknown if this will be the same as with the limited edition of the soundtrack album), Hiroshi and Lee.

Within the fiction, "Sky Show" is a 1980s one-hit wonder by a character called Ian Izette, who has now donned a super-suit to fight crime. Trevor Horn appears in episode 4 (voiced by someone else, in Japanese) as the producer of "Sky Show". Another 4 characters in the show are based on 9nine.

The Trevor Horn Band premiered "Sky Show" and, with 9nine, "SunSunSunrise" live in August: see above. NHK also broadcast a 1-hour documentary about Horn, parts of which I think are on the limited edition soundtrack release bonus DVD.

Production work etc.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (dur. 3:53; Syco Music) is a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song by Artists for Grenfell that Trevor Horn co-produced, with Graham Stack (worked with Kylie Minogue, Take That, LeAnnRimes, Tina Turner, John Barrowman) and Tokio Myers (Britain’s Got Talent winner). All proceeds go to The London Community Foundation for distribution to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. In the video, we see the single being sung by, in order of appearance: Stormzy (opening rap), Robbie Williams (ex-Take That, worked with Trevor Horn), James Blunt, Rita Ora, Craig David, Dan Smith (Bastille), Liam Payne (One Direction), Emeli Sandé, Kelly Jones (Stereophonics), Paloma Faith, Louis Tomlinson (One Direction), Labrinth, Jorja Smith, WSTRN (second rap), Leona Lewis, Jessie J, James Arthur, London Community Gospel Choir, Roger Daltrey (The Who), Ella Eyre, Anne-Marie (worked with Clean Bandit), Ella Henderson, Louisa Johnson (worked with Clean Bandit), Gareth Malone & The Choir for Grenfell (made from local children and adults). Also billed as singing are: the rest of Bastille, 5 After Midnight, Angel, Carl Barât (The Libertines, ex-Dirty Pretty Things), Deno, Donae'o, Dua Lipa, Fleur East, Geri Halliwell (ex-The Spice Girls), Gregory Porter, Jessie Ware, John Newman, Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers), Matt Goss (ex-Bros), Matt Terry, Mr Eazi, Nathan Sykes, Omar, Pixie Lott, Ray BLK, Raye, Shakka, Shane Filan (ex-Westlife), Tom Grennan (worked with Chase & Status), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), and Tulisa (ex-N-Dubz). Also performing are Brian May (Queen; guitar), Nile Rodgers (Chic, worked with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Daft Punk; guitar), Pete Townshend (The Who; guitar) and Myers (piano).

The single, which was organised by Simon Cowell, was released 21 Jun 2017, just 7 days after the fire, taking 3 days to record. It had the biggest first day UK sales of any single for 10 years with 120,000 equivalent sales. In its first chart week, which I think was only actually its first three days on release, it notched up 170,000 equivalent sales in the UK, the second highest first week sales of the year (after Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You"), and thus made #1. It then fell to #3 in its second week, although it remained #1 on the downloads chart. It was down to #18 (#8 in downloads) in its third week. So far, it has also made #4 in New Zealand, #23 in Finland, #25 in Ireland, #26 in Flanders, #28 in Switzerland, #31 in Hungary, #32 in Austria, #53 in Australia and #111 in France.

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Carl Martin released his digital single "Skinny Little Bastard" on 12 Feb 2017. The b-sides include a live version of the song with Horn (bass), Lipson (acoustic guitar), Lol Crème (acoustic guitar), Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds, ex-Big in Japan) and others, which appears to have been recorded in 2010 and can be seen in this video.

In a Prog Magazine podcast (Jun 2014), Chris Squire said, "I was actually with Trevor Horn yesterday, doing a little bit of work in his studio", but it is not known for what project this was.

Work continues on the debut album from opera singer Olivia Safe (La Mia Bocca, worked with Robbie Williams, The Squad), produced by Graham Archer (worked with Robbie Williams, John Legend, Olly Murs) and Julian Hinton (works with Horn, Producers, worked with The Buggles, Seal, The Squad) and with Horn as executive producer. The album will be on SONYArista. It is described as a collection of covers, including of pieces by Damien Rice, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Tim Buckley. Hinton described "putting the finishing touches to [...] Olivia Safe's debut album" on his website.

Art of Noise
In the Apr 2008 interview for Future Music, asked about whether the Art of Noise will be doing anything new, Horn said, "We keep talking about it." He also describes how they worked on a "visual sampler" before The Seduction of Claude Debussy: "So when you hit a note, you get a picture as well as sound. [...] there's about a 20 minute video that Lol Creme did, and I'm going to put it on DVD." JJ Jeczalik told a source that the original band line-up met up in 2014 to discuss a reunion. Art of Noise member Anne Dudley has released Plays the Art of Noise (YouTube preview), which sees her re-interpreting the band's music, including numerous pieces originally with Horn; tracks: "Ten Fingers of Love", "Close (to the Edit) diverted with World's Famous", "A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid)", "Paranoimia", "Beat Box", "Robinson Crusoe", "Legs", "On Being Blue", "Instruments of Darkness", "Moments in Love", "Il Pleure (At the Turn of the Century)", "Backbeat", "Opus 5 Point 5" (based on "Opus 4"), "Camilla", "Finale". The album was released 24 May 2017 in Japan on U/M/A/A (UMA-1092), including a bonus track of a cover of The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star". Release elsewhere will follow.

Released Feb 2015 was the 2CD/1DVD At the End of the Century, consisting of two earlier versions of The Seduction of Claude Debussy. Back in the late 1990s, Horn had assembled a group to be called Image of a Group with Anne Dudley, Paul Morley and Lol Crème and they recorded a concept album about Claude Debussy to have been called Balance - Music for the Eye, but Horn shelved the project and started again when JJ Jeczalik released the Art of Noise band name. That process then produced The Seduction of Claude Debussy. The second disc of At the End of the Century is the initial promo version of The Seduction of Claude Debussy, featuring some alternate mixes and a different track order. There are also four remixes of "Dreaming" by Brothers in Rhythm, which were planned for a single release but not used at the time. The DVD (Region 0) then features two complete live shows (1 Jun and 22 Mar 2000), plus electronic press kits, rehearsal footage and promotional videos.

Salvo released a 12" picture version of "Moments in Love" for Record Store Day 2017.

Compilations/re-releases
Propaganda's A Secret Wish, which Horn co-mixed and performed on, was re-released on 26 Jan 2018 through BMG on CD and LP, with the original track listings, which differ by format. There are new liner notes by Ian Peel, who has interviewed the band and producer Stephen Lipson.

Horn produced and played some keys on parts of Paul McCartney's 1989 solo album, Flowers in the Dirt. As is the whole of McCartney's solo discography, this received an expanded re-issue and is due 24 Mar 2017 on MPL/Capitol/UMe. Tracks on the 2CD or 2LP Special Edition:
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CD 1 (original album remastered):
  1. "My Brave Face"
  2. "Rough Ride", produced by Horn/McCartney/Steve Lipson, Horn on keys
  3. "You Want Her Too"
  4. "Distractions"
  5. "We Got Married"
  6. "Put It There"
  7. "Figure of Eight", produced by Horn/McCartney/Lipson, Horn on keys
  8. "This One"
  9. "Don't be Careless Love"
  10. "That Day is Done"
  11. "How Many People", produced by Horn/McCartney/Lipson, Horn on keys/backing vocals
  12. "Motor of Love"
  13. "Ou est le Soleil?", not on original or re-released LP, produced by Horn/McCartney/Lipson, Horn on keys/computer drums
CD 2 (demos by McCartney & Elvis Costello):
  1. "The Lovers that Never Were"
  2. "Tommy's Coming Home"
  3. "Twenty Fine Fingers"
  4. "So Like Candy"
  5. "You Want Her Too"
  6. "That Day is Done"
  7. "Don't be Careless Love"
  8. "My Brave Face"
  9. "Playboy to a Man"
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Special edition
A 4-disc deluxe edition adds a third CD with 1988 demos of the same material on CD 2. It also comes with further digital downloads covering b-sides, remixes, single edits and additional demos:
  1. "Back on My Feet", b-side, included on the 1993 re-release, does not involve Horn
  2. "Flying to My Home", b-side, included on the 1993 re-release, does not involve Horn
  3. "The First Stone"
  4. "Good Sign"
  5. "This One (Club Lovejoys Mix)"
  6. "Figure of Eight (12" Bob Clearmountain Mix)"
  7. "Loveliest Thing", b-side, included on the 1993 re-release, does not involve Horn
  8. "Ou est le Soleil? (12" Mix)"
  9. "Ou est le Soleil? (Tub Dub Mix)"
  10. "Ou est le Soleil? (7" Mix)"
  11. "Ou est le Soleil? (Instrumental)"
  12. "Party Party (Original Mix)"
  13. "Party Party (Club Mix)"
  14. "I Don't Want to Confess", demo
  15. "Shallow Grave", demo
  16. "Mistress and Maid", demo
Disc 4 is a DVD with all the music videos from the album (2 versions of "My Brave Face", 2 versions of "This One", "Figure of Eight", "Party Party", "Où est le Soleil?", "Put It There", "Distractions", "We Got Married"), three new short films with unseen archive material about the making of the album ("Paul and Elvis", "Buds in the Studio", "The Making of 'This One'"), and the 1989 documentary "Put It There" about the making of the album, with footage from McCartney's 1989 tour. It also comes with an extensive book.

Horn co-produced and performed on the Pet Shop Boys' 2006 album Fundamental. The album was re-released in the band's "Further Listening" series through Rhino on 28 Jul 2017 with a remaster of the original album and a bonus disc covering 2005-7, containing:
  1. "Fugitive" (Richard X Extended mix) (6:03)
  2. "Ring Road" (demo) (3:36), previously unreleased song
  3. "The Performance of My Life" (demo) (3:36), a song the band wrote for Shirley Bassey
  4. "One-Way Street" (demo) (4:00), previously unreleased song
  5. "Girls Don't Cry" (2:33)
  6. "The Resurrectionist" (3:10)
  7. "The Sodom and Gomorrah Show" (original demo) (5:19)
  8. "Dancing in the Dusk" (demo) (4:11), previously unreleased song
  9. "After the Event" (5:16)
  10. "The Former Enfant Terrible" (2:52)
  11. "No time for Tears" (orchestral mix) (3:23)
  12. "God Willing" (original full-length mix) (2:46)
  13. "I'm with Stupid" (PSB maxi-mix) (8:09)
  14. "Answer the Phone!" (ringtone) (0:12)
  15. "Where Are You?" (ringtone) (0:12)
  16. "Water" (ringtone) (0:12)
  17. "Numb" (single edit) (3:29)
  18. "One Night" (4:05)
  19. "A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi'" (4:58)
  20. "Transfer" (Visionaire mix) (1:04)
  21. "Integral" (PSB Perfect Immaculate 7" mix) (3:21)
  22. "Integral" (PSB Perfect Immaculate mix) (7:19)

The Pet Shop Boys are re-issued their expanded, 2CD version of Introspective, also produced by Horn, on 2 Mar 2018.

3 tracks from the Horn-produced Tenement Symphony are on Marc Almond's new compilation, Hits and Pieces – The Best of Marc Almond & Soft Cell, released 10 Mar 2017. The Godley & Creme album The History Mix Volume 1, which Horn co-produced, is included as part of their forthcoming 5CD boxset, Body of Work, due 8 Sep 2017 in the UK. The set encompasses all their albums for Polydor, plus various b-sides and extended mixes, and has been put together with Kevin Godley and  Lol Crème (The Trevor Horn Band).

Other news
Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" was sampled by 9nine for their May 2017 song, "Why Don't You Relax?". 9nine also worked with Horn on his soundtrack for The Reflection.

Horn guested at 2 live shows by Hans Zimmer (ex-The Buggles) in Frankfurt and London in Jun 2017. He performed "Video Killed the Radio Star", singing and playing bass, with Zimmer on electric guitar, backed by Zimmer's band and singers. This was the Trevor Horn Band arrangement incorporating "Check It Out" at the end, but with Horn and Zimmer sharing the rap with new lyrics.

Horn has headed up the SPZ Group, the entertainment business which included two record labels, ZTT and Stiff Records; Perfect Songs (music publishing company); Music Bank (backline hire and rehearsal studio facilities); and The Workplace (a London business centre). However, ZTT, Stiff Records and Perfect Songs were sold to Universal Music Group in Dec 2017 (although some of Stiff Records' back catalogue is exempt from the deal). Horn said, "Jill [Sinclair, his wife who died in 2014] started Perfect Songs and ZTT in the 80's and I'm extremely proud of what she achieved. Lucian Grainge [Chairman and CEO of Universal] and Jill were really good friends so I'm pleased that these catalogs are going to Universal." Horn is managed by Sandy Dworniak. The new SARM Music Village in Ladbroke Grove, London officially opened in Apr 2015. The old Sarm Studios site is being re-developed: Horn and Crème did an April's fools about it here.
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Horn's Sarm West Coast studios, where Yes among many recorded, burnt down on 6 Dec 2017 in the Californian wildfires. as Horn described in a tweet. In a Mar 2018 BBC Radio 5 interview, Horn said Sarm West is being developed into apartments.


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