Where are they now? - Trevor Horn
This page last updated: 13 Jun 2019
In the rest of the world, that disc as Reimagines the
Eighties (Instrumentals) was released digitally 5 Apr 2019,
with "Take on Me" available early.
Horn and Hinton came up with an initial list of 20 songs. Hinton
did the string arrangements, but in close cooperation with and
with input from Horn. Much of the work was done in Los Angeles.
The tracks were mostly recorded before the vocalists were picked.
Further songs (~10) were developed for the album, and possibly
partially recorded, including "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurhythmics.
Horn said in a 28
Jan 2019 Facebook Q&A that he wished he had done The
Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" for the album.
The Sarm Orchestra isn't a specific collection of musicians, but a name for the project. All the strings were recorded in one 12-hour session; other orchestral parts were recorded at other times. There are no performance credits on the album, other than the singers. Credited as Simple Minds, this was actually Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill from the current line-up of the band, plus former member Mick MacNeil. Soan appeared on the album, as above. Lol Crème (Trevor Horn Band, ex-Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal) provided backing vocals on "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", while the guitar solo was by Stephen Lipson, taken from an earlier Producers recording of the song. Simon Bloor (Trevor Horn Band) played guitar on "Owner of a Lonely Heart", while Alan Clark (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits) played the Hammond for the solo in the song. Izzy Chase (backing vocals) also appears. 29 Jun, Hinton tweeted a short clip of percussionist Joby Burgess (Powerplant, worked with Peter Gabriel, Murray Gold, Stewart Copeland, Nitin Sawhney) recording tympani for "Owner of a Lonely Heart"; he also played tympani and percussion on "Dancing in the Dark", "Ashes to Ashes" and "The Power of Love".
|The album was recorded over a year, at Sarm
Music Village, Sarm Steeles Road studios, Angel Recording
Studios, and Air Edel in London, and Sarm West Coast in Bel
Air. Horn first described the project in two Mar 2018 radio
Four tracks had an early release. Out 24 Oct was "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (official YouTube), with Robbie Williams singing. A second single, "The Power of Love" with Cardle, followed 23 Nov. Spotify and YouTube have a 3:36 edit. On 25 Oct 2018, the album was as high as #71 at Amazon UK, while "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was at #49 (#21 in Pop Songs) on 24 Oct. "The Power of Love" was as high as #30 in Songs on UK Amazon (#11 in Pop Songs) on 23 Nov. (Another cover of "The Power of Love", by X-Factor winner Dalton Harris with James Arthur, peaked at #4 in the UK single chart on 7 Dec.) Next came "Ashes to Ashes" with Seal on 8 Jan, and then "Dancing in the Dark" with Aplin on 22 Jan. On 22 Jan, "Ashes to Ashes" was as high as #48 (#20 in Pop Songs) at Amazon UK, with "Dancing in the Dark" reaching #6 (#4 in Pop Songs). The next day, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was as high as #37 (#16 in Pop Songs). On 26 Jan, the album was as high as #2 (#2 in Pop, #7 in Digital and #2 in Digital Pop). "Dancing in the Dark" was used for a skating routing on ITV's Dancing on Ice on 10 Feb 2019.
He played a sold out show (capacity 916) in London on 2 Nov 2018. Performing were Horn (bass, vocals), Clark (Hammond, keys), Steve Ferrone (Dire Straits Legacy, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Gower Poole (samples, percussion), Kate Holmes (vocals), Izzy Chase (worked with Ellie Goulding, Kim Wilde, Boy George; vocals), Phil Palmer (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton; lead guitar), Crème (guitar, bass, vocals, keys), Bloor (lead guitar, keys), Hinton (keys, conductor, string arrangements) and an 8-piece string section (which I think was with Q Strings, Paloma Deike, Jess Cox (worked with ELO), Amy Stanford, Laura Stanford, Miriam Wakeling), with various further guests. Front of house sound was by Weidner, and organisation by Peters. Support was by Nathan Ball. Read my review here. Set:
The show was filmed: in the Jan
2019 Facebook Q&A, Horn said that they are "still
editing at the moment" and then that he will "figure out what to
do with it".
Trevor Horn and the Sarm Orchestra play a British tour with an appearance at the Cornbury Festival
on 6 Jul and then 5 dates 27 Jul-3 Aug 2019 with Matt
Cardle (on 3 dates, 28-31 Jul) and
further guests (presale
here). In a Mar 2019
interview, Horn described themselves as a 9-piece band, with
a 10-piece orchestral section of 8 strings and 3 horns (which
would add up to 11). In a Jan 2019
interview, Horn said, "I am going to tour the record, but
I'll have a couple of singers with me" and he also talked about
having guests in different cities (although in Mar 2019 interview,
he said Seal is not available). The Trevor Horn Band also played
the 2019 Roundhouse Gala (see below).
In a May 2018 interview, Cardle had said the Trevor Horn Band would play live summer 2018. He said, "I'm definitely doing more shows over the summer with Trevor, and his band are incredible. The songs of his I get to sing are monumental - Owner Of A Lonely Heart, The Power Of Love, Relax." However, the only other show there's been in 2018 was a private performance to celebrate the opening of Sarm Music Bank's new facility at Old Oak Common in London, on 19 Jul 2018. The line-up included Horn (bass, vocals), Crème (guitar, vocals), Hinton, Clark, Palmer (guitar), Jamie Squire (no relation; worked with Dire Straits Legacy, Joe McElderry; vocals, guitar), Luis Jardim (worked with Yes, Grace Jones; percussion), Ferrone (drums), Chase (vocals) and Hayley Sanderson (worked with Rick Wakeman; vocals). I think Gower Poole and Bloor also performed. An Oct 2018 article described this as Horn's "regular 13-piece band", with the live mix/engineering team being Kevo Moran, Peters and, doing the front-of-house mix, either Weidner or Colin Walker. Clark described the show as having an 11-piece band playing along with a pre-recorded orchestra. Hogarth and Cardle were guest vocalists. Set: "Two Tribes" (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood), "Video Killed the Radio Star" (originally by The Buggles), "Cry" (originally by Godley & Creme), "Rubber Bullets" (originally by 10cc), "Ashes to Ashes" (originally by David Bowie; Hogarth lead vocals), "Slave to the Rhythm" (originally by Grace Jones; Chase lead vocals), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (originally by Yes; Horn lead vocals), "The Power of Love" (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Cardle lead vocals), "All the Things Said" (originally by t.A.T.u.; Chase/Sanderson lead vocals), "It's Different for Girls" (originally by Joe Jackson; Hogarth lead vocals), "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (originally by Tears for Fears), "Money for Nothing" (originally by Dire Straits, and performed by Horn/Palmer in Dire Straits Legacy), "Relax" (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Squire lead vocals). This YouTube video appears to be an official summary of the event.
Earlier Trevor Horn Band activity
The Trevor Horn Band toured the UK summer 2017, based around a core of Horn (bass, vocals) and Crème (guitar, vocals, keys). They played various festivals, with Cardle as guest vocalist, including the Rewind Festivals. Rewind Scotland (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 (Aug) included "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (sung by Cardle). They then played Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Aug 2017, with a band including J Squire (vocals, keys, guitar), Simon Bloor (worked with Yes, Seal, Blackfield; lead guitar, lead piano), Cameron Gower Poole (worked with Anne-Marie, Robbie Williams, Seal, Billy Idol; samples), Hinton (musical director, keys), Jonah Summerfield (drums), Chase (vocals), Sanderson (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
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
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.
In a Dec 2018 interview, Horn said, "I keep saying we should get the Producers together and do a mini-tour".
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The Buggles have intermittently reunited. In the 28 Jan 2019 Facebook Q&A, Horn said, "I'm gonna do another Buggles track with Geoff. I don't know what. [...] We were thinking of trying to get Seal to sing on it [...] The problem is with Seal." In a 2 Feb 2019 interview, Horn said, "Geoffrey and I are meeting up next month". He explained they are considering doing a new Buggles song for the 40th anniversary of "Video Killed the Radio Star" in autumn 2019. When someone tweeted about this news, saying Horn and Downes will be recording in Mar, Downes re-tweeted them.
In 2016, there were plans for re-issues and possibly live
work, although the Sep 2016 issue of Prog quoted their
management as saying, "Nothing is set in stone." A new album also
appeared to be in the works, as well as a musical based on "Video
Killed the Radio Star" (see next subsection).
In Feb 2016, Geoff Downes tweeted,
"heading out to LA to do some work with my old chum, Trevor Horn.
#thebuggles". Later that month 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
in 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 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
later in 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." Asked about new Buggles
material in Apr 2018 on Twitter, Downes replied, "There are a few
things in the pipeline...that's all I can tell you right now".
by a fan after his Nov 2018 show whether they were doing a
third Buggles album, Horn said no, but then said he keeps calling
Downes about doing something, implying live shows that could, he
said, also include some Yes material.
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
 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
was described as saying an album of new material "can't be ruled
Prog also described 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." A report in Sep 2016 had
that Howe will appear on some of the album too, but that
he will probably only guest on selected tour dates. Horn
also did Fly
from Here - Return Trip, which was of course
built around demos from around the making of Adventures
in Modern Recording and before: see
under Yes for details.
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 was released 13 Apr 2018, along with a one-off cinema screening on 15 Apr in North Shields.
Back in 1979, there was a French-language adaptation of "Video Killed the Radio Star" as "Qui est Ce Grand Corbeau Noir" by the French singer Ringo. Ms Project's album Disco Times, released 12 Jan 2018, included a version of "Qui est Ce Grand Corbeau Noir" with Ringo.
(Dire Straits) Legacy
Dire Straits Legacy is a band created by former Dire Straits guitarist Phil Palmer (Trevor Horn Band, Eric Clapton, worked with Cher). 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 currently Palmer (guitar, vocals, musical director), Alan Clark (Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits, ex-Tina Turner; keys), Mel Collins (King Crimson, worked with Dire Straits, Chris Squire, Eric Clapton; sax), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Jack Sonni (worked with Dire Straits), Marco Caviglia (vocals, guitar) and Primiano Di Biase (keys). The band are touring in 2019, beginning with a South American leg of 8 dates 29 Mar-14 Apr, covering Brazil (6 shows), Chile and Argentina.
Horn debuted live with the band on their 6-date Brazilian
tour in Jan 2018, when the band was without Sonni, but with
Danny Cummings (ex-Dire Straits, ex-Mark Knopfler,
ex-Tina Turner; percussion, vocals). The band played the
Fest 2018, Tijuana, in Apr 2018, and then FestivArts,
Alberobello, Italy in Jul (although I think that show may have
been with a reduced line-up without Horn). The band played an
8-date US tour Sep/Oct 2018 (with Ferrone only from 2 Oct
onwards), with a set mainly of Dire Straits material, plus
(according to the press release) "one or two songs from our new
album 3 CHORD TRICK, and a couple of other tunes we've been
involved with." Sets included "Owner of a Lonely Heart" with Horn
on lead vocals and "Money for Nothing" with Horn on backing
vocals. They then played Bucharest, Romania on 15 Oct, Helsinki,
Finland on 3 Nov (presumably without Collins, who was playing with
King Crimson then) and 8
dates 20 Nov-5 Dec dates in Italy, joined by Sonni. It
appears the band also did an acoustic set in Milan, to consist of
"Walk of Life", "Romeo and Juliet", "3 Chords Trick", "Sultans of
Swing" and possibly "Owner of a Lonely Heart". More generally, the
Italian set was expected to include "Telegraph Road", "Money for
Nothing", "Sultans of Swing", "Walk of Life" and "Video Killed the
Radio Star". Sets have included "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of
Love", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Learning to Fly" (originally by
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and material from 3 Chord
Sono anni che tento di scriverlo, ma credo di non essere portato e porta via troppo tempo. A questo punto credo che non lo faremo più e che io e Bruce pubblicheremo un album con le canzoni che abbiamo composto. Uscirà a nome nostro… o qualcosa del genere.That is, Horn has been trying to write the musical for years and, at this point, he thinks that they will not do it as a musical, but that he and Woolley will do an album of the songs that have been composed.
|Horn did the music for the anime series The Reflection. An initial season of 12 episodes premiered Jul 2017 on NHK. Crunchyroll have a streaming subtitled version available, while an English-language version has been expected. 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).||Buy 2LP version
Horn did the series music, including the end credits theme, "SunSunRise", sung by Japanese girl group 9nine. The Reflection Wave One—Original Soundtrack (U/M/A/A Inc.) by Trevor Horn, the first album released just under his name, came out Aug 2017 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 was also available digitally in the US and UK (iTunes, Spotify). There was 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.) Details in Yescography and see my review here. A full worldwide release came on 28 Sep 2018: on CD (Butler Records, BUR 340047) and 180g 2LP (Music on Vinyl, MOVLP 2244C). The LP includes the bonus tracks, has a gatefold cover and 4 page booklet; there is an initial limited edition run (1000 copies) on pink vinyl. "Sky Show" was also re-released 31 Aug as a 1-track digital single. The album was produced by Horn, engineered by Gower Poole/Joel Martin Peters/Weidner, and mixed by Gower Poole/Peters.
The anime got a Blu-ray release in Jan 2018, with 30 minutes of bonus content, including promotional videos, audio commentary, and interviews with Horn (I don't know if this is the same content as 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".
Daft as a Brush! (ZTT/BMG)
is a limited edition 4 × 12" boxset, due Record Store
Day, 11 Apr 2019. Tracks:
A1. "Beat Box (Diversion One)" (8:33)Disc 2, Closer (to the Edit):
A1. "(St)Art of Noise" (1:17)Disc 3, (Share) Moments in Love:
A1. "Moments in Love (Original, Part One)" (6:18)Disc 4, Life's a Barrell of Laughs [sic], by Art & ACT:
A1. "Life's a Barrell of Laughs (Out of This World)" (8:03)
Horn produced and played additional keys on Blackfield's "Oxygen" on 2011's Welcome to My DNA. The song is included on Blackfield's compilation Open Mind: The Best of Blackfield, out 18 Sep 2018 on CD and 2LP.
Horn organised the Roundhouse Gala charity show on 14 Mar 2019, headlined by the Pet Shop Boys, with the Trevor Horn Band, Seal, Beverly Knight and Laura Mvula. The Trevor Horn Band—including at least Horn, Creme, Palmer and, I think, Hinton—acting as the house band for the evening, backing at least the Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Knight. Also performing were rapper Awate and spoken-word artist Abstract Benna. Katherine Ryan compered. Also appearing in some form were Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Roger Taylor, Adrian Lester, Lolita Chakrabarti, Darcey Bussell. The chair of the Roundhouse Gala committee was Sally Wood, while her husband Ronnie (The Rolling Stones) also guested on stage with Seal, Horn and the Trevor Horn Band. There was a charity auction The audience included Anneka Rice, Mariella Frostrup and Terry Gilliam. The event raised over £1 million.
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.
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.
On BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on 24 Oct 2018 (hosted by Sara Cox), Horn said, "I was thinking about" writing an autobiography.
Horn was the keynote speaker at Milan Music Week (Nov 2018).
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