Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee (born 9 September 1957, London, England)[1] is an English musician, known especially for his brass instrumentation work with several well-known acts of the 1980s.

Adrian Lee
Birth nameAdrian Lee
Born (1957-09-09) 9 September 1957 (age 62)
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop music
Years active1979–present
Associated actsMike and the Mechanics, Toyah Wilcox


Lee was first signed to Phonogram Records in the late 1970s as guitarist with the band, Red Hot. They released one single, "L-L-Lazy Days" (1976), which was produced by Mutt Lange.[2]

Lee's first big engagement led him to play guitar and keyboards on Cliff Richard's late 1970s tours, and his 1979 album, Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile.[3] In 1980, Lee became a member of the British goth rock band, Toyah,[4] co-writing songs including the hit single, "Thunder in the Mountains",[5] and he stayed with them until 1982. The same year he released his only solo album, called The Magician.[6] He continued to write for Toyah Willcox, and appeared on her 1985 album, Minx,[7] for which he and Wilcox wrote "Soldier of Fortune, Terrorist of Love".[8] Minx was produced by Christopher Neil.[7] Neil asked Lee to play on the first Mike + The Mechanics album.[9] Lee was a member of Mike + The Mechanics until 1995.

Lee continued to write, produce and perform with other artists throughout his period with The Mechanics. In 1985, Lee was involved with the production, writing, and keyboards for Space Monkey,[10] and he recorded on albums with artists such as Silent Running on the album Deep (1989),[11] Stephen Bishop, Joan Armatrading, Chris de Burgh and 10cc. Lee is credited as co-producer on 10cc's 1995 album, Mirror Mirror.[12]

Lee composed the music for CITV's 1994 series The Ink Thief,[13] a comedy, science fiction, thriller starring Richard O'Brien and Toyah Wilcox.

More recently, Lee has also worked on film scores, such as The Reckoning, The Medallion and Training Day.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Adrian Lee : British musician". Retrieved 29 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Red Hot* - L-L-Lazy Days (Vinyl)". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Rock'n'Roll Juvenile - Cliff Richard | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Adrian Lee Discography". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Toyah - Thunder In The Mountains (Vinyl)". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Adrian Lee - The Magician". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Minx - Toyah | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Toyah - Minx ...Plus (CD, Album)". 30 January 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Mike + The Mechanics* - Mike + The Mechanics (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Space Monkey (3) - On The Beam (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Deep - Silent Running | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Mirror Mirror - 10cc | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  13. ^ ""The Ink Thief" (1994)". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "Adrian Lee : Biography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2017.

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