Mike Thorne

Mike Thorne (born 25 January 1948) is an English record producer, arranger, composer, engineer, and musician. He started playing the piano at the age of 10.[1] After studying physics at Hertford College, Oxford, in the late 1960s he worked as a tape operator in London with Deep Purple and many others.[2] Later he worked as a music journalist, A&R man and in the late 1970s he became a record producer.

Mike Thorne
Born25 January 1948 (1948-01-25) (age 73)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
  • Record producer
  • arranger
  • composer
  • engineer
  • musician
  • mixer
  • Keyboards
  • synthesizer
  • percussion

As a record producer, Thorne has worked on albums by artists of various genres of rock, including punk, post-punk, jazz fusion and also pop. He has produced for artists including Roger Daltrey, John Cale, Bronski Beat, Soft Cell, Nina Hagen, Laurie Anderson and Soft Machine.

His more notable productions include the seminal first three records by Wire: Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154; and Soft Cell's cover version of "Tainted Love" (which was a UK number 1 single for two weeks). He also contributed to Michael Tippett's opera New Year, providing electronic elements for the music.


  1. ^ "Mike Thorne". Stereo Society. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Neate, Wilson. "Mike Thorne". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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