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THE HAGUE SUMMIT

HIS PRODUCTIONS ARE SOME OF THE DEFINING MOMENTS FROM THE LAST FOUR DECADES OF POP WHICH LAUNCHED – AND RELAUNCHED – THE CAREERS OF SOME OF OUR MOST TREASURED ARTISTS. FROM WEST END GIRLS TO WORLD IN MOTION, STEPHEN HAGUE TAKES CLASSIC POP THROUGH AN EXTRA ORDINARY CAREER BEHIND THE STUDIO DESK, AND, AS HE LOOKS BACK AT THE SONGS AND ARTISTS HE’S BEEN INVOLVED WITH, NOTES MODESTLY: “I REALISE NOW THAT IT IS QUITE A LIST!”

Stephen Hague is one of the finest record producers of modern times. If you didn’t know that, you’ll almost certainly agree after we tell you about just a smattering of his productions, many of which came at pivotal points of the artist’s careers, serving as launchpads (or ‘re-launchpads’, if there is such a word), to fame, fortune and notoriety. There’s West End Girls, the track that ultimately gave us Pet Shop Boys; there’s Freedom, the first solo single produced for Robbie Williams. Then there’s World In Motion, the song that gave us – and continues to give us – so much hope every time England enter a football tournament.

Hague’s vision gave us some classic moments in 80s music, but he’s continued to work throughout the 90s and beyond with diverse artists including Tom Jones, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, James, Peter Gabriel, a-ha, and on and on. For someone who has helped create the sound of British pop music over the last three decades, you might be surprised to learn that Stephen was born and raised in the States, but he always had an eye and an ear on this side of the pond.

“From a very early age, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff I was hearing on the radio,” he recalls, “especially British bands, though I had my American favourites as well. By the time I hit junior high school, things were already getting tribal: American surf vs British pop and rock, and I was in the Brit tribe. I was around for the birth of the long-playing album as an ‘artform’, and the rise of FM underground radio in the States – a great time to be soaking all that up, first generation.”

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Issue 46 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue we have an exclusive chat with the new line-up of Spandau Ballet – their first major group interview as they relaunch themselves with new frontman Ross William Wild. We also have a must-read interview with Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet who look back on their fractious past life in Yazoo. The legends just keep on coming, too, as we speak to Nile Rodgers about his 40 years of classic tracks as a billion-dollar hitmaker and Chic's hotly-anticipated new album, It's About Time. Elsewhere, we look back at the 80s heyday of Top Of The Pops through the eyes of those who were there – DJ Janice Long and a whole host of TV insiders. Our classic album is the Stone Roses' imperious debut and we also meet Stephen Hague, the producer behind hits by Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Robbie Williams and many more besides. Need a buyer's guide to Michael Jackson? We look at the King of Pop's complete career in our Lowdown feature. As we delve into David Bowie's 80s boxset Loving The Alien, Classic Pop catches up with his closest collaborators who tell us how the legend's most divisive decade made him a global star. New albums from Boy George And Culture Club, Chic, Robyn, and The Prodigy get the once-over alongside reissues including OMD, Bronski Beat, Ultravox, The Police and Massive Attack. We also review Soft Cell's celebratory farewell O2 show plus Kylie Minogue's Golden Tour and more.. Enjoy the issue! Steve