Recent Thorne interviews...
September 2015: read the Winter 2008 article for Oxford University's Hertford College Newsletter. Thorne talks about how a desire to "make music I liked with people I liked" and a physics degree from Oxford University led him to work with artists as diverse as Kate Bush, the Sex Pistols and Soft Cell.

Tainted Love cover artworkApril 2012: Mike Thorne talks about Soft Cell's Tainted Love to Sound On Sound magazine for their Classic Tracks series of articles.

Read it here...

August 2010: Mike Thorne chose The Doors Strange Days 1967 album for the subject of his Rewind interview for the Sounds Like Me media and news site, on August 16th 2010, with Finn Johannsen.

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Mike Thorne talks about his early days in the music business, and the development of punk rock in the late 70s. He was interviewed during November 2001 by Wilson Neate, for the Pop Matters site.

Read the first part here...and the second part here...

  The Contessa's Party has finally begun

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Thorne's most recent CD is now available.
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Thorne: Dancing With B


Grandma's Goodbye, mixes from the track on The Contessa's Party

After a wonderfully positive response to the Contessa by the New York dance community, back then we decided to make a collection of club mixes. The first issue was of Dancing With B. Noted New York remixer Norty Cotto contributes three mixes, and Thorne adds another three, each in radically differing styles. The CD (right) runs for over 70 minutes for just $6.99 including shipping. The 12" vinyl (left) has Norty's two long mixes.

The second CD, in further response, was Grandma's Goodbye, which featured a 16' megamix by Thorne (who holds the world record of 22' 55" for the Communards' Don't Leave Me This Way) as well as futher contributions by Norty Cotto. It just missed making the Billboard club chart, which would have been nice for a pure independent release.

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Thorne is the repertory company made up of Mike Thorne and specially creative criminal associates from his past

Selected commercial production commentaries 1974-2006
A large collection of commentary and inside anecdotes about many of the music projects with which Thorne has been associated. No-one's dignity, least of all his, gets in the way of a good story......

Mike Thorne's home at the Stereo Society

Short Biography
Pimpled, understated Mike Thorne first sprang to prominence as a thin, pale tape op on Deep Purple and Fleetwood Mac sessions in London during the early seventies. This natural career interlude between a physics degree and classical composition study led erratically......

Wire Newsletter
Interview with Thorne, May 1996
The idea for the Roxy album certainly caused some consternation at EMI. I remember hanging on the pay-phone at the club, trying to explain some raucous contractual point to the Managing Director [Leslie Hill].  Logistically it was a major effort getting all that together.  For the re
cording I deliberately......


Production and performance credits, 1976-present

Encyclopedia of
Record Producers (entry)

(Billboard Publications, August 1999)
Mike Thorne - keyboardist, scholar, journalist, record executive, studio owner, multimedia entrepreneur, composer - is one of the most important and successful producers of punk, post-punk, technopop and new wave over the last 20 years.   His productions include......

The first album
by Thorne:



God Save The Sex Pistols
Interview with Thorne

(God Save The Sex Pistols site
November 2002)

I picked up the phone when Malcolm called, then saw them at the 100 Club in Oxford Street. Couldn't persuade anyone else from EMI to walk over from the Marquee where their signing Giggles had just played. They weren’t hot property then, despite having featured on the cover of Melody Maker. To many, it was probably just another of Mike’s crazy projects, and since......

Chapters Posted from Music In The Machine:
Logistics: Before The Music Gets Physical
The Recording Studio: Rise And Fall Of An Institution
Dancing: Into The Eighties
Delivering The Music: All Change

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Complete Thorne production commentaries
Marc Almond: Fantastic Star
Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels
BETTY: Filthy Lucre
BETTY: Carnival
BETTY: Jungle Jane remixes
Bronski Beat: Age Of Consent
Bronski Beat: Smalltown Boy
Bronski Beat: Why?
Bronski Beat: Hundreds And Thousands
John Cale: Honi Soit
Carmel: Bad Day
Carmel: The Drum Is Everything
Carmel: It's All In The Game
Deep Purple: Fireball air conditioning
Flowerpot Men: Walk On Gilded Splinters
Ives/Reinhard: Universe Symphony
Johnny Reinhard: Ravening remix
Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK
Sex Pistols: Jubilee boxed set
Siouxsie and the Banshees: Song From The Edge Of The World
Soft Cell: Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
Soft Cell: Non Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Soft Cell: The Art Of Falling Apart
Soft Cell: Torch
Soft Machine: Alive And Well In Paris
Symphony Of Saxes: White Cliffs Of Dover
Telephone: Anna
The Roxy London WC2 (Jan-Apr 77)
The Shirts
The Shirts: Streetlight Shine
The The: Uncertain Smile
Til Tuesday: Voices Carry
Wire: Pink Flag
Wire: I Am The Fly
Wire: Chairs Missing
Wire: Outdoor Miner
Wire: 154