The Inspirational Trevor Horn

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 16:06

If the sound of the 1980s could be summed up in two words, they would be ‘Trevor Horn’. After first coming to prominence with The Buggles, Horn performed with the progressive rock band Yes for a year, before moving into producing. It was his work in this field, where he honed a distinctive synth and drum machine sound, that would lead to him later being dubbed ‘The man who invented the Eighties,’ by the music journalist Simon Price.

To celebrate Horn’s incredible influence we’ve put together this Spotify playlist of some the most celebrated and iconic tracks on which he worked.


Horn produced some of the decade’s biggest acts including Dollar, Malcolm McLaren, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys as well as forming his own synth-pop group, Art of Noise. His success would continue well beyond the decade, including a Grammy award for his production of Seal’s hit Kiss from a Rose.


On 2 November, 2018 we revelled further in the work of Trevor Horn with a special live show designed by the man himself, featuring the musical glories of the greatest decade of them all.


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