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Trevor Horn

Biography

Perhaps one of the most commercially successful companies from the 1980s, Trevor Horn popularized a personal modernist sound well known because of its early usage of samplers. Blessed July 15, 1949 in Hertfordshire, Britain, his dad was a dual bass participant in an area orchestra; Horn shortly found the bass himself, so when a teen performed in a number of region bands. His initial professional work is at the backing music group for disco vocalist Tina Charles, that was where he fulfilled keyboardist Geoff Downes. In 1979, after originally developing the group Surveillance camera Membership with Thomas Dolby, Horn and Downes divide to discovered the Buggles, which in 1980 have scored a major strike using the prophetic “Video Killed the air Superstar.” After making Yes’ Tormato, both Horn and Downes became a member of the venerable prog rock-band as full associates. When Yes disbanded in 1981, Downes became a member of Asia, of which period Horn transferred into creation. In 1983 he helmed Yes’ comeback work 90125, and a short while afterwards founded his very own label, ZTT, within the a long time producing materials for artists mainly because diverse mainly because ABC, Frankie Would go to Hollywood, Elegance Jones, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Paul McCartney, Family pet Shop Boys, Pole Stewart, and Tina Turner. Horn also co-founded the music group Art of Sound, and produced Music group Aid’s all-star charity solitary “Perform They Find out It’s Xmas.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Trevor Horn
Profession Music Producer, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Nationality British
Spouse Jill Sinclair
Children Aaron Horn, Alexandra Horn, William Horn, Gabriella Horn
Parents Elizabeth Horn, John Horn
Siblings Ken Horn, Janet Horn, Marjorie Horn
Awards Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Brit Award for Best Producer
Music Groups Yes, The Buggles, Art of Noise, The Trevor Horn Band
Music Songs Moments In Love, Paranoimia, Close, Kiss, Peter Gunn, Beat Box, Opus 4, Yebo, Dragnet, Love Beat, Metaforce, Debut, Love, Who's Afraid, Instruments of Darkness, Ode to Don Jose, Something Always Happens, The Holy Egoism of Genius, Eye of a Needle, Dreaming in Colour
Albums Made in Basing Street, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?, Into Battle with the Art of Noise, Classic Yes, Yesshows, Drama, The Age of Plastic
Nominations Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, Saturn Award for Best Music, Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year
Movies Bliss!, Take Me Home Tonight, Coyote Ugly, Toys, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Produced by Trevor Horn: The Best 25 Years of Pop, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Hard On


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#Fact
1 Belsize Park, London, England [December 2010]
2 He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to music industry.
3 His main home is a £12 million mansion in Checkendon near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. He also has other property in St John's Wood, North London, and the United States.
4 Joined Yes in 1980, replacing Jon Anderson.
5 Runs the Zang Tumb Tumb record label in the UK.
6 Winner of the 1992 Brit Award for British Producer.
7 Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Producer in 1983.
8 Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Producer in 1985.
9 Band member of the Buggles (1979-1982), their song "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the first video to be played on MTV in 1981. Horn is also a member of the Art of Noise.
10 Music producer


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Loose Women 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 producer: "Don't Forget Me"
Cyprien 2009 writer: "The Living in the Plastic Age" - as Horn / Downes
Thick as Thieves 2009/I writer: "Not Gonna Get Us"
Huckabee 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Two Takeover 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wanted 2008 performer: "The Little Things" / producer: "The Little Things"
Midnight Heat 2007 writer: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Asia: Fantasia - Live in Tokyo 2007 Video documentary writer: "Video Killed The Radio Star"
SingStar Amped 2007 Video Game writer: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series producer - 2 episodes
Classic Artists: Yes 2007 Video documentary writer: "Tempus Fugit", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", "Leave It", "Video Killed the Radio Star"
The Condemned 2007 writer: "Firestarter"
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's a Boy Girl Thing 2006 writer: "Without Me" - as T. Horn
Cashback 2006 producer: "The Power of Love"
Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Break-Up 2006 writer: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game writer: "Moments in Love", "Beat Box"
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 writer: "Moments in Love"
Breakfast with the Arts 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'anniversaire 2005 writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star" - as T. Horn
The Business 2005 writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star"
Songs from Tsongas: Yes 35th Anniversary Concert 2005 Video documentary writer: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart Acoustic"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
King Arthur 2004 producer: "Tell Me Now What You See"
High Chaparall 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 producer: "Bewitched", "'S Wonderful", "Mona Lisa", "Besame Mucho", "Murder He Says", "You Belong to Me", "Santa Baby", "I've Got a Crush on You", "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "Istanbul Not Constantinople", "Sh-Boom Life Could Be a Dream", "Flying Home", "The Continental", "What'll I Do", "I've Got the World on a String", "The Heart of Every Girl"
Cold Case 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Koi... Mil Gaya 2003 writer: "Moments in Love" - uncredited
Veronica Guerin 2003 producer: "Funeral Song", "One More Day" / writer: "Funeral Song", "One More Day"
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 writer: "Firestarter"
Huips 2003 TV Movie lyrics: "All The Things She Said" - as T. Horn
Top of the Pops 1979-2003 TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Stuck in the Middle 2003 Video writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: "Owner of a Lonely Heart" / writer: "Video Killed The Radio Star" - as Horn
The Sum of All Fears 2002 producer: "If We Could Remember"
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 writer: "Sound the bugle"
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road 2002 producer: "Relax Club 69 Doomsday Mix"
Ali 2001 producer: "Twisting the Night Away", " Don't Fight It Feel It", "Somebody Have Mercy", "It's All Right", "You Send Me", "Bring It on Home to Me", "For Your Precious Love"
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glitter 2001 writer: "Moments In Love"
America's Sweethearts 2001 producer: "Some Hearts"
Pearl Harbor 2001 producer: "There You'll Be"
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Frontline 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Scratch 2001 Documentary writer: "Buffalo Gals", "D' Ya Like Scratchin' with the Red River Valley"
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star"
House of Yes: Live from House of Blues 2000 Video documentary writer: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Coyote Ugly 2000 producer: "But I Do Love You", "The Right Kind of Wrong", "Please Remember", "Can't Fight the Moonlight"
Purely Belter 2000 writer: "FIRESTARTER"
Top of the Pops 2 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Janet: The Velvet Rope 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "Velvet Rope" - uncredited
Rock Family Trees 1998 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hard Rock Live 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Daria 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wedding Singer 1998 writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star"
A Gala Christmas in Vienna 1997 TV Movie writer: "The Closing of the Year"
Brit Awards 1997 1997 TV Special writer: "Firestarter"
Anastasia 1997 producer: "At the Beginning"
G.I. Jane 1997 producer: "Goodbye", "The Homecoming"
EastEnders 1985-1996 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Sounds of the Eighties 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Two If by Sea 1996 producer: "Haunted"
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 producer: "Spirits in the Material World"
Empire Records 1995 writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star" - as Trevor Charles Horn
Dangerous Minds 1995 producer: "THIS IS THE LIFE"
Batman Forever 1995 producer: "Kiss From A Rose"
Circle of Friends 1995 producer: "You're The One"
The Glam Metal Detectives 1995 TV Series performer: "Everybody Up" / writer: "Everybody Up"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993-1995 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus 1994 Video writer: "Time And A Word/ Owner Of A Lonely Heart/ Teakbois"
The Neverending Story III 1994 producer: "Kiss From A Rose"
La grande magia di David Copperfield 1994 TV Movie documentary producer: "Crazy"
David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic 1994 TV Special documentary producer: "Crazy"
Naked in New York 1993 producer: "Crazy"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Indecent Proposal 1993 producer: "Out of the Window", "I'm Not in Love"
Aspen Extreme 1993 writer: "The Driver Pt. II"
Toys 1992 "WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME INTO THE BATTLE MIX" / arranger: "WINTER REVERIES excerpts from SYMPHONY NO. 1" / producer: "THE CLOSING OF THE YEAR", "THE HAPPY WORKER", "WORKERS", "LET JOY AND INNOCENCE PREVAIL", "THE MIRROR SONG", "WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME INTO THE BATTLE MIX" / writer: "THE CLOSING OF THE YEAR", "THE HAPPY WORKER", "WORKERS", "LET JOY AND INNOCENCE PREVAIL", "THE MIRROR SONG", "THE CLOSING OF THE YEAR / HAPPY WORKERS"
Class Act 1992 writer: "Moments in Love"
Hasta luego cocodrilo 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yesshows '91: Union Tour Live 1991 Video writer: "Make It Easy/ Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Yes: Greatest Video Hits 1991 Video writer: "Tempus Fugit", "Into The Lens", "Leave It", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
YesYears 1991 Video writer: "Tempus Fugit", "Into The Lens", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", "Leave It"
Days of Thunder 1990 producer: "The Last Note of Freedom"
Valentina 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Worth Winning 1989 writer: "The Fashion Show"
Silence Like Glass 1989 writer: "Beatbox"
The Freddy Krueger Special 1988 TV Movie writer: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Access All Areas 1985 Video short writer: "Leave It Hello, Goodbye Mix", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Yes: 9012 Live 1985 Video documentary writer: "Leave It", "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Gotcha! 1985 producer: "Relax", "Two Tribes"
Knight Rider 1983-1984 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Body Double 1984 producer: "Relax"
Automan 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star 1979 Video short writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Suicide Squad 2016 writer: "Without Me"
Live Boxing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Coronation Street TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Pride 2014/I producer: "Relax"
Els matins a TV3 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979 2014 TV Movie documentary writer: "Video Killed the Radio Star'
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 writer: "Double Dutch"
Rugby League World Cup 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
About Time 2013/I writer: "All the Things She Said"
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 2011 - 2013 music - 1 episode, 2011
Knallerfrauen 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Burning Man: Metropolis 2012 Documentary writer: "Firestarter"
Rage 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special writer: "Slave To The Rhythm"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game writer: "Check It Out" - as Trevor Charles Horn
Take This Waltz 2011 writer: "Video Killed The Radio Star"
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 writer: "Video Killed The Radio Star"
Late Show with David Letterman 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Getaway 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 2009 Video Game writer: "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre of the Ultraworld: Live Mix MK10" - as Trevor Charles Horn
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take Me Home Tonight 2011
Citius, altius, fortius 2005 Short
Coyote Ugly 2000
Toys 1992 co-composer
The Art of Noise: Close (to the Edit) 1984 Video short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coyote Ugly 2000 music consultant
The Glam Metal Detectives 1995 TV Series composer: theme song "Everybody Up!"
Toys 1992 music arranger / music editor: "Winter Reveries" / musician

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breaking Out 2010 Short executive producer
Joey's Girl 2009 Short executive producer
t.A.T.u.: Not Gonna Get Us 2001 Video short producer - english version
t.A.T.u.: All the Things She Said 2000 Video short producer - english version

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star 1979 Video short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
t.A.T.u.: All the Things She Said 2000 Video short english version - english version

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ali 2001 on-camera music producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trailblazers Of 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Music Moguls: Masters of Pop 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Songs to Have Sex To 2015 TV Movie documentary Trevor Horn
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Joy of the Single 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2009 TV Series Himself - Interview
Insurgentes 2009 Documentary Himself
Classic Artists: Yes 2007 Video documentary Himself
Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Band Aid Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
SingStar Party 2004 Video Game Himself (as the Buggles)
Breakfast 2004 TV Series Himself
20th Century Masters: The Best of Alternative '80s - The DVD Collection 2004 Video short Himself (segment "Video Killed the Radio Star") (as The Buggles)
Julia + Lena are t.A.T.u. 2002 Video documentary short Himself
I Love the 1990s 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - The Buggles
Top Ten 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock Family Trees 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1984 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1980 TV Series Himself - The Buggles
Get It Together 1980 TV Series Himself - Guest
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop 1979 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prog Rock Britannia 2009 TV Movie Himself
If It Ain't Stiff 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Pure 80's: The DVD 2002 Video Himself (segment "Video Killed the Radio Star") (as The Buggles)
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Yes: Greatest Video Hits 1991 Video Himself
YesYears 1991 Video Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1980 TV Series Himself - The Buggles

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording · Pet Shop Boys (artists)
· Robert Orton (mixer)
1993 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Toys (1992) · Hans Zimmer


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#Quote
1 The Human League were kind of a perfect example of a band that started out being very radical and arty and suddenly decided to go mainstream and they did it so brilliantly.
2 That's one of the things that I admired The Sex Pistols and The Clash for, not for their musicianship but for their lack of fear.
3 The studio was really the exciting place to be because it was all changing. Everything was changing and you could feel it. You could feel it right at the end of the '70s that there was a big revolution coming.
4 I made some of the first what people would regard as modern records because I had an idea in the early '80s of what a modern record should be. I was the first person with all of this technology and I suppose I was a bit of a cheat too because I was actually quite an experienced musician. A lot of the other people that were around were really new to it and you could tell.
5 A lot of '80s bands just seemed to arrive fully formed. They hadn't put in years on the road the way that '60s and '70s bands had to, because they'd get a record deal, and so a lot of them couldn't really play very well. And that was one of the problems at the start. And also, with all of the new technical stuff, how to take it on stage was really hard. Now it's absolutely no problem, people deal with it all the time.
6 There was a period at the start of the '80s where digital technology was very expensive and only a few people had it. I was one of the few people that had it.
7 I hate having to read the manual.
8 Joining Yes was one of those stupid things that you do sometimes. It was one of the two or three times in my life that I've done something that I knew was wrong.


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