A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.
Featuring news/updates and commentary/analysis of Trevor's career and associated projects.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

for a good cause

A guitar signed by Trevor is currently at auction with proceeds benefiting The Kristen Ann Carr Fund, a charity which supports sarcoma research.  The auction features several guitars signed by various luminaries in the rock n'roll world, which can also be viewed at the Charitybuzz website.

Anyone interested can view the specific listing here:

Monday, May 13, 2019

recent roundup

What is on the mind of, say, 90% of all Americans these days?  No, it's not any of the things you'd think...

It's Game of Thrones.

To wit, Ryan posted an Instagram story on the Captain Cuts page last night featuring a little father-son bonding time over S08 E05 (which has been described by one recapper as Just one long 80-minute 'AAAAHHH!!!') and there so many questions I imagine fellow fans would love to discuss with the Maestro.  But I totally get why Trevor is into this show, it's so political, and he loves politics as a discipline.

(I'm assuming Charlie is not on Team Dany.)

Moving along, if you're not subscribed to Marq Vas' YouTube channel, what are you even doing with your life?  Just teasing, but if you are into enjoying/learning more about South African music, and specifically rock/pop of the 1970s, Marq has been generous in sharing a bit of his vast collection with us over the years.  The other day he highlighted an obscure greatest hits release, uploading a track (originally from Rock Rabbitt, the album in which Trevor does not appear) on his channel.  For you completists out there, as far as I know this one is pretty rare indeed even as its' track listing is really nothing to get excited about.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The anatomy of a Classic

Back in January I posted an entry regarding Trevor Horn's recent release Reimagines The Eighties, and last week the audio engineering publication Sound On Sound posted a new video profile/interview with Mr. Horn regarding this release, which features a section on the actual construction of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" where we get to hear parts of the original multitrack recording.  If you're like me and you love that kind of detailed analysis of recording methodology, arrangements and so forth, then you will find this fascinating - the section about "Owner" is at 7:44.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This date in Yesstory: a rare unity

Spotted on Instagram: a great nod to yesterday's 28th anniversary of Union, the Yes album and tour which featured members from the Classic Yes and YesWest lineups.  This shot - from the filming of the video for "Lift Me Up" - is a nice grouping of that once-in-a-lifetime lineup.
And because now is always a good time to watch the video...

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spot the Poms, part seven

In just about a week Take That will be embarking upon their 2019 Greatest Hits Live UK tour, and last week saw the lads and their band performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall - it's nice to see Lee holding down the low end once more as he is always counted upon to do.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

#tbt: the Golden Age of VHS

Spotted on Instagram: I know many of us long-time fans remember those glorious days of VCRs and VHS tapes (and probably still have them!) and seeing this photo takes me back, although I have both these releases on DVD.  For newer fans, these are definitely videos you want in your collection: the YesYears: A Retrospective documentary released in 1991 and Greatest Video Hits from 1992.

Monday, March 4, 2019

RSD release for an underrated favorite

This year's Record Store Day (April 13th) will include a Trevor-related release, which is always good news for collectors.  Boutique label Wargod Collective will be issuing a few soundtrack albums for RSD this year and one of them is for the 2007 Lonely Island-helmed comedy Hot Rod, which has never previously been released on vinyl.  However, this one is going to be hard to come by for those of us in the US...

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As described on the official website:
Quickly approaching cult comedy status, Hot Rod’s over the top soundtrack has become just as memorable as the film itself – featuring a mostly 80s inspired track list that boasts Cutting Crew, Moving Pictures, and yes, four Europe songs. Also contains dialogue from your favorites in The Lonely Island crew (led by Andy Samberg), plus Danny McBride, and Bill Hader. Limited to 1,000 copies including 700 on red/white/blue striped vinyl and 300 on “dong bag yellow.”

And the soundtrack also contains three selections from Trevor's score for the movie, including the stirring "Stunt Suite," yet another example of Trevor's "human highlight reel" type of composing.

So for those of you on this side of the pond looking to add to your collections, you might want to check your favorite import sites and also scope out eBay in the weeks after RSD to see if any of these copies become available.