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Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 7:10 pm
by Dog
In what I’m claiming as a "forum exclusive" :D, production giant Stephen Hague has kindly agreed to answer our questions via email.

Not only did Stephen produce the Pet Shop Boys’ debut, he also worked his magic on Actually (What have I done to deserve this?, It’s a sin and King’s Cross), Very, DJ culture, Disappointed and the Closer to Heaven cast recording. He’s a key player in the Pet Shop Boys’ story and, in the month of Please’s 30th anniversary, there’s no better time to ask him to reflect on this period and these recordings which mean so much to us all.

If you’ve a question you’d like to put to Stephen, please add it to this thread or send me a DM. I’m sure we can come up with some great ones. I will then collate them and send them through - hopefully we can gain some new insights into this part of the catalogue. Please be aware that Stephen may choose not to answer them all and that at this point I do not know how quickly he will respond. I’ll publish his answers on this forum in due course.

I’m hoping this will be the first in a series so please have a think and get involved.

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 7:32 pm
by stopthecar
When is the reissue going to be released ? And is he involved in the project ?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 7:36 pm
by dynamobjornen
How did he get involved in the project? And what was his first impression of Neil and Chris?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 7:48 pm
by Danimal
What was the nature of your contribution to the album?
Were there any songs from any of the albums you worked on with PSB that were never released but should have been?
Are there any plans to work with them again?
What's going on with the long-delayed Dubstar album?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 7:54 pm
by Luke Colorado
Who would win in a fight: him or Pete Gleadall?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 8:14 pm
by le petit corbusier
-What does he think of their recent work?

-What's his fav psb album/song.

-Is there any psb album/song he wished he had worked in?

-What does he think of Bobby O?

-Did he ever think West End Girls would become such a great record when he first started working in it?

Not very original questions...

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:00 pm
by Tom Angel
Were there any songs that he worked on/knew about that never made the first few albums? That perhaps remain unreleased.
Did he see them write any songs, if so, how does the process look?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:01 pm
by Remark
Luke Colorado wrote:Who would win in a fight: him or Pete Gleadall?
:lol:

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:01 pm
by Remark
le petit corbusier wrote:-What does he think of their recent work?

-What's his fav psb album/song.

-Is there any psb album/song he wished he had worked in?

-What does he think of Bobby O?

-Did he ever think West End Girls would become such a great record when he first started working in it?

Not very original questions...
I love these questions.

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:20 pm
by Old Soak
Did Stephen listen to, and take heed of the Bobby O versions before producing or ignore them/not have access to them?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:26 pm
by TallThinMan
Thanks for doing this. My questions are:

* Exactly how was that famous West End Girls bass sound created?
* Name one thing you learned from working with Neil and Chris and one thing you taught them

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 9:32 pm
by landwijn
While following the career of the Boys, which step they made did you not understand and still think is(or was) a big mistake?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 10:10 pm
by MikeyC
Thanks for the opportunity!

I would ask about the working relationship in the studio between Stephen and N&C... i.e. did they bounce ideas off each other? Did they together come up with sounds, did they experiment together? Thanks.

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 11:25 pm
by lucienchardon
This is great. Stephen Hague produced some of my all time favorite records. I would ask him:

How is working with Neil and Chris different from working with other artists?

Re: Please 30th anniversary – put your questions to Stephen Hague

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 11:36 pm
by NikacP0kac
What is the biggest difference in the studio when comparing Neil to Chris (who does what, who provides insight in which part of the production etc.)?

Were there any other singles planned or any alternative ideas to the singles they released in the end (for instance if Why Don't We Live Together? or Two Divided By Zero were planned as singles instead of let's say Opportunities or Love Comes Quickly)?

What was the first song you finished working on in the Please sessions, what was the last one?