Luke Haines

Luke Haines
Many have attempted to define what makes Luke Haines the man he is; many have given up that particular challenge as a lost cause.

Born of the influences of Surrey, Portsmouth and the London College of Music, Haines left his first band The Servants (a pre-Haines line-up version of whom featured on the original NME C86 tape) in 1992 in search of a fiefdom of his own creation. The resulting amalgam of Haines, his girlfriend Alice Readman, former classmate Glenn Collins and cellist James Banbury became The Auteurs.

The band got off to a flying start, their 1993 Hut Records debut release ‘New Wave’ being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. However Haines’ ambivalence to his peers and frustration at being associated with the burgeoning Britpop scene meant that The Auteurs remained firmly on the sidelines of the music business, losing ‘big-fiddle’ man Banbury in the C process.

Barny Rockford debuted on the follow up album, ‘Now I’m A Cowboy’ (featuring Haines’ most frequently cited track ‘Lenny Valentino’) before the band released an album of songs remixed by producer µ-Ziq (at the time Haines was quoted as finding techno and house more musically interesting than most Britpop bands).

Following a hiatus, the result of two broken ankles sustained when Haines jumped from a wall, The Auteurs released two more albums (‘After Murder Park’ and ‘How I Learned to Love the Bootboys’) before ceasing to exist.

Haines drove on however, releasing an album of funk and electronica backed, terrorist inspired lyrics under the name of Baader Meinhof before teaming up with John Moore (The Jesus and Mary Chain) and Sarah Nixey to create a new project, Black Box Recorder.

The 2000’s saw Haines release material both with Black Box Recorder and under his own name, but throughout he remained, and still remains, indefinable.

“I am a cell of one. Great art must be created in isolation.”

— Luke Haines

Selected Albums

The Auteurs : New Wave - 1993
The Auteurs : New Wave - 1993
“With their 1993 debut album, New Wave, The Auteurs established themselves as one of England's best guitar bands of the early '90s”: Allmusic.com
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The Auteurs : Now I'm a Cowboy - 1994
The Auteurs : Now I'm a Cowboy - 1994
“Song for song, this is one of the strongest collections of smart pop since the Auteurs' last album”: Washington Post.
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The Auteurs : After Murder Park - 1996
The Auteurs : After Murder Park - 1996
“Sometimes Luke Haines can be mildly addictive. Sometimes he can sound like a dead librarian”: Melody Maker, 2nd March 1996
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The Auteurs : How I Learned to Love the Bootboys - 1999
The Auteurs : How I Learned to Love the Bootboys - 1999
“Surely the few who have stuck around since New Wave are being spoiled rotten by the Auteurs' remarkable consistency”: iTunes
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Black Box Recorder : England Made Me - 1998
Black Box Recorder : England Made Me - 1998
“Each song sounds sparse because it is infused with a spatial quality that suggests beneath it all there is only emptiness, and nothing good comes from emptiness”: AllMusic
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Black Box Recorder : Fact of Life - 2000
Black Box Recorder : Fact of Life - 2000
“Catchy, intelligent and frequently heartbreakingly poignant, it proves saccharine is no bar to excellence”: NME
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Luke Haines : 21st Century Man - 2009
Luke Haines : 21st Century Man - 2009
“…the world is better off with such a wilful refusenik”: BBC Music
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Luke Haines : 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations.... - 2011
Luke Haines : 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations.... - 2011
"It’s florid, grubby and beautifully orchestrated as a ‘belly-splash’ combo. But even if you’re a Haines fan, trying to make sense of it may defeat you”: Metro
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