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Thinkman was an electro-pop-rock band of the late 1980s and early 1990s which acted as a vehicle for singer/songwriter/producer Rupert Hine.

Their first appearance was on the soundtrack to Savage Steve Holland’s first feature film “Better Off Dead”. Thinkman was conceived about a year before as a ‘front’ for producer Rupert Hine following his three solo albums in the first half of the 1980s. The three other band members that appeared with Hine both on their videos and limited live performances were actors.

Rupert Hine and his collaborator, Jeannette-Thérese Obstoj, had originally planned a feature film that coincided with Rupert Hine’s signing to Island Records. In the original script here were some 40 Thinkman in total, and their role was that of media terrorists. Reportedly the budget spiraled and it was felt prudent to put the movie on hold and start by releasing the ‘soundtrack’ first. The album was called ‘The Formula’ and it became one of Rupert Hine’s best-sellers. Whilst the actors made no appearance on the album, Jamie West-Oram from The Fixx and Stewart Copeland from The Police did. Guest vocals on the title track from one of Rupert Hine’s favorite artists at the time, Lisa Dalbello, from Canada.

The second album, ‘Life Is a Full Time Occupation’, was released two years later. Accompanied by the same actors for both visuals and promotion, the album was a hybrid between the modd of ‘The Formula’ and a ‘dance’ energy arrangement. The lyrical content was also split between the ‘media-terrorist’ songs and something altogether lighter.


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  • poisonousPink

    Thinkman got to be one of my all time fave band. Why so unappreciated!?

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • aharris08

    thanks rupert. might find it strange but i played the formula hundreds of times back in the day. the challenge is my fave track by far, followed by the formula. wanna remake both in a bad way... :)

    28 Apr 2008 Reply

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