Steve Hillage

Steve Hillage (born Aug. 2, 1951) is an English guitarist, composer, and producer from London who initially emerged under the psuedonym Simon Sasparella in psych-rockers Arzachel alongside keyboardist Dave Stewart. The two re-teamed in the band Khan with bassist Nicholas Greenwood, releasing the album Space Shanty on Deram in 1972. After playing on Kevin Ayer‘s 1973 release Bananamour, Hillage began a two-year stint with space-rockers Gong, appearing on the albums Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg, and You.

As a solo artist, Hillage released eight studio albums and a live double-LP on Virgin between 1975 and 1982. Notable releases from this period include the 1976 Todd Rundgren-produced/Utopia-backed L and its 1977 followup Motivation Radio, both featuring the guitarist’s trademark glissando style.

In April 1980, Hillage partook in an all-star concert fill-in for imprisoned Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwall. The two-night event — which also featured appearances by Robert Smith, Robert Fripp, Richard Jobson, Toyah Wilcox, Peter Hammill, John Ellis, and Hazel O’Connor — is documented on the archival Castle Music release The Stranglers and Friends: Live in Concert. During the 1980s, Hillage produced albums for Nash the Slash, Simple Minds, Real Life, Cock Robin, Marc Seberg, and Murray Head.

Discography:

  • Fish Rising (1975)
  • L (1976)
  • Motivation Radio (1977)
  • Green (1978)
  • Open (1979)
  • Rainbow Dome Musick (1979)
  • Live Herald (2LP, 1979)
  • And Not Or (1982)
  • For to Next (1982)

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