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Luke Haines

Luke Haines is an English musician and writer. He has recorded under the name of the Auteurs and Black Box Recorder. His books include the bestselling Bad Vibes – Britpop and My Part in Its Downfall. His latest solo album, Smash The System, is out on Cherry Red Records on October 7, 2016. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and his website.

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Bio

Formerly of mid 90s electro-indie bands The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder, this legendary front man has gone solo with a hip-hop/pop pastiche sound to play to a well establised following of fans. Relentlessly highbrow, Haines's dark-but-mischievous lyrics typically fall into three groups: musings on obscure Anglicana (The Mitford Sisters, Freddie Mills is Dead), bitter attacks on modern society, particularly the arts (The Death of Sarah Lucas, Christ) and twisted 1970s anti-nostalgia (Leeds United, Here's to Old England) - with the odd dash of self-aggrandisement thrown in for good measure. Despite cultivating an image as a sinister misanthrope over the past fifteen years, Haines's live sets are notable for his self-deprecating humour and between-songs banter - and for their surprising brevity. But considering that most of his songs are well under three minutes, this doesn't necessarily mean a short set list. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Beatle Bores Beware: Luke Haines Loved Yoko’s Yes, I’m a Witch Too

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By Luke Haines | December 19, 2016

Beatle Bores Beware: Luke Haines Loved Yoko’s Yes, I’m a Witch Too

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) may not be much for the Fab Four, but he’s certainly down with Yoko Ono.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Blackbox Recorder) Was Not Thrilled When He Heard the Pixies Had a New Record

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By Luke Haines | September 30, 2016

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Blackbox Recorder) Was Not Thrilled When He Heard the Pixies Had a New Record

Luckily, Head Carrier delivered.

Luke Haines Deems the Monkees’ Good Times! the Album of the Year

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By Luke Haines | June 2, 2016

Luke Haines Deems the Monkees’ Good Times! the Album of the Year

Sorry Radiohead. Sorry Bowie. It’s all about those fantastic Monkee voices.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Really Wanted to Like Richard Ashcroft’s These People

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By Luke Haines | May 20, 2016

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Really Wanted to Like Richard Ashcroft’s These People

Sadly, it was cockless and weak as a runt child's piss.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks One Direction’s Made in the AM

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By Luke Haines | December 14, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks One Direction’s Made in the AM

Our middle-aged writer takes on the massive boy band's latest—but turns down the iPod lest any music leak out and people think he's creepy and mental.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Robert Forster’s Songs to Play

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By Luke Haines | September 18, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Robert Forster’s Songs to Play

Forster sounds agog with the possibilities that life has to offer on his first release in seven years — and his hair is still excellent.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks the Libertines’ “Gunga Din”

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By Luke Haines | July 20, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks the Libertines’ “Gunga Din”

Luke Haines detests reunited bands as much as anybody, but "Gunga Din" is the Libertines' redemption song. All is forgiven, Pete ‘n’ Carl.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks FFS’ FFS

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By Luke Haines | June 8, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks FFS’ FFS

Mr. Haines was prepared to dislike FFS but concludes, "If you don't like it, you are either a lobotomised eunuch or a British restaurant critic."

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Noel Gallagher and the Scourge of Dad-rock

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By Luke Haines | March 7, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Noel Gallagher and the Scourge of Dad-rock

We’re not going to mince words: this piece is just Luke Haines mercilessly ripping on Noel Gallagher.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Aphex Twin’s Syro

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By Luke Haines | January 5, 2015

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Aphex Twin’s Syro

Maybe Aphex Twin is a sphinx without a riddle. Maybe pop can't really sound new again. Maybe Syro is best heard with the volume down low.

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Morrissey’s World Peace Is None of Your Business

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By Luke Haines | July 11, 2014

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Morrissey’s World Peace Is None of Your Business

Every year on the 26th of December in Clovis, New Mexico, a pageant takes place. It is known as the Real Feast of St. Steven. Hundreds of...

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Sleaford Mods’ Divide and Exit

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By Luke Haines | April 30, 2014

Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder) Talks Sleaford Mods’ Divide and Exit

What have almost all new bands/musicians in the UK got in common? Hype. Seemingly the only way to launch the "career" of a new artist. The music...