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Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins -- who were neither a duo nor related, but simply named after the Tin Tin cartoon -- were one of the more popular synth pop groups of the early MTV era, scoring a handful of hits before fading away into lite-funk obscurity. While many of their contemporaries indulged in stylish variations on Roxy Music or robotic electronic funk, the Thompson Twins were more pop-oriented, even when they strayed into dance-pop. Despite their success -- "Hold Me Now," "Lay Your Hands on Me," "King for a Day" all reached the U.S. Top Ten -- the group was unable to successfully expand their synth pop sound and, consequently, their audience had virtually disappeared by the late '80s.

Founding member Tom Bailey was attending a teacher's college in Cheshire, England and harboring dreams of becoming a classical pianist when he met Joe Leeway, a fledgling actor, in 1977. The pair hit it off, yet Leeway wasn't part of the original incarnation of the Thompson Twins, which featured Bailey (vocals, keyboards), guitarist Pete Dodd, guitarist John Roog, and drummer Chris Bell. During the late '70s and early '80s, the band released a handful of independent singles and became fixtures on the burgeoning New Romantic scene in London before signing with Arista Records in 1981. That year, they released their debut album, A Product Of..., to little attention.

Not long after the release of A Product Of..., Bailey added his girlfriend Alannah Currie (percussion, saxophone, vocals), Joe Leeway (percussion, vocal), and former Soft Boys bassist Matthew Seligman to the group. The Thompson Twins recorded one album in this seven-piece incarnation, 1982's Set, which was released in America as In the Name of Love. The record was a bomb, and following its release, the group was trimmed to a trio -- Bailey, Currie, and Leeway. The revamped Thompson Twins released Quick Step and Side Kick in 1983, and the album became a major hit in the U.K., climbing all the way to number two, as the singles "Love on Your Side" and "We Are Detective" reached the Top Ten. In America, the record was released under the truncated title Side Kicks and earned a cult following.

The Thompson Twins had their American commercial breakthrough in 1984 with Into the Gap. "Hold Me Now," the first single from the album, became a bigger hit in the U.S. than it did in the U.K., peaking at number three; it reached number four in England. Into the Gap also featured the hits "Doctor Doctor" and "You Take Me Up," and the Thompson Twins quickly followed the record in 1985 with Here's to Future Days. "Lay Your Hands on Me" became an American Top Ten hit, as did "King for a Day," but none of the singles from the record became major hits in the U.K., signaling that the group's popularity was beginning to decline. Leeway left the group in 1986, and the Thompson Twins remained a duo, releasing Close to the Bone the following year. Bailey and Currie made their romance public in 1988, when the couple had a child. That same year, they released the remix album The Best of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes, which was generally ignored.

By the late '80s, the Thompson Twins' audience had decreased substantially. Big Trash, their 1989 debut for Warner, produced the minor U.S. hit "Sugar Daddy," but it was overlooked in England. In 1991, they released Queer, which was ignored in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 1994, Bailey and Currie decided to form a new band, Babble, in order to explore newer electronic musics such as ambient. Working with programmer Keith Fernley, Babble released The Stone in 1994 on Reprise to little notice. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Play With Me (Jane) / The Saint

1. Play With Me (Jane) (7'' Edit)

2. Play With Me (Jane) (Full On Mix)

3. The Saint (Feedback Max Remix Edit)

4. Play With Me (Jane) (Sweet Garage Mix)

5. The Saint (Feedback Max Remix)

6. The Saint (Feedback Max Hard Groove Mix)

7. Play With Me (Jane) (Full On Piano Mix (Edit))

8. Play With Me (Jane)

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Track List: Come Inside

1. Come Inside (C & C Club Mix Edit)

2. Come Inside (Feedback Max House Mix)

3. Come Inside

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Track List: Groove On

1. Groove On (Rev. T's Club Groove)

2. Groove On (Techno Groove Mix)

3. Groove On (Rev T's Church Dub Groove)

4. Groove On (Extended Groove Mix)

5. Groove On (Classic Groove Mix)

6. Queer

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Track List: The Saint

1. The Saint (Feedback Max Remix)

2. The Saint (Feedback Max Hard Groove)

3. The Saint

4. The Saint (Def Sonic 12'' Mix)

5. The Saint (Red Zone Dub)

6. The Saint (8th Street Dub)

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Track List: Sugar Daddy

1. Sugar Daddy (Sweet N' Low Mix)

2. Sugar Daddy (Big Daddy's Dub)

3. Sugar Daddy (7" Remix)

4. Sugar Daddy (Velvet Rail Mix)

5. Sugar Daddy (Velvet Rail Dub)

6. Monkey Man

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Track List: Here's To Future Days

1. Don't Mess With Doctor Dream (Edit)

2. Lay Your Hands On Me

3. Future Days

4. You Killed The Clown

5. Revolution

6. King For A Day

7. Love Is The Law

8. Emperor's Clothes, Pt. 1

9. Tokyo

10. Breakaway

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Track List: Dance Vault Remixes

1. Doctor! Doctor! (Radio Mix)

2. Doctor! Doctor!

3. Doctor! Doctor! (12" Extended Mix) (Extended Version)

4. Hold Me Now

5. Hold Me Now (Extended Short)

6. Hold Me Now (12" Extended Mix) (Extended Version)

7. Lay Your Hands On Me (UK Single)

8. Lay Your Hands On Me

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Track List: Platinum & Gold Collection

1. In the Name of Love

2. Lies

3. We Are Detective

4. Love on Your Side

5. If You Were Here

6. Hold Me Now

7. Doctor! Doctor!

9. Lay Your Hands On Me

10. King For A Day

11. Nothing In Common

12. Get That Love

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Track List: Master Hits

2. Bouncing

3. Lies

4. Hold Me Now

5. Day After Day

6. Who Can Stop The Rain

7. Lay Your Hands On Me

8. King For A Day

10. Follow Your Heart

11. Perfect Day

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. In The Name Of Love

2. Lies

3. We Are Detective

4. If You Were Here

5. Love On Your Side

6. Hold Me Now

7. Doctor! Doctor!

8. You Take Me Up

9. The Gap

10. Sister Of Mercy

11. Don't Mess With Doctor Dream

12. Lay Your Hands On Me

13. King For A Day

14. Nothing In Common

15. Get That Love

16. Long Goodbye

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Track List: Play With Me (Jane)

1. Play With Me (Jane) (7'' Edit)

2. Play With Me (Jane) (Full On Mix)

3. Play With Me (Jane) (Dub Wash Mix)

4. Play With Me (Jane) (African NCP Mix)

5. Play With Me (Jane) (Full On Piano Mix (Edit))

6. Play With Me (Jane) (Sweet Garage Mix)

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Track List: Queer

1. Come Inside

2. Flower Girl

3. My Funky Valentine

4. Queer

5. Groove On

6. Strange Jane

7. Shake It Down

8. Wind It Up

9. Flesh And Blood

10. The Invisible Man

11. The Saint

12. Come Inside [Feedback Max Remix]

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Track List: The Best Of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes

2. Lies

3. Love On Your Side

5. The Gap

6. Hold Me Now

7. Doctor! Doctor!

8. You Take Me Up!

10. Get That Love

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Track List: Big Trash

1. Sugar Daddy

2. Queen Of The U.S.A.

3. Bombers In The Sky

4. This Girl's On Fire

5. T.V. On

6. Big Trash

7. Salvador Dali's Car

8. Rock This Boat

9. Dirty Summer's Day

10. Love Jungle

11. Wild

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Track List: Here's To Future Days (Expanded Edition)

Disc 1

1. Don't Mess With Doctor Dream

2. Lay Your Hands On Me

3. Future Days

4. You Killed The Clown

5. Revolution

6. King For A Day

7. Love Is The Law

9. Tokyo

10. Breakaway

11. Roll Over

12. Shoot Out (Don't Mess With Doctor Dream)

13. Alice (Lay Your Hands On Me)

14. Heavens Above! (Future Days)

15. The Kiss (Tokyo)

16. Desert Dancers (Breakaway)

Disc 2

2. The Lewis Carol (Adventures In Wonderland)

12. The Fourth Sunday

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Track List: Into The Gap

1. Doctor! Doctor!

2. You Take Me Up

3. Hold Me Now

4. Day After Day

5. No Peace For The Wicked

6. The Gap

7. Sister Of Mercy

8. Storm On The Sea

9. Who Can Stop The Rain

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Thomson Twins were so funky. Fun music.
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I'm in love with a gay man guy
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The 80'$ rocked!! Ahh to be young again!!
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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mtv...
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Where's My MTV ? :)!!!!
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Doctor doctor is this a bad case of vd?
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Doctor, Doctor, can't you see I'm burning, burning? Oh Doctor, Doctor, is this love I'm feeling?
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MTV video days.. Wow
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the Thompson Twins is one of the awesomest bands ever I especially love this song: Lay your hands on me keep on rocking Thompson twins!!
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The ex mix-wow
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I love hold me now. I seen the music video before on pop up video.
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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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I love this songs hold me now
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Go trump this is our song!!!
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long duck dong
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GREAT song! All the little filler notes bring it to life in a way that few other songs ever even tried to do. I'd sit and listen to the background extras...
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the best of the best
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Love it ❤
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Trump stinks
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sulynnclapp0 2
Not my Favorite by them, but still a classic!
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The Thompson Twins is alright.i like the Bella Twins they having fun.the Olsen twin twins,they are mean!.to Karen and Stella,the saint Mary's college Bella Twins.merry Christmas...
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cherylant
16 candles
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Music from the descent.
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One descent song then gone for good!
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Yes it was
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omg ! Omd I miss ducky and Molly.
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Best ever music in the 80s...good old day
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I was responsible for Clive Davis signing them to Arista Records in the US. (Plus, I love them!)
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The instruments on this song are absolutely awesome
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lasiter803
Here's To Future Days, great album. My Generation!
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BOOO U Horrable
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Love this song...hold me now ,oh hold my heart stay with me let love be....beauti f u l
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I need help...where gonna be on the streets I can't get a Plc...plz tell to me.
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If You Were Here...at end of the awesome movie, Sixteen Candles
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love this song from a better time!!
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Crazy about song
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Love this song
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Love this song.
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Hold me. Know you broke my heart
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hold me now let loving begin I will stay. with you forever in your lovin arms now my darling Mike your mimi
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Miss this music! Wish it would come back with hair bands!
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I will hold your heart I will stay with you my Mike your mimi
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Hold me now!
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The 80s are the best much luv shorty
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Thompson Twins are cool,but where are they now?.comment s to the big j. And my lover girl hope...
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Always reminds me of the end of "Pretty in Pink".
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