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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, Rovi
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Cool tunes.
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Lo ve my time music !!!!!
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amye45
ah, the mullet
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I can't hear this song without getting emotional. Its so so good.
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Yup .love this song. Brings back memories.
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Doctor I need 80's medicine lol
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I love this song
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Got my SiruisXm back on in the family hauler!!!! Back to the 80's!!!!!
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Love this song one love the 80`s
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Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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Good song
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doctor, doctor I need a dose of the flashback 80's
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Thomson twins take me back
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God Bless Pandora & God Speed Love your selection of Music. Keep Trucking. Charles Joseph
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I made love to most of the girls at SFA in Joliet in the 80s to this song in the backseat of my red IROC-Z behind Rocky Rococco's on Jefferson St.
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There's 3 of them, how are they twins?
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johnmargie6
The 80's music said something!
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I really miss the 80s music!!!
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This is why I love the music from the 80s! This song reminds me of that great music era.
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rob9506
The 80's were truly great!
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I agree about it being a memory! Miss this genre!
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Love this music!! Wish this music could not be just a memory. It's still great!
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mscarmellanh
Love the Thompson Twins, love MTV 80s. Those WERE the days!
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brightnessfa l l s 0 5
I'm a 65 year old hippie who saw Big Brother and Janis Joplin in a roller skating ring. I love the 60's stuff but I love the 80's new wave music more, along with the Smiths etc. Never wears out!!
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vilodalri
Lay Your Hands On Me - Epic
(they're not really twins. shhh)
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punkdaddy131 3
How are the Thompson Twins on my Shoegaze channel? They're synth-pop!!
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bumozella
Weird band but I remember the band. The girl had this weird movement. We just thought she could not dance. Love his voice and the band. 80s chick/ MTV. Those were the days.....���
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Always loved there sound...when I was 16 & now at 45...they r still alive & kickin...ref e r e n c e = S i m p l e Minds.
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yeah, they were way cool , the 80's had great syn pop
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I loved this band. I still listen to there music
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I also was at the Winery concert, and Tom Bailey was fantastic!! Played most of the best songs. Had everyone dancing in the isles! Ever get a chance, go see them!
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Let lovin start. To the one I love :-)
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"QUEER" is an absolute gem! The best later days TT album ever! Why doesn't Pandora have it to play? Shame......
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I was at the Mountain Winery show as well...Tom Bailey was outstanding!
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mikepascarel l o
Went to Tom Bailey's concert in Saratoga. Awesome show and Tom is a great musician. Hope he continues to tour. This is a show not to be missed.
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csnow75
Ridiculously poor bio guys. TTs were more that a one-hit wonder by your own accord, how about some credit Doctor Erlewine/Rov i ?

(paragraph 4) By the late '80s, (their) audience had decreased substantiall y . . . overlooked in England... ignored in both the U.S. and the U.K.... released...t o little notice
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I love the Thompson twins music .
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You say I'm a dreamer,were two of a kind,both of us searching for a world we know we'll never find...
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Doctor !Doctor! An iconic dance floor tune from my younger days. Gotta smile!!!!
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Now,, me hold,,,
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yep! i saw them as amateurs at the Narrabeen Antler pub (now Narrabeen sands) & they rocked the house!!!!
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Cool band80s rocked
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I scared myself into posting this...I am sorry...


Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your
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I f**ked my own god and you can too! find out how!
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takenbystorm 7 0
I scared myself into posting this...I am sorry...


Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the scree n in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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Love the Thompson Twins! Going to see Tom Bailey in August along with Howard Jones! :)
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Totally 80's rocks!
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a1yayoo
adorable like there songs 3 of them
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johnmargie6
Music Is UNIVERSAL... . .
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