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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: Master Hits

1. In The Name Of Love (UK Album Version)

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

9. Emperor's Clothes (Part 1)

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: The Best Of Thompson Twins - Greatest Mixes

1. In The Name Of Love '88

2. Lies

3. Love On Your Side

4. Lay Your Hands On Me

5. The Gap

6. Hold Me Now

7. Doctor! Doctor!

8. You Take Me Up!

9. King For A Day

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: 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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I'm Only 23, Jammin To This Is 2016..

WhenMusicWas M u s i c !
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There best tune.
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The best ever! Best music the 80s
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agubisch8
The 80's Music... The good old days!
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Tattered and torn..


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❤❤❤❤❤
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Tka
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Hold me NOW!!!
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Man, I loved these band when I was a kid!
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Ohl,yes we all WANT someone to hold and to hold us to tight!��
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dmwietstock - I get a real kick out of teenagers appreciating the same music I listened to when I was a teen.
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Love this song omg Amazing!!!!!
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You say I'm a dreama ,we're two of a kind we're both in search of a perfect world we'll never find....best line !
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fennecfun
Sister of Mercy is AMAZING!!!
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Totally awesome like oh my god
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Everybody's reminiscing the 80's and I'm here like, Don't mind the 15 year old listening to this...
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I, too, miss the 80's so much and am so grateful that I got to be a teenager back then. The music was the best--in all genres.

By the way, they put the same bio for every song of any given artist, so if you say I love this song it might be the song playing and it might not. It would be a good idea to put the name of the song if one in particular moves you. :) Have a blessed day!!
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hozay768
These r words I don't want to say to my doctor....
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I'm 27 years old and I love 80s music this is a great song I was born in 1988
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I like hold me now
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This 80s song takes me back,,,
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good song the 80's were great
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Great song ��
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Love these guys still , f**king awesome
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All time favorite. Thanks Thompson Twins!
xoxo
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I miss songs like this on the radio. I have great memories of listening to this song in art class in high school. Wonderful days gone by.
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I love this song so sweet
A nice down memory lane

0:o))
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nice
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My laughter just goes on and on, i miss all of is,god rest your soul peter
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Wow rick dees,i thought he was gone
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Lay your hands on me,back and forth,thank u john u laid your hands on me!!!!!
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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@angeltrumpe t 4 But Rick Dees is still very much alive.
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Doctor, doctor, can't u see I'm burning???
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Yeah , it brings back memories sounds better than the RAP CRAP
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It's good to be the king..
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Great memories...n o t h i n g like the 80's
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Thompson Twins..takes me back to high school
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Thinking about growing up in the 80s makes me want to cry, where did the time go?
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I still wonder what has happened to all us, I remember your beautiful red hair,Alana's smile
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Good song hold me now
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God rest Rick dees,what a great guy
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garammasala1 9 6 8
One of the best. Love their heart, mix of instruments and global sound.
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localpeople
Yes, love love love 80's music!! Love Pandora!
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elenatorres3 1
Because Tintin holds a special place in my heart, I feel obliged to point out that it is never spelled with a space. Tintin, not Tin Tin. Never Tin Tin.
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If I was queen just for one day,wow this world would be turned over and over,the love would be flowing like lava
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80'S will always be my fav decade for music.
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I still will always love them,delicio u s
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Love yeah
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