FACTOID # 22: South Dakota has the highest employment ratio in America, but the lowest median earnings of full-time male employees.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Thompson Twins
Thompson Twins

Background information
Origin Sheffield, Huddersfield and Halifax
Genre(s) Pop, Dance, New wave, Synth pop
Years active 19771993
Label(s) Dirty Discs
Latent
Tee Records
Arista Records
Warner Bros Records
Red Eye Records
Associated
acts
Babble
Former members
Tom Bailey
Alannah Currie
Joe Leeway
Pete Dodd
John Roog
Chris Bell
Jane Shorter
Matthew Seligman
Andrew Edge
Jon Podgorski

The Thompson Twins were an English New Wave/pop band normally associated with the 1980s. The band formed in April 1977, and disbanded in May 1993. Thompson Twins 1983 Love On Your Side promotional photo (fair use) Joe Leeway, Alannah Currie, Tom Bailey This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Statistics Population: 146,234 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE145165 Administration District: Kirklees Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (West Riding) Services Police force: West Yorkshire Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance... This article is about the English town - see Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia for the city in Canada, and Halifax for everywhere else Statistics Population: 82,056 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE335205 Administration District: Calderdale Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dance music is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations and shows and raves. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tee Records was the imprint used solely by the Thompson Twins in the UK for their first 2 albums and corresponding singles. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Warner Bros. ... Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1956 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England) was the leader of the British band Thompson Twins. ... Former member of the band Thompson Twins and Babble. ... Joe Leeway born on 15 November 1957, in Islington, London, was the multi-instrumentalist, bass guitar specialist, and stylings guru, for the 80s band, The Thompson Twins. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Contents

Overview

Massively popular in the mid-1980s, the band scored a string of hits in the UK, broke into the USA and Canada and enjoyed huge popularity around the globe. Total worldwide record sales are estimated at 50 million. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives in Hergé's comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin. Thomson and Thompson (Dupont et Dupond) This wooden toy depicts Thompson, albeit without his characteristic bowler hat. ... Georges Remi (May 22, 1907 – March 3, 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... The main cast of the series. ...


The early band

In 1977, the original Thompon Twins consisted of Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1954, in Halifax, Yorkshire) on bass and vocals, Pete Dodd on guitar and vocals, John Roog on guitar, and Jon Podgorski (known as "Pod") on drums. Dodd and Roog first met when they were both 13 years old. Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1956 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England) was the leader of the British band Thompson Twins. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the English town - see Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia for the city in Canada, and Halifax for everywhere else Statistics Population: 82,056 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE335205 Administration District: Calderdale Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Originally a New Wave and power pop band, the band moved south from Sheffield to London, but, having so little money, they lived as squatters in Lillieshall Road, London. Future Thompson Twins' member, Alannah Currie, lived in another squat in the same street — which is how she met Bailey. The term New Wave has been used to describe several movements in art. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about occupying land without permission. ... Former member of the band Thompson Twins and Babble. ...


It was in this ramshackle and run-down house that they found a (not totally legal) way of "borrowing" electricity from the house next door. Bailey described themselves (laughingly) as "spongers" (meaning parasites) back then, as they were living on very little, and scavenging everything they could lay their hands on. He even said that the only instruments they had were bought, or had been "stolen or borrowed". Dodd managed to get a council flat not far away. The council house is a form of public housing found in the United Kingdom. ...


Their roadie at that time was John Hade, who lived in the same house, and who later became their manager. He was not only a fan of the band, but was also a trusted friend of Bailey's. He would later play a deciding role in their international success. The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour, usually in sleeper buses, with musicians and who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ...


As "Pod" Podgorski had decided to stay in the north, they auditoned for drummers at The Point Studio in Victoria, London. Dick O'Dell (Disco Dell) the manager of The Pop Group and the Slits also had an office in the same building. The Pop Group were a post-punk band from Bristol, United Kingdom whose uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz and dub reggae. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Andrew Edge joined them on drums for less than one year, but left because of the subliminal tension between the other band members. Edge went on to join Savage Progress, who later toured with the Thompson Twins as their support act on the 1984 UK tour. This came about because both bands had the same publishing company, Point Music. Its owner (Rupert Merton) would later sign the band known as Underworld. Savage Progress was a pop group in the 1980s, from England, that had hits in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ...


The Thompsons Twins first publishing contract with Merton was extremely fair and financially balanced between all the members, as the songwriter(s) — mainly Bailey and Dodd — gave a percentage (albeit smaller) to the other musicians. A publishing contract is a legal contract between a publisher and a writer or author (or more than one), to publish written material by the writer(s) or author(s). ...


Their music was tempo-driven — meaning as fast as was possible — and the vocals were split between Bailey and Dodd. The titles and subjects of their songs at that stage varied from "Squares & Triangles", "She's in Love with Mystery", and "Fast Food". There were often comments from fans, even at that early stage, that Bailey should take over all the singing duties. This added to the intellectually intense discussions in the band about which direction they should take.


They searched for a record label — mostly independent companies — and were rejected by many. One visit to the Rough Trade Record Shop/Record Label was humorous because after the band entered the small shop and asked at the counter where the A&R Department was, they were answered with, "This is it." Rough Trade Records was formerly an independent record label based in London, England. ... Template:Needs more detail In the music industry, artist and repertoire (A&R) refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and developing talent. ...


Their live gigs were mostly in universities, colleges and pubs, although they did occasionally play for almost nothing. Two examples were at a fire station squat in the Old Kent Road, London, and at a boxing competition for under-20s in Notting Hill. The word squat has different meanings: Squatting is a term for inhabiting unused land without title, especially in a city. ... Old Kent Road is a road in south London. ... For the film, see Notting Hill (film). ...


The big band

Thompson Twins, 1981. L-R: John Roog, Chris Bell, Joe Leeway, Pete Dodd, Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie & Matthew Seligman.
Thompson Twins, 1981. L-R: John Roog, Chris Bell, Joe Leeway, Pete Dodd, Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie & Matthew Seligman.

By 1981, the line-up was Bailey, Dodd, Roog and three new members: Chris Bell on drums, Joe Leeway on congas and percussion, and Jane Shorter on saxophone. This line up recorded the first Thompson Twins album A Product of ... (Participation). Currie, who had been hanging out with the band for a few years, played and sang on the first album, but was not yet a full member. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x2050, 317 KB)Thompson Twins promo photo from back of Make Believe single (1981). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x2050, 317 KB)Thompson Twins promo photo from back of Make Believe single (1981). ... Chris Bell can refer to: Chris Bell (musician) Chris Bell (politician) Chris Bell (rugby player) Chris Bell (author The Bumper Book of Lies, Liquidambar contributor The New Zealand Blogging Corporation) This human name article is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that might otherwise share the same title, which... Joe Leeway born on 15 November 1957, in Islington, London, was the multi-instrumentalist, bass guitar specialist, and stylings guru, for the 80s band, The Thompson Twins. ... A Product of . ...


Bell admitted in the beginning that he was "not a drummer at all", but with the encouragement and help of Bailey he steadily improved to provide a solid back-beat. The group's personnel eventually rose to as many as eleven members, who often invited enthusiastic audience members onstage to pound on makeshift percussion instruments.


This was a hard time — financially and emotionally — for the band, as they were touring as often as possible for very little return. Dodd remembered Bailey's driving technique as being distinctly scary during that period; "He would always automatically follow the vehicle in front through the traffic lights, even if the vehicle in front had gone through when the traffic light was red...".


After the first album, the band's line-up shifted yet again. Saxophone player Shorter dropped out, Currie was made an official member, and added was bassist Matthew Seligman, a former member of The Soft Boys. Bailey, meanwhile, moved to keyboards and became the band's lead vocalist, with Leeway being the lead vocalist on some tracks. The Soft Boys were an influential neo-psychedelic rock and roll band from Cambridge, England, formed in 1976 as Dennis and the Experts. ...


The band signed to Arista Records and released the album Set. Thomas Dolby played some keyboards, like the Oberheim, on Set and some live gigs, as Bailey had had little experience with synthesizers before then. Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Set is the second album recorded by English pop group Thompson Twins. ... Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson, on 14 October 1958) is an English musician best known for his 1982 synth pop hit She Blinded Me With Science. He is also a successful session musician, music producer, inventor and entrepreneur, whose company Beatnik, Inc. ... Oberheim Electronics is a company, founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro), which manufactured audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments. ...


Set contained the single "In The Name Of Love", sung and largely written by Bailey. It became a substantial dance club hit in the U.S., and the Set album would be released as In The Name Of Love in the U.S. to capitalize on the song's popularity; it entered the Billboard 200. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


According to Dodd (2005 interview) the album Set was "a synth fest", and the band used every keyboard that was available, as well as guitar, bass and drums.


The trio

After the success of "In The Name Of Love", Bailey, Currie and Leeway, liking and wanting to pursue the first single's different sound, toyed with the idea of starting a new band on the side, which they planned to call "The Bermuda Triangle".[1] When the single and album failed to make a substantial impact in the UK charts, Bailey down-sized the Thompson Twins to a core of three members (the well-known line-up of himself, Currie and Leeway) in April 1982.[2] The reason for the split was explained as a disagreement over who should be the lead singer. In a radical change, the other band members wanted to feature Leeway as the band's lead vocalist, but Bailey (naturally) disagreed. Leeway would go on to join the later version of the band that featured Bailey on lead vocals.


Although the split could have been seen as acrimonious, it was not, because the former members declined to go through the courts over the ownership of the band's name, but were persuaded to allow Bailey to carry on using it.


On UK TV, Seligman explained it so:

We were all given a piece of paper that we had to sign, which said that we were to be paid 500 pounds, and we could keep our instruments and equipment. It sounded like quite a good deal at the time..."

All the former members are still on friendly speaking terms, although Dodd once had the job of delivering a keyboard to Dolby some time later, but (to Dodd's irritation) Dolby failed to recognise him.


No longer having to work out songs in beer-sodden and sweaty rehearsal rooms, as well as dealing with the opinions of other musicians, Bailey could now work on his own, and at his own pace. Unfortunately this would back-fire on him in later years, as the strain of doing almost everything led to a breakdown.


The band abroad

Thompson Twins Logo, 1982–1986
Thompson Twins Logo, 1982–1986

The down-sized version included singer and main-musician Bailey, lyricist and percussionist Alannah Currie (born 20 September 1959 in Auckland, New Zealand), and actor, percussionist, and stylist Joe Leeway (born 15 November 1953, in Islington, London). The Thompson Twins trio then decided to go abroad and to free themselves of any UK influences, as well as to combine the songwriting for their first "trio" album with a very long holiday: "We went to Egypt to be totally isolated", Currie explained. "The old version of The Thompson Twins had just split up (sic) and now there were the three of us — Tom, Joe and myself — and we needed to get some new songs written". "We were always London-based", Bailey added. "Making London-type music, for London people. It was the bane of our lives and we wanted to make a break from that. So Egypt seemed a good place to go..." Thompson Twins Logo, 1982-1986 This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Thompson Twins Logo, 1982-1986 This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Former member of the band Thompson Twins and Babble. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Joe Leeway born on 15 November 1957, in Islington, London, was the multi-instrumentalist, bass guitar specialist, and stylings guru, for the 80s band, The Thompson Twins. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Islington is an inner-city district in north London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The new trio also had their share of in-fighting even after the other members had gone, Currie: "We did have terrible fights when we tried to work together. We threw things at one another and cried. It was all very traumatic, but we've worked so long together that we can cope with that. We know how to manipulate one another, you see, and stick the knife in. There's no democracy in the Thompson Twins; we run it on a totally Fascist basis". "After Egypt, we went to the Bahamas" Currie commented, "but we got bored", said Leeway. "There was nothing to do but swim around and look at different coloured corals." Currie continues: "So we came back to Britain and set up a studio in the ballroom of a mansion presided over by a crazy woman in Wiltshire" [3] Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ...


The synthesizers they used were: Yamaha DX-7, Yamaha CS-80, Roland Jupiter-8, E-mu Emulator, Fairlight CMI, and Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, which could be controlled by a basic computer programme. The Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer The Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis. ... The Yamaha CS-80 was a polyphonic analog synthesizer released in 1977. ... The Jupiter-8 was Rolands flagship analog synthesizer of the early 1980s, an eight-voice polyphonic synth which helped to define the New Wave genre, and it is still quite popular today. ... After seeing a Fairlight CMI at a convention in 1979, E-mu founders Scott Wedge and Dave Rossum began working on designing a less expensive sampler. ... The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was the first digital sampling synthesizer. ... The Prophet-5 was an analog synthesizer manufactured by Sequential Circuits in San Jose, California between 1978 and 1984. ...


The arrival of the Oberheim DMX [4] and the Linn LM-1 drum machines changed the whole face of music composition and recording, and for Bailey it must have seemed heaven-sent. Oberheim Electronics is a company, founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro), which manufactured audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments. ... An advertisement for the Linn LM-1, circa 1981 The LM-1 Drum Computer, manufactured by Linn Electronics, Inc. ...


International success

They broke into the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart at the beginning of 1983 with "Lies" and "Love On Your Side". Further singles from their third album Quick Step And Side Kick (called simply Side Kicks in the U.S.) followed with "We Are Detective" and "Watching". Bailey's flame-red hair and bright ponytail and Currie's wasp-swatting style at the xylophone swiftly becoming endearing images of an exciting new act. Bailey primarily wrote the music (with significant enough input from Leeway that he received co-authorship credit on all tracks), and Currie contributed most (if not all) of the lyrics. Leeway was also responsible for the band's exciting live visuals. The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Xylophone in Bali 1937 The xylophone (from the Greek meaning wooden sound) is a musical instrument in the percussion family which probably originated in Indonesia (Nettl 1956, p. ...


At the end of 1983, a single "Hold Me Now" was released. An extremely simple love song with gentle guitar lines, it marked a clear break from the Thompson Twins' previously hard-edged electronic sound. "Hold Me Now" relied almost wholly on an emotive piano, some clever percussion from Currie, and heartfelt vocals from Bailey. It hit the top three and remains one of the more timeless singles from an era and decade which tends to date a little more easily than others. A grand piano, with the lid up. ...


Four equally mature singles followed into 1984: the pop hit "Doctor! Doctor!"; the quirky "You Take Me Up" (at number two, their biggest UK hit); the haunting "Sister of Mercy"; and "The Gap" with its Middle Eastern rhythms (this was not released in the UK). The corresponding album, Into The Gap, was one of the bestsellers of the year, selling five million units worldwide and topping the British album charts. The album sold more copies than many of their contemporary's finest offerings, including Duran Duran's Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Eurythmics' Touch and Culture Club's Colour by Numbers. See also: 1983 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // [edit] Events January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Duran Duran are an English New Wave band notable for a long series of catchy, synthesizer-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. ... Seven and the Ragged Tiger is Duran Durans third studio album, released globally in November, 1983. ... Duo David Stewart and Annie Lennox in a promotional shot for their 1999 album, Peace. ... Touch is the third album by New Wave duo Eurythmics, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Culture Club was a popular 1980s English pop group, perhaps most noticeable for their gender-bending frontman Boy George. ... Colour By Numbers is an album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ...


Listen to this 1984 interview with Bailey and Leeway about their thoughts at that time.


An anecdote from the 1984, (UK) tour was Currie talking to Rik Kenton and Glynnis Thomas from Savage Progress. Currie asked Kenton if he had been a member of Roxy Music. Kenton replied, "Yes, I was", to which Currie replied, "Well, I'll bet you've never snorted cocaine in a toilet with Grace Jones…." Savage Progress was a pop group in the 1980s, from England, that had hits in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ... Cover of Grace Jones 1981 album Nightclubbing. ...


Their live shows were as elaborate as financially possible — Leeway's work — but the financial gain was minimal. This was intended to give something back to the fans, and not to squeeze as much money out of the tours as possible.


A late 1984 single "Lay Your Hands On Me" saw the band attempt to build on their success, but an insensitive theme (showing the band draped in jewels) contrasted sharply with the prevalent theme of Live Aid currently obsessing the music press in the UK. The single did well, making the top ten, but was in many ways a rewrite of previous material. The trio had peaked. Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ...


Working on the follow up to Into The Gap, Bailey suffered a nervous breakdown. Nile Rodgers was subsequently called in to help finish the album, which appeared in 1985. Here's To Future Days (itself making the top twenty) spawned another top ten hit: "King For a Day". Other singles included the anti-drug message "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" and a cover of The Beatles' 1968 hit "Revolution". The Thompson Twins made headlines when they performed at the American-end of Live Aid and were joined onstage by the fresh-faced Madonna, who was in only her second year of fame. The UK leg of the album's support tour had to be cancelled because of Bailey's breakdown (fans with tickets received a free live album as compensation) and the album itself was delayed by many months, causing the band to lose momentum. Despite this, the latter half of 1985 saw sell out tours for the band in the USA and Japan. Nile Gregory Rodgers (born September 19, 1952, in New York) is a prolific and influential musician, composer, arranger, guitarist and music producer, and co-founding member of the seminal multi-platinum hit R&B band CHIC, with influential bassist Bernard Edwards. ... See also: 1984 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana... The Beatles were a highly influential English rock n roll band from Liverpool. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Revolution is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon and attributed to Lennon-McCartney. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known worldwide as simply Madonna, is an American Grammy award winning pop singer, songwriter, musician, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and a fashion trendsetter. ...


The final years

Thompson Twins, 1987
Thompson Twins, 1987

Leeway left the band in 1986, after a reported disagreement with manager Hade, and the remaining duo carried on making music for another seven years, occasionally puncturing the singles charts and twice making the U.S. Top Forty. 1987 saw the release of Close To the Bone and the single "Get That Love" which made it to number thirty-one in the U.S.. 1989 saw the release of another album, Big Trash, and a new record deal with Warner Brothers. The single "Sugar Daddy" peaked at number twenty-eight in the USA and would be their last brush with mainstream chart success. 1991's Queer would be the band's swansong, and was supported by various techno-induced singles under the moniker of Feedback Max (in the UK) to disguise club DJs of the source of the records. The single "Come Inside" reached number seven in the U.S. Dance Chart and number one in the UK Dance Chart. However, once it was discovered that the Thompson Twins were behind the record, sales dropped and the album never had a UK release. Image File history File links Thompson_Twins_1987. ... Image File history File links Thompson_Twins_1987. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 5 - Madonna files for divorce from Sean Penn after three-and-a-half years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. ... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ...


In 1988, Bailey and Currie had their first child together, and in the following years they spent a lot of time writing material for other artists including the hit single "I Want That Man" for Debbie Harry. In 1991, Bailey and Currie got married in Las Vegas and the following year moved to New Zealand with their two children. In 1992, the Thompson Twins contributed "Play With Me" and "Industry and Seduction" to the soundtrack of the Ralph Bakshi movie Cool World. The following year, the group finally formally disbanded, and Bailey and Currie teamed up with engineer Keith Fernley to form a new group called Babble. The Thompson Twins have declined to follow the examples of many of their contemporaries and reform to tie-in with a nostalgic rebirth of the 1980s. Deborah Harry Deborah Ann Harry (born July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida) is an American rock and roll musician who grew up in Union City, New Jersey. ... Cool World is a 1992 live-action/animated film. ...


Watch this UK TV video with the three members discussing their entire career. It also has interviews with Seligman and Dodd.


After the Twins

Babble have since released two acclaimed albums — The Stone in 1993 and Ether in 1996, and one of their songs was featured on the film The Coneheads with Dan Akroyd. Three quarters of a third album has been recorded, but remains unreleased and in the vaults of Warner Brothers Records. The Coneheads was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live featuring a family of extraterrestrial aliens from the planet Remulak (posing as immigrants from France) and their attempts to pose as a typical suburban American family. ... Dan Aykroyd (left) with John Belushi in The Blues Brothers Daniel Edward Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a comedian, actor and screenwriter. ...


In 1999, Bailey produced and played keyboards on the hit album "Mix" by the New Zealand band Stellar, and won the "producer of the year" award at the New Zealand equivalent of the Grammys. He has also arranged soundtracks and has provided instrumental music for several films. In the mid 1990s, Currie gave up the music business to set up her own glass-casting studio in Auckland. Look up stellar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... Schematic map of Auckland. ...


After her sister died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Currie founded a group in New Zealand called "Mothers Against Genetic-Engineering in Food and the Environment" (also known as MADGE) which soon had thousands of members. Currie described this group as a "rapidly growing network of politically non-aligned women who are actively resisting the use of genetically-engineered material in our food and on our land". An advert for this group featuring a young woman with four breasts hooked up to a milking machine became famous after appearing on billboards across New Zealand. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a lethal brain disorder characterized by memory loss, personality changes, hallucinations, speech impairment, jerky movements, changes in gait, rigid posture, and seizures due to a rapid loss of neural cells caused by transmissible proteins called prions. ... okay that is all ... Dairy farm near Oxford, New York, July 2001 A dairy is a facility for the extraction and processing of animal milk (mostly from cows, sometimes from buffaloes, sheep or goats) for human consumption. ... Roadside billboards frequently encourage passersby to visit local businesses. ...


Bailey and Currie split up in 2003, and are now divorced. They both left New Zealand and live separately in Britain, but are still close friends.


The earlier members went on to do other things:

  • Dodd is now living back in Chesterfield working as a freelance journalist — and has just released his own History of Rock CD as Peter & the Wolves. Dodd still sees Podgorski on a regular basis.
  • Roog lives in London and is in a respected position in Lambeth Social Services.
  • Seligman worked for a law firm in London (and has played in The Soft Boys reunions as well as releasing his own CDs) but has recently moved to Japan with his Japanese wife and their daughter.
  • Bell moved from London to Bath, and currently plays for Spear of Destiny, Gene Loves Jezebel and Hugh Cornwell. He also works as a landscape gardener.
  • Booth is, reportedly, living in China and sells ringtones.
  • Podgorski still lives in Chesterfield.
  • Andrew Edge lives in Austria.

Bailey continues to make music under the moniker International Observer. His albums Seen, and All Played Out both received positive reviews. He also performs with the Holiwater group from India. Chesterfield is a historic market town and local government district in Derbyshire, a county in England. ... Lambeth is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth. ... The Soft Boys were an influential neo-psychedelic rock and roll band from Cambridge, England, formed in 1976 as Dennis and the Experts. ... Statistics Population: 84,000 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: ST745645 Administration District: Bath and North East Somerset Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Somerset Historic county: Somerset Services Police force: Avon and Somerset Fire and rescue: Avon Ambulance: South Western Post office... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Holy Lance. ... Gene Loves Jezebel is a gothic rock band from the early 1980s founded by twin brothers, Michael and Jay Aston. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A landscape architect is primarily a designer of spaces, mostly landscapes, and sometimes gardens, in the field of landscape architecture. ... A ring tone is the sound made by a telephone when ringing. ...


Session musicians

The Thompson Twins' live band was also a spawning ground for future stars.

Other notable musicians included Andrew and Mark Heyward-Chaplin on bass guitar. Felicia Michele Collins is an American vocalist and guitarist, best known for her work on the CBS Television program, The Late Show with David Letterman, as part of the CBS Orchestra. ... Paul Shaffer Paul Allen Wood Shaffer (born November 28, 1949 in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-born Jewish-American musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian and composer. ... Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra The CBS Orchestra is the band that plays for David Lettermans CBS late-night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... Roger ODonnell (born October 29, 1955) is an Anglo-Irish musician best known for his work with bands; The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin. ... Boris Williams. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Fahey and Detroit on the cover of the Hormonally Yours album Shakespears Sister (sometimes written with the apostrophe) was a band consisting of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...


Michael White "hung around" with the Thompson Twins "in a previous incarnation" in 1982, because his girlfriend (who played keyboards) insisted that he be included on a tour, where he played some guitar and keyboards. He later wrote a book about his experiences, called Thompson Twin - An '80's Memoir, which deals with his then-girlfriend Jan's affair with John Hade. He is now a best-selling author, and lives in Australia. Michael White is a British writer based in Perth, Australia. ...


Books

The Thompson Twins - An Odd Couple (The Official Biography) by Rose Rouse. Virgin Books, 1985. Virgin Books is the book publishing arm of Virgin Enterprises, the company originally set up by Richard Branson as a record company. ...


Thompson Twin - An '80's Memoir by Michael White. Publisher: Little, Brown (4 May 2000). Michael White is a British writer based in Perth, Australia. ...


Trivia

  • Tom Bailey was spotted, and photographed, in "The Fridge", in Brixton, London, while he was DJing there.
  • The song "Judy Do" appearing on the Quick Step And Side Kick album recorded in 1983, and remastered and reissued in 2004, is about the singer and actress, Judy Garland.

Todd Terry is an American DJ and music producer. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Brixton is an area of South London, part of the London Borough of Lambeth. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film. ...

Online media

Image File history File links Thompson_Twins_-_Lies_excerpt. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ...

Discography

For more details about the discography, see Thompson Twins discography. Back to Thompson Twins // May 1980: first single, Squares And Triangles was released on its own independent label (Dirty Discs). ...


Thompson Twins' albums

  • A Product of ... (Participation) (1981)
  • Set (1982)
  • In The Name Of Love (1982)
  • Quick Step and Side Kick (1983)
  • Into The Gap (1984)
  • Here's To Future Days (1985)
  • Close To The Bone (1987)
  • The Best of Thompson Twins: Greatest Mixes (1988)
  • Big Trash (1989)
  • Thompson Twins - Greatest Hits (1990)
  • Queer (1991)

Babble's albums

  • The Stone (1993)
  • Ether (1996)

International Observer's albums

  • Seen (2001)
  • All Played Out (2005)

See also

This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Thompson Twins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2915 words)
The Thompson Twins was a British New Wave/Power pop band which emerged in the 1980s in the immediate aftermath of New Romanticism.
The Thompson Twins made headlines when they performed at the American end of Live Aid and were joined onstage by the fresh-faced Madonna, who was in only her second year of fame.
The Thompson Twins have declined to follow the examples of many of their contemporaries and reform to tie-in with a nostalgic rebirth of the 1980s.
Thomson and Thompson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (460 words)
Thomson and Thompson (Dupond et Dupont) are a pair of detectives in Hergé's classic European comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.
The detective with the flat mustache has described himself as "Thompson with a "P", as in..." and then used words with either a silent "P," or in which the "P" is combined with another letter, as to change the sound, such as Philadelphia, psychology and so on.
Dupond and Dupont thus become Thomson and Thompson in English, Schultze and Schulze in German, Jansen and Janssen in Dutch, Hernández and Fernández in Spanish and 杜本 and 杜朋 (Dùběn, Dùpéng) in Chinese, Johnson and Ronson in Bengali and Skapti and Skafti in Icelandic.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m