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Thompson Twins
Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway, 1984
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OriginSheffield, England
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Years active1977–1993
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Past membersSee below

Thompson Twins were a British pop band that formed in April 1977.[3] Initially a new wave group, they switched to a more mainstream pop sound and achieved considerable popularity during the mid-1980s, scoring a string of hits in the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the world. In 1993, they changed their name to Babble, to reflect their change in music from pop to dub-influenced chill-out. They continued as Babble until 1996, at which point the group permanently dissolved.

The band's name was based on the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson (who are not twins) in the English language version of Hergé's comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.[4] At various stages they had up to seven members, but their best-known incarnation was as a trio between 1982 and 1986. The band became a prominent act in the US during the Second British Invasion, and in 1985 performed at Live Aid in Philadelphia, where they were joined onstage by Madonna.[4]

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Pop music

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many disparate styles. During the 1950s and 1960s, pop music encompassed rock and roll and the youth-oriented styles it influenced. Rock and pop music remained roughly synonymous until the late 1960s, after which pop became associated with music that was more commercial, ephemeral, and accessible.

New wave music

New wave music

New wave is a loosely defined music genre that encompasses pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s and the 1980s. It was originally used as a catch-all for the various styles of music that emerged after punk rock, including punk itself. Later, critical consensus favored "new wave" as an umbrella term involving many popular music styles of the era, including power pop, synth-pop, ska revival, and more specific forms of punk rock that were less abrasive. It may also be viewed as a more accessible counterpart of post-punk.

Babble (band)

Babble (band)

Babble was a British-New Zealand electronic dance music group that featured Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, with Keith Fernley. The Thompson Twins changed its name during the time the duo changed the outward appearance of its sound from pop to dub-influenced chill-out.

Dub music

Dub music

Dub is an electronic musical style that grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is commonly considered a subgenre of reggae, though it has developed to extend beyond that style. Generally, dub consists of remixes of existing recordings created by significantly manipulating the original, usually through the removal of vocal parts, the application of studio effects such as echo and reverb, emphasis of the rhythm section, and the occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works.

Chill-out music

Chill-out music

Chill-out is a loosely defined form of popular music characterized by slow tempos and relaxed moods. The definition of "chill-out music" has evolved throughout the decades, and generally refers to anything that might be identified as a modern type of easy listening.

Thomson and Thompson

Thomson and Thompson

Thomson and Thompson are fictional characters in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. They are two incompetent detectives who provide much of the comic relief throughout the series. Although they look like identical twins whose only discernible difference is the shape of their moustaches, they are in fact just doubles not brothers, just as the different spellings of their surnames suggests. They are afflicted with chronic spoonerisms, are extremely clumsy, thoroughly clueless, frequently arresting the wrong person. In spite of this, they somehow are entrusted with delicate missions.

Hergé

Hergé

Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, from the French pronunciation of his reversed initials RG, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. He was also responsible for two other well-known series, Quick & Flupke (1930–1940) and The Adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko (1936–1957). His works were executed in his distinct ligne claire drawing style.

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin is a series of 24 bande dessinée albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé. The series was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. By 2007, a century after Hergé's birth in 1907, Tintin had been published in more than 70 languages with sales of more than 200 million copies, and had been adapted for radio, television, theatre and film.

Second British Invasion

Second British Invasion

The Second British Invasion consisted of music acts from the United Kingdom that became popular in the U.S. during the early-to-mid 1980s primarily due to the cable music channel MTV. The term derives from the similar British Invasion of the U.S. in the 1960s. These acts primarily brought with them synthpop and new wave styles of music to the US charts, and according to Rolling Stone, brought a "revolution in sound and style".

Live Aid

Live Aid

Live Aid was a multi-venue benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, as well as a music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise further funds for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia, a movement that started with the release of the successful charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in December 1984. Billed as the "global jukebox", Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, attended by about 72,000 people, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, attended by 89,484 people.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, often called Philly, is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sixth-largest city in the U.S., the second-largest city in both the Northeast megalopolis and Mid-Atlantic regions after New York City, and the 68th-largest city in the world. Since 1854, the city has been coextensive with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the Delaware Valley, the nation's seventh-largest and world's 68th-largest metropolitan region, with 6.245 million residents as of 2020. The city's population as of the 2020 census was 1,603,797, and over 56 million people live within 250 mi (400 km) of Philadelphia.

Career

Early days

In 1977, the original Thompson Twins line-up consisted of Tom Bailey (born 18 January 1956, Halifax, Yorkshire)[5] on bass and vocals, Pete Dodd on guitar and vocals, John Roog on guitar, and Jon Podgorski (known as "Pod") on drums.[1] Dodd and Roog first met when they were both 13 years old.

Arriving in London with very little money, they lived as squatters in Lillieshall Road, Clapham. Future Thompson Twins member Alannah Currie (born 20 September 1957, Auckland, New Zealand) lived in another squat in the same street, which is how she met Bailey. In this house they found an illegal way of accessing electricity from the house next door. Bailey described them, laughingly, as having been "spongers" at the time, for they were living on very little money, 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. Their roadie at that time was John Hade, who lived in the same house, and who later became their manager.

As Podgorski had decided to stay in the north, the group auditioned for drummers at the Point Studio in Victoria, London. Andrew Edge joined them on drums for 18 months, and went on to join Savage Progress, who later toured with the Thompson Twins as the support act on the band's 1984 UK tour.

In 1980, the band (now consisting of Bailey, Dodd, Roog and drummer Chris Bell, who had replaced Edge the previous year) released their first single, "Squares and Triangles", on their own Dirty Discs label. A follow-up single, "She's In Love With Mystery", was issued later that year.

Line-up changes

In 1981, the line-up became Bailey, Dodd, Roog, Bell and two new members: former band roadie Joe Leeway on congas and percussion, and Jane Shorter on saxophone. This line-up recorded the first Thompson Twins album A Product of ... (Participation), documented in the film Listen to London (1981).[6] Currie, who had been associated with the band for a few years, played and sang on the first album, but was not yet a full member.

After the first album, the band's line-up shifted yet again. Saxophonist Jane Shorter left and was replaced by Currie (who also played percussion), and bassist Matthew Seligman, a former member of the Soft Boys and the Fallout Club, joined;[1] leaving Bailey to switch to keyboards, with Leeway starting to handle vocals on some tracks.

The band signed to Arista Records and released the album Set.[1] Thomas Dolby played some keyboards on Set and some live gigs, for Bailey at that time had little experience with synthesizers. Set contained the single "In the Name of Love", sung and largely written by Bailey. It became a No. 1 dance club hit in the US,[7] and an album entitled In the Name of Love (consisting mainly of tracks from Set, with two others from A Product Of... (Participation)) was released in the US to capitalize on the song's popularity. It entered the US Billboard 200.[7]

Trio

After the success of "In the Name of Love", Bailey, Currie and Leeway, wanting to pursue the single's different sound, toyed with the idea of starting a new band on the side, which they planned to call 'The Bermuda Triangle'.[8] When "In The Name Of Love" (and the parent album Set) failed to make a substantial impact in the UK record charts, this plan was abandoned. However, at the same time, manager Hade convinced Bailey, Leeway and Currie to downsize the Thompson Twins to a core of the three in April 1982.[8] Accordingly, the other four members of the band were notified that the band was breaking up; they were each paid £500 and were allowed to keep their instruments and equipment in exchange for an understanding not to perform together under the name "Thompson Twins".

The remaining Thompson Twins, who had not in fact broken up, decided to go abroad to free themselves of any UK influence, as well as to combine the songwriting for their first album as a trio with a long holiday. They first went to Egypt and then to the Bahamas, where they recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau with producer Alex Sadkin.

Bailey commented on the band's reduction to a trio in a 1983 interview: "When we reformed the band, we were making a statement. We weren't going to be a rock 'n' roll band, we weren't going to have a guitar. We were going to move on. You know, Lou Reed said whenever he played live he ended up going back to heroin music. There are old associations, associations we don't want because they don't reflect the way we feel today. ... Right now, technology is what's important, and that's what our music tries to reflect."[9]

International success

Thompson Twins performing in Lakeland, Florida in 1986.
Thompson Twins performing in Lakeland, Florida in 1986.

The band broke into the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at the beginning of 1983 with "Lies" and "Love On Your Side", which became the band's first UK Top 10 single.[4][7][10] They then released their third album, Quick Step & Side Kick (called simply Side Kicks in the US),[7] which peaked at number 2 in the UK and was later certified platinum. Further singles followed with "We Are Detective" (another Top 10 UK hit) [11] and "Watching" (UK No. 33).[4] All three band members worked collectively on songwriting with Currie providing lyrics and Bailey melodies. In addition Leeway was responsible for stagecraft, Currie for videos and imagery and Bailey for musicianship and production.[12] During 1983, the band had the opening spot on The Police's concert tour in the US.

Reduced to a trio, a logo representing each member was created by designer Andy Airfix and was voted the 4th best logo out of 13 by Classic Pop Magazine. [13]

"Hold Me Now" was released in late 1983. The song was an international chart success, peaking at No. 4 in their native UK[14] where it became the band's biggest seller earning a gold disc,[15] and reached No. 3 in the US in the spring of 1984 becoming their biggest American hit.[7]

The band's new album, Into the Gap, was released in early 1984 and became one of the year's biggest sellers, selling five million copies worldwide. It topped the UK Albums Chart[4] and was later certified double platinum there. Further hit singles from the album followed with "Doctor! Doctor!" (UK No. 3)[16] and "You Take Me Up" (UK No. 2, their highest UK singles chart placing[4] and which earned a silver disc).[17] Other singles included a new version of the album track "Sister of Mercy" (UK No. 11), and "The Gap" (though this was not released in the UK). The band embarked on a world tour in support of the album, which had also made the US top ten.

A brand new single, "Lay Your Hands on Me", was released in the UK in late 1984 and reached No. 13 in the UK chart.[4] Following this, the band parted company with their producer Alex Sadkin and opted to produce their new album, Here's To Future Days, by themselves in Paris. However, in March 1985, while promoting their new single "Roll Over" and the forthcoming album, Bailey collapsed in his London hotel room from nervous exhaustion. The "Roll Over" single was then cancelled at the last minute and the new album postponed. Though the band had chosen to produce themselves, the postponement caused them to rethink the project and producer Nile Rodgers was subsequently called in to rework the album with them. The album was eventually released in September 1985, reaching the UK Top 5 and US Top 20,[7] though failed to come close to the success of Into The Gap. It was preceded by the single "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" (UK No. 15)[4] and followed by the single "King For A Day", which peaked at No. 22 in the UK,[4] but reached No. 8 on the US chart.[7] Other singles included a new US version of "Lay Your Hands On Me" (US No. 6),[7] and a cover of the Beatles' 1968 hit "Revolution", which failed to make the UK Top 40.

Prior to the album's release, the Thompson Twins performed on the American leg of Live Aid in July 1985 and were joined onstage by Madonna.[4] The planned summer 1985 tour of the UK (and a headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival) had to be cancelled due to Bailey's health problems (fans with tickets received a free live album as compensation), though international dates were rescheduled and the latter half of 1985 saw sell out tours for the band in the US and Japan.[18] A second planned tour of the UK in 1985 was also scrapped due to the promoter declaring bankruptcy.

Duo

Leeway left the band in 1986, and the remaining duo of Bailey and Currie carried on making music for another seven years.[1] The act's first release as a duo was the North America-only single "Nothing In Common", issued in July 1986. It peaked at No. 54 in the US, and No. 68 in Canada.

1987 saw the release of Close to the Bone and the single "Get That Love", which climbed to No. 31 in the US[7] but only reached No. 66 in the UK.[19] The album was a commercial flop. It spent only one week on the UK albums chart at No. 90 and yielded no further chart singles.[19]

"In the Name of Love" was given a new lease on life in 1988, after a remix by Shep Pettibone made the Top 50 in the UK.[4] 1989 saw the release of another album, Big Trash, and a new recording contract with Warner Bros. Records.[1] The single "Sugar Daddy" peaked at No. 28 in the US[7] and would be their last brush with mainstream chart success.[1] 1991's Queer would be the band's swansong, and was supported by various techno-inspired singles under the moniker of Feedback Max (in the UK) to disguise the identity of the band to club DJs. The single "Come Inside" reached No. 7 in the US Dance Chart[7] and No. 1 in the UK Dance Chart.

Prior to this, Bailey and Currie (who were now a couple) had their first child together in 1988,[1] 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 1989.[20] In 1990, Bailey and Currie contributed the song "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" to the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 1991, Bailey and Currie were married in Las Vegas, US and the following year moved to New Zealand. In 1992, the Thompson Twins contributed the song "Play with Me" to the soundtrack of the Ralph Bakshi film Cool World; Bailey alone contributed a second track, "Industry and Seduction". The following year, the duo teamed up with engineer Keith Fernley and changed their band name to Babble. They released two albums, in 1993 and 1996.[1]

The Thompson Twins declined to follow the example of many of their contemporaries and reform in order to tie in with a trend of nostalgia for the 1980s, although Bailey, Currie and Leeway appeared together on the UK Channel 4 show Top Ten Electro Bands in 2001. The Thompson Twins were placed ninth.

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Alannah Currie

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Alannah Joy Currie is a New Zealand artist based in London. She is a musician and activist, best known as a former member of the pop group Thompson Twins.

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Road crew

Road crew

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Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge is a musician from Leeds, England. He moved to London in the late 1970s, and joined the Thompson Twins. After one year Edge left the group and joined Uropa Lula, who released three singles and supported Big Country on a tour of Britain. Edge then joined Savage Progress, who supported the Thompson Twins on a tour of Britain in 1984.

Savage Progress

Savage Progress

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Joe Leeway

Joe Leeway

Joseph Martin Leeway is a British musician. He is most well known as being a member of the 1980s band Thompson Twins, joining the band in 1981 after being one of their roadies.

Matthew Seligman

Matthew Seligman

Matthew Seligman was an English bass guitarist, best known for his association with the new wave music scene of the 1980s. Seligman was a member of The Soft Boys and the Thompson Twins, and was a sideman for Thomas Dolby. Seligman was also a member of Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club and The Dolphin Brothers, and backed David Bowie at his performance at Live Aid in 1985.

The Fallout Club

The Fallout Club

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Arista Records

Arista Records

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Set (Thompson Twins album)

Set (Thompson Twins album)

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After the Twins

Babble released two albums, The Stone (1993)[1] and Ether (1996), with songs featured in the films Coneheads and With Honors.

In the mid-1990s, Currie gave up the music business to set up her own glass-casting studio in Auckland and concentrated on raising her two children. In 2001, she founded and ran the anti-GM group called MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in food and the environment), and networked thousands of women across New Zealand in a resistance movement, aimed at keeping the biotech industry from using New Zealand as an experimental playground.[12] 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". During that time she designed a billboard to spark a debate on the ethics of genetically modifying cows with human genes to produce a new milk.[21] The billboard, featuring a young woman with four breasts hooked up to a milking machine, caused huge controversy but won several international art awards.[22][23] Bailey and Currie divorced in 2003, and both left New Zealand to live separately in the UK. Currie later married Jimmy Cauty (formerly of The KLF) and now lives and works in London. She is a visual artist who works under the pseudonym "Miss Pokeno",[24] as well as the Armchair Destructivists[25] and The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance.[26] As well as several solo shows in London her work has also been exhibited at both the Guildhall Art Gallery and the Geffrye Museum.[27]

In 1999, Bailey produced and played keyboards on the album Mix by the New Zealand band Stellar*, and won the Producer of the Year Award at the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards.[28] He has also arranged soundtracks and has provided instrumental music for several films. He continues to make music under the moniker International Observer and has released the albums Seen (2001), All Played Out (2005), and Felt (2009).[29] He also performs with the Holiwater group from India.[30] He began performing live again as Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey in 2014 and has since toured the UK, North America and Japan. In 2016 he released his debut solo single, 'Come So Far'. In 2018 Bailey released his first solo album entitled Science Fiction.[31]

After leaving the Thompson Twins in 1986, Leeway briefly dabbled in acting and attempted a solo music career, though neither were successful. As of 2006, he resides in Los Angeles, and works in the field of hypnotherapy. He is on the staff at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) in the Los Angeles district of Tarzana, and is also a certified trainer in neuro-linguistic programming.[32]

The earlier members went on to do other things:

  • Dodd and Roog formed a band called Big View (with Edge on drums) and recorded a single called, "August Grass", which was released on Point Records (owned by Merton, the Thompson Twins publisher) in 1982.[33] Dodd is now living back in Chesterfield working as a freelance journalist – and has released his own History of Rock album billed as Peter & the Wolves. Dodd still sees Podgorski on a regular basis. Dodd and John Roog play in a band called "The Flow"[34]
  • Roog lives in Chesterfield, and was previously in a senior position in Tower Hamlets Adult Services, and the London Borough of Lambeth, until his retirement in 2011. He now plays in a band with Pete Dodd called The Flow.[35]
  • Seligman worked for a law firm in London and has played in The Soft Boys reunions as well as releasing his own albums.[36] He has moved to Sendai, Japan with his Japanese wife and their daughter and, in 2009, contributed to the new Thomas Dolby album. In 2012, he collaborated with Jan Linton on the CD "Sendai", a fundraiser for reconstruction after the 11 March Tōhoku earthquake. Seligman died in 2020 of complications from COVID-19.[37][38]
  • Bell moved from London to Bath, and played in or for Spear of Destiny, Gene Loves Jezebel and Hugh Cornwell.[39]
  • Booth helped Chinese music artists in production and development. She is now a consultant/executive producer at RIBA since February 9, 2022. [40]

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Science Fiction (Tom Bailey album)

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Tom Bailey solo shows

Bailey performed Thompson Twins songs live for the first time in 27 years on 17 August 2014 at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, for the Rewind South Festival.[41]

In 2014, Bailey also took part in the Retro Futura Tour in the US, along with Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina Leskanich (formerly of Katrina and the Waves).[42]

He continues to tour internationally, under the moniker "Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey," performing in the UK and also in North America in 2016.[43]

In 2016, Bailey received the Classic Pop magazine's 'Best Live Show' award.[44]

In 2018, Bailey toured the US with The B-52's and Culture Club, dubbed The Life Tour.[45]

On September 3rd, 2022, Bailey performed the entire “Into the Gap” album for the first time ever (along with his band known as “The Sisters of Mercy”) in Ayelsbury, U.K. (at the Ayelsbury Waterside Theatre) to a sold out audience.

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Katrina and the Waves

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Classic Pop (magazine)

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The B-52's

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Awards and nominations

Award Year Nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Pollstar Concert Industry Awards 1985 Thompson Twins Favorite New Headliner of the Year Nominated [46]
1986 Most Creative Tour Package Nominated [47]
Most Creative Stage Set Nominated

Personnel

Members

Line-ups

1977–1978 1978–1979 1979–1981 1981
  • Tom Bailey – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals
  • John Podgorski – drums
  • John Roog – guitar
  • Tom Bailey – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals
  • John Roog – guitar
  • Andrew Edge – drums
  • Tom Bailey – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals
  • John Roog – guitar
  • Chris Bell – drums
  • Tom Bailey – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals
  • John Roog – guitar
  • Chris Bell – drums
  • Joe Leeway – congas, percussion
  • Jane Shorter – saxophone
1981–1982 1982–1986 1986–1993
  • Tom Bailey – keyboards, vocals
  • Pete Dodd – guitar, vocals
  • John Roog – guitar
  • Chris Bell – drums
  • Joe Leeway – congas, percussion
  • Alannah Currie – percussion, saxophone
  • Matthew Seligman – bass
  • Tom Bailey – vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
  • Joe Leeway – congas, percussion, keyboards, vocals
  • Alannah Currie – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Tom Bailey – vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
  • Alannah Currie – drums, percussion, vocals

Timeline

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Tom Bailey (musician)

Tom Bailey (musician)

Thomas Alexander Bailey is an English singer, musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Bailey came to prominence in the early 1980s as the lead vocalist for the new wave band Thompson Twins, which released five singles that entered the top ten charts in the United Kingdom during the 1980s: "Love On Your Side", "We Are Detective", "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!", and "You Take Me Up". He was the only member of the band to have formal musical training. From 1994, Bailey was also a member of its later incarnation, Babble, releasing two commercially unsuccessful studio albums.

Joe Leeway

Joe Leeway

Joseph Martin Leeway is a British musician. He is most well known as being a member of the 1980s band Thompson Twins, joining the band in 1981 after being one of their roadies.

Alannah Currie

Alannah Currie

Alannah Joy Currie is a New Zealand artist based in London. She is a musician and activist, best known as a former member of the pop group Thompson Twins.

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge is a musician from Leeds, England. He moved to London in the late 1970s, and joined the Thompson Twins. After one year Edge left the group and joined Uropa Lula, who released three singles and supported Big Country on a tour of Britain. Edge then joined Savage Progress, who supported the Thompson Twins on a tour of Britain in 1984.

Matthew Seligman

Matthew Seligman

Matthew Seligman was an English bass guitarist, best known for his association with the new wave music scene of the 1980s. Seligman was a member of The Soft Boys and the Thompson Twins, and was a sideman for Thomas Dolby. Seligman was also a member of Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club and The Dolphin Brothers, and backed David Bowie at his performance at Live Aid in 1985.

Discography

Studio albums

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Thompson Twins discography

Thompson Twins discography

The following is the complete discography of English pop band Thompson Twins.

A Product Of... (Participation)

A Product Of... (Participation)

A Product of... is the first studio album by the English pop group, the Thompson Twins. It was released in June 1981 on the T Records imprint, a label created by the band and distributed through the Fame/EMI label. At the time of its release, the band were a six-piece group that did not include later member Alannah Currie. In comparison to the glamour of their later years, the group had a somewhat scruffy image during this period, because they were very poor and living in squats in London.

Set (Thompson Twins album)

Set (Thompson Twins album)

Set is the second studio album by English pop band Thompson Twins. Released in February 1982, it was the second album they recorded for their own T Records imprint, which was released by Arista Records/Hansa.

Into the Gap

Into the Gap

Into the Gap is the fourth studio album by British pop group Thompson Twins, released on 17 February 1984 by Arista Records. The album was recorded during 1983 at Compass Point Studios, in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Alex Sadkin who had produced the band's previous studio album, Quick Step & Side Kick (1983).

Here's to Future Days

Here's to Future Days

Here's to Future Days is the fifth studio album by the British pop group Thompson Twins. It was the third and final release for the band as a trio, which was their most successful and recognisable line-up. Released in September 1985, it peaked at no. 5 in the UK, and no. 20 in the US.

Close to the Bone (Thompson Twins album)

Close to the Bone (Thompson Twins album)

Close to the Bone is the sixth studio album by the British pop group Thompson Twins, released by Arista in March 1987. Now only the duo of Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie remaining, this was the first album the group made without Joe Leeway. It was produced by Bailey and Rupert Hine.

Big Trash

Big Trash

Big Trash is the seventh studio album by the British pop group the Thompson Twins, released in 1989 by Warner Brothers/Red Eye. It was produced by Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, with two tracks produced by Steve Lillywhite.

Queer (Thompson Twins album)

Queer (Thompson Twins album)

Queer is the eighth and final studio album by the British pop group Thompson Twins, which was released in 1991 by Warner Bros.

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