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Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now (1983)

The British New Wave band achieved success with no less than ten top 40 singles in the UK between 1983 and 1985. Hold Me Now was the first single to be released from the group's fifth studio album Into The Gap. Released in November 1983, (February 84 in the U.S.) the ballad peaked at #4 in the UK and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thompson Twins line-up changed many times, but by 1982 they had been downsized from seven to a trio by their manager, with the other four members paid £500 each and politely told to clear off, although they were allowed take their instruments with them!

This left the most familiar line-up of Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway. Leeway left in 1986, leaving the duo of Currie and Bailey to make music for around another seven years, although they never acheived another top 40 hit during this time.  

Don't miss the 12" Extended Mix of Hold Me Now at my 80s Remix blog.
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Doctor Doctor (1984)

Thompson Twins formed in April 1977 and disbanded in May 1993. The synth-pop band had a string of hits during the mid 80s across the globe. Interestingly, the band was named after the two bumbling detectives in The Adventures of Tintin.

The band's first single of 1984, Doctor Doctor reached No.3 in the UK singles chart and was taken from the album Into The Gap. Other hit singles from the album included the previous single Hold Me Now, plus, You Take Me Up and Sister Of Mercy.

The band were often slated by the music press, but this didn't stop them from having three successful albums in the mid eighties. Released in February 1983, Quick Step and Side Kick reached #2 in the UK album charts and achieved Platinum. Into The Gap (released Feb 1984) topped the UK charts and achieved 2 x Platinum in both the UK and U.S. and Here's To The Future Days (Sept 1985) reached #5 in the UK achieving Platinum in Canada and Gold in both Britain and America.

Docxtor Doctor 45rpm single - Thompson Twins


You Take Me Up (1984)
Thompson Twins reached the peak of their musical career with the release of You Take Me Up, which became the band's highest-charting single reaching #3 in the UK and #44 in the U.S - Hold Me Now was the highest-charting single in the U.S. reaching #3.

As with the previous two songs featured above, this single was lifted from the group's most successful chart-topping album Into The Gap, which achieved 2x Platinum in the UK and Canada and Platinum in the U.S.

It's not hard to see why the album was such a success either. It's packed with well constructed songs (you don't get many of those these days) that make great use of electronic instruments - definitely Thompson Twins best work.

A final single from the album, Sister Of Mercy, reached #11, although in the U.S. The Gap was released instead, but it only reached #69 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Even though the band's next album Here's To Future Days was successful, it didn't reach the dizzy heights of Into The Gap, reaching #5 in the UK and #20 in the U.S. The album spawned several more British hit singles; Lay Your Hands On Me (#13 UK, #6 U.S.), Don't Mess With Doctor Dream (#15 UK) and King For A Day (#22 UK, #8 U.S.).

Sadly, further releases from Thompson Twins failed to break in to the UK charts. 
Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up vinyl sleeve
Thompson Twins Box Set album
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