Jul 16, 2008

Runaway - The Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins was formed 1977 in Sheffield, England by three friends
Tom Bailey, Pete Dodd and John Roog.
The name came from the twin detecives in Hergé's comic book series "Adventures of Tintin".
In 1979 they moved to London and drummer Chris Bell joined the band.
Early 1980 Tom Bailey took over lead vocals from Pete Dodd.

In April 1980 they released their first single, 'Squares and Triangles' (on their own label, Dirty Discs) and managed to sell 1,500 copies of the single. Around this time Tom met Alannah Currie who was playing manic wailing sax in an all girl dread punk group called The Unfuckables.
She soon became a full member of the Thompson Twins. In the summer of 1980 Thompson Twins roadie Joe Leeway began to play bongos on stage and soon after was a full member of the band. In early 1981 Alannah gave up the sax and switched to percussion and Joe switched to playing congas.

The Thompson Twins released their first album 'A Product of...' in June 1981. In March 1982 they released the album 'Set' - produced by Steve Lillywhite - and the single 'In The Name Of Love'.
Infatuated by the first single's different sound, Tom, Alannah and Joe tinker with the idea of working together on the side under the name ''Bermuda Triangle''. When the single and album fail to make a substantial impact on the British charts, the group splits in April 1982. The song ''In The Name Of Love'' becomes one of the biggest US dance songs of the decade, spending five weeks topping the Billboard charts. Now as a three-piece, the new Thompson Twins released their first album in February 1983, Quick Step & Side Kick ('Side Kicks' in North America) - produced by Alex Sadkin.

Runaway (single mix)
Make Believe (live)
Living in Europe (live)


* Runaway - The Thompson Twins

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