Sunday, August 06, 2006

THOMPSON TWINS - Discography

Because of Thompson Twins i have fallen in love with new wave and synth-pop!!and I love their style in fashion:) (Salty)


Genre:
Electronic
Style:
New Wave, Synth-pop





















A PRODUCT OF... PARTICIPATION (1981)

Credits:
Congas, Percussion, Vocals - Joe Leeway/ Drums, Percussion, Vocals - Chris Bell/ Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - John Roog / Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Saxophone - Peter Dodd/ Saxophone, Percussion - Jane Shorter/ Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion - Tom Bailey


Tracklist:

01 When I See You
02 Politics
03 Slave Trade
04 Could Be Her...
05 Could Be You
06 Make Believe
07 Don't Go AwayB - The Price
08 Oumma Aularesso (Animal Laugh)
09 Anything is Good Enough
10 A Product Of...
11 Perfect Game
12 Vendredi Saint


Bonus tracks:

13 Oumma Aularesso (animal laugh) 12 inch mix
14 Make Believe 12 inch mix


The First Sessions
15 A Product Of...
16 The Price
17 Could Be Her... Could Be You
18 Oumma Aularesso (Animal Laugh)

Early Related Works
19 Tom Bailey - Weather Station/The Blankets : Modern Plumbing


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dh0w5v

"The Thompson Twins, as anyone familiar with the tale will know, were a radically different outfit to what they later became when they crossed the atlantic to become the pop music giants of 1984. A seven member lineup knocked out this offering. A rather unique blend of percussion led African music, chanting, furious beats and energetic playing, mostly on traditional instruments. Yes, there's guitars, drums, and no synths. It's a very enjoyable listen, and quite similar to Talking Heads' output up to 1980; the African percussion used on Fear Of Music and Remain In Light (probably one of my all time favourite albums), and the sparse simple production of '77 and More Songs...'.
Included in this version is the radio session this early lineup did for the BBC, which has been released by Strange Fruit on vinyl (in the mid '80s I think) but never on CD. This CD is essential for any Thompson Twins fan."





















SET (1982)

Credits:
Bass - Matthew Seligman/ Congas - Joe Leeway/ Drums - Chris Bell/Guitar - John Roog , Peter Dodd /Keyboards - Thomas Dolby (tracks: 06, 07, 09)/Percussion - Alannah Currie , Joe Leeway , Peter Dodd , Tom Bailey /Piano - Tom Bailey / Saxophone - Allanah Currie Synthesizer - Peter Dodd , Tom Bailey/ Vocals - Joe Leeway , Tom Bailey

Tracklist:

01 In The Name Of Love
02 Living In Europe
03 Bouncing
04 Tok Tok
05 Good Gosh
06 The Rowe
07 Runaway
08 Another Fantasy
09 Fool's Gold
10 Crazy Dog
11 Blind

Bonus :

Runaway 2x7 inch single

12 Runaway (Single Remix)
13 Open Your Eyes
14 Living In Europe (Live)
15 Make Believe (Live)

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/svp0hc

"Once again, the Thompson Twins released this album with the same creative flames burning as the first. It's quite similar, though perhaps a stronger album (although I personally prefer the first). Despite the reliance on traditional instruments, we see the first hints of the sound that would propel the Twins to the dizzying heights of Live Aid, endless US tours and stadium concerts. In The Name Of Love is Tom Bailey casting off the shackles of the guitar and embracing the cold harsh synth. It's electronic and you can dance to it. And the Americans did, and loved it. From here the Twins dropped a few hundred band members (well, a few anyway) and condensed to Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway. It was now time to quick step and side kick.
[1] The live sets with the pre-1983 'Twins were apparently something spectacular, and at one stage or another included musicians who would later join other famous bands. To quote from Wikipedia's article on the Thompson Twins:
The Twins' live band was also a spawning ground for future stars. Felicia (Michele) Collins plays guitar as the only remaining charter member of Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman. Roger O'Donnell and Boris Bransby-Williams both joined The Cure. Carrie Booth, keyboards, played with Shakespeare's Sister. Other notable musicians included Andrew and Mark Heyward-Chaplin on bass
guitar" (http://www.sharoma.com/ttwins/albums.htm)






















IN THE NAME OF LOVE (1982)

Tracklist:

01 In The Name Of Love (alternate mix)
02 Living In Europe
03 Bouncing (alternate mix)
04 The Rowe
05 Make Believe (alternate mix)
06 Runaway (extended version)
07 Another Fantasy
08 Fool's Gold
09 Perfect Game
10 Good Gosh

Bonus :

Early singles and b-sides

11 In The Beginning
12 Coastline
13 Physics And Chemistry
14 Squares And Triangles
15 She's In Love With Mystery


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4x35j1

"In The Name Of Love was the American answer to the first two 'Twins albums A Product Of, and Set. In similar style to the American "Meet The Beatles", In The Name Of Love combined the "best" of the first two albums, to make it more palatable for the American market, and also cash in on the success of the single, which was riding high in the dance charts at the time. I've put together this new version of it, and inluded alternate versions of songs, and some early bonus tracks. I'm not sure which mixes were used on the original ITNOL album, but I'm sure the US mix of the title track would be used, and an alternate mix of Make Believe, so I've included these instead. There's also a strange mix of Bouncing I've used, and an extended version of Runaway. Combined with the bonus tracks, which are early singles and an excellent b-side - Coastline, this CD sits nicely alongside the custom versions of A Product Of and Set that I have. Note: this is not the same as the 'original album' since I've used different versions, but the track listing is the same.
Review
I can understand why this album came to exist. Obviously, potential Thompson Twins fans being impressed with the new synthpop direction of the breakthrough single would be somewhat confused by the experimental nature of A Product Of, so only two of its tracks make it onto this album. Predictably enough, one of them is Perfect Game, which sounds like classic era 'Twins anyway. As for Set, Tok Tok, Crazy Dog and Blind are omitted - hardly surprising. Though great, these are hardly commercial offerings. I read on Blake Bell's old site that Good Gosh was bumped all the way down to last track since it was written by Joe Leeway and not Tom Bailey. This seems odd."










































QUICK STEP AND SIDE KICK (1983)

Notes:
2004 reissue album with bonus tracks

Credits:
Tom Bailey - Vocals, Synthesisers, Drum Programmes /Alannah Currie - Xylophone, Percussion, Vocals /Joe Leeway - Congas, additional Synthesisers, Vocals /Monte Brown - Guitar on 06 /Boris Bransby-Williams - Cymbals on 03,05 /Grace Jones - Backing Vocals on 06

Tracklist:

01 Love On Your Side
02 Lies
03 If You Were Here
04 Judy Do
05 Tears
06 Watching
07 We Are Detective
08 Kamikaze
09 Love Lies Bleeding
10 All Fall Out
11 Lucky Day
12 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap)
13 Lies (Bigger & Better)
14 We Are Detective (More Clues)

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28756913.quick_step.rar.html

Bonus :

SIDE KICKS

Alternate mixes and b-sides

01 Lies (Single Remix)
02 Beach Culture
03 Love On Your Side (No Talkin')
04 Love On Your Back
05 Lucky Day (Space Mix)

Bonus remixes from original double play cassette

06 Love Lies Fierce (Love Lies Bleeding)
07 Long Beach Culture (Instrumental)
08 Lies (No Talkin')
09 Frozen In Time (Kamikaze)
10 Fallen Out (All Fall Out)

Watching 12 inch single

11 Watching (You Watching Me)
12 Dancersaurus (Even Large Reptiles Have Emotional Problems)

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/u54e88

"THIS IS a) THE BEST THOMPSON TWINS ALBUM AND b) ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER. ITS DEFINITELY MY FAVE ALBUM EVER. HOWEVER.....I, ALONG WITH MANY FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY FOR THE RE-ISSUES AND DVD'S AND FOR THEM TO RE-ISSUE SUCH A CLASSIC ALBUM, ONE WOULD THINK THEY WOULD DO THE RIGHT THING AND RELEASE IT WITH ITS ORIGINAL U.S "DOUBLE PLAY" BONUS TRAX. THERE GOES A MISSED OPPORTUNITY!!! I DONT KNOW WHATS WORSE, THIS OR "INTO THE GAP" BEING RE-RELEASED WITH BONUS TRACKS THAT BELONG TO THE "FUTURE DAYS" ALBUM. IF YOUR NOT GONNA DO IT RIGHT, DONT DO IT AT ALL. BUT ITS STILL GETTING FIVE STARS BECAUSE THIS ALBUM CONTAINS SUCH CLASSICS AS "KAMIKAZE" AND "LOVE LIES BLEEDING""

"This was the Twins' most innovative album. It also marked a very new and sharp artistic direction. Quickstep and Sidekick was miles away from their late 70's experimental material. Yet, this material was not yet considered mainstream or new wave/pop at this point in their careers. Using state of the art (for the time) synthesizer technology, heavy,heavy doses of percussion infused with exotic global rhythms and sometimes offbeat and humorous lyrics you could quickly identify their unique trademark sound!The Thompson Twins were/are original! This is the album that spawned a few club tracks as well as college radio, alternative(for 1983) rock album and even R&B favorites. Their music could not be strictly classified as New Wave for it lacked the cold and artificially intelligent sounds of say groups like the Human League or Kraftwerk (yet, the only thing remotely comparable to the League was Tom Bailey's dead panned monotone vocals akin to Phil Oakey's). If you listened carefully to some of the bass lines on a few tracks and creative danceable beats there was plenty of funk derivative ingredients as well which made this album easily playable on R&B, Soul and dance stations at the time. Glad they included the re-mixes on this expanded edition. The re-mixes are essential in fully understanding what I'm talking about in the previous statement about the funk derivative bass lines and percussion (Love On Your Side-Rap Boy Rap, Lies-Bigger and Better) ! "


"This is a first class package. It has great sound, restored UK track order plus some great bonus tracks. The liner notes and booklet art are great. Really pretty much everything you could ask for. Agreed, it would have been cool to have a CD package with the bonus track that were on Arista's original cassette version released in the US (a whole side of remixes including Beach Culture) but then this would have been a 2 Cd set. The album itself still rings true as one of the best of the 80s. If you have been holding off on buying the very pricey Japanese version, then by all means rush out to get this one.. "






















Live (1983)

Notes:
Known as "Twins Peak" bootleg

Tracklist:

01 Kamikaze
02 Love Lies Bleeding
03 We Are Detective
04 Lies
05 If You Were Here
06 All Fall Out
07 In The Name Of Love
08 Watching
09 Love On Your Side
10 Beach Culture
11 Judy Do

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28558064/thompson_twins_-__1983__twins_peak__live_london_england_.rar.html






























INTO THE GAP (1984)

Credits:
Percussion, Marimba, Xylophone, Drums [Acoustic], Backing Vocals - Alannah Currie / Producer, Vocals, Synthesizer, Piano, Double Bass, Harmonica, Guitar, Drum Programming - Tom Bailey/ Synthesizer, Congas, Backing Vocals - Joe Leeway

Tracklist:

01 Doctor! Doctor! (4:39)
02 You Take Me Up (4:26)
03 Hold Me Now (4:46)
04 Day After Day (3:49)
05 No Peace For The Wicked (4:09)
06 The Gap (4:44)
07 Sister Of Mercy (5:09)
08 Storm On The Sea (5:32)
09 Who Can Stop The Rain (5:17)


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28545464/thompson_twins-into_the_gap.rar.html

Bonus :

OUT OF THE GAP (Bonus remixes from original double play cassette)

01 Leopard Ray (Instrumental)
02 Doctor! Doctor! (12 Inch Version)
03 Panic Station (Day After Day)
04 (Machines Take Me Over) - Down Tools (You Take Me Up)
05 Hold Me Now (12 Inch Version)
06 Funeral Dance (No Peace For The Wicked)
07 Compass Points (The Gap)
08 Still Water (Storm On The Sea)

Alternate Mixes and b-sides

09 Hold Me Now (Early Demo)
10 Let Loving Start (12 Inch Version)
11 Sister Of Mercy (Single Version)
12 Passion Planet
13 Storm On The Sea (Thunderstorm Version)

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zd8ayi


PLUS

01 Compass Points
02 Down Tools
03 Funeral Dance
04 Hold Me Now (single version)
05 Leopard Ray
06 Let Loving Star (single version)
07 Nurse Shark (b side)
08 Panic Station
09 Passion Planet
10 Sister Of Mercy (7 inch version)
11 Sister Of Mercy (12 inch ext.version)
12 Sister Of Mercy (single version)
13 Still Water (storm on the sea remix)
14 The Gap (live 85)
15 The Gap (aor version)
16 The Levis Carol (b side)
17 You Take Me Up (instrumental)

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/b6bld8


"1984 was truly the "Year of the Thompson Twins". After they appeared on the 1983 MTV New Years Eve ball, where they debuted a new song of theirs called "Hold Me Now", the Thompson Twins were set for world domination. Their album "Quick Step and Side Kick" had already made a big sensation in the United Kingdom and other European countries, but "Into the Gap" was the album that brought them strong success in the United States. "Into the Gap" has a strange thing going on. On the one hand, it's a beautifully crafted album, carrying forward with the theme of their previous record, which brought together quirky synth sounds with warm bass and percussion. "Into the Gap" focuses even more on the songwriting and arrangement, with stunning results. And yet....it's 2006, and this album seems to only be remembered by 80s purists. Something about it contributed to it being written off as a period piece, forever identified with the 80s. I can understand why when you take the band's image, which was very cartoonish and "new wave" (whatever that term was supposed to mean). They had weird hair, strange clothes, and Alannah Currie shaved off her eyebrows. On this record, she even had a "mohawk". But if you would divorce the Thompson Twins from their then-commerical fashion sense, you'd find a gorgeous album in "Into the Gap". Shimmering synths exist alongside intricately-programmed drum patterns and live percussion that give it depth. Timpanis, bells, toms, the full range of percussion is represented here. Even more melodic than "Side Kicks", this album explores a fascination with Eastern cultures and melodies."

"I still love this album! The songs are still in my head. More than just Hold Me Now-the rest of the album is just as superb. Smartly done pop songs with loads of rhythm and catchy choruses. They have some mean funk beds on songs like Into the Gap and No Peace for the Wicked and Who Can Stop The Rain. Doctor, Doctor, while unusual, has some unique pop landscapes. It was the group's finest moment--no other album they did before or after could top this. "

" will be the first to admit that Into the Gap isn't quite the album Quick Step and Side Kick is. That's because QS&SK is the second-best album of the early synthpop assault (behind Fad Gadget's Under the Flag). But Into the Gap is still an AMAZING piece of pop history, and it's freaking criminal that Arista hasn't realized the GEM of the '80s that it's got here. This album is every last bit as deserving as any other of a deluxe re-release packed with bonuses.
"Hold Me Now," while VERY dissatisfying to us Thommos (ugh, that word) fans, is perhaps the quintessential new wave ballad, and "Doctor! Doctor!" is brilliant in its own overwrought way.
But you should buy this album for the simply gorgeous "Storm On the Sea" and the totally killer "Day After Day."
No, it's not as chilly/emotive/funny as the BRILLIANT Quick Step and Side Kick, and it's not quite on my list of 10 desert island discs. But Into The Gap is still pretty close to perfect as a sterling example of the kind of genius that could hit the charts in the '80s."

























HERE'S TO FUTURE DAYS (1985)

Tracklist:


01 Don't Mess With Doctor Dream (4:24)
02 Lay Your Hands On Me (4:21)
03 Future Days (3:01)
04 Roll Over (4:53)
05 Revolution (4:04)
06 King For A Day (5:20)
07 Love Is The Law (4:45)
08 Emperor's Clothes (Part 1) (4:46)
09 Tokyo (3:39)

10 You Killed The Clown (4:52)
11 Breakaway (3:32)

Bonus : Heres To Future Days ep

01 Shoot Out (Dr. Dream')
02 Alice (Lay Your Hands')
03 Heavens Above! (Future Days)
04 The Kiss (Tokyo)
05 Desert Dancers (Breakaway)

Links to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28510845/1985_-_here_s_to_future_days.rar.html album

http://www.sendspace.com/file/a0bjoo ep

"Heres To Future Days" is an album that was ahead of it's time and different than most of the other Thompson Twins albums. I didn't really get into this album until the 90's. The album is a good listen from the first song to the last. Songs like "You Killed The Clown, "Breakaway," and "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" are cool, and even the Beatles cover of "Revolution" is good. This album is worth buying and adding to your music collection and I believe it deserved more acclaim in the U.S."

""Here's To Future Days" was the turning point for the Thompson Twins, who had been a steadily mounting commercial force in both the United States and the United Kingdom since 1983's "Quick Step and Side Kick" album. The turning point wound up not being a very good one for the Twins. Signed to Arista records, apparently there was a lot of pressure on the quirky synthpop band to become a stadium rock outfit; the mega-success of their 1984 "Into the Gap" album had resulted in a near-constant touring schedule for them, plus the work they'd started on the follow-up to "Gap" came to a halt when Tom Bailey collapsed from exhaustion in 1985. "Here's to Future Days" was the record he was trying to complete at the time. Nile Rodgers was brought in to help finish the album as producer, and he gave it a flashy rock sound that was at odds with anything the Thompson Twins had done up until that point. While "Here's To Future Days" is not a crap record, it's a crap Thompson Twins record. Gone is the glossy, hypnotic work of Alex Sadkin, who was part of the successful Thompson Twins equation for two albums. In its place are things like the ill-advised cover of the Beatles "Revolution" and the half-assed funk of "Love Is the Law". Hardcore fans complain a lot about the US version of "Lay Your Hands On Me", but it's the least of the offenses here, and the Nile Rodgers version is just as good as the original Alex Sadkin cut. Where they went wrong here is in the details. "Into the Gap" only had one or two throwaway cuts, like "No Peace For The Wicked", and was a very solid effort. Not so here; they could have jettisoned stuff like "Tokyo", "Breakaway" and "Love Is the Law" and nobody would have known the difference. I have to admit I'm confused by one previous commenter, who asserts that the "American" version of "Here's To Future Days" is to be avoided. The only difference in the United States version of this album is the inclusion of the album's best track, "Roll Over", which was removed from all other versions because the Twins felt superstitious about it; it was to be the first single release just before Tom Bailey's collapse. "Lay Your Hands On Me" and "King For A Day" sound exactly the same on the UK release. The alternate lyrics for "King For A Day" were actually going to be released in the UK as the b-side to "Roll Over", and probably never would have seen the light of day in the United States if it hadn't been included as an unusual bonus on the "Greatest Mixes" compilation three years after."

"Some of the most classical Thompson Twins songs are found on this album along with an unknown great song "ROLL OVER". I enjoy the sound of this album"















HERE'S TO FUTURE DAYS LIVE (1986)

Notes:
This was given away free as compensation to ticket holders of the cancelled shows of a 1985 tour. Live the Thompson Twins were impressive, and (due to the presence of many support musicians) managed to keep together the full sound and visual onslaught with which they were associated.


Tracklist:

01 Don't Mess With Doctor Dream
02 Lay On Hands On Me
03 Doctor ! Doctor!
04 You Killed The Clown
05 You Take Me Up
06 Lies
07 Love On Your Side
08 The Gap
09 Hold Me Now


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7aq0ut






















CLOSE TO THE BONE (1987)

Credits:
Backing Vocals - Griff Fender , Mint Juleps , Pikey Butler/ Drums - Geoff Dugmore/ Guitar - Jamie West-Oran/ Mastered By - Arun Chakraverty , Greg Calbi/Mixed By - Stephen W. Tayler/ Percussion, Marimba, Xylophone, Drums [Acoustic], Backing Vocals - Alannah Currie/
r Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Bass - Tom Bailey

Tracklist:

01 Follow Your Heart
02 Bush Baby
03 Get That Love
04 Twentieth Century
05 Long Goodbye
06 Still Waters
07 Savage Moon
08 Gold Fever
09 Dancing In Your Shoes
10 Perfect Day


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28772967/close_to_the_bone.rar.html

"Close to the Bone", the first CD the Thompson Twins recorded as a duo (after the loss of long-time member Joe Leeway), shows a musical maturity... but a slight loss of heart. Whether it was the loss of Joe or the circumstances surrounding the Twins at the time -- you can tell that the shine, fun, and heart was mostly lacking with this CD.
Luckily, there are definitely some choice cuts to keep any Twins' fan happy. Tom Bailey's vocals show great maturity on the guitar driven "Follow Your Heart" and the exuberant bounciness of "Twentieth Century". Alannah Currie's lyrics have also matured, especially the farewell to her recently deceased Mother on "Long Goodbye" and the devastating results of war on "Perfect Day". Toss in the light fluffiness of "Get That Love" and the frog (yes, ribbit ribbit) layered keyboard action of "Bush Baby", and I bet you'll walk away satisfied.
Though "Close to the Bone" is not the best of their repertoire, it is still a decent listening experience for anyone that enjoys the highly-capable offerings of the Thompson Twins."


"If you are a TT fan like I am, you probably compare everything to "Into the Gap". I do agree that it was an excellent album although I think Queer was even better. However, even though this album is totally different than everything they've done, don't make the big mistake of dismissing it! First of all, as an artist myself, I am still trying to make drums sound this good. They rock on this album! Never before could you hear Tom Bailey's voice so harsh and letting go. Joe Leeway had just left the twins and you can feel the anger and dissapointment. A must-have for any TT fan."





















THE BEST OF THOMPSON TWINS - GREATEST REMIXES (1988)

Tracklist:

01 In The Name Of Love '88 [New Version]
02 Lies [(Dub) Lies]
03 Love On Your Side
04 Lay Your Hands On Me
05 The Gap [Club Remix Version]
06 Hold Me Now
07 Doctor! Doctor!
08 You Take Me Up [High Plains Mix]
09 King For A Day
10 Get That Love

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dspdil

"This CD was basically just a filler to get the Twins out of their Arista contract... and it shows. Aside from the 1988 remix of "In the Name of Love", and a previously unavailable mix of "King For a Day"... there is nothing else on this CD that a die-hard Twins fan has not already heard. In fact, most of the mixes were shortened from their original incarnations.
That being said... if you are a fan of the Twins and their ability to hypnotize you with their undeniably catchy hooks and melodies, this CD is right up your alley."


"Excellent, techno pop album. You can be surprised like me, listening greatest 80s hits like Doctor Doctor, Hold me now, lay your hands on me, get that love... try it... its amazing... for sure you danced it at least lot of times..."



























BIG TRASH (1989)

Tracklist:

01 Sugar Daddy
02 Queen Of The USA
03 Bombers In The Sky
04 This Girl's On Fire
05 T.V. On
06 Big Trash
07 Salvador Dali's Car
08 Rock This Boat
09 Dirty Summer's Day
10 Love Jungle
11 Wild

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28750190/thompson_twins-big_trash.rar.html

"THIS IS THE TT ALBUM THAT SHOULD HAVE MADE THE TRANSITION FROM 80'S BAND TO JUST A GREAT BAND. UNFORTUNATLY IT DIDN'T. THERE ARE SOME GREAT SONGS ON HERE. SUCH AS "BOMBERS IN THE SKY" - AND IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY IT CAME OUT DURING THE GULF WAR? BUT I DO REMEMBER HEARING IT IN EVERY CLUB BACK IN '91. ANOTHER GREAT SONG HERE IS "THIS GIRLS ON FIRE"- WHICH I THINK SHOWCASES TOM BAILY'S GREAT VOCALS. "SUGAR DADDY", THE ONLY HIT SINGLE OFF THIS ALBUM IS YOUR BASIC CATCHY QUIRKY TT SONG. TO THIS DAY, I STILL LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM. BOY, DO I MISS THE THOMPSON TWINS"

"This is not one of my favorite Thomspon Twin albums- but I must say there is no such thing as a bad Thompson Twins album. This album is less new wave, less pop and more rock - yet with the definate TT sound. I think the best songs are the catchy Sugar Daddy, Bombers In The Sky, This Girl Is On Fire and my favorite Dirty Summer's Day. Dirty Summer's Day should have been a single- lots of remix potential. I only hope that the Thompson Twins or Babble or whatever they want to call themselves continue to make great music."




























QUEER (1991)

Tracklist:


01 Come Inside
02 Flower Girl
03 My Funky Valentine
04 Queer
05 Groove On
06 Strange Jane (Play With Me)
07 Shake It Down
08 Wind It Up
09 Flesh And Blood
10 The Invisible Man
11 The Saint
12 Come Inside (Feedback Max Remix)

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/28753544/thompson_twins-queer.rar.html

"Queer was by far the best Thompson Twins album; and I daresay c.s. dramatically unfair review is considering Queer in context of listening today rather than 12 years ago. While previous T.T. efforts were very pop-oriented and almost hackneyed new wave, Queer was truly innovative. When it came out, the hooks and beats were well in advance of their time; obviously created by people who were deeply intouch with the underground techno and house scenes at the time. In fact, I always felt if the album had come out 4 years later, the popular culture would have better accepted it, especially since its choice of themes was so prescient. Besides the quality of the music, the lyrics are decidedly more philisophical and spiritual. Other reviews have mentioned many of my favorite tracks; so I'll mention others that have been missed. The title track is pulsing and jittery; a musical analogue to the same-titled track by Garbage that would follow. "Jane" reminds me of an old Squeeze song; not terribly advanced but sticks in the mind. "Wind it Up" about religious themes. "Come Inside" is repetetive, but one imagines that hypnotic grooves is exactly the point, made clear with the remix. And these are not the best. I swore that half the industry cannibalized this CD for years after I first heard it, and in context of today it is still a pure delight. So clean and crisp, it all fits together and presents a message of positivity and lucidity."

"Creative, Fun and great to dance to. I highly recommend this cd. This is different then other Thompson Twins recordings but different is sometimes better. Give it a shot"


















12 INCH COLLECTION (2004)

Tracklist:


01 In The Name Of Love (Original 12" Version)
02 Hold Me Now (12" Version) Remix - Phil Thornalley
03 Doctor Doctor (Long Version) Remix - Phil Thornalley
04 Lies (Bigger & Better)
05 Beach Culture (Long)
06 Nothing In Common (Club Mix) Remix - John Morales & Sergio Munzibai
07 Lay Your Hands On Me (12" Version)
08 You Take Me Up (12" Version) (High Plains Mixer)
09 We Are Detective (Long Version)
10 Revolution (Extended Version) Remix - Brian Tench , Tom Bailey
11 In The Name Of Love '88 (Railroad Mix) Remix - Shep Pettibone , Steve Peck

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9sa8x7

"There were these songs that I always liked in the 80's. It wasn't until Christmas 2005 that I found out that the songs (In the Name of Love, Doctor! Doctor! Lies) were performed by the Thompson Twins. So, I bought one of their "Greatest Hits" collections and re-discovered them, for myself. Now, the reason for my purchase of the 12-inch Collection. Normally, I try my best to avoid buying an album for "one song." However, I've always longed for an extended version of "Hold Me Now." Clocking in at 9:45, the song, in my opinion, is pure gold! So, do I regret spending $20/US for this disc? In a word, NO! Save up some cash, and purchase this collection! You will NOT BE SORRY!! Five stars!"

more info:
http://www.sharoma.com/ttwins/index.htm the best!

http://www.gt350mustang.com/tt/discog.htm another highly recommended page!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQsMbQLSPyE&mode=related&search=thompson%20twins Thompson Twins tv interview and lot of video

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thompson_Twins full bio

Next time : after Thompson Twins -Babble for Hollis - and some more extras

59 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Salty for this great discography from thompson twins.
It's a long time back but nice to hear , keep on the good work and the good choice.

Grtz Marcel from Holland

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Hollis said...

Boy-O-boy!.Thompson Twins are one of my favourites, I have some of their albums but once again you have really surprised me with this massive collection...Thanks a lot.

You take me up..., u take me up to the higher ground...you take me up , so high...grazie carissimo...

Hollis

3:53 AM  
Blogger anvilscepe said...

cool. gracias.

6:40 AM  
Blogger RObert POland said...

Next great post by Salty - uploader number one!

Thompson Twins... it was elegant-pop .. ah, the 80`s...

9:15 AM  
Blogger cassa said...

Hi SALTYKA
I love much of the TT's work..it's the funky bass and drums coupled with memorable lyrics and vocals.
Did you follow their BABBLE releases...?
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Babble

9:19 PM  
Blogger Isidingo said...

Thank you Saltyka for an absolutely wonderful share. I've always loved the Thompson Twins and other than the Greatest Hits compilation and Queer, I hadn't got any of the earlier stuff on CD. I had a few of the albums on casette or vinyl but they are bit tired these days. so this a terrific renewal. Great toget those amazing remixes and extended versions too. I can't thank you enough.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous trevor said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Salty this is awesome, you are doing a great job!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Gary C. said...

What can I say? THANX a million!
Have a nice one Salty,

Gary.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Closerbo said...

SALTYKA FOR PRESIDENT !!!
Thompson Twins are one of my favorite new wave band !
greaaaaaaaaaaaaat post !!!

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Argh! Into The Gap has been deleted!!!

My download failed and now it's gone, I have a damaged rar file with only the first 5 song :-(

Thanks for sharing these though Salty!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous get ready for the 80's said...

great blog !!! i was searching for thompson twins for months ... their music reminds me of my youth lol ... but too bad into the gap has been deleted ... is ti possible to reupload it??? many many thanx anyway for sharing this!!!

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reupload of into the gap!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salty - its a next proof. that Your blog, is One Of The Greatest !!!

Thank You for informations and links ;)

Best regards.

Komakino - Kate

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Morozko37 said...

Thank's a lot. Your site is cool. Please keep doing your work, don't drop it.

2:07 AM  
Blogger rick said...

Please repost into the gap plus

thanks

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:39 AM  
Anonymous Jeremy K. said...

Hi Mate. Thanks for remembering the Twins. I have been in contact with Joe Leeway, who now lives and works in the Los Angeles area, and he gave me a great interview at his home. He is doing very well and though there are no chances of reviving the Twins anymore, he is still very close to Tom and Alannah, who are now divorced, and said they still hook up in London w/ their publisher from time to time and have remained great friends after all of these years. Tom Bailey, the former lead and chief player in the band, is releasing his third musical voyage dub-chill album under the moniker International Observer this June domestically (US and UK). Check it out if you like that trancey, ambient stuff!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Not said...

Can you pleeeease reload all the albums?????

1:10 PM  
Blogger Manny said...

Hi There

Just stumbled across your blog by accident and found all of this amazing Thompson Twins music you have. I tried to download "Twins Peak" "Here's To Future Days" & "12 Inch Collection 2004" but the links are saying that there are no files located. Would you mind re posting them for me as this will make my Thompson Twins collection 100% complete and that has been a work in progress that has almost taken 20 years! I know that it is a huge ask from you and considering that they have been re posted a few times over, but like I mentioned I found your blog by accident today, I just wish I knew about it 12 months ago.

Regards
Manny, Sydney Australia.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for close to the bone from Thompson Twins please contact me on ersinozen@yahoo.com

7:01 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Any chance of re-uploading the early Thompson Twins albums again?

I missed them first time round.

Great blog bringing back great memories.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi some updated links (01.04.2008)!!

'12'' Collection (2004)
http://rapidshare.com/files/99711309/tt_12_a.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/99715681/tt_12_b.rar.html

Out Of The Gap
http://rapidshare.com/files/99704024/outa.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/99710866/outb.rar.html

salty

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great disco - just got bought the 2 re-issues - and longing for more - so it would be great if you could re-post the other albums - esp Product, Set & Queer

All the best

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to get the link for side kicks with all the b-side remixes. That was the first cassette tape I ever bought (along with The Fixx "Reach the Beach.")

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAIT! DEAD LINKS!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it would be great if you could re-post the other albums - esp Product, Set & Queer

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE

joey

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi folks,some reups:

THOMPSON TWINS
PRODUCT OF... PARTICIPATION (1981) with bonus
http://rapidshare.com/files/84229534/a_product.rar.html


http://rapidshare.com/files/84227911/product_bonus.rar.html


SET (1982) with bonus
http://rapidshare.com/files/84233740/set.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/84232335/set_bonus_.rar.html


IN THE NAME OF LOVE (1982) with bonus
http://rapidshare.com/files/84247332/in_the_name.rar.html


http://rapidshare.com/files/84240847/in_the_name_bonus.rar.html


LIVE (1983)
http://rapidshare.com/files/84255785/_1983__twinsp.rar.html


HERE'S TO FUTURE DAYS LIVE (1986)
http://rapidshare.com/files/84249288/fuli_86.rar.html

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THOMPSON TWINS - Come Inside (mixes)
http://rapidshare.com/files/110232854/come_in.rar.html

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive really enjoyed what Ive found here on this forum. Thank you. Im far far away from my tapes and such..

Any chance of getting "Close to the bone" and "Queer" put up. Id be so happy.

Thank you.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for these! It's amazing how underrated the Twins are - even by themselves (if you watch any of their more recent 80's retrospective interviews where they're dissing their own music.) As for me, I loved it. I'll second the hopeful vote for someone getting a new link of Queer out there somewhere - I adore that album!
Thanks oodles one and all!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please put QUEER up again!

oh, and close to the bone is a good record.

that too, please?!?

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your reqs,enjoy!

THOMPSON TWINS

Close To The Bone
http://rapidshare.com/files/116061290/ts-close.rar.html

Queer
http://rapidshare.com/files/116060690/ts-queer.rar.html

12:50 AM  
Blogger CG Video RemiXes said...

Hi, great Blog!

There's a fair amount going on in the world of the Twins at the moment, here's an update.

First of all, I'm Geoff, and I'm remixing all the Twins videos to go with the extended/remixed versions of the singles, and DJ mixes too... Contact me for more info.. all the videos are here on my Blog, and on You Tube, my username is CheekyG2.

Okay...
I sometimes keep in touch with Tom Bailey from time to time. He is now living in France after getting re-married.. he and Alannah are now separated.
Tom still makes music under the name of International Observer, it has an instrumental/dubby/world feeling to it.. album's have been released.
Alannah lives in London and is into her new passion; designing and making upholstery. Wacky upholstery.. well, it wouldn't be Alannah if it wasn't wacky! :-)
Joe is living in LA with his wife and is doing well.

Now... what is goig on right now is, us fans are trying to put together a rarities collection and DVD set.
Myself & Tom have had discussions about this and he agrees its a great idea, and he said he will also help providing demos an outtake tracks.
It's all down to the record companies though, Warners and BMG.
I have set up a Petition to get the ball rolling:

http://www.petitiononline.com/u3au4a1/petition.html

and an advert on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zIlwyNs78A

Come sign it, the more signatures we get, the more the record companies should listen, it can be done!

Recently Edsel a record company, hae re-released the albums Quick Step & Side Kick, Into The Gap and soon Future Days as double CD sets containing all the 12" versions and cassette remixes!

Fanmade DVD's are available as well including the elusive Album Flash interview where the twins perform the original Lay Your Hands On Me and Roll Over singles!

Anymore info.. please contact me :-)

Cheers

- Geoff

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that album flash thing is on youtube, i think...

er..THANKS for making this site! anyone with me for wanting a REPOST of Big Trash? anyone?

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! YEAH!
THE BIGGER THE BETTER...

Could you please upload Big Trash again? The best Thompson Twins album and... I lost it! And I bought it again and lost it again! Now I can't find it anywhere as is deleted... Shame on you Warners.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Big Trash!

I LOVE your blog :)

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Geoff!

thanks for all this!!



THOMPSON TWINS

Here's To Future Days 2CD.
http://rapidshare.com/files/147775397/
ttfu.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/147772693/
ttfubon.rar.html


In The Name Of Love(1982)
http://rapidshare.com/files/84247332/
in_the_name.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/84240847/
in_the_name_bonus.rar.html

Out Of The Gap (1984)
http://rapidshare.com/files/147964012/
ttou_a.rar.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/147963326/
ttou_b.rar.html

Plus (1984)
http://rapidshare.com/files/147954019/
ttplu.rar.html

12" collection(2004).
http://rapidshare.com/files/147952330/
tt12.rar.html

ok i will come back with big trash soon...

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias por la discografia de los TT, soy un admirador de ellos, y he aprendido bastante a traves de su blog. Un pedido especial mio es por el disco Big Trash, si es posible volver a subirlo. Muchas gracias nuevamente.

Translate in a badly english.
Before nothing, thank you very much for your work about TT, I´ve learned so much about them in your pages. I would like to get the Big Trash record, if you can upload it again. Regards.

Robert from Paraguay, South America.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your site. You have so many Thompson Twins mixes here, but the links don't work? Any chance of putting these up again?

8:08 AM  
Anonymous kaiwetronic said...

Can anybody re-up "Quick step..." and "Into the Gap" again...It's a crime their links are dead!!!
Thanks a zillion!nyobs

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you please re up all the Babble releases. thanks for all the links. take care.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BABBLE (updated 01.06.2009)

Ether (1996)
http://rapidshare.com/files/211764736/babbete.rar

Love Has No Name (1996 cd single)
http://rapidshare.com/files/211764634/babblesin.rar

The Stone (1994)
http://rapidshare.com/files/211782102/babblesto.rar
The Stone Plus (compilation from 12" releases)http://rapidshare.com/files/211782904/babblestopl.rar

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a note because theres something trouble with the links as blogger left as they finishing.

All the links finishes with:

rar.html

salty

6:57 AM  
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2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post. I have been looking for Twins Peak for ages. I used to own this 10 years ago but I think someone took it. Finally I find it again.
keep up the good work and spread the good word.
Fras

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Here's To Future Days" (1985) Updated link- Nov 4, 2009

http://rapidshare.com/files/64623872/Thompson_Twins_-_Heres_To_Future_Days.rar

Enjoy!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Quick Step and Side Kick" Updated Link- Nov 5, 2009

http://rapidshare.com/files/278675221/1983_-_Quick_Step_And_Side_Kick.rar

Enjoy!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

INTO THE GAP –2008 DELUXE EDITION-

Disc 1-
http://rapidshare.com/files/192365897/TT84-01.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/192386501/TT84-01.part2.rar

Disc 2-
http://rapidshare.com/files/192387947/TT84-02.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/192406960/TT84-02.part2.rar

Updated Links- Nov 5, 2009

Enjoy!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nov 5, 2009

Updated Link for Thompson Twins "Big Trash"

http://rapidshare.com/files/210552392/TT89-MP3.rar

Enjoy!

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THOMPSON TWINS
QUICK STEP AND SIDE KICK (2CD DELUXE EDITION)

Disc 1-

http://rapidshare.com/files/191099515/TT83-01.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/191099286/TT83-01.part2.rar



Disc 2-

http://rapidshare.com/files/191106305/TT83-02.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/191089360/TT83-02.part2.rar

Enjoy!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many, many thanks for this - you rock!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can please anybody reup album Plus .Download link is already dead so please if you have it .
TT is music my teenage and high on 80´s charts.

11:09 AM  
Blogger David Vasquez said...

Hi, can you re-upload Groove On single please?
I've been searchin for it lot of years.
Thanks for this amazing collection, greetings from Medellín-Colombia.
I'm David and my mail is: mejenrecords@hotmail.com or
david.mejenrecords@gmail.com

11:01 PM  
Blogger MAN said...

Hello .. I like this blog because it's tell everything about Thompson Twins group which it's one of my favorites, Please can you again give us a link to this tracks you mentioned them as (SIDE KICKS) I'm searching for some of them for a long time this B-Side is very cool and nice I hope that you have another link instead of this dead one... Thanks

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you please repost 12 inch collection and the live albums? No one else seems to have these rare gems. Thanks for all your hard work on this blog!

11:46 AM  
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5:59 AM  
Blogger Giulia Ventorim said...

Links are off :(

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