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Thompson Twins
"Into The Gap"

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Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • Doctor! Doctor!
  • You Take Me Up
  • Hold Me Now
  • Day After Day
  • No Peace For
    The Wicked
  • The Gap
  • Sister Of Mercy
  • Storm On The Seas
  • Who Can Stop The Rain

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    "Into The Gap"

    We flashback to the mid-1980s again this week, with The Thompson Twins, a trio, not twins, and not one of the 3 have the name Thompson. Their 1984 release Into The Gap achieved popular hits such as "Doctor! Doctor!" and "Hold Me Now." As they become popular, their sound would also launch other 1980s popular favorites, such as Culture Club (Boy George) and (while listening to this album, a very distinct comparison to) Duran Duran.

    The group's lead singer did have a unique voice, Tom Bailey would definitely have certain songs be recognized as that of the Thompson Twins. Such as another song that received some airplay, "You Take Me Up." Their "sound" also is recognized on songs such as "Day After Day," "Who Can Stop The Rain" and "Sister Of Mercy." The latter song, Bailey's voice would be compared to that of another future group popular in the later '80s, Robert Smith and the Cure.

    There is a strong resemblence of Duran Duran on songs as "No Peace For The Wicked," and "The Gap." "Storms On The Sea" has a laid back, bland sound, and probably considered the least listened to song from this album.

    This "new wave" trend music of the mid-1980s may not have appealed to some, as this music quite did not attract most music fans. Yet, the Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, and Culture Club had an impact to some, as any other group/artist liked or disliked in popular music. The popular hits on Into The Gap will be remembered, of course, and has already become "popular" in the music genre books. Cheesy, lame and "gay" to some, the Thompson Twins made their impact in their own right. Songs like "Doctor! Doctor!" and "Hold Me Now" will have those who remember, say (shamefully), "Oh, I remember them... eh," with their eyes rolling at the top of their heads...

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