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(1977 – 1993)

Thompson Twins were an English band. The band formed in April 1977, and disbanded in May 1993. Massively popular in the mid-1980s, the band scored a string of hits in the UK, broke into the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed huge popularity around the globe. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson from Hergé’s comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin.

In 1977, the original Thompson Twins lineup consisted of Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1956, in Halifax, Yorkshire) on bass and vocals, Pete Dodd on guitar and vocals, John Roog on guitar, and Jon Podgorski (known as “Pod”) on drums. Dodd and Roog first met when they were both 13 years old.

After moving to London but having so little money, they lived as squatters in Lillieshall Road, London. Future Thompson Twins’ member, Alannah Currie, lived in another squat in the same street — which is how she met Bailey. It was in this ramshackle and run-down house that they found an illegal way of “borrowing” electricity from the house next door. Bailey described themselves (laughingly) as “spongers” (meaning parasites) back then, as they were living on very little, 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.


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  • Rissacakes

    I love the Thompson Twins. It would have been great to have seen them live in their prime. Strange, catchy music.

    22 Feb 9:43pm Reply
  • mothcub


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  • mothcub

    Sorry if I come off harsh, it just makes me quite sad to see people totally dismissing music made now. There will always be, and has always been, music that you don't like, and music that you do like.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mothcub

    Do any of you like Hurts, CHVRCHES, MS MR, The Good Natured, Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip, Tiga, Parralox, John Maus, Yeasayer, Chairlift, White Rose Movement, Yelle, or La Roux? I make music myself which is heavily synthpop inspired because bands like Thompson Twins and Depeche Mode and Blancmange were and are really important to me, but you lot wouldn't bother to give my music a chance because it's made in 2013. I really think you're making life dull for yourself. If you're at all interested in my music, my band is Rescue A Family.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mothcub

    You know people have been parroting the "it's such a shame that pop music isn't this good anymore. everything on the radio these days is garbage" sort of mentality for centuries? Not about pop music specifically, obviously, but about pretty much everything. If you're talking about chart music then you're talking about a really small selection of the most popular pop music, and what's popular changes. You can't expect what you like to be popular with everyone. If any of you holier-than-thou folks actually looked around for pop music you might actually find something modern you liked. Not everything is Justin Bieber and there is nothing inherently "bad" about his music. There's no need to be so boring, bitter, and pathetically nostalgic because you don't like everything popular now.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gelche_g

    Great band. it's such a shame that pop music isn't this good anymore. everything on the radio these days is garbage. [4]

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    Awesome band! Tom Bailey is a genius and after the Twins he became Babble and then later International Observer..all worth checking out! Favorite albums are A product of..., Set, Into the Gap & Big Trash. Haven't heard much of Queer yet to form an opinion.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • elf-culture

    I like this band even if they only have like three good songs

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I knew a guy in high school that looked just like the white guy in the band with the same kind of hair and heres something cool...He is the son of one of The Everly Brothers

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PleasedTaMeetYa

    Where's "Get That Love"? One of their better songs and it made the Top 10 in the 80s. ;)

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • caustic-horrors

    it's such a shame that pop music isn't this good anymore. everything on the radio these days is garbage. [3]

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Devildom

    it's such a shame that pop music isn't this good anymore. everything on the radio these days is garbage. [2] ):

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Devildom

    Come inside <3

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • PleasureVictim1

    Please check out my Thompson Twins page on Facebook...

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • CCSandman

    Hmmm....would've thought 'Love On Your Side' would be top of the tree.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply


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  • Nyasa_Lake

    Their last album, Queer is just so good. Its really bad that we can't see the album's picture on this page(off course I like 80s stuff by them). I love how new wave musicians shift to more alternative sounds in the 90s.

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • tlukes123

    Fantastic group, one of my favorites from the 80's!

    11 May 2012 Reply
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