Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins are a British band which emerged in the 1980s in the immediate aftermath of New Romanticism, scoring a string of hits and conquering the USA in the process.

They were originally a new-wave act who, after the founding threesome moved south from Sheffield, had so little money that they lived as squatters in London, with the personnel rising to seven members. After a lucky break, they were signed up to Arista records and group leader Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1956) paid off four of the members in return for their instruments.

The remaining trio - singer and main musician Bailey; lyricist and percussionist Alannah Currie (born September 20, 1959); and multi-instrumentalist and stylings guru Joe Leeway (born November 15, 1957) - broke into the UK charts at the beginning of 1983 with "Love On Your Side". Further hits from debut album "Quickstep And Sidekick" followed, with Bailey's flame-red hair and bright ponytail and Currie's wasp-swatting style at the xylophone swiftly becoming endearing images of an exciting new act.

At the end of 1983, a single "Hold me Now" was released. It defied the trends of the electronic pop which was still dominating the charts, relying almost wholly on an emotive piano, some clever percussion from the New Zealand-born Currie and a heartfelt vocal from Bailey. It hit the Top 3 and remains one of the more timeless singles from an era and decade which tends to date a little more easily than others. Three equally as mature singles followed into 1984 - the poppy "Doctor Doctor"; the quirky, accordion-dominated "You Take Me Up" (at No.2, their biggest UK hit); and the haunting "Sister Of Mercy". The corresponding album, "Into The Gap" was one of the best sellers of the year. The trio had peaked.

In 1985, they had three hits which were palpable compared to the previous year's highs, but still made headlines when they performed at the American end of Live Aid and were joined onstage by the fresh-faced Madonna, who was in only her second year of fame. As the most talked about and hippest woman on the planet at the time, her appearance with the Thompson Twins should have helped their cause further, but by the end of the year, by which time they'd enjoyed three US Top 10 hits, they'd plummeted substantially.

Leeway left and the remaining duo soldiered on for another seven years, only occasionally puncturing the singles charts and never again making the Top 40.

Bailey and Currie, despite years of denying romantic inclinations at the height of their fame, got married and now raise their family in New Zealand while still occasionally dabbling in music under the name Babble. The band have, however, declined to follow the examples of many of their contemporaries and reform to tie in with a nostalgic rebirth of the 1980s. The two divorced in 2004.

Much merriment was gained from their name (they took it from the detectives in bowler hats who featured in the Tintin comics) as there were three in the band; none of them were twins; and none of them were called Thompson.


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Much merriment was gained from their name (they took it from the detectives in bowler hats who featured in the Tintin comics) as there were three in the band; none of them were twins; and none of them were called Thompson. She has three children, Presley Tanita, Beau Grayson and Layla and is an avid competitor in cutting horse competitions. The two divorced in 2004. Tanya received the Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music in 1972 and the Female Vocalist of the Year award from the Country Music Association in 1991. The band have, however, declined to follow the examples of many of their contemporaries and reform to tie in with a nostalgic rebirth of the 1980s. 1 hits include: Blood Red and Goin' Down (1973); Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) (1974); Lizzie and the Rainman and San Antonio Stroll (1975); Here's Some Love (1976); Just Another Love (1986); I Won't Take Less than Your Love, If it Don't Come Easy and Strong Enough to Bend (1988); and Two Sparrows in a Hurricane (1992). Bailey and Currie, despite years of denying romantic inclinations at the height of their fame, got married and now raise their family in New Zealand while still occasionally dabbling in music under the name Babble. Her other No.

Leeway left and the remaining duo soldiered on for another seven years, only occasionally puncturing the singles charts and never again making the Top 40. At 21, she met singer Glen Campbell and had a year long affair with him as well as began battling cocaine and alcohol addiction. As the most talked about and hippest woman on the planet at the time, her appearance with the Thompson Twins should have helped their cause further, but by the end of the year, by which time they'd enjoyed three US Top 10 hits, they'd plummeted substantially. At 19, she became the second female country music artist to have a number 1 country single as a teenager with the song What's Your Mama's Name. In 1985, they had three hits which were palpable compared to the previous year's highs, but still made headlines when they performed at the American end of Live Aid and were joined onstage by the fresh-faced Madonna, who was in only her second year of fame. By age 15, she had a Grammy nomination, a "Greatest Hits" package and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The trio had peaked. Delta Dawn went to number 6 on the country music charts.

The corresponding album, "Into The Gap" was one of the best sellers of the year. She recorded her first hit Delta Dawn at the age of 13. Three equally as mature singles followed into 1984 - the poppy "Doctor Doctor"; the quirky, accordion-dominated "You Take Me Up" (at No.2, their biggest UK hit); and the haunting "Sister Of Mercy". She grew up in Willcox and Phoenix, Arizona and stated singing by the age of 6. It hit the Top 3 and remains one of the more timeless singles from an era and decade which tends to date a little more easily than others. Tanya Tucker was born in Seminole, Texas to Beau and Juanita Tucker. It defied the trends of the electronic pop which was still dominating the charts, relying almost wholly on an emotive piano, some clever percussion from the New Zealand-born Currie and a heartfelt vocal from Bailey. She has also acted on television and in a few movies and wrote her autobiography Nickel Dreams.

At the end of 1983, a single "Hold me Now" was released. She may be best remembered for her debut single and trademark song Delta Dawn. Further hits from debut album "Quickstep And Sidekick" followed, with Bailey's flame-red hair and bright ponytail and Currie's wasp-swatting style at the xylophone swiftly becoming endearing images of an exciting new act. Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958) is an American country music singer. The remaining trio - singer and main musician Bailey; lyricist and percussionist Alannah Currie (born September 20, 1959); and multi-instrumentalist and stylings guru Joe Leeway (born November 15, 1957) - broke into the UK charts at the beginning of 1983 with "Love On Your Side". Complicated (1997). After a lucky break, they were signed up to Arista records and group leader Tom Bailey (born January 18, 1956) paid off four of the members in return for their instruments. Soon (1993).

They were originally a new-wave act who, after the founding threesome moved south from Sheffield, had so little money that they lived as squatters in London, with the personnel rising to seven members. Can't Run From Yourself (1992). The Thompson Twins are a British band which emerged in the 1980s in the immediate aftermath of New Romanticism, scoring a string of hits and conquering the USA in the process. What Do I Do With Me (1991). Tennessee Woman (1990). Strong Enough To Bend (1988).

Love Me, Like You Used to (1987). Girls Like Me (1986). Changes (1983). Dream Lovers (1980).

TNT (1978). Ridin' Rainbows (1977). Here's Some Love (1976). Tanya Tucker (1975).

Would You Lay With Me (1974). What's Your Mama's Name (1973). Delta Dawn (1972).

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