Tom Bailey

NEWS: Thompson Twin Tom Bailey returns with new music!

He was the lead singer of one of the biggest groups of the 1980’s, now Tom Bailey is back with a new studio album.

by Christopher Smith

You couldn’t move an inch in 1983 or ’84 without hearing a Thompson Twins song. And it wasn’t just across Europe, the US and the Far East were just as obsessed with their quintessential 80’s sound and 80’s style.

The group formed in 1977 but it wasn’t til 1982 that the hits started coming. “In the Name Of Love” was the first (UK No.79, US No.109), then “Lies” (UK No.67, US No.30). “Love On Your Side” was their first UK chart success, reaching No.9 in early 1983 and No.45 in the US.

It was the lead single from their fourth studio album, “Hold Me Now”, that would begin their most successful era, reaching No.4 in the UK and No.3 in the US.

It was followed in the Spring of 1984 with “Doctor! Doctor!” (UK No.3, US No.11). Both tracks preceded the album “Into The Gap”, which sold over a million copies in the US and topped the UK album chart.

Further hits followed with “You Take Me Up” (UK No.2, US No.44) and “Sister Of Mercy” (UK No.11). This continued into 1985 with “Lay Your Hands On Me” (UK No.13, US No.6) and “King For A Day” (UK No.22, US No.8), but slowly dried up as the 80’s came to an end. It was at this time Bailey and percussionist Alannah Currie began writing for other artists. They gave Blonde singer Debbie Harry a big solo hit in 1989 with “I Want That Man”.

The group disbanded in 1992. After that Bailey and Currie formed the group Babble, releasing two albums in 1994 and 1996. In 2001 he formed the New Zealand band International Observer. However, after many years in the wilderness, he triumphantly returned to live performing in 2014 as The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, playing at 80’s retro concerts and supporting the likes of Culture Club and a-ha.

Tom Bailey Science Fiction

“Science Fiction” represents the the zenith of this renewed popularity. Amazingly, this is his debut solo album and consists of ten brand new songs written and produced by Bailey himself!

The first single “What Kind Of World” is now available – and it rocks!

Tom Bailey

Tom continues to tour across the UK and The States and will be supporting Culture Club on their ‘Life Tour’ during 2018.

Tickets are available from

“Science Fiction” is released worldwide on 13th July.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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