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.
“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 continues to tour across the UK and The States and will be supporting Culture Club on their ‘Life Tour’ during 2018.
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“Science Fiction” is released worldwide on 13th July.