Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Birthday wishes go out today to Tom Bailey - not merely one-third of Thompson Twins but also one of the first of those impossible celebrity crushes to which I am preternaturally disposed; there's just something about English guys, with their pasty skin and floppy hair, that makes me shudder like a jalopy on a gravel drive.
A n y w a y... Here we see the video for the band's biggest hit, Hold Me Now, which record I played so much I just about gave my mother a nervous breakdown. Fortunately her nerves were slightly more durable than vinyl and so she survived the ordeal*. The track originally appeared on the band's 1984 album Into the Gap.
Thompson Twins - Bailey, Alannah Currie, and Joe Leeway - had a few hits in the mid-80s, including Lies, King for a Day, and Lay Your Hands on Me, before disbanding in 1993. The band, of course, was named after Thomson and Thompson in Hergé's comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin.
*I'm only joking; it was having a gay son that just about gave my mother a nervous breakdown, and not his taste in music.
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