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Formed in 1977 as a new wave band, the Thompson Twins changed their line-up in 1982 to become a three-piece band comprising Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged The Thompson Twins’ music. With their move towards an electronic synthesiser-based sound The Thompson Twins had 10 top 40 hits in the UK and 7 in the US including ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’ and ‘Love On Your Side’. In 1985 The Thompson Twins played ‘Hold Me Now’ at Live Aid in Philadelphia and also performed The Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ with Madonna.
Since the band broke up in 1993 Tom Bailey has worked in many different areas of music from the experimental Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer. The pop element is Tom Bailey’s most well-known music and has come back into play in 2018 with the release of his new album ‘Science Fiction’ which was released just over 24 after Play With Me – the last single by The Thompson Twins.