Thompson Twins









Thompson Twins

Thompson Twins

was an English band which was formed in April, 1977 and split up in 1993. They were most popular in the mid 1980's and the members of the group were, Tom Bailey (played bass and was a vocalist. Tom was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, on January 18, 1953. Pete Todd played the guitar and was also a vocalist. John Roog also played the guitar, and Jon Podgorski was the groupís drummer. Dodd and Roog were friends since they were 13 years old. The group moved to London but had very little money so they lived as squatters in Lillishall Road, London. Another future Thompson Twins member named Alannah Currie, also lived in a squat on the same street. She met Tom Bailey there and they found a way to borrow electricity from their neighbors. The band instruments they had were either bought, borrowed, or stolen. Podgorski had decided to stay in Halifax so they had to recruit another drummer. They auditioned and settled for Andrew Edge who played the drums for them for less than a year. He left because there was tension with the other members. He went on to join the group known as Savage Progress. The group later toured with Thompson Twins as their support act on their U. K> Tour in 1984.

In 1981, Thompson Twins recruited three more members. Chris Bell (drummer), Joe Leeway (congas and percussion), and Jane Shorter (sax player), joined the group. The band released their first album called, A Product of...(Particiopation). Alannah Currie had not fully joined the group yet, but she did play and sing on their first album. The band at one time had a total of eleven members. After the first album was released there were some changes in membership and lineup. Shorter quit the group and Matthew Seligman joined them, and some of the others changed positions in the lineup. Bailey switched to keyboard player and lead vocalist and sometimes Leeway was the vocalist on some tracks.

The band signed up with Arista Records and released an album called, Set. From the album came the single called, In the Name Of Love, and it became a dance hit in the U. S. and the album, Set, was released in the U. S. under the name of, In the Name Of Love. The album reached the Album Billboard Top 200. After that, Bailey, Currie, and Leeway discussed the idea of starting another band on the side but their manager talked them into just downsizing their existing band to a trio. So they did this in April, 1982.

The trio went to Egypt to work on their first trio album. They wanted to be isolated. Beginning in 1983 they broke into the singles chart with, Lies, and Love On Your Side. They continued until Leeway left the trio in 1986. Bailey and Currie went on for another seven years together. The group released a total of 17 albums.