Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1791
Date:  02/11/1984
Debut:  73
Peak:  3
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The trio known as the Thompson Twins broke through in the UK with their fourth album Quick Step and Side Kick. A pair of Top 10's would help establish them on the chart. The same album (albeit with the title Side Kicks) would also get them noticed in the US with the single "Lies" making it to #30. But it would be their next album, Into the Gap, that would turn them into worldwide stars thanks to this first single that went to #4 in the UK and #3 in the US (#1 Dance, #8 AC, #9 Rock). The album would get to #1 in the UK and #10 US (going platinum in the process). The band's hair-tastic look would also make them MTV favorites.

ReduxReview:  Although mainly known as an 80s synthpop band, the use of real instruments gives this a more timeless feel rather than something stuck in that decade. I've always liked the song, but as the years have passed I've developed a deeper appreciation for the tune. It's really quite beautiful and the production is top-notch. A classic from the era.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  One song from the Side Kicks album may be familiar to 80s moviegoers. The track "If You Were Here" was used in the final scene of the 1984 Molly Ringwald flick Sixteen Candles. Although it was never released as a single, the song has remained popular thanks to its use in the film and has made appearances in TV shows like Bob's Burgers and Scream Queens. Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey mentioned in an interview that he has actually never seen the movie. He has viewed the scene where the song is used and has even met Molly Ringwald, but still has yet to see the full film.


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