Monday, January 23, 2017

"Doctor! Doctor!" by Thompson Twins

Song#:  1919
Date:  05/26/1984
Debut:  60
Peak:  11
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This British trio broke through in a major way with their #3 single "Hold Me Now." It was the first single from their album Into the Gap. This next single nearly became their second Top 10 hit, but it ended up stopping short at the dreaded #11 position. It also got to #12 Rock, #18 Dance, and #35 AC. The song would be their third Top 10 hit in the UK where it reached #4. The performance of the singles helped the album get to #10 and it would eventually go platinum. It remains their best selling album.

ReduxReview:  This song immediately stood out with it's mysterious sounding opening and first verse that featured a timpani cadence. It continued on with a hooky chorus and a cool outro with Tom Bailey taking us to eternity. It all sounded great and combined with the MTV video, this was sure to be a hit. Sadly, it somehow stopped at #11. This should have easily gone right into the Top 10. At the time, this was the song that drew me to the Thompson Twins. I liked "Hold Me Now," but this eerie tune made me a fan. In the long run, "Hold Me Now" is the better song, but this one still holds up well.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia: Twins member Joe Leeway first became associated with the band when he was hired on by leader Tom Bailey as a roadie. Leeway then started to play bongos and congas with the band and performed on the debut LP. Soon he was a full-time member. He left the band in 1986 and worked on some solo material, but nothing was ever released. He then turned to acting, but that also didn't quite pan out. He made a major career shift in the late 90s and became a hypnotherapist. At the time of this writing, he was working as a hypnotherapist via the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California.


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