Sunday, April 30, 2017

"You Take Me Up" by Thompson Twins

Song#:  2027
Date:  08/25/1984
Debut:  80
Peak:  44
Weeks:  9
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This trio's fourth album, Into the Gap, was a Top 10 hit that would end up being their best-selling album. Two of the album's tracks had already achieved hit status and the band was hoping this third one would do just as well. Unfortunately, it stalled short of the Pop Top 40 and could only manage a #51 spot at Rock. In their UK homeland, the song would become their fifth Top 10 hit reaching #2. It would be their biggest hit there, yet serve as their final one to reach the Top 10. They would continue to have some Top 10 luck in the US with their next LP.

ReduxReview:  This song has a real international flare to it nearly combining a blues-ish feel with something akin to African music. I think it works well and it has a nice chorus. It wasn't going to be a big hit in the US, but I thought it would be able to get inside the Pop Top 40. However, it seems the sound of the single just wasn't clicking with US pop listeners.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song would serve as the final US single from Into the Gap. However, since it became their biggest hit in the UK, it seemed logical to release a fourth single there. A newly remixed version of the track "Sister of Mercy" got issued. It did well reaching #11 on the chart. Its flip side was a bit unusual. Titled "Out of the Gap," it was a "megamix" of various songs from the album and a couple of their previous hits. The 45 version of the single featured a 5+ minute mix while the 12" version had a nearly 9 minute version.


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