Sunday, July 30, 2017

"The Gap" by Thompson Twins

Song#:  2116
Date:  11/10/1984
Debut:  89
Peak:  69
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop, New Wave

Pop Bits:  This band's Into the Gap album would be their peak moment. The double-platinum album would reach #10 and contain their biggest US hit "Hold Me Now" (#3). In their UK homeland, the album would hit #1 and boast three Top 10 hits. They tried to stretch out sales of the album a bit further by issuing this fourth single from the album. Unfortunately, it didn't really take hold and fell off the chart after a brief peak in the bottom third of the chart.

ReduxReview:  This is a solid album track and I don't think it's too bad of a single. The little Middle-Eastern riff adds a bit of exotica to it and makes the song memorable. Since it was only released in the US and a minor few other countries (see below), no video was made for the song. That was kind of unfortunate because if they had made a cool video for the tune it might have done much better. It's not a fantastic single, but it was worthy of a higher peak for sure.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In both the US and the UK, the first three singles released from Into the Gap were all the same. When it came to the fourth single, that is when things got changed up. In the UK, the fourth single was a new remix version of the album track "Sister of Mercy." It narrowly missed becoming the band's fourth straight Top 10 when it peaked at the dreaded #11. However, the band's US label apparently didn't have confidence in the darker, mid-tempo tune and decided to go for the more upbeat "The Gap." With no video to support the song, it fell a bit between the cracks and did not do well.


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